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Bridging the Gap Between Data Science
& Engineering:
Building High-Performing Teams
How do I hire a data scientist?
Software Engineer Data Engineer Data Scientist Applied Scientist Research Scientist
Continuum of Skills
Software Engineer Data Engineer Data Scientist Applied Scientist Research Scientist
Continuum of Skills
Math &
Stats
Computer
Science
Domain
Expertise
Machine
Learning
Software
Engineering Research
Unicorn
Data Science
Many companies try to find all of these skills in a
single person.
Which leads to job requirements like this…
• MSc/PhD in Computer Science, Electrical Engineering, Math or Statistics
• At ...
Data Science Unicorn
These people do exist, but they are often already
well-compensated, and only want to work on
interesting problems.
What can you do?
Build a team instead.
Broad-range generalist
Deepexpertise
Look for T-shaped people
Machine Learning,
Statistics, Domain Knowledge
Softw
are
Engineering
Business
Acum
en
Distributed
Com
puting
Com
m
unicati...
• Compose teams of individuals who
have overlapping skill-sets and
deep expertise in one area
(machine learning, statistic...
How do I structure my data science team within
my organization?
Data Science Team Structures
CentralizedEmbeddedHub & Spoke
Centralized
Data Scientists sit on a team that
acts as internal consultants, fielding
and answering questions from
multiple...
Embedded
• Data Scientists are almost wholly
embedded within one particular team
and focus on solving problems for that
te...
Hub & Spoke
• The data science team sits
together physically and works
collaboratively to solve problems.
• However, each ...
Data Science Team Structure
CentralizedEmbeddedHub & Spoke
> >
How do I get my data scientists to work with
engineering?
Data Science
Python R
modeling & prototyping production
Software Engineering
Java/C++ RoR/Javascript
Data Science Software Engineering
Python R Java/C++ RoR/Javascript
modeling & prototyping production
Data scientists learn
to write prototypes
in production
languages
Engineers learn the
basics of data
science so they can
u...
Data Science Data Engineering
Common Core
Data Science
Curriculum
Data Engineering
Curriculum
Data Science Data Engineerin...
Data Science Engineering
Initial Planning
Data Science Engineering
Data Science Engineering
Production
• Don’t look for unicorns, build collaborative
teams of T-shaped people
• Pay attention to how your data science team is
s...
We believe an opportunity belongs 

to anyone with aptitude and ambition.
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NODES ON THE NETWORK
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SAN FRANCISCO, CA
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PLACEMENT STATS
FULL STACK IMMERSIVE DATA SCIENCE IMMERSIVE
$43K $77KPre-program Salary
Average Starting ...
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5 PROGRAMS
• Full Stack Immersive
• Data Science Immersive
• Data Engineering Immersive
Project over 500 ...
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FULL STACK IMMERSIVE
• 97% Placement Rate 

within 6 months
• $77K Average Starting Salary
• 6 Month Prog...
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FULL STACK IMMERSIVE
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DATA SCIENCE IMMERSIVE
• 94% Placement Rate 

within 6 months
• $114K Average Starting Salary
• 3 Month P...
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DATA SCIENCE IMMERSIVE
Week 1 - Exploratory Data Analysis and Software Engineering Best Practices
Week 2 ...
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DATA SCIENCE IMMERSIVE
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DATA ENGINEERING IMMERSIVE
• Launched Oct. 2015
• Built in partnership with Nvent and
Concurrent
• 3 Mont...
THANK YOU
RYAN ORBAN | EVP OF PRODUCT & STRATEGY
ryan.orban@galvanize.com
@ryanorban
www.galvanize.com
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