Data for Change

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I have listened to several versions of this conversation in recent years:

“We have the backend database pretty well built. It’s stable and flexible. I want to add some processing speed to ensure mobile access and pulls don’t slow us down, especially once we have the front end built”.


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This day is always profound for me. Not for some profound memory or reason, but because I remember this day as a child because TV stations will fill the day with movies of war and heroes. …

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You’ve been home for two weeks, you are beginning to realize that your company is going to remain closed for a while. In fact, they just sent you a furlough notice.

You’re spending so much time helping the kids adjust to on-line school you barely have time to realize that…

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I’ve always loved the quiet streets of the early mornings in the city. Before the majority of the crowds are awake, out of their houses, and scrambling to get to their places of business.

These quiet times, especially in the cold darkness of winter mornings envelopes me and gives me…

A strategy to create an ego-less and resilient team.

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I’m fortunate that I get to conduct a lot of interviews in my job. We always seem to be hiring someone. To some people this probably sounds terrible, interviews can be uncomfortable for all parties. When they go bad, it can…

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“Each week, I run this code after updating it with the new dates. I compile it with historical data, disaggregate it based on the SOP, and then upload it into the dashboard template. Once I’ve checked for errors, I alert the distro-list that the updates are complete”

I sat there…

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A few weeks ago at a team meeting, I couldn’t help but notice how much some people focused on the specifics of project development and deployment. As they described what they were working on, they kept failing to explain how the project fit into the needs of the organization.


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On January 13, 2020 the U.S. government published draft rules for the regulation of Artificial Intelligence (AI) in the United States. (NOTE: This draft is available for public comments until March 13, so there is still an opportunity to exercise your democratic voice!)


For those not familiar with the process…

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Overview and Background

Unless you work in law or the government you may not be aware that most decisions that the U.S. government makes about citizens are fairly controlled and transparent. …

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“Never compare yourself to others. Only compare the person you are today to the person you were the day before.”
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I was having a casual conversation with an former employee about her current position. In a round about way we ended up talking about leadership. What brought…

Joel Nantais

Doctoral candidate, integrating Data Science in the public sector. Government executive, leader, life experimenter, creative tinkerer.

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