Data team leadership: What types of skills do new senior data scientists need to lead a team?

Learning to lead as a senior data science contributor is a challenge. It's a role that requires both individual contributor skills while learning data leadership. It's an important stepping stone that teaches you the fundamentals for a larger leadership role. This session will discuss the key skills you will need to grow, thrive, and lead a team.

This session will help:

  • Define the responsibilities expected of senior data contributors
  • Leadership skills needed at the senior data contributor level
  • Mentoring your reports improves quality, builds their morale, and gets things done
  • Communication
  • Delegate and plan your projects better
  • Steps you can take now to learn these skills

Matthew Blasa

Data Scientist & YouTuber


What is the cost to attend and watch the virtual sessions?

Data Team Summit is always free and open for all to attend.

What is Data Teams Summit?

This year, we've taken the peer-to-peer empowerment of data teams one step further and formally transformed DataOps Unleashed into Data Teams Summit to better reflect our focus on the teams and individuals running, managing, and monitoring data pipelines.

Data Teams Summit is an annual, full-day virtual conference, led by data rockstars at future-forward organizations about how they're establishing predictability, increasing reliability, and creating economic efficiencies with their data pipelines.

We'll be back again in 2024 and look forward to another round of data team focused conversations.

Who comes to Data Teams Summit?

Data professionals and experts including data engineers, administrators, architects, analysts, AI/ML professionals, and relevant data technology leadership.

Join us for sessions on:

  • Data teams & best practices
  • Data pipelines & applications
  • DataOps observability
  • Data quality & data governance
  • Operations observability
  • MLOps
  • Data modernization & architecture
  • Biz/FinOps observability

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