Sunday, 22 April 2018

For The Want Of A Nail

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Predictive analytics look to me to becoming Social Housing's next 'Self-serve' or 'staff mobile working'. The latter pretty much now being rolled out by pretty much all forward thinking landlords. I have recently written a whitepaper on predictive analytics for arrears case management. Definitely one area which I would take a proven solution off the shelf.

But how should you go about building a model yourself, for other purposes? What might be the gotcha's that are worth thinking about?

Well the first one for me would be focus carefully on your end-game. As I have heard it described quite well, by one data scientist friend, don't build yourself a rather elaborate hammer, then go looking for your nail. Predictive Analytics is a current buzzword, much like 'Digital Strategy' was until recently. At least most organisations understand what the latter practically means now. Before setting out, know what most of your outcomes are going to be.

Next, when you have some outcomes in mind, check your available data supports it. Easier when you start with a well integrated set of systems. Do get in touch with me directly if you still haven't cracked that one. Never try to structure a project around data you just don't have. Ask that crucial question before you start. Where specific data is missing, there may be the opportunity to generate it or collect it specially. You might want to target a particular sub-set of residents/customers, to have reliable data to utilise.

Data quality is the next gotcha. Assume a good deal of your data will be of poor quality. That need not hold you back. Many projects have been delayed until data is thought to be 100% correct. Believe me, you won't have 3 years or more to get to that point. I would urge you to cautiously work with what you have and enforce a data culture to constantly improve it, in parallel to any predictive analytics project.

Assume too, that you will find even more poor data, as you build models & work with it. I have lost count of the number of tenancies & works order requests, with end dates before start dates etc. If your data cannot be corrected, filter it right out, lest it skew models.

One example I heard about, management were too bullish about the apparent good quality of data. After being advised that data cleansing was required in the project, this was dismissed to shorted timescales, against the advice of consultants. Later when poor data quality was revealed, and more time needed to be added to extend the project, to achieve outcomes, it became a credibility issue for the director involved. Don't be caught out by too much good news, hiding the bad.

Finally, when your lovely shiny predictive analytics model is built, ensure you have planned a proper deployment phase. It is not enough that you have 'built it and so they will come'. Work out how you are going to tell the wider organisation what your model can do and seed their imagination as to how they can apply it to their own department issues and decision making. Find out what their particular nail will be, to which they can apply your new shiny hammer.

I promise, soon I will post on what typical calculations for SocialHousing, might work for us, and how this might affect process.

Related Post: Sick of your housing management system? Why not write your own?  


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Todd Rundgren – For The Want Of A NailTodd Rundgren – For The Want Of A Nail.
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Sunday, 15 April 2018

Blue lines

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It was interesting to read this week that I have been identified as the biggest blue blob in #ukhousing. I was not surprised, as Greg Campbell, of Campbell Tickell, had outed me at last June's CIH, as a big pink social media blob (on his big line chart anyway!). A move to blue therefore was pretty much welcomed!


Many will know, that I have been active on LinkedIn & Twitter for about as many years as I have worked doing independent consultancy and that provides some additional freedoms perhaps I would not have being a mere employee. On starting out, I wondered what I might gain or learn from Twitter, when I just started out for the first month, with just 11 followers. It took me a while to work out what use socialmedia was and if it was in fact any use to me at all.

I am pleased to say I have connected with a vast number of people (& a few bots too!), covering inside the sector, CEOs, staff, residents & activists, architects and surprisingly the smallest number, ICT & techie folk, considering the type of content I blog about on here.

Never a day goes by, without me learning something, finding something witty or contemplative to appreciate, on social media. I have to say too, when I have met folk in real life, they have always been generous, interesting as their online avatars, maybe a few years older perhaps, in some cases!

It always amazes me too, how many new projects I start, that at the inception meetings, at least one person comes over to me, to say they enjoy following me on Twitter. Also that (apart from my reading glasses), I look pretty similar to my avatar.
Meeting Twitter & social media peeps in real life can be pretty cool
Companies often miss the point of Twitter in particular, in trying to be very corporate, rather than personal. On the occasions when my clients have brought me in to help enhance their Twitter profiles, this is something I have tried to get over to them.

If I see anything that I think is interesting, from an opinion or a news viewpoint, I am open to share. That might well align with my views, the sector or its customers, or not. Getting opinions & news out there however, is part of driving change in the sector, hearts, minds and action on the ground.

One other trick is to seek out some people constantly posting interesting content. Start with me (Natch!), but there are plenty of others that will make interesting reading.  A swift 'like' or 'retweet' is good, but adding your own opinion, so much better. Even if on occasion you may disagree or have an opposite experience to share. It all adds to the vibrancy of social media. Remember too that you can always switch off & walk away before your blood starts to boil!
My big blue #UKhousing blob - cute eh?
Also, one aspect of being more personal than corporate on Twitter in particular, I have shared feelings with so many others, on favourite pubs, bike rides, photography, food, wine & drink, music, interesting books & places, openings & insights to which I would never have had or experienced. So thank you to every single one of my 17k or so followers, let's keep sharing and doing our best to make UKHousing a better, happier place.

Read the full excellent article, about listening to your stakeholders, on social media, from Ben Lowndes of the Social Communications blog right here.

Related Post: Should we be thinking 'Channel Shift' or 'Omnichannel' ? 



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Massive Attack - Blue LinesMassive Attack - Blue Lines.
(c) Tony Smith, Acutance Consulting www.acutanceconsulting.co.uk 07854-655009


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