SQL Saturday Lessons

Here I am at my keyboard on a Monday morning after #SQLSatDallas 2019, drinking my coffee and contemplating the sessions I attended and great info I received this past weekend.  There were so many presentations I wanted to attend!  I always have the best intentions to attend a session each hour.  It never works out that way.  Why?  Because I often get caught up answering questions, sharing stories, talking to sponsors, and helping others.  Mind you, I am not complaining at all, I absolutely LOVE helping others, sharing stories, and meeting new people!

Learning Path

One lady in particular, (I wish I had gotten her name!) asked me for help finding sessions that would suit her best in the quest to learn SQL.  She and I stood a while and sifted through each beginner session, I tried my best to steer her toward the presentations I thought might give her more guidance in the areas she was seeking.  It was so awesome to be able to help create a learning path for her.

New Ideas

As an organizer for the upcoming SQL Saturday Austin, this has given me some ideas to try to formulate.  More on that after it happens.  If I devise a plan that works, I will share it in a blog post for you!

I Challenge you

As a speaker, I am putting a challenge out there to other speakers: offer to help attendees customize their schedule.  For so many, this is their first SQL Saturday experience and we want them to leave with as much pertinent knowledge as possible!  We also want them to go back to work telling their coworkers and friends how much they learned as well as  how awesome of a community they are now part of!

More Than Tech

In one of these chance meetings, I ran into Mohammad Darab and Brent Ozar chatting by the water coolers.  Not wanting to interrupt, I gave a quick wave to both of them and was instantly invited into the conversation.  The three of us chatted about this and that, SQL and personal stuff.  We took the opportunity to connect and share.  Thank you Brent and Mohammad for the wonderful conversation, insights, and laughs.


A bit later I joined Brent, Kenneth Fisher, Hasan Savran, and Leslie Andrews for lunch.  We sat and chatted about SQL, careers, families, personal stuff, theology (bet that surprised you!), shared photos and ideas.  We talked blogging, presentations, and just general interesting topics.  Brent and Kenneth both gave us all some great books and blogs to check out.  I even got to share how cool my camera phone is, check out the pics!


While we were sitting at the table, several people came up to say hello and asked Brent  for a photo.  I get it, he *kinda* looks like Tony Stark.  It was cool to see that no matter what we were talking about, attendees still felt comfortable coming up to the table.  There was no air of superiority coming from the table, no elitist vibe, just a group of friends chatting and leaving space always for one more to join.

Thanks Alicia Moniz for the photo!

This is the coolest thing about our community, the inclusiveness of it!

Lessons Learned

I learned a lot at SQL Saturday Dallas about branding, containers, Kubernetes (K8), Python, and Docker.  The most important lesson I learned this past weekend was something very personal just to me.  I found my place.  I found what I bring to the industry.  This is something I have been searching for a while now.

Special Offerings

We all have something very special to offer.  For some, like Buck Woody, it is his superior knowledge, quick wit, and verbal prowess.  For Kellyn Pot’Vin-Gorman, it is her amazingly vast knowledge of all things tech, personal strength, and interesting life stories.  For Chris Hyde, it is his ability to pick up coding languages and easily make them not so scary for others to learn.  What is your very special thing to offer?

The Human Side of Technology

For me, I learned that my special offering is my love for the human side of technology.  I know how to code in Python, build a Power BI dashboard, how to query a database, and how to create a solid machine learning model.  However, my strongest and most unique quality is the ability to easily connect and create meaningful relationships with people who are sometimes too shy to reach out.  Inclusiveness and celebrating our differences has always been important to me.  This is where I need to focus in this industry.  Tech is great, humankind is glorious!

Thank You for Saying Hello

A few people came up to say hello and to tell me that they follow me on twitter, read my blogs, and/or remember my session from last year.  Thank you so much for stopping to say hello!  It means the world to me that someone will take a moment out of their day to speak with me, so please keep doing that!  Thank you in particular to Sarah Brewster and Toni Haag for the awesome conversation.  You two ladies are awesome and I cannot wait to see where you go from here!

