Had a great academic-practitioner catch-up this week!!! Erika Pärn from the University of Cambridge (academic) and I as an Analytics-Driven Strategy evangelist (practitioner) had a great discussion about the latest in Analytics strategy and digital twins. The field is changing massively, it is important to keep on top of it and continuously learn. The academic-practitioner link is very important as … Continue reading How Do You Keep On Top of Analytics Updates?
What is your organisation's Analytics Model? Is it centralised, hybrid or decentralised? What are your thoughts on Analytics Models? In this article I have just published on LinkedIn, I have shared the three main analytics models: https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/what-3-analytics-organisation-models-fatema-el-wakeel-mba-cma Let me know your thoughts! #analyticsdrivenstrategy #leadership #executivemindset #sharingknowledge #career #learning #leadership #agilemethodology #analyticsdrivenstrategy # #analytics #AnalyticsDrivenStrategy #Fatemaelwakeel … Continue reading Analytics Organisational Models
Super excited, my blog is updated with a collaborations page now!!! I am so honoured to be collaborating with the brilliant The University of Manchester starting this month as a General Assembly Member. For all the alumni and students in my network, stay tuned for the latest news which I will be sharing! Being a … Continue reading New Collaboration – The University of Manchester
I got asked today about how my executive career started, it made me smile and think back on so many memories. Comfort zones can limit our developments, sometimes all you need to do is have a leap of faith and take opportunities. There have been many pivotal moments in my life and so many people … Continue reading What was the pivotal point in your executive career?
Have you watched the below youtube short recap video from "The Power of Collaboration During a Pandemic" session? https://youtu.be/aFSgQRIK5ug Last month we shared our Jaguar Land Rover Financial Services experience and how the team set our Data and Analytics COE from scratch during the Covid in the Digital Leadership Forum! LinkedIn article: https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/power-collaboration-during-pandemic-video-recap-fatema/?published=t #sharingknowledge #career #learning #leadership #agilemethodology #analyticsdrivenstrategy … Continue reading The Power of Collaboration During a Pandemic Video Recap – Jaguar Land Rover Session
Analytics-Driven Strategy's new podcast is out, have you listened to it yet? In this episode, I am discussing how choosing the right Data and Analytics model for the organisation is similar to choosing the right structure for a house. The organisational structure needs to be robust, solid and suitable for future changes. In this session, … Continue reading The 3 Main Data and Analytics Organisational Models
Many people mention Agile Methodology in Analytics, today I thought to share a post as a reminder of our Agile practitioner values. Looking at the values will help understand the ethos of the methodology and its characteristics Link to the manifesto is https://agilemanifesto.org/ What have been the benefits/challenges you faced when using Agile? #analyticsdrivenstrategy#agilemethodology#analytics #agilemethodology … Continue reading What Are The Agile Methodology Values?
Have you thought about the art of storytelling in Data and Analytics?In this article, I am sharing one of the tips that I have always used for years now and shared in IMA | Institute of Management Accountants Tech-Talk Mondays webinar sponsored by Oracle earlier this month.Very humbled and honoured to receive such positive feedback through my inbox - … Continue reading The Art of Storytelling
To my network: Can I ask you something? How are you feeling today? I am taking this opportunity while we are starting the weekend to remind you all including myself about the importance of mental health. We are blessed to be humans and to go through life challenges so we are able to grow and develop. … Continue reading How Are You Feeling Today?
Make sure to take breaks, we can get very busy with career, development and life in general. Last week I decided to go up north and have some quiet time to recharge properly. There are many ways to recharge, staying home and switching off is another great option. If you are into travelling like me, … Continue reading Don’t forget to take a break
Always remember that Perfection is the enemy of Done. As Confucius said, “Better a diamond with a flaw than a pebble without"! Progress is so important, I usually follow the 80-20 rule. Equally sometimes 60-40 or 90-10 is enough. My point is, make sure to measure the Definition of Done for every task. Close your … Continue reading Perfection is the enemy of Done
Have you registered to IMA | Institute of Management Accountants Tech-Talk Mondays on the 12th of July yet? Ann Dzuranin and I will be speaking about the art of visualisation and storytelling in Analytics. Come and join us at 6pm UK time/1 pm EST time where we will be sharing our personal thoughts and experience! The registration link … Continue reading The Art of Creating a Masterful Data Visualisation Story
Do you use a hook in storytelling when bringing your stakeholders on board? In my last Analytics-Driven StrategyLinkedIn live, I had the pleasure of chatting with the one and only Matthew Luhn about the art of storytelling. He shared his thoughts based on his impressive story writing experience, he brought his 20-year Pixar storytelling expertise … Continue reading Do You Use a Hook in Storytelling?
