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Translating Data Into Valuable Action

Updated: Apr 27, 2021

Many organizations fall prey to the fallacy that having connected data and generating data analytics will organically cultivate a robust data culture.

This is false.

The actions involved in creating a data-infused culture are similar to developing a new habit; it takes a plan, repetition, and time.

Let's approach this with the end start in mind - Creating actionable insights

Step1: Evaluate your friction

Your member has friction doing business with you, and within your organization, you have friction doing business with each other. It's a fact and part of being human. What we can control is how much friction. Understanding member friction and internal friction because it quickly provides a list of data use cases.

Whoo-hoo!- You just linked data to the business problem.

Step 2: Solving friction using data+ Human-Centered Design + Agile sprint

Working in cross-functional teams, an organization can design solutions with the member as the end-user. Using the member friction list, this is a simple re-focus. The more significant challenge comes in to bring these ideas to the test. Agile has been a predominant methodology in tech development and fits beautifully in this application. Allowing a team to fail fast and often has been proven to generate better solutions.

Congrats!- You have launched a data-driven innovation culture.

Step 3: developing a strong pipeline of member-centric solutions

To continue to produce these impactful solutions, an organization will need to create an innovation value chain. This is a formalized process that consists of three phases; 1) idea generation, 2) idea conversion, and 3) idea diffusion.

Voila! - an innovation capability is born.

A member-centric data culture (the heart) and leveraging data to transform (the head) are complementary processes with the heart helping to accelerate the head. Creating a member-centric data mindset allows credit union talent to achieve the following:

  • Create a distinctive member experience that is powered by technology and is obsessively member-focused.

  • Leverage the power of cross-functional teams that generate high-speed innovation and result in a strong pipeline of new products to meet member needs.

  • Build a robust data consumption capability to propel the credit union to scale fast and efficiently and stay competitive.

How will you leverage the heart and the head of your credit union?


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What if I want something more? Does someone offer data education classes with real-world applications?

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