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Key to Success at Data School – Ask Questions

If I could do it all again, what advice would I give myself before starting DS5?  This is a tough one. At first, I came up with a generic list of Dos and Don'ts. As I went through the list I started to notice a recurring theme: Ask questions Ask questions in the...

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A Letter to Future Data Schoolers

My dear future DS friend,   If you are thinking about applying to the Data School then definitely do it, and if you have already been accepted then my sincere congratulations!   On your first day or even week, you will find yourself in a room among 8 other...

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Reflections on the Data School

The Data School has been a trying and testing four months of my life. The experience has largely been what I expected reading the previous data schools’ blogs of their own time here and from my own guesswork… with three main differences.

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Reflections on Data School

The last three months have passed by very quickly, which is probably reflective of the amount and variety of tasks and learning over that time. Some reflective thoughts on how best to approach the Data School and make the most of your time here: Practice It probably...

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Did Expectations match Reality?

4 months, I was a giddy kipper having just survived my first week at Data School...in my excitement I wrote this blog outlining what I thought would happen in the following four months. Well now, sadly, this is my last week in the Data School before I have to go and...

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Data School Week 13 – Teaching Week

Data School Week 13 - Teaching Week I have fallen behind with my blogging once again! Here is a recap of week 13, it was student teaching week for the DS. To help get us comfortable teaching/training others on Tableau and Alteryx, we were each assigned a topic to...

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Dear DS6

I've heard on the grapevine that the next cohort of DS'ers is almost selected! I remember that when I got in (which feels like ages ago), I was reading all the DS4 reflective blogs bright-eyed and bushy-tailed. So let me not wait for Andy's forceful request and write...

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Data School Week 12

Data School Week 12 Week 12 was another client project week, with some student teaching mixed in. The week kicked-off with a one-hour Makeover Monday session visualising Sydney Ferries Network data.  After, we went straight into client project mode. I worked on the...

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Data School Week 11 – SQL and Advanced Tableau

Data School Week 11 Week 11 it was back to business as usual with another client project interspersed with training sessions on SQL and advanced Tableau Desktop skills. Client Project This project was especially exciting because it was my first time working with data...

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Data School Week 10 – Dashboard Week

Data School Week 10 - Dashboard Week In case you missed it, week 10 was Dashboard Week at DS. Every day we were given a dataset, and a list of requirements from Coach Kriebel, we had to create an Alteryx workflow to clean up and aggregate the data, and then use that...

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#ironviz – Mapping for Victory

When Tableau first launched their 2017 #ironviz competition I was over the moon! A geospatial competition? In Tableau? I'm in! Armed with a little bit of Alteryx spatial processing knowledge and a lot of enthusiasm, I set my challenge; "Map every building, river,...

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FML Week: Dashboard #4 – Andy’s Run Data

Final day, final viz, final blog! Andy must have been in an extra pleasant mood as he saved us the pain of doing any Alteryx for this challenge, that alleviated the pressure somewhat. This final challenge was to look at run training data collected by Runkeeper. To be...

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Data School Week 9 – Easter Week

Week 9 - Easter Week Easter Week at Data School was short and sweet! We had a 3-day client project and then a day SQL training, and then a bank holiday on Friday. Alteryx Best Practices My part of the client presentation this week highlighted some general Alteryx best...

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