Ian Anderson | Moving into leadership & managing a team
6 January 2022, 05 pm

Ian Anderson | Moving into leadership & managing a team

Ian Anderson, Director of Hockey Analytics at the Philadelphia Flyers

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We were joined by Ian Anderson, Director of Hockey Analytics at the Philadelphia Flyers, to discuss the most important things going in data science leadership.

As you move up the ladder into leadership and managing a team, are you worried about losing your technical coding skills?

Here are a few of the thoughts shared live from Ian and the community:

  • You make time for things that are important to you. If exercise and health is important to you, you make time for it. If coding is something that you want to continue to maintain, you can find the time for that.

  • Think about blocking designated focus time to do your individual work

  • Be curious. Office hours as a manager to answer questions from your group can also be an opportunity to learn new things/packages/methods together

  • Organize opportunities for the team to share any topics that they would like (coding, techniques, etc.) In sharing topics, you can also try limiting the time to ~4min to share. Two benefits of this fast moving, high energy meeting: 1. People will inspire each other with passion and creativity 2. The team gets to practice communicating their ideas with precision.

  • Becoming more comfortable with what it means to lead people, it's about enabling them to be really successful. If you measure your success by other people's success, it can also help rationalize that. If you can chop down barriers for them, then they will be more successful so that means the technical time I sacrifice enables them further.

  • It's still very relevant to keep your skills at some type of level just for street cred in your team. Bringing in new people, if you can talk that language it just really helps your team and you can have those conversations."

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Featured in this episode
Rachael Dempsey
Rachael DempseyHost
Community Manager at RStudio
I love connecting people across the data science community to share what they're accomplishing with data and help others do the same through community discussions, industry meetups, and more.
Ian Anderson
Ian AndersonGuest
Director of Hockey Analytics at the Philadelphia Flyers
Passionate about re-imagining traditional legacy systems in the modern data-driven world.

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