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September 11, 2018: Training & Tutorials
September 12–13, 2018: Keynotes & Sessions
New York, NY

The care and feeding of data scientists: Concrete tips for retaining your data science team

11:20am–12:00pm Thursday, 09/13/2018
Data-driven business management, Strata Business Summit
Location: 1E 10/11 Level: Non-technical
Secondary topics:  Machine Learning in the enterprise, Retail and e-commerce, Transportation and Logistics
Average rating: ****.
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Who is this presentation for?

  • Directors of data science, directors of analytics, executives, and anyone hiring or overseeing data scientists

What you'll learn

  • Learn concrete tips to boost retention of your data scientists, including how to structure a data science team, how to provide that team with the right tools to do their job, and how to keep the team learning and feeling like they’re working on the cutting edge even if your business isn’t


Data scientists are hard to hire. But too often, companies struggle to find the right talent only to make avoidable mistakes that cause their best data scientists to leave. From organizational structure and leadership considerations to tooling and infrastructure to avoiding FOMO through continuing education, Michelangelo D’Agostino shares concrete (and inexpensive) tips for keeping your data scientists engaged, productive, and performing their best for your business.

Topics include:

  • Centralized data science teams versus dissolved data science teams versus a hybrid model
  • How to unblock your data science team through scaleable infrastructure and data science platforms
  • Continuing education through brown bags, journal clubs, and hack weeks
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Michelangelo D'Agostino


Michelangelo D’Agostino is the vice president of data science and engineering at ShopRunner, where he leads a team that develops statistical models and writes software that leverages their unique cross-retailer ecommerce dataset. Previously, Michelangelo led the data science R&D team at Civis Analytics, a Chicago-based data science software and consulting company that spun out of the 2012 Obama reelection campaign, and was a senior analyst in digital analytics with the 2012 Obama reelection campaign, where he helped to optimize the campaign’s email fundraising juggernaut and analyzed social media data. Michelangelo has been a mentor with the Data Science for Social Good Fellowship. He holds a PhD in particle astrophysics from UC Berkeley and got his start in analytics sifting through neutrino data from the IceCube experiment. Accordingly, he spent two glorious months at the South Pole, where he slept in a tent salvaged from the Korean War and enjoyed the twice-weekly shower rationing. He’s also written about science and technology for the Economist.

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09/18/2018 2:24pm EDT

The slides should be uploaded now.

09/14/2018 7:35am EDT

Hi, Michelangelo:

Great session, really enjoyed it. Did not see the slides w/ the rest of the sessions shared today and am hoping to receive a copy.

Best regards,
Loretta Ibanez