The Hardest Thing In Data Science

When I started down the path of learning Data Science, I was nervous. I have to work hard at math … Continue reading →


Backyard Data Science

I add things to this site pretty much every week, so to help you navigate all the articles, I’ve set … Continue reading →



#sqlcares The SQL Server community is amazing. I’ve been in technology for 30 years, and it’s the most uniquely connected … Continue reading →


On being skeptical of the old, women, and minorities

 Journal The definition for “skeptical” is “Not easily convinced, having doubts or reservations” ( As a Data Scientist, you’ll want … Continue reading →


Making a Data-Driven Decision

We make decisions all the time. Most are simple – diet or regular, paper or plastic, beach or mountains. But some decisions are complicated – and not because of the choice – but because of all the things you choose against when you make that choice. And in fact, the more choices we have, the…


A Writer’s Toolkit

Even in a technical role, communication is paramount. If you don’t read widely and communicate well, your progression suffers. And one of the primary modes of communication is writing. I’ve written several books, articles and blogs (see “Publications” on this page), but it isn’t just writing books that requires clear communication skills. You should learn to write well for something as trivial…


The Data Science Laboratory Series is Complete

I wrote a series of articles on creating a Data Science Laboratory over on Simple-Talk – you can find the complete list of articles below. The series covers installing various software tools and packages on a Virtual Machine running the Windows operating system. I think there’s no substitute for installing, configuring and experimenting with various…


Using Outlook Tasks for a Performance Review

At Microsoft, we have a performance review twice a year to ensure we’re on track towards meeting the goals that we set up at the beginning of the year with our manager. I’ve been a manager multiple times in my career, so I’ve been on both sides of the table during this review. The results…


Have a mentor, be a mentor

 The word “Mentor” actually comes from Greek literature – it’s a character from “The Odyssey“. He advised Odysseus and Telemachus, and the word seems to derive from a term meaning “intent, purpose, spirit, passion”. We often think of a mentor in the business sense – but some folks I’ve talked with aren’t sure what a…