Toni Sarah Angela

“Forge your own path and set it on fire- so bright that people don’t just come to see the flames, but want to follow in your footsteps before the coals cool down.” – Kellyn Pot’Vin-Gorman



Official PASS Summit Blogger

Have you ever just looked around where you are and thought “How the heck did I get HERE?” If I am being honest, it has happened a fair number of times for me. Normally when this happens, I stand in amazement for a few minutes and just let myself soak it in.

One such moment happened at PASS Summit 2018.  It was my pleasure to have been invited to live-blog from the PASS Summit Blogger’s Table for the 2018 Summit Keynotes. Surrounded by some of the most amazing people in the community, I nervously sat out to share my experiences in real time. For reference, those blogs are listed here:

What is PASS Summit?

PASS Summit Day 2: Wake Up Seattle!

Empower Gender Diversity in Technology

This year PASS has decided to try something new and is introducing the Official PASS Summit Blogger Program. I am honored to be chosen as an Official Blogger for PASS Summit!


What is an Official PASS Summit Blogger?

The Official PASS Summit Blogger program is made up of some of the community’s most influential and knowledgeable experts across architecture, data management, and analytics.

This year’s team of bloggers will share the latest event announcements, along with their past experiences and tips and tricks in the lead up to PASS Summit 2019.

What does that mean?

There’s a lot of fancy words there.  So what does this mean for YOU?  Official Bloggers not only get the opportunity to live-blog the keynote events, but we also get exclusive access with the PASS Executive Committee, industry leaders, exhibitors, and sponsors.

Through this program, I will be on the inside and will be sharing:

  • stories and highlights from PASS Summit 2018;
  • tips and tricks about making Summit a great experience,
  • info about PASS Summit events and announcements;
  • and live-blogging events and sessions at PASS Summit 2019!

This is such an exciting opportunity and I am looking forward to sharing everything with you! I can tell you now, there will be a lot of exciting information in the months to come. And as always, along the way I will do my best to entertain and enlighten.  

Other Official PASS Summit Bloggers

The coolest thing about bloggers is that each one of them has a unique understanding to share. I highly suggest you follow me and my fellow Official Pass Summit Bloggers listed below.

Please always feel free to reach out if you have any questions or comments.  I believe we learn and grow as one.  We are always stronger together!

Atlanta on My Mind

A few years ago I accompanied my husband to Atlanta for SQL Saturday. He was speaking and had told me what a wonderful event it was. Not ever wanting to pass up a chance to learn, network with community, and be of assistance to my great friends there, I jumped at the chance to go! I was not speaking yet, so I was purely an attendee.

I dreamed of the day when I would be able to present. I have always admired those who were brave enough to stand in front of strangers and share knowledge and experience. I was never sure I had the courage, or the experiences to share. What I have come to realize is that EVERYONE has a story to share!

Go Big or Go Home

To say that SQL Saturday Atlanta is a big event is a total understatement. There are always tons of people there! Not only that, the planning team is a large group who work seamlessly and tirelessly to pull of an awesome event! The event this year is held on May 18, 2019 at Gwinnett Technical College, Alpharetta, Georgia.

Returning with Data

I am so thrilled to announce that this year I have been chosen to present Data Collection and Usage: Illegal or Unethical? at #SQLSatAtlanta!

Data ethics is something near and dear to my heart. In this session we discuss how data collection and usage is all around us and explore how it is used. Is what we do with the data ethical? Are we collecting and processing biased data? We will take a look at ethical data collection and usage, what it means to your models and forecasts, and how being aware of possible biases can impact your bottom line. You might be training on extremely biased data and not know it, skewing your forecasts in the wrong direction.

I hope you will join me. My goal is to make learning fun and interactive. Fortunately, I am one of the first sessions, so grab some coffee and a snack and join me in Room 226!

