Brad Pflum

Brad Pflum

Director of Data Science at 2k

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Seniority

11 Years

Hierarchy

Manager of Managers

Management Experience

Feedback
Managing Up
Ethics
Sharing the vision
Agile / Scrum
Changing company
Data team
Cross-functional collaboration
Collaboration
Dev Processes
Prioritization
Roadmap
Handling Promotion
Career Path
Firing
Product
High Performers
Leadership
Underperformance
Company Culture
Health / Stress / Burn-Out
Coaching / Training / Mentorship
Scaling Team
Building a Team

Brad is the Director of Data Science at 2k (a leading publisher of today’s most popular gaming genres and most well-known for critically acclaimed game franchises like NBA 2K, Bioshock, Borderlands, XCOM and the beloved Sid Meier’s Civilization) where he manages a team of 15 Data pros (scientists, engineers, and analytics/BI devs).

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Hiring and Building a Data Science Team
5 June

Brad Pflum shares qualities to look for in a candidate when hiring and building a new data science team.

Data team
Hiring
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Brad Pflum

Brad Pflum

Director of Data Science at 2k

Hiring your first data scientist without data science knowledge
26 November

Brad Pflum gives some advice on recruiting the first data scientist for a company, the procedures and the pitfalls.

Remote
Dev Processes
Hiring
Data team
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Brad Pflum

Brad Pflum

Director of Data Science at 2k

Managing Mediocrity
8 May

Brad Pflum discusses his tips for how to manage mediocrity.

Underperformance
Coaching / Training / Mentorship
Productivity
Toxic employee
Sharing the vision
Feedback
Toxic atmospheres
Managing Expectations
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Brad Pflum

Brad Pflum

Director of Data Science at 2k

Redefining And Restructuring A Team
8 May

Brad Pflum discusses how he went about redefining and restructuring the roles in a team he inherited and the challenges he faced while doing so in a rapidly growing company.

Reorganization
Career Path
Scaling Team
Health / Stress / Burn-Out
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Brad Pflum

Brad Pflum

Director of Data Science at 2k

Experience

Head of Data

Roofstock

Jun 2018 - current

Using data to revolutionize real estate investment

Manager, Data Team (Data Science & Data Engineering)

Narvar

May 2017 - Jun 2018

With an estimated 2/3rds of American online shoppers having interacted with Narvar’s post-purchase ecommerce platform, Narvar is assembling one of the largest and richest datasets in the world. Our Big Data Platform combines order information in dozens of formats across hundreds of retailers with tracking information from hundreds of carriers and usage behavior of tens of millions of consumers across our own application suite. We make it fast, flexible, and modern. Atop this rich dataset and platform we're building Data Science and Machine Learning systems for experience personalization, supply chain optimization, and AI to help retailers maximize their interactions with their most valuable consumers.

Manager, Data Science

Slice Technologies, Inc

Mar 2014 - May 2017

In 2014, I built our first weighting and projection engine to make our panel representative of the universe of US online shoppers and enable us to rigorously generalize our sample to that population. In 2015, I built out a team that used cutting edge Data Science techniques combined with time-tested Measurement Science rigor to deliver great value to our customers. We used Statistical Models to ensure data representativeness and quality; Machine Learning algorithms to classify users; and Operations Research techniques to make it all sing. In 2016/17, we expanded the team to include engineers and pushed into big data computational systems, leveraging AWS heavily.

Data Scientist

Independent Consultant

Jan 2013 - Mar 2014

Worked with clients to identify hidden sources of cost and risk using a variety of statistical techniques.

Systems Engineer

Raytheon Telemus, Inc (formerly Telemus Solutions Inc.)

Jan 2006 - Jan 2013

Built a largely-automated system to ingest bulk data, perform custom analytics, and display it for leaders in the context appropriate for our subsidiary. Dashboards and reports delivered long-desired insights for managers and customers. Following our startup's acquisition by Raytheon, drove organizational development efforts to maintain agility and performance while satisfying new Corporate requirements. Built and lead a Project Management and Support Office. Performed systems engineering and project management on many of electronics, IT, and software development projects.

Cost/Price Analyst; Buyer

Bechtel Corporation

Jan 2004 - Jan 2006

While working on the Iraq Infrastructure Reconstruction Project in Amman, Jordan I brought engineering knowledge and statistical methods to the analysis of pricing for acquisition of large range of goods and services. At the DOD Aberdeen Chemical Weapons Disposal Facility in Maryland I applied the same kinds of skills to optimize plant logistics.

Research Intern

PARC

Jan 1998 - Jan 1998

Xerox Palo Alto Research Center (PARC): Research in emerging technology applications

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