"Without data you're just another person with an opinion." - W. Edwards Deming
Everything is data. We are surrounded by information, ripe for the picking.
I think careers involving data are going to be in strong demand for years to come.
Many industries change and evolve, but one thing that remains constant is the need to effectively understand, interpret, and communicate data.
And everything is data. From our heartbeats to our footsteps to the tapping on our keyboards. There is a virtually limitless pool of data at our fingertips.
What surprises me is how often data is ignored. Making decisions without considering data is like wandering around blindly in the darkness.
Poorly-informed decisions often lead to unwelcome results and an barrage of finger-pointing among teams.
I believe conflict is vastly overrated. It amazes me how much time is wasted on individuals verbally sparring with each other, letting their egos stand in the way of productivity.
Hopefully we reach a point one day where conflict has become obsolete.
I think that good decisions should be self-evident...and if that is not the case, then it is a failure of data.
Instead of clinging to this norm of endless arguments, let's focus on the information. And rather than making emotionally-charged decisions, let's make an effort to think rationally about any given situation.
It seems to me that most opinions are overrated. Decisions should be guided by data, not influenced by our personal biases.