More Than Learning

If you have never been to a SQL Saturday, one of the most important things to remember is that it is more than just about learning new skills. SQL Saturdays are a fantastic place to meet new friends, vendors who can make your job easier, and quite possibly meet your new employee or coworker! If you are in search of a new job, networking with vendors and others in the community will boost your reach.

Take a moment to speak with fellow attendees and speakers. We often get so caught up in learning new technical skills that we forget to make time to connect with people. Don’t be shy! We are all in this together, we all want to connect and share. Don’t miss out! Register for SQL Saturday Atlanta today, or a SQL Saturday near you!

Thank you to Idera for sponsoring me as an Idera Ace!

MPP Data Science Final Project

Recently I wrote about my experience working through the Microsoft Professional Program in Data Science in my blog post Data Science Breakdown. I am so happy to announce that I successfully completed the capstone! More-so, I achieved the MPP Data Science Certificate!

“Was it difficult?”

The number one question I get asked is if the capstone was difficult. The short answer is “yes.” The capstone is designed to test the knowledge and skills gained from the classes in the course, as well as expand your horizons as to how you would deal with “real-world” projects. The next question I get is “Do you think I can pass it?” Absolutely… if you give it your all.

The capstone I completed was divided into three parts.
* data analytics
* building and testing a machine learning model
* write a professional report

The Sum of Three Parts

Part 1, Analyzing Data

The capstone really put me to work. Reviewing and analyzing data is very easy and straight forward for me. I really enjoy looking between the lines and finding the patterns that emerge. The capstone allows the student use of any analytics program they desire. For this portion, Excel was my choice, and it proved to be a wise one. Part 1 took mere minutes for me to complete. It was the second part of the capstone where the majority of my time and effort was spent.

Part 2, Machine Learning

In order to create a successful machine learning model, you will need to be proficient in your Google-Fu. Building the machine learning model took more knowledge and experience than I had gained in the course work alone. A large amount of my time was spent exploring various approaches and algorithms. Many hours were spent researching algorithms and trying to figure out the best ways to go about training the unruly model.

I was frustrated, tired, and admittedly ready to give up. REALLY AND TRULY. A thought occurred: “This is why they call it ‘Data Science’. I am sitting here trying to find answers along an untrodden path.” In that moment, I imagined this is what it feels like to be a true scientist. Just as in physical science, data science requires time, patience, research, trial and error.

Not being one to give in, I persisted until the best combination of algorithms was found. It was a profound relief to test the model against my data and to see it be successful.

Giving Thanks

So many people in the community helped guide me in the direction to find answers. Thank you to all who wrote blogs, tweets, whitepapers, and produced videos. Sharing your unique views and understanding with others makes us a stronger community.

Part 3, Professional Report

Armed with my data, my experiences, and my successful machine learning model, the final step in the capstone is to put it all together in a written report! Holy goodness. This was much more difficult than I had expected it to be. Your grade for the third part is dependent on other students and their assessment of your report. Yet another real-life experience to get you ready for a career as a Data Scientist!

The report took a few days to complete; the last day I worked a solid 30 hours straight on it. I could not sleep; was excited, terrified, stressed, and also just REALLY ready to get this completed. Once my report was submitted, I began reading the other students’ reports as assigned. The reports were outstanding. Those students brought to light information that had not shown itself in my project. Each report was vastly different; the story the data told the other three varied from each other and mine as well. How interesting that we all had the same data sets and somehow all four of us presented completely different stories!

Lessons Learned

Undoubtedly, the classes in the MPP Data Science course taught me a number of valuable skills while also having the unintended consequence of teaching me some things about…well…me.

When faced with something new and extremely difficult, I learned that I have the ability to rise up and learn and be successful. That the willingness to learn something new can set you apart from others.

At the end of the capstone, while reviewing other students’ reports, I saw opportunities for more learning as their approaches to the same material differed from mine.