Received so many requests to create an "Analytics-Driven Strategy" podcast, it was really flattering - thank you 🙂 Been working on this project for a while and it is finally out, the "Analytics-Driven Strategy" podcast is on 5 platforms now!!! You can listen to previous LinkedIn live episodes while driving, running or on the go. … Continue reading The “Analytics-Driven Strategy” Podcast is Here!!!
It is Monday, the start of the week - Happy Monday! I am having a mega knowledge content creation this week, lots of projects and announcements. I have a question for you, how can I support you on your Analytics-Driven Strategy journey? Like, what topics do you want me to cover? What platforms do you … Continue reading Content Thoughts!
Currently attending the last Board of Directors meeting for this year, great strategic and insightful discussions as always. It has been an honour to serve on FY2021 IMA | Institute of Management Accountants Global Board of Directors and be part of the Governance Committee! Serving on the IMA Board allowed me to support members with education, add … Continue reading Global Board of Directors Learning
Had a couple of conversations about Agile Methodology today, sharing with you some thoughts here: - Big ‘A’ Agile: This is a method of project management, it was initially developed and used for software development but now used massively in Analytics and other business areas. It is known for its iterative method and being customer-focused with … Continue reading Agile vs. agile?
Want to know why being a "Knowledge Volunteer" is so important?In my article "One Step Ahead" in the IMA | Institute of Management Accountants IMA Volunteering column, I share my experience on how volunteering has helped me support others and personally develop. For those who know me, you know how much of a "knowledge volunteer" I am. … Continue reading Why Be A Knowledge Volunteer?
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wyvwnTGsEII In this video, I am sharing the plans for my LinkedIn live and kicking it off. Let me know your thoughts please! Frequency: Twice a month. First and Third Thursday of every month.Time: 20:00 UK timeTopics: Analytics and Strategy LinkedIn Live Video allows approved members to broadcast live video content to our LinkedIn profiles. … Continue reading Analytics-Driven Strategy LinkedIn Live kick-off
Thoughts on how companies can utilise Data Analytics was the fourth question from the IMA | Institute of Management Accountants Valley of the Sun Chapter and DeVry University Virtual Student Chapter interviewThose are just a few examples of business cases utilising Analytics, what other projects did you work on which utilised Analytics?Looking forward to hearing your thoughts! … Continue reading Analytics Business Cases
Thoughts on starting a career in Data Analytics was the third question from the IMA | Institute of Management Accountants Valley of the Sun Chapter and DeVry University Virtual Student Chapter interview In the next couple of days, I will be sharing more questions from the interview. Any additional advice for someone starting a career in Data … Continue reading Thoughts on Starting A Career in Data Analytics
What is Data Analytics? This is the second question Richard asked me in the IMA | Institute of Management Accountants Valley of the Sun Chapter interview. In the next couple of days, I will be sharing more questions from the interview. Below is my view of data analytics, what does Data Analytics mean for you? Looking … Continue reading What is Data Analytics
Thanks IMA | Institute of Management Accountants Valley of the Sun represented by Richard T. Leonard, CPA, CMA and DeVry University Virtual Student Chapter represented Sophie Evans for the great interview!In the next couple of days, I will be sharing a question from the interview daily. So for my network, What situations have been presented in your life where you thought, … Continue reading “Maybe Data Analytics Would Be The Right Career Path For Me”?
Analytics is similar to consulting, your customers (internal/external) will tell you what they want. All the things that they see as important and urgent. Our job as Analytics professionals is to work with them on exploring their wants till we get them to realise what they really need.We have to ask the right questions, challenge … Continue reading So What?
