9-11 May 2018

thestudio, Manchester

Agile Data with R

Session type:
Case Study

Session duration:
60 minutes

Presented by:

Catherine Leigh

Auto Trader

Paul Owens

Auto Trader

About this Case Study

This session will show case studies of how we have used the programming language R to work in a more agile way. Whilst not being a tool directly associated with agile, there are elements of it that lend themselves completely to working in a more agile way.

Some case studies we will go through include:
  • how we've used R to quickly develop and test product prototypes, without requiring dev resource until much later in the process
  • how R has been used to experiment with completely new ideas in a hackathon, and what this has led to
  • how we've removed a heavy reliance on MS Office for reporting (at the same time, we found ourselves making reports faster, reports that were less prone to human error, and - most importantly - they look nicer)

The session is aimed at analysts, product leads, tech leads, or anyone who could benefit from working with data faster.

Participants will leave with examples of where using this programming language can help them work in a more agile and fast-paced way when it comes to data and insight. For those completely new to this language, we will provide information on how to get started.

About the Speakers

Catherine Leigh

Catherine is a senior data analyst at Auto Trader, currently aligned to stock management products, after previously working in customer experience and operations.

She is originally from Oxfordshire, and after studying mathematics at the University of St Andrews, she moved to Manchester. She is passionate about data, gender equality and South Park (the cartoon), in reverse order.

Paul Owens

Paul is a senior data analyst at Auto Trader, currently aligned to stock and advertising products, after previously working on Auto Trader's consumer search experience.

He lives in his hometown of Chester and studied mathematics at Sheffield Hallam University. He is passionate about grassroots football, dogs and problem solving, in that order.

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