Finally, I learned that when we work together for a common goal, we are stronger and smarter together.

We are stronger and smarter together.

Return To Where It All Started

They say you can’t go back home again. That is true, but this week I will be traveling back to where it all started. I am headed back to speak SQL Sat Nashville! Last year at this time (January 2018) I nervously arrived at SQLSatNash to present for the very first time.

With a ton of support from my friends and family, I created a session over Soft Skills and I was ready to present! I had prepared. I had obsessively gone over each and every word on the slides. I had practiced and practiced and had actually given a test run to my husband’s company. I was ready. I WAS READY!

Is it time to panic?

No sleep was to be had the night before my session. I was excited and nervous.. and very scared. The day was here and I could not be any more prepared. I walked in to set up laptop and the room was freezing. I swear I could see my breath when I talked! You see, the university had been closed the day before due to ice and snow, and the rooms had not yet warmed up. This gave me a new panic. How was I going to keep people’s attention in such a cold room? Would they even stay?

My knees were knocking, and it wasn’t just because the room was a balmy 40 degrees (F)! I was nervous and was constantly questioning my decision to step into the public speaking realm.

I loved seeing it snow at #SQLSatNash 2018

Calm down, you are amongst friends!

In order to calm my nerves, I started playing Can’t Stop the Feeling. This is one of my go-to feel great songs. People started filing in, and I kept it playing. I started dancing (to keep warm and also because I had no idea what to do with all that nervous energy!) and I was surprised to see others started joining me!!!  Much to my amazement and pure enjoyment, Aunt Kathi was on the front row to see ME and she started dancing as well! Actually I think she lead the dancing! ha ha (Seeing Aunt Kathi there in my session made me feel like a super star. Having her join me in dancing made me feel even more special. Thank you Aunt Kathi!)

I look out over my audience and see some amazing people. John Morehouse, Duke (#JohnsDad), Rie Irish, Allen Kinsel, Lance Tidwell, Jim Donahoe, my son Robert, Chris Hyde, and many others were there to support me! What an amazing group of #SQLFamily! The time was now, and I did not want to disappoint them! So here we go, the song was over and it was time to start!

I am thankful for my #SQLFamily

If you have not attended my sessions, they are… less than boring. I feel that my job as a speaker is to not only education, but to entertain. So, sort of edutainment I suppose. I was so full of excitement and energy, I felt like I was buzzing all over the place! I had a lot of great audience interaction and participation and before I knew it, the presentation was complete. WOW! That time sure flew by! I was shaking, I was excited, I was on a new-found high that I had never experienced before! I was totally bit by the Speaker Bug!

SQL Saturday?

I went on to speak at several SQL Saturdays in 2018 and had a wonderful time at every event. If you are wondering where the next or nearest SQL Saturday is to you, you can visit the SQLSaturday website and find out! Remember that just as important as the training you receive, the networking at SQL Saturdays can be greatly beneficial to you and your career. Don’t be afraid to approach a speaker and ask questions. We are there to share knowledge and to network as well.

I am super excited to be chosen to speak in Nashville again. It is such a great event put on by great people. This year I will be discussing something near and dear to my heart, Ethics in Data. I would love to see you at SQL Saturday Nashville 2019! You can find out more and register here!

And hey, if you want to start presenting but don’t know where to start, check out this blog (Just Start at the Beginning) and send me a message! I would love to help grow new speakers! You can do this.

Data Science Breakdown

You have undoubtedly heard that Data Science is one of the fastest growing fields in the data industry and one of the best jobs in America .  While many people are interested in a career in data science, they are afraid it might take more than they have to offer.  I was one of these people.  I was afraid that I didn’t have the knowledge or mental (or mathematical) aptitude needed for such a career.  Being the unwavering person I am, I set a goal to learn more and then went on a search for information.  I found the Microsoft MPP in Data Science program and thought “Well, I can at least give it a try.” 

