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Is an MBA Essential for a Successful Management/Executive Career?

My Alliance Manchester Business School MBA experience was worth all the investments I put into it from time, money and effort, this is why I make sure to support others and pass on this experience. As I started this article, the MBA is not an answer to all questions and is not for everyone. Read more about… Continue reading Is an MBA Essential for a Successful Management/Executive Career?

Analytics Strategy

3 Important Change Management Aspects

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JsmlOri6aPI&list=PL3QnmaPu_fsiExnpBvtNPOFDYXd1OML_R&index=3 Scaling Data Strategy, Analytics and future technologies is a massive change management exercise within the organisation. In this YouTube video (the link is in the first comment), I focus on 3 important aspects that must be taken into account when embarking on this process. The chat will cover stakeholder management, identifying opportunities and partnerships and is… Continue reading 3 Important Change Management Aspects

Analytics Strategy

S2 E3 Live: Ethics and Data and Analytics Go Hand in Hand Podcast is out

Scaling Data Strategy and Analytics is a massive change management exercise within any organisation. Analytics-Driven Strategy new podcast is out where I focus on 3 important aspects which must be taken into account when embarking on this process.  This podcast is based on my peer-reviewed article in IMA | Institute of Management AccountantsStrategic Finance Magazine publication (link to… Continue reading S2 E3 Live: Ethics and Data and Analytics Go Hand in Hand Podcast is out

Data & Analytics Career Mentoring

Start Being The Person You Want To Become NOW!

On your continuous development journey: Think, act and start being the person you want to become now and not when you get that job, that promotion or start this research. It is a journey so start it now and be ready for the opportunity when it materialises.  https://youtube.com/shorts/MkXJvl_PddE?feature=share What do you think? Have you used… Continue reading Start Being The Person You Want To Become NOW!

Analytics Strategy

How Analytics is linked to change management?

change-management-in-disguise-strategic-financeDownload How Analytics is linked to change management? Analytics is "Change Management in Disguise as it is all about change in culture, technology, building new capabilities in organisations and more. To have a good Data and Analytics team, you need to have a good data strategy. In my article published by IMA | Institute of Management… Continue reading How Analytics is linked to change management?

Data & Analytics Career Mentoring

When making a decision do you think, am I in my comfort zone?

When making a decision do you think, am I in my comfort zone? What are my priorities? Do I need to do things differently? Was out with friends in Cambridge this weekend after a conference. Long story short a lady in the group mentioned how she has this great opportunity in London. A great company,… Continue reading When making a decision do you think, am I in my comfort zone?

Agile Project Management, Analytics Strategy, Data & Analytics Career Mentoring

What is the best way to communicate data strategy?

What is the best way to communicate data strategy?How to run data strategy and analytics meetings effectively?What are the tips to have an effective data strategy workshop? In this video, I answer all of those questions and more. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KwgdyTBQ8bw Let me know your thoughts in the comments and if you use any of these tips!… Continue reading What is the best way to communicate data strategy?

Analytics Strategy, Storytelling & Visualisation

How To Use Storytelling More Effectively In Communicating Data Strategy and Analytics?

Want to use storytelling more effectively in communicating Data Strategy and Analytics? Have you registered for tomorrow's American IMA | Institute of Management Accountants webinar? The use of stories can be a powerful way to convey your analytics strategy to your organisation’s key stakeholders. Come and join me tomorrow in IMA | Institute of Management Accountants Tech-Talk Mondays where… Continue reading How To Use Storytelling More Effectively In Communicating Data Strategy and Analytics?

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What are the discussions that happen at a board level?

Few of you have reached out asking several volunteering questions after yesterday's post so here I am sharing answers. Keeps sending questions! What I will be sharing today is what normally happens if you will pursue a board volunteering role in any organisation and an example of IMA board role. So, today is the annual… Continue reading What are the discussions that happen at a board level?

Analytics Strategy

Scaling Data and Analytics

The Institute for Manufacturing (IfM), University of Cambridge Conference was held on the 26th of May, 2022, I had the honour to present there and have been receiving many requests to share the deck. In this article, I am sharing more about the topic and the deck. I am still buzzing with all the energy and my… Continue reading Scaling Data and Analytics

Analytics Strategy

Data Strategy is Change Management

Scaling Data Strategy and Analytics is a massive change management exercise within any organisation. Analytics-Driven Strategy new podcast is out where I focus on 3 important aspects which must be taken into account when embarking on this process.  This podcast is based on my peer-reviewed article in IMA | Institute of Management AccountantsStrategic Finance Magazine publication. The podcast… Continue reading Data Strategy is Change Management

Data & Analytics Career Mentoring

What do you do to take care of your mental health?