Having worked as a business partner for years, Data Analytics is definitely a business partnering area. The strength of Data Analytics and Digital function in an area/organisation expands the horizon of the partner team and open the eyes of the business to new opportunities. Support your business by being a strong Data Analytics function. What … Continue reading Data Analytics is Business Partnering
Analytics-Driven Strategy Clubhouse Community - Motivational Monday Recap: 1. Tech skills to learn: Understand which area of Data Analytics you want to join (Data Engineering, visualisation or data science for example) and also understand what tools are used in the industry you want to get into. 2. Public Speaking: It is a very important skill, … Continue reading Motivational Monday 29th March 2021
Jaguar Land Rover Financial Services shared how our team embarked on setting-up our Data Analytics COE when the pandemic hit as well as our future plans, this was done in Cambridge Service Alliance - University of Cambridge Industry Day. Creating the right strategy and ecosystem for a successful Data Analytics Transformation needs industry expertise and business support. Below is the … Continue reading Setting-Up A Data Analytics Centre Of Excellence – In A Pandemic
Analytics-Driven Strategy Community - Motivational Monday is a room I will be holding on clubhouse every Monday at 8pm UK time. Thought to share today's recap with you today: Starting Data Analytics: Data Analytics is very rich, it covers Data Engineering, Data Science, Visualisation, Agile Methodology and more. Speaking with people working in the area … Continue reading Motivational Monday 22nd March 2021
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J9BQX6BK-nw Data Analytics projects are normally run using Agile Methodology. You will hear terms like Sprints, Scrums, Product Owners and more. It can be overwhelming when you start. In this IMA podcast, I talk about the benefits of Agile and cover the basic terms to better understand how the methodology works. This episode also covers … Continue reading What is Agile Methodology?
Our personality flourishes when we pick the right hobbies and career. Somehow, we can see the patterns between both and this helps us create a better career for ourselves. In October I did my first duathlon but had a massive injury. Today I did my first Sunday run in the couch to 5k plan, this … Continue reading Career and Hobbies Pattern
One of the sentences I came across today and thought was very insightful was "The perspective of Scrum moves from project to product" This is really Agile in a nutshell, the end goal is a product used by the customer. This is why Agile methodology is used massively in Data Analytics projects compared to the traditional project management … Continue reading Agile in One Sentence
With Women's Day around the corner, I thought to share with you one of the events very close to my heart. This same time last year, I had the honour to be part of the Analytics in Automotive panel in Deloitte Women at the Wheel event. https://youtu.be/onz6MFuwvIE The event was open for women and men … Continue reading Analytics in Automotive – Women at the Wheel
Last Sunday, I had the pleasure of hosting a great club house session together with the Viz Boss Hana – Hana M.K. The session was based on the feedback to hold a part II of the Data Visualisation Resources – Part I blog session we previously held. Below are few of the courses that were shared by … Continue reading Data Visualisation Resources – Part II
Data visualisation can be overwhelming, especially when you start. Last week I had the pleasure of hosting a session together with Hana - Hana M.K (check her website, she has a great course "Data Viz like a Boss" which is completely free!) Below are few of the courses that were shared by us and the … Continue reading Data Visualisation Resources – Part I
It was an honour to be part of the great #IMA Europe panel discussing robotics and automation in January which was sponsored by UiPath. We had great discussions covering the challenges we face today and the value of robotics and automation. In my opinion, leadership has to have two main priorities on their agenda: Value-Driven Analytics Company-wide … Continue reading What Should Be On The Leadership 2021 Agenda
Join me on January 27, for "Leveraging Automation to Transform Finance" a free webinar organised by IMA Europe. Gain insights into: ✔What are the priorities of CFO’s and the impact of the COVID crisis?✔What are the levers of Digital Transformation and what role can automation play?✔The evolution from basic RPA to Intelligent Automation and automation … Continue reading Leveraging Automation to Transform Finance IMA Event
Order by is a great statement to use if you want your data sorted ascendingly or descending. If you have a sales table with a several fields and want only list of customers and sales value arranged alphabetically by customer name, the code would be: SELECT Customers, Sales_Value FROM Sales ORDER BY First_Name ASC Equally … Continue reading How to use SQL “Order By” Statement?