          *Let me pause here and applaud Microsoft for partnering with EdX.org to assemble and bring in this training… and making it available to anyone and everyone for FREE.  You can take and complete these classes for free.  The only payment needed is if you decide to complete the classes for verified certificates (needed to complete the MPP Certification).

What it takes

Are you interested in studying data science?  Ask yourself these questions:

  • Do you have an interest in exploring abstract ideas?
  • Are you a curious person?
  • Do you feel comfortable seeking for answers in unique ways?
  • Do you love exploring with new programs and technology?
  • Are you interested in finding the story within the story?
  • Are you good at finding patterns where there seem to be only random ideals and images?
  • Are you interested in working with data?

What is a Data Scientist?

If you answered yes to the above questions, you just might be the next great Data Scientist!  Let’s break down what a Data Scientist does.  The role of  data scientist is a unique one as it requires an ability to think on your feet, think outside the box, be creative with technology, and be somewhat of an entrepreneur.  Data science walks the fine line between technology and creative story telling.  A data scientist is one who knows how to use various means to pull narratives from data to create a great story.  You see, data is not merely a static table of letters and numbers.  No, it is much more than just digits in a row.  Data is a living, breathing, ever-evolving collection of information that is searching for a way to tell its’ story.  Data scientists are curious, technically equipped story-tellers exploring the data landscape for the next great story to share.  Sound interesting?  If so, keep reading!

Data Science Tools

On my journey to becoming a Microsoft MPP in Data Science, I started where we all start… at the beginning.  The very first class in the MPP Course is Introduction to Data Science.  This is your typical intro class.  It is easy, but very important.  This will guide you through what to expect, how to navigate the classes, as well as provide an over-view of the basic concepts and principles on which data science is based.  

There are a number of tools in the data science repertoire.  For the purpose of this blog, we will focus on the tools one can learn through the Microsoft MPP courses. 

  Analyzing & Visualizing Data

The first tool we look at is for analyzing and visualizing data.  The MPP course gives you a choice between working with Power BI or Excel.  As I have previous experience with Excel and feel pretty confident there, I chose to learning something new and went with Power BI.  I found Power BI to be a super fun tool that felt more like a video game and less like work.  I love a good visual!  This class easily walked me through setup and through a variety of use-case scenarios.  I found it very fun and easy to learn.  In fact, what struck  me the most about these classes is how very concise yet easily followed the class are.  

Communicate Data Insights

Now that you understand the basics of analyzing and visualizing data, it is important to know how to master data communication.  It is one thing to be able to look at data and understand it, it takes a completely different set of skills to convey the stories the data has to tell.  In the next course, Analytics Storytelling for Impact, you will learn how to fully explore a story to find what a great story is, and what it is not. This course really dives into how to make an impact through storytelling and gives you an idea how to create impact through presentations, reports and how to apply these skills to your data analytics.  I thoroughly enjoyed this class as it spoke to the theater major in me.  I do love to tell a good story, and this class gave me new ways to look at data and has resulted in me questioning things I see every day like political polls, job descriptions, and advertisements. 

Apply Ethics and Law in Analytics

Ethics?  What does ethics have to do with being a data scientist?  Admittedly, when I first saw that the program had been updated with Ethics and Law in Data and Analytics I was a bit taken aback.  I thought I had left the legal field and was on the way to a technical role.  Why learn ethics?  Data science, and data collection have changed wildly and quickly over the last few years.  It is my firm belief that every data professional needs to take this course.  Only through taking this course I learned about the possibility of data being accidentally  prejudice!  Certainly ethics should be considered when collecting and analyzing data!  The data scientist would be remiss in not heeding due diligence!