It is Wednesday, time to share with you another video and this week it is a mental health-related video. Last week was mental health awareness week, Data and Analytics is changing so fast. I always say that it is maturing as we speak, this can cause challenges for some people. Also, the type of work… Continue reading What do you do to take care of your mental health?

Analytics Strategy

Why would you start from scratch? Build on successes!

Came across John Gall’s below thoughts, he basically emphasises the importance of enhancing what already works rather than starting from scratch. Working in Data and Analytics for a while now, I have seen companies thinking how they can mature. The below is a perfect way of thinking about challenges and improve them: "A complex system… Continue reading Why would you start from scratch? Build on successes!

Analytics Strategy

How to Measure Data and Analytics Maturity in an Organisation and Upskill Your Employees?

Did you need to measure the Data and Analytics maturing in an organisation? Did you have to upskill your team? How did you do that? This month I have answered those 2 questions in my weekly Wednesday videos on YouTube, the answers are based on my experience as an industry practitioner in the area and… Continue reading How to Measure Data and Analytics Maturity in an Organisation and Upskill Your Employees?

Analytics Strategy, Data & Analytics Career Mentoring

How to measure Data and Analytics maturity?

It is Wednesday, time for a new knowledge-sharing video! Have you thought about what to consider when measuring Data and Analytics maturing? Maybe if you moved roles, did a consulting job or compared your organisation against another one, that question would be on your list of questions. In this video, I share 3 main Data… Continue reading How to measure Data and Analytics maturity?

Volunteering

IMA Minneapolis virtual conference

So looking forward to IMA | Institute of Management Accountants IMA Minneapolis Chapter virtual conference and my session about Storytelling this Friday - thanks Trent Kramer, CMA, CPA, CSCA and the rest of the team for organising that! Data and Analytics is a topic that needs excellent communication and storytelling techniques. If you are interested to understand… Continue reading IMA Minneapolis virtual conference

Data & Analytics Career Mentoring, Volunteering

Holidays Routine YouTube Video- Happy Easter!

Hope you are having an awesome long weekend, sharing with you my holiday routine on youtube. What is your holiday routine? https://youtube.com/shorts/YkwYIs2PftM?feature=share #agilemethodology #analyticsdrivenstrategy # #analytics #AnalyticsDrivenStrategy #Fatemaelwakeel #DataAnalytics #RPA #Robotics #DataScience #Modelling #ArtificialIntelligence #MachineLearning #Visualisation #Problemstructuring #Scenarioplanning #womeninautomotive #career #analyticsstrategy #agilemethodology #machinelearning #mentoring #analytics #knowledgevolunteering Follow my Blog via Email

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Follow me on YouTube for more videos!

Thanks for all the feedback on my live videos, it is exciting to receive all this positive feedback on how the content is helping people in their career journeys! Going forward I will share a video every Wednesday, this video will cover Data and Analytics, career thoughts as well as chats with fellow industry professionals,… Continue reading Follow me on YouTube for more videos!

Data & Analytics Career Mentoring, Volunteering

2 Questions I got asked in AMBS Women’s Day Event

So what is the highlight for March's LinkedIn article? Going back to where my Data and Analytics journey started brought so many memories. On the 8th of March 2022, I had the honour to be part of the International Women's Day Panel organised by Alliance Manchester Business School and share the stage with 2 other inspiring ladies Fiona… Continue reading 2 Questions I got asked in AMBS Women’s Day Event

Data & Analytics Career Mentoring

Have you planned your week?

Mondays are the start of the week, a great way to shape a successful week that is targetting your dreams. Have you planned your week yet? Have a great week where all your weekly dreams comes true!Have a great week that brings you a step closer to have your long term dreams come true! #plan#organise#analyticsdrivenstrategy#mondaymotivation… Continue reading Have you planned your week?

Analytics Strategy

AI and Intellectual Property

https://www.gov.uk/government/consultations/artificial-intelligence-and-intellectual-property-call-for-views/government-response-to-call-for-views-on-artificial-intelligence-and-intellectual-property#:~:text=15.,international%20harmonisation%20in%20the%20area. A good course is a course that doesn't only give you an understanding of the topic but also gets you thinking of how to apply it to your research! For the past month, I had the honour to attend a course by Frank Tietze and Dr Nigel S. Clarke about Intellectual Properties, it was provided by the University of… Continue reading AI and Intellectual Property

Agile Project Management, Analytics Strategy

LinkedIn Article: Data Strategy and Analytics = Change Management

In this article published by the American IMA | Institute of Management Accountants, I am sharing my professional and research experience on how Data Strategy and Analytics is a change management exercise. What has been your experience with scaling Data Strategy and Analytics? Would love to hear your thoughts and experience! I would like to take… Continue reading LinkedIn Article: Data Strategy and Analytics = Change Management

Analytics Strategy, Data & Analytics Career Mentoring

The Importance of Linking Ethics to Data and Analytics.

