episode 18

Lessons from Building a 2,700-Person Analytics Team

Data Science Leaders | 1:08:25 | September 08, 2021

Data Science Leaders: Dave Frankenfield

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Dave Frankenfield, VP Enterprise Data and Analytics at Optum, oversees a team of 2,700 data professionals. How do you structure a team of that size? What functions does it cover? And how does it collaborate with and deliver value to the rest of the company?

In this episode, Dave discusses the strategies he’s used to build his team, the lessons he’s learned, and the advice he has for data science leaders scaling teams of any size in the enterprise.

The conversation covers:

  • Building an analytics team from the ground up
  • Approaches to managing shadow IT
  • Tradeoffs between distributed vs. delegated data science teams

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