Query Relational Data

The data scientist must know how to query databases in order to get the data needed to analyse.  The MPP program offers Querying Data with Transact SQL where you will learn to query and modify data in SQL Server or Azure SQL using TSQL.  If you are not familiar, SQL is pronounced in the industry as “See-Quil”  not “Es-Que-El”… it is a pet peeve of mine to hear someone say S-Q-L when talking to me about SQL.  This course was very thorough and a great way to step into learning how to query and program using TSQL.   This class will take some effort, I found it to be one of the more intensive classes in this course.  SQL is no easy task, and SQL Server has many versions out there in practical use, each version with different hurdles to jump.  This particular class is a fantastic place to start to learn a great deal about SQL.  

Explore Data with Code

The next step in the program is to explore data with code.  You are given two options here, one path is Introduction to R for Data Science and the other is Introduction to Python for Data Science.  For my interests, I chose Python since it is widely used in many areas, especially advanced analytics and AI.  To my surprise, Python was a lot of fun to learn.  I did more research into the uses of Python and found it to be a very useful tool in my toolkit.  I can even design and program holiday lights for my house using Python!

Apply Math and Statistics to Data Analysis

Whoa, wait….math?  Math is involved???  Yes, absolutely!  Remember back in school when you thought “When will I EVER use this again in real life?”  The answer is “Now, and always, honestly.”  There are three classes offered here so you can choose which you want to learn:

I chose the Python Edition to continue on my usage of Python from the last class.  I was not a great math student, so I was really afraid I would not be smart enough to get through this class.  If  you are feeling that way, stop that now.  Like I have said before, these classes are designed in such a great way that not only was I able to learn and grow, I made a great grade!  Don’t let fear of failure keep you from trying something new.

Plan and Conduct Data Studies

Again you are given the choice to learn Data Science Research Methods: R Edition and Data Science Research Methods: Python Edition.  No matter which path you choose, this class teaches the fundamentals of the research process.  You will learn to develop and design sound data collection strategies and how to put those results in context.  

Build Machine Learning Models

To be honest, I faced this particular class with dread.  Much to my surprise, I really and truly enjoyed learning about building machine learning models. You can chose between Principles of Machine Learning: R Edition and Principles of Machine Learning: Python Edition .  If you have previously chosen Python as I did, continue on with that path.  This class offers a clear explanation of machine learning theory through hands-on experience in the labs.  You will use Python or R to build, validate and deploy machine learning models using Azure Notebooks.

I will make one suggestion though, before completing this class, would recommend completing  Developing Big Data Solutions with Azure Machine Learning .  As a more visual-based person, I found that I understood the machine learning models much more after completing the course using Azure Machine Learning.

Build Predictive Solutions at Scale

Okay, now we are getting to some really fun stuff! I think this was my absolute favorite of all the classes.  You can chose from one of these three:

I chose Developing Big Data with Azure Machine Learning (AML) and what a blast I had!  I can say that working with AML and with Azure Data Studio was like opening up presents on my birthday!  The final projects were a lot of work, but I got a real sense of what working in the field as a data scientist and machine learning is all about… trial and error.  It was a lot of fun trying to use insights, hunches, best guesses, and technology all together to create and train a model in order to accurately predict solutions!  

Final Project

After all the courses are completed and passed, you can only gain the MPP in Data Science if you successfully pass the Microsoft Professional Capstone : Data Science.  As of the writing of this blog, I am slated to begin the Capstone on December 31, 2018 and I cannot think of a better way to ring in the new year!

Final Thoughts

I have researched many ways to become a Data Scientist.  Most universities offer degrees in data science.  I have found that on the majority of their sites, they tout a Masters or PHD in Data Science is what you need (with a heavy prerequisite of extensive math and stats classes) in order to become a data scientist.  Must you have an advanced degree in mathematics or engineering to become a data scientist?  Absolutely not.  You don’t even have to hold a degree to work as a data scientist!  Take a look at this article published on Forbes: 4 Reasons Not To Get That Masters In Data Science

My advice is to take a look at the Microsoft MPP program and try on a few of the free classes.  If you are truly interested in a data science career and are willing to put forth the time and attention needed to learn, you already qualify as a good candidate.  Don’t let your past dictate your future.  Make the investment in yourself and grow along with the technology as it comes.  You can do this!  