In my Strategic Finance Magazine article, I highlighted the importance of putting an ethics lens on Data and Analytics and discussed it more. What has been your experience with linking ethics to Data and Analytics? Would love to hear your experience, successes and challenges! I would also like to take this opportunity to thank: Jeff… Continue reading The Importance of Linking Ethics to Data and Analytics.

Analytics Strategy

Data As An Asset vs. Data As a Problem

Currently, Data is growing massively, it is more of a combinatorial growth not just exponential or linear growth. How organisations treat their data is how they make the best out of it. Throughout the years, I have been involved in so many data projects whether through my work, volunteering or research. One of the things that… Continue reading Data As An Asset vs. Data As a Problem

Data & Analytics Career Mentoring

Thank You Jaguar Land Rover And Thank you To All My Former Colleagues!

In April 2015, I joined Jaguar Land Rover and little did I know that my journey with this amazing company will last more than 6 and a half years. The contract I received in a USB stick in the form of a Jaguar Land Rover car key was literally the key to my ultimate job in this company, it… Continue reading Thank You Jaguar Land Rover And Thank you To All My Former Colleagues!

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IMA Michigan Regional Council Event Registration Is Open

So looking forward to speaking about "The Power of Storytelling in Analytics Strategy" in IMA | Institute of Management Accountants Michigan Council on Thursday 14th October! The event is open to everyone so feel free to register through the link below. #analyticsdrivenstrategy#analytics#storytelling https://event.on24.com/eventRegistration/EventLobbyServletV2?target=reg20V2.jsp&eventid=3421804&sessionid=1&key=F69FEC2C2BE6064747D7FC05AA530BB5&groupId=2927783&sourcepage=register #agilemethodology #analyticsdrivenstrategy # #analytics #AnalyticsDrivenStrategy #Fatemaelwakeel #DataAnalytics #RPA #Robotics #DataScience #Modelling #ArtificialIntelligence #MachineLearning #Visualisation… Continue reading IMA Michigan Regional Council Event Registration Is Open

Data & Analytics Career Mentoring

Career Thoughts: Get Out of Your Comfort Zone

Thought to share with you some career thoughts on a video, it is available on my Youtube channel https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PJFF57UgdTo #sharingknowledge #career #learning #leadership #agilemethodology #analyticsdrivenstrategy # #analytics #AnalyticsDrivenStrategy #Fatemaelwakeel #DataAnalytics #RPA #Robotics #DataScience #Modelling #ArtificialIntelligence #MachineLearning #Visualisation #Problemstructuring #Scenarioplanning #womeninautomotive #career #analyticsstrategy #agilemethodology #machinelearning #mentoring #analytics #knowledgevolunteering Follow my Blog via Email

Data & Analytics Career Mentoring

You Career Plan Develops Through Life

I am super excited to be speaking in the IMA | Institute of Management Accountants Temple University Chapter on the 29th of October about careers, Data and Analytics, having my CMA and more!!! Thought to share with you some thoughts on a video which is available on Youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tZ4i4skAEe4 #sharingknowledge #career #learning #leadership #agilemethodology #analyticsdrivenstrategy # #analytics #AnalyticsDrivenStrategy… Continue reading You Career Plan Develops Through Life

Data & Analytics Career Mentoring

How Do You Keep On Top of Analytics Updates?

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?

Analytics Strategy

Analytics Organisational Models

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

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New Collaboration – The University of Manchester

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

Data & Analytics Career Mentoring

What was the pivotal point in your executive career?

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?

Analytics Strategy

The Power of Collaboration During a Pandemic Video Recap – Jaguar Land Rover Session

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 Strategy

The 3 Main Data and Analytics Organisational Models

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

Agile Project Management

What Are The Agile Methodology Values?

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?

Analytics Strategy, Data & Analytics Career Mentoring, Storytelling & Visualisation, Volunteering

The Art of Storytelling

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

Agile Project Management, Analytics Strategy

Perfection is the enemy of Done

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

Storytelling & Visualisation, Volunteering

The Art of Creating a Masterful Data Visualisation Story

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

Analytics Strategy

Do You Use a Hook in Storytelling?

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?

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The “Analytics-Driven Strategy” Podcast is Here!!!

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!!!

Analytics Strategy, Volunteering

Content Thoughts!

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!

Volunteering

Global Board of Directors Learning

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

Agile Project Management

Agile vs. agile?

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?