Robotics Process Automation, also known as RPA is becoming a life saviour for companies. It has created a new type of workforce, a robotic workforce. In my opinion, it created more opportunities for human to use their unique "Human" skills rather than doing repetitive tasks. In this post, I will be discussing the first of … Continue reading What Processes Can Be Automated?
Knowledge volunteering is very important, sharing knowledge is how we grow and support each other. With another lockdown starting in the UK, I would like to offer volunteering support to small businesses, charities and professionals during this challenging time. The lockdown is an opportunity to look into your business and career so you can bounce … Continue reading Offering Support to Small Businesses, Charities and Young Professionals
Author: Bill Schmarzo First published: November 2020 Published by Packt Publishing Ltd. UK. ISBN 978-1-80056-1410 I had the privilege to get a review copy from this book. The book is written so the reader can take it forward and act on it. It emphasises the value of continuous learning which I believe is very important. … Continue reading Book Review: The Economics of Data, Analytics and Digital Transformation
Looking forward to tomorrow's Webinar - Think Data Analytics #analyticsdrivenstrategy #dataanalytics #visualisation #modelling #scenarioanalysis #datascience #dataengineering #business #ima #instituteofmanagementaccountants #cma
Although I have been working in data analytics for years but I am actually a qualified management accountant by trade. This is very useful as whenever there is a Data Analytics project my mind thinks "Cost-Benefit". Guess it is the accountant in me who questions is it worth doing the project and what is the … Continue reading Data Analytics – Think Decision Making Impact!
Know your value chain like you know the lines on your hand!Image by stokpic from Pixabay Data Analytics can be so powerful when utilised effectively across the value chain, tools and technology made it much easier for businesses to access data as well as for users to pro-actively answer their own business questions. Visualisation tools are … Continue reading How is Data Analytics used across Value Chain?
Photo by JTMultimidia from Pexels Problem structuring a Data Analytics project is really critical for a project's success. Understanding where your project is in terms of complexity and its importance, helps estimate the time and effort needed for the project. In a nutshell, the time you put into a project depends on both Importance of the project (Strategic/Financial … Continue reading How do you assess the complexity of a Data Analytics project?
Complexity is the enemy of executionTonny Robbins Was catching up with a couple of Data Analytics professionals this week, it was a great conversation about how some projects can end up being over engineered for the business need. Some of those over engineered projects might never see the light and never be in production, others … Continue reading Complexity Is The Enemy of Execution
Building Data Analytics Capabilities is one of the main challenges facing organisations atm, in my first blog https://wordpress.com/block-editor/post/strategicalanalytics.com/522 I covered some thoughts about the Technical skills for a team. In this blog, I will cover some thoughts on the soft professional skills as promised in part 1. If we imagine a team being built and … Continue reading Building Data Analytics Capabilities – Part 2: Soft Skills
There are different types of Data Analytics which makes it cover a wide range of tasks. This richness in the area needs different skills and capabilities. Based on my experience, I believe that there are two main types of skills needed for a person working in Data Analytics. Technical/business skills and soft skills, both are … Continue reading Building Data Analytics Capabilities – Part 1: Technical Skills
Given the technology advancement we reached, data is being created in massive amounts through all company activities and it is easily accessible. This gives us the opportunity to understand data and enables better Data Analytics utilisation. Previously industries and companies didn’t have access to all this data. We could barely get data in a country, … Continue reading How Data Analytics is breaking silos and supporting cross-functional collaboration
A career is something you carve through Being open to opportunities and not afraid to step into challenging projects and roles.Continuously developing and learning.Having a career plan that you update and amend based on what you learn. Your mind will grow with your age, experience and knowledge.Speaking with people in the profession and understanding what … Continue reading Carve Your Own Career
Leading vs Managing is a topic that I mentor few people on and will try to share more of my thoughts on it on LinkedIn, it is very important in Data and Analytics especially if you are working at an executive or a senior level. Managing is more of control and setting rules and guidelines … Continue reading Leadership vs. Management – Inspirational