Hadley Wickham
Stat405Professional development
Wednesday, 1 December 2010
Poster presentation
• Thursday 4:30-5:30
• Come a little early to set up
• Please dress professionally
Wednesday, 1 Decemb...
1. Overview
2. Learn your tools
3. Communication
4. Email
5. Feedback
Wednesday, 1 December 2010
Overview
Wednesday, 1 December 2010
What is professional
development?
Things that have little pay off now, but big
pays off in the future
Wednesday, 1 Decembe...
Learn your
tools
Wednesday, 1 December 2010
Learn your tools
• Touch typing
• Text editor
• Command line
• Caffeine
• R
Wednesday, 1 December 2010
Mailing list
Sign up to R-help: https://stat.ethz.ch/
mailman/listinfo/r-help
Make sure to set up filters
Skim interesting ...
Books
R in a nutshell, Joseph Adler.
http://amzn.com/059680170X
Data manipulation with R, Phil Spector.
http://amzn.com/03...
Books
Regression Modeling Strategies, Frank Harrell.
http://amzn.com/0387952322
Mixed-Effects Models in S and S-PLUS, Jose...
Journals
The R Journal,
http://journal.r-project.org/
The Journal of Statistical Software,
http://www.jstatsoft.org/
Stati...
Communication
Wednesday, 1 December 2010
Professional
development
The aspects of being a statistician, apart
from knowing statistics.
Principally communication: wr...
Electronic
Written
Spoken
Email
Website
Blog
Papers
Reviews
Vita/Resume
Video
Slidecast
Posters
Code
Long talk
Short talk
...
Written
Particularly important if you want to be an
academic, or if you‘re PhD student, or want
to become one.
“Style: Tow...
My habit
• Roll out of bed at 7am
• Make tea
• Write for an hour
Wednesday, 1 December 2010
Spoken
Seize every opportunity to practice.
Make use of Tracy Volz - tmvolz@rice.edu.
She is a fantastic resource - if you...
Email
Wednesday, 1 December 2010
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http://www.43folders.com/izero
Merlin Mann
There is no way you will ever be able to respond to — let alone read in
exquisi...
Your time is priceless
(and wildly limited)
You need an agnostic system for
dealing with mail that isn’t based on
nonces, ...
Key concepts
Regularly empty your inbox
Minimal response
Delete, delete, delete
Filters
Email dashes
Wednesday, 1 December...
Inbox Zero
Your inbox is not your to do list!
(or it shouldn’t be)
“The truth is that you probably can take the
average em...
“In an environment where attention is the economic
equivalent of cash, you aren’t doing people any favors
by sending gothi...
“Good idea. I’ll add it to my to do list.”
“Here’s a link that might be what you’re
looking for…”
http://www.43folders.com...
http://tinyurl.com/nfdlzh
The nuclear holocaust of responses:
Wednesday, 1 December 2010
Delete!
Most minimal response is none.
“Just remember that every email you
read, re-read, and re-re-re-re-re-read as it
si...
Filters grey mail
“noisy, frequent, and non-urgent items
which can be dealt with all at a pass and
later.”
facebook, comme...
bannerpcard@rice.edu, carlyn@rice.edu,
cchat@rice.edu, cmtcomment@rice.edu,
giving@rice.edu, payroll@rice.edu,
registrar@r...
Patricia Wallace, a techno-psychologist,
believes part of the allure of e-mail—
for adults as well as teens—is similar to
...
Email dashes
Don’t have your email open all day.
Schedule times when you respond to
emails.
You can tackle emails a lot fa...
More reading
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/linda-
stone
http://www.alistapart.com/articles/habit-
fields/
Wednesday, 1 Decem...
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  1. 1. Hadley Wickham Stat405Professional development Wednesday, 1 December 2010
  2. 2. Poster presentation • Thursday 4:30-5:30 • Come a little early to set up • Please dress professionally Wednesday, 1 December 2010
  3. 3. 1. Overview 2. Learn your tools 3. Communication 4. Email 5. Feedback Wednesday, 1 December 2010
  4. 4. Overview Wednesday, 1 December 2010
  5. 5. What is professional development? Things that have little pay off now, but big pays off in the future Wednesday, 1 December 2010
  6. 6. Learn your tools Wednesday, 1 December 2010
  7. 7. Learn your tools • Touch typing • Text editor • Command line • Caffeine • R Wednesday, 1 December 2010
  8. 8. Mailing list Sign up to R-help: https://stat.ethz.ch/ mailman/listinfo/r-help Make sure to set up filters Skim interesting subjects and read them Don’t be afraid to post (use a pseudonym if necessary) Wednesday, 1 December 2010
  9. 9. Books R in a nutshell, Joseph Adler. http://amzn.com/059680170X Data manipulation with R, Phil Spector. http://amzn.com/0387747303 Software for Data Analysis: Programming with R, John Chambers. http://amzn.com/0387759352 Wednesday, 1 December 2010
  10. 10. Books Regression Modeling Strategies, Frank Harrell. http://amzn.com/0387952322 Mixed-Effects Models in S and S-PLUS, Jose Pinheiro and Douglas Bates. http://amzn.com/1441903178 and http://lme4.r- forge.r-project.org/book/ Data Analysis Using Regression and Multilevel/ Hierarchical Models, Andrew Gelman and Jennifer Hill. http://amzn.com/052168689X Wednesday, 1 December 2010
  11. 11. Journals The R Journal, http://journal.r-project.org/ The Journal of Statistical Software, http://www.jstatsoft.org/ Statistical computing and graphics newsletter, http://stat-computing.org/ newsletter/ Wednesday, 1 December 2010
  12. 12. Communication Wednesday, 1 December 2010
  13. 13. Professional development The aspects of being a statistician, apart from knowing statistics. Principally communication: written, spoken, visual and electronic. Take every opportunity you can to practice these skills. Wednesday, 1 December 2010
