I have a passion for Data Science, Innovation, Leadership, and trying to make the most out of every situation. You will see these themes reflected in these blogs.

Rotary Youth Leadership Awards

RYLA is a week-long experiential leadership program, aimed at empowering the next generation of leaders to achieve great things. The program is designed around a reflectively experiential approach to leadership, employing the abstraction of ‘ERLA’ to assist the participants through their journey, which is an abbreviation for: Experience, Reflection, Learning, Action (ERLA). This concept is continually reinforced throughout the course of the week. It is also steeped in academia, particularly in its liken to David Kolb’s work (1984), which conceptualises learning as a four-phase continuous cycle: Concrete Experience, Reflective Observation, Abstract Conceptualisation and Active Experimentation (Figure 1). This learning process, in other forms, has been referred to the ‘Plan-Do-Check-Act’ model, or the ‘Experience-Reflection-Conceptualise-Test’ model.

The ERLA concept is continually recycled for participants throughout the RYLA experience, and the