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Chief Customer Officer
Chief Customer Officer

THE DATA CHALLENGE PLAYBOOK.png

 

At Alteryx, we’ve long been fans of learning and innovating through competition. From our decade old annual Grand Prix, to the Broomfield Innovation Days, to running and participating in data challenges and hackathons – as with sport, we feel that a little friendly competition can bring out the best in us.

 

More and more we’ve seen Alteryx users around the world embracing this ideology, as well. Organizations that dedicate time and resources to internal hackathon-like events see many benefits:

 

  • Teams that form across departments with varied skillsets often produce the most innovative outcomes.
  • Paired with training, hackathons and data challenges can help spread a data driven mentality through organizations undergoing digital transformations.
  • A little swag and the promise of glory can go a long way toward motivating your workforce to solve impossible-seeming challenges.

 

We’ve seen many customers succeed with these types of events. Many others, however, don’t know where to begin. To that end, we present the Data Challenge Playbook, accompanied by a series of Competition Templates.

 

The Data Challenge Playbook

 

The Data Challenge Playbook goes over three different possible formats for your competition, each with different goals and time commitments:

 

  • The Hackathon: the most popular data challenge format. Give your people a lofty goal, along with the training and tools they need, and you won’t be disappointed with the results.
  • The Grand Prix: a competition that rewards raw speed and problem solving under pressure. We’ve seen that people that prepare for this type of competition tend to binge training content and in so doing learn analytics skills at an incredible rate.
  • The Kaggle: made famous by the data science community of the same name, this event jump starts the solving of a tough prediction problem that’s been plaguing your organization. The challenge may turn some of your analysts into citizen data scientists.

 

Read the Playbook to get a taste of what’s possible for your organization with a competitive data event.

 

Competition Templates

 

To help you get started, we’ve paired the Playbook with templates and examples for each type of competition.

 

The Hackathon Template is a document that includes a sample goal, agenda, and other suggestions on how to pull off a successful data challenge. Simply replace the sample goal with the biggest data analytics challenge facing your organization today, and you’re on your way.

 

For The Grand Prix, find below several sample data challenges, sourced from Alteryx Academy weekly challenges. These challenges are very similar to the ones we give contestants on stage each year at our Inspire user conference.

 

Challenge Type Difficulty
Settle the Score Data Analysis Beginner
Credit/Debit Midpoints Data Analysis Intermediate
Market Overlap Spatial Analysis Intermediate
Solving the Knapsack Problem Optimization Advanced

 

And for The Kaggle, download this sample workflow that poses a hypothetical prediction problem, and includes a macro to measure the challenger’s accuracy on a holdout sample. At the end of the competition, highest accuracy wins! Adapt this workflow to a hard prediction problem your organization is facing.

 

We hope that with these resources you can encourage your data workers to take their skills to the next level and spread a fever of innovative spirit throughout your organization.

Olivia Duane Adams
Chief Customer Officer

Olivia Duane Adams is the Chief Customer Officer and a founding partner of Alteryx. In this role, Libby is responsible for overseeing and maximizing the complete Alteryx customer experience, from engagement to on-boarding, communications, performance, and retention. She has interacted with nearly every Alteryx customer, giving her a holistic perspective of the overall experience from implementation to adoption success.

Olivia Duane Adams is the Chief Customer Officer and a founding partner of Alteryx. In this role, Libby is responsible for overseeing and maximizing the complete Alteryx customer experience, from engagement to on-boarding, communications, performance, and retention. She has interacted with nearly every Alteryx customer, giving her a holistic perspective of the overall experience from implementation to adoption success.

Comments

@LibbyD, this is amazing!! You're singing my favorite song when it comes to competition using Alteryx 🙂 Thank you so much for putting this incredible resource out there - can't wait to figure out how to implement some of these fun competition aspects into our internal and local user groups!!

 

See you in a week!

 

Cheers,

NJ

Pulsar
Pulsar

@LibbyD  I love this! I don't really think of myself as a naturally competitive person, but these types of events make friendly competition really fun! Not only do data challenges create opportunities to learn new things and meet new people, but they also allow everyone to experience the THRILL of solving by making the journey so much more adventurous.