  14. 14. Electronic Written Spoken Email Website Blog Papers Reviews Vita/Resume Video Slidecast Posters Code Long talk Short talk Oral exam Visual Bibliography Teaching Graphics Wednesday, 1 December 2010
  15. 15. Written Particularly important if you want to be an academic, or if you‘re PhD student, or want to become one. “Style: Toward Clarity and Grace” – http://amzn.com/0226899152 Sign up for the thesis writing workshops when they come around. Develop a regular habit. Wednesday, 1 December 2010
  16. 16. My habit • Roll out of bed at 7am • Make tea • Write for an hour Wednesday, 1 December 2010
  17. 17. Spoken Seize every opportunity to practice. Make use of Tracy Volz - tmvolz@rice.edu. She is a fantastic resource - if you had to pay for her, you wouldn’t be able to afford it. Wednesday, 1 December 2010
  18. 18. Email Wednesday, 1 December 2010
  19. 19. value 0 200 400 600 800 1000 1200 2007 2008 2009 2010 unread read 232,000 emails 120,000 unread! Wednesday, 1 December 2010
  20. 20. value 0 200 400 600 800 1000 1200 2007 2008 2009 2010 unread read Wednesday, 1 December 2010
  21. 21. from read/all 0.0 0.2 0.4 0.6 0.8 1.0 2007 2008 2009 2010 Wednesday, 1 December 2010
  22. 22. value 50 100 150 200 250 300 350 2007 2008 2009 2010 direct sent Wednesday, 1 December 2010
  23. 23. value 50 100 150 200 250 300 350 2007 2008 2009 2010 direct sent Wednesday, 1 December 2010
  24. 24. http://www.43folders.com/izero Merlin Mann There is no way you will ever be able to respond to — let alone read in exquisite detail — every email you ever receive for the rest of your life. If you take issue with this, just wait six months, because, believe me, we’re all getting a lot more email (and other sundry demands on our attention) every day. What seems like a doddle today is going to get progressively more difficult — even insurmountable — unless you put a realistic system in place now. Inbox Zero Wednesday, 1 December 2010
  25. 25. Your time is priceless (and wildly limited) You need an agnostic system for dealing with mail that isn’t based on nonces, exceptions, and guilt. [The] ultimate goal is for you to spend less time playing with your email and more time doing stuff. Wednesday, 1 December 2010
  26. 26. Key concepts Regularly empty your inbox Minimal response Delete, delete, delete Filters Email dashes Wednesday, 1 December 2010
  27. 27. Inbox Zero Your inbox is not your to do list! (or it shouldn’t be) “The truth is that you probably can take the average email inbox – even a relatively neglected one – from full to zero in about 20 minutes. It mostly depends on how much you really want to be done with it. The dirty little secret, of course, is that you don’t do it by responding to each of those emails but by ruthlessly processing them.” Wednesday, 1 December 2010
  28. 28. “In an environment where attention is the economic equivalent of cash, you aren’t doing people any favors by sending gothic novels. And taking your cues for etiquette, propriety, and efficiency on a message-by- message basis will quickly land you in a very bouncy room with a fresh box of crayons.” Response does not need to be proportional to request Wednesday, 1 December 2010
  29. 29. “Good idea. I’ll add it to my to do list.” “Here’s a link that might be what you’re looking for…” http://www.43folders.com/2006/03/13/email-cheats “Do you still need this?” “I don’t know” [Delete] Wednesday, 1 December 2010
  30. 30. http://tinyurl.com/nfdlzh The nuclear holocaust of responses: Wednesday, 1 December 2010
  31. 31. Delete! Most minimal response is none. “Just remember that every email you read, re-read, and re-re-re-re-re-read as it sits in that big dumb pile is actually incurring mental debt on your behalf.” Be brutally honest - if you’re not going to do anything with the email delete it now. Wednesday, 1 December 2010
  32. 32. Filters grey mail “noisy, frequent, and non-urgent items which can be dealt with all at a pass and later.” facebook, comments, university/ department memos, newsletters, mailing lists Good catch all: contains unsubscribe http://www.43folders.com/2006/03/13/filters Wednesday, 1 December 2010
  33. 33. bannerpcard@rice.edu, carlyn@rice.edu, cchat@rice.edu, cmtcomment@rice.edu, giving@rice.edu, payroll@rice.edu, registrar@rice.edu, sandra@rice.edu, sallie@rice.edu subject:(weekly message), alldepts@rice.edu, list:"k2i-members.rice.edu", list:"mailman.rice.edu" allfaculty@stat.rice.edu, faculty@stat.rice.edu, statdept@stat.rice.edu, colloquium@stat.rice.edu, undergrad@stat.rice.edu from:(statements@wageworks.com) from:(TIAA-CREF_eDelivery@tiaa-cref.org) 1300/3500 (5/day!) Wednesday, 1 December 2010
  34. 34. Patricia Wallace, a techno-psychologist, believes part of the allure of e-mail— for adults as well as teens—is similar to that of a slot machine. “You have intermittent, variable reinforcement,” she explains. You are not sure you are going to get a reward every time or how often you will, so you keep pulling that handle.” Wednesday, 1 December 2010
  35. 35. Email dashes Don’t have your email open all day. Schedule times when you respond to emails. You can tackle emails a lot faster when you batch them up. Lack self control (like me)? Try an internet blocker: http://macfreedom.com/ http://www.43folders.com/2006/03/15/email-dash Wednesday, 1 December 2010
  36. 36. More reading http://www.huffingtonpost.com/linda- stone http://www.alistapart.com/articles/habit- fields/ Wednesday, 1 December 2010

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