Proper data governance and analytics is impossible for a single data scientist engaged as a consultant. What is possible is scalable team development. Let me explain. There is a hierarchal or linear backdrop to any data project. Questions of privacy, access, responsibility, scope, etc are decided long before the launch of a successful project. The data professional appreciates the time required for data preparation and cleaning prior to analyses--many times we are alone in that regard.
The Fish That Makes Other Fish Smarter might not seem to be about data--but give it a read anyway.
By removing bloodsucking parasites, the cleaner wrasse improves the intellectual abilities of its clients.
The Fish That Makes Other Fish Smarter--Ed Young, The Atlantic
The wrasse are remarkably savvy about how they perform their services. Redouan Bshary, from the University of Neuchâtel, has shown that they sometimes cheat their clients by taking illicit bites of the protective mucus covering their skin.
If the clients are watching, the wrasse restrain themselves from such shenanigans, in an effort to maintain their reputation. If disgruntled clients chase them, they try to make amends by offering a complementary fin massage.
If high-status clients pop by—large, visiting predators like sharks or groupers—the cleaners prioritize them over smaller fish that live in the area. They’re surprisingly intelligent for fish.
Without the cleaners, the damselfish might also not have enough energy to fully fuel their demanding brains. They’re targeted by parasitic, bloodsucking crustaceans, which makes them “anemic, sluggish, and weak,” Binning says. When cleaners remove these parasites, the distressed damsels can divert their energies toward other matters—like thinking...
...And the cleaners, through their ministrations, could shape the intellectual development of an entire ecosystem. After all, “there are many other species of clients, like parrotfish and groupers, that are way more parasitized and get much higher priority,” Binning says. “The hierarchy of service is so complex, and our damselfish get cleaned when there’s no one else around.”
Follow along--be a data wrasse.