SPOS #351 – The Lean Analytics Model With Alistair Croll

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Welcome to episode #351 of Six Pixels Of Separation – The Twist Image Podcast. Every week (on Saturday), the blog hosts a link exchange between Hugh McGuire (PressBooks, Librivox, etc…), Alistair Croll (BitCurrent, Year One Labs, GigaOM, Human 2.0, Solve For Interesting, the author of Complete Web Monitoring, Managing Bandwidth: Deploying QOS in Enterprise Networks, etc…), and me. It wasn’t a random selection of people. I chose Hugh and Alistair because they come from diverse backgrounds and are people who – no matter what the occasion – keep me on my intellectual toes. In short, these two are too smart for their own good, and hanging out with them makes me want to learn more and do more and be smarter. Alistair has had a fascinating career. Most recently, he co-authored a book called, Lean Analytics – Use Data To Build A Better Startup Faster, with Ben Yoskovitz. In this episode, we debunk the whole "lean" model and discuss what data is useful and what data is clouding our judgment. I hope you learn as much as I did from this chat. Enjoy the conversation…

Here it is: Six Pixels Of Separation – The Twist Image Podcast – Episode #351 – Host: Mitch Joel.

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  1. This was a very interesting interview with Alistair. Got lot out of it. You do a great job with all your interviews.

  2. Loved (and just tweeted) Alistair’s definition of Big Data as being the ability to sift through huge VOLUMES of VARIED data at high VELOCITY.
    However, I challenge his idea that we don’t live in an information economy because economies are based on scarcity and information is abundant, not scarce.
    What’s scarce, and therefore worth billions, is strategic analysis of all that abundant info that delivers invaluable insights that organizations can use to drive the bottom line, whether that be sales, donations or votes.

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