Vijaye Raji on the Analytics Engineering Podcast

Thu Dec 22 2022

John Wilke

Product Marketing

I’m still riding the wave of excitement from this year’s Coalesce 2022 Analytics Engineering Conference hosted by friend of Statsig dbt Labs in New Orleans.

Out of the many high bandwidth conversations at the conference and in the weeks following the event, one stands out: Statsig founder and CEO Vijaye Raji joined another ex-Facebook builder, Sean Taylor, in a podcast conversation with hosts Tristan and Julia of dbt Labs’ The Analytics Engineering Podcast.

This episode, appropriately titled “Minimum Viable Experimentation,” covers a lot of ground in just 45 minutes. Avoiding any spoilers, the takeaways that I’m still thinking about as I type this are centered around the following main ideas:

  • Distributed decision-making and increased trust across teams are just a few of the business outcomes increased by experimentation that highly scalable organizations strive to achieve.

  • It’s hard enough to get good data scientists, so once you have a strong team, the right tooling empowers them to focus on strategic decision-making and experimentation instead of tedious (and turnover-inducing) number crunching.

  • Which metrics matter the most to your business will intrinsically reveal themselves

In addition to the themes above, just a few of the standout quotes from each podcast participant include:

“Build products really fast and experiment all the time.”- Vijaye

“Folks who haven’t existed in that environment…it’s a little bit hard to imagine all the things that have to be working right in order to get this [experimentation] flywheel moving.” - Tristan

“You also have to have a culture of being okay to shut down work that you’ve spent several months building and the numbers aren’t showing the numbers you’re hoping for…that’s a big cultural acceptance for a company” - Julia

“A very small number of experiments are successful. Maybe one in ten or one in six….you always learn something from an experiment; even the failed ones.” - Sean

If you’re like me and typically listen to podcasts at 1.25x or 1.5x speed, take my advice and play this conversation at normal 1x; there are so many hard-hitting points to ponder and this episode absolutely flies by. Check it out 👇

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