In his posting on AEP Web SDK Debugging, which is excellent, my colleague Julien Piccini wrote about Data Elements, Promises, and how you can use _satellite.setVar() to store return values. As always when I see someone use setVar, my first reaction is "I should really finish this post about why I don't use setVar at … Continue reading Why I do not use setVar
Thought experiment? Challenge? Naïve day-dreaming? Solid advice? This post might be all of the above, which, in my book, makes it a beautiful thing. The question is this: what is the simplest possible Analytics setup that is still useful? There are so many details in that question! Setup Most importantly: why am I even asking? … Continue reading In Search of the Simplest, Useful Analytics Setup
Planning hero, me. Last week, I looked at blog stats, saw that the last post was 12 days ago, then hurriedly rescheduled a post to fill the perceived gap. This week, I realised I had posted three articles in September, and had created a gap for this Tuesday. So now I'm shuffling and changing my … Continue reading On letting go
In 2015, I wrote that I think "agile analytics" would currently not work, mainly because we lack people who take on the "product owner" role, i.e. people who are good at guiding, prioritising, evangelising, and occasionally steamrolling, our efforts. A year later, I opined that as an industry, we are not a great fit for … Continue reading Agile & Analytics – still Friends
You know how, often, when things do not quite make sense in your head, and then you read an article in which someone describes a model that fits perfectly, and you realise that other people have thought about that thing a lot more and better than you ever could, and so you can finally put … Continue reading Good Practice > Best Practice
This is my view on how SaaS consultants should work, formulated as a bunch of principles in the style of the Agile Manifesto. I like the style, because it recognises that all work happens on a spectrum, and that good work can come from knowing the broad direction, or which way to go when in … Continue reading A Manifesto for Analytics and Optimisation Consultants
We're interrupting our normal schedule this week to bring you some fresh thoughts about someone else's fresh thoughts! Tim Wilson, who could run a workshop with a cardboard box instead of a working laptop (I've seen it), posted the results of a thought experiment last week: 50 Things I Believe About Analytics There is so … Continue reading Most of those 50 things, I believe, too
I had an extremely brief discussion the other day about custom code, Extensions, and data quality, with Urs Boller. You all know how much those three topics mean to me, and that I have some opinions on all three of them. I also have a lot of respect for Urs, so when he challenged my … Continue reading No Custom Code – is an Extension the answer?
A title that could not be more humble, for an article that has two parts. In hindsight, I should have made it two articles, but hindsight is a fair-weather friend, and yours truly doesn't mind long articles. In the first part, I will sing a song of praise to the consultant in our industry. I … Continue reading Consultants (can) do Everything
The subject of today's article is "things we do, well, because, and which we should stop doing." https://media.giphy.com/media/3oKIPj8bJ9ky9ubKGQ/source.gif Below, you can find a list of things that I, personally, would a) not do anymore, and b) like to eradicate from any deployments I have ever participated in. I'd also like to erase them from my … Continue reading Out with the Old!