Switching Gears and Moving Cheese

In 2016 I decided to switch careers.  It was a big decision for me, and a bit scary.  I had been working in the legal field since I graduated college.  It was an area in which I grew and excelled, but it had become stale for me.  I knew I wasn’t happy and that my heart truly belonged in a more technically challenging role; however, I had no idea where to start.  In walked the Microsoft Professional Program in Data Science.  Knowing that I learn best from structured programs, I felt confident that the classroom-style lecture and lab would be a great fit.  I found it interesting and so very helpful that the program allowed me to first dip my toe into tech without too much investment.  The courses are designed so that you can audit them and not pay a thing!  Soon, I was hooked!

Jumping Into the Deep End

Standing on the precipice of greatness is often an exciting and terrifying experience.  I was staring at the data field trying to decide which path to take.  I was fortunate to be offered a position as a Marketing DBA with a SQL Server consulting company.  I began learning and growing as a website designer, marketing specialist, CRM specialist, project manager, event coordinator, and database administrator.  Wow, there is SO much to learn!  So many paths to take, so many areas in which to specialize.  It can be very overwhelming to the new student.  After a while I found that I needed to make a move, I needed to take a big leap into the well of knowledge, so I left my position to go back and finish my data science courses.

Data Science

What is “data science?” you may be asking.  I feel that the term is both widely over-used and wholly underestimated. Think about the term “scientist” and what that entails.  A scientist uses knowledge and technology to aid in finding an answer or truth.  So naturally, a data scientist does the same thing.  We use various means of technology, finesse, hypothesis, and trial and error to draw from the data the story that is waiting to be told.  My personal journey took me along the path of learning Python and Azure Machine Learning, two things I never knew I would have any desire to learn.  I faced these two courses with extreme skepticism.  I resigned myself to the thought that I would more than likely barely get by (and that “D stands for diploma” as we used to say in college).  Much to my surprise, I found that not only did I understand both, I absolutely fell in love with coding in Python and predictive analysis with Azure Machine Learning!

Data science really is so much more than exploring with new technology and programs.  Data science also draws on the tried and true, and this is where my background in the legal field comes in really handy.  For instance, can pure, raw data be racist?  (Absolutely, and that will be a topic we save for an up-coming blog. )  When we are given data, it is never in a perfect form: information is missing or duplicated, in the wrong format, or is unusable for many other different reasons.  Because of this, a data scientist must know how to clean, manipulate, and finesse the data in order to pull out the story.  Much like an artist who starts with a block of marble creates a beautiful statue, Data scientists must know the curves and lines to manipulate to bring out the best form of the story the data is designed to tell. In the legal field, we used words and phrases to convey law, tell stories of guilt or innocence, and create the narrative we desired.  It all takes an art form and knack for finesse. 


Moving Cheese

There will come a time in life, perhaps many times, where you find your cheese has been moved.  Many times as well that you find you need to move your own cheese.  “Why the cheese talk Angela?” you might be pondering.  Back in my first job out of college, an attorney I worked with gave me a copy of a book he wanted me to read.  It was truly an eye-opening and life changing moment for me.  If you have not read the book Who Moved My Cheese ?  I suggest getting a copy.  It is a good reminder that no matter where you are in life, if you are not living happy and feeling fulfilled, you CAN make a change.  You can wait for someone else to move your cheese, or you can just move it yourself.  So this is what I did, I moved my cheese.

An Invitation

I invite you to come along on this data science journey with me as we explore new programs and technologies.  Over the next few weeks, I will be diving into my experience in each section of the Microsoft Professional Program in Data Science.  I will NOT be sharing answers to test or lab questions, that would be cheating, and you know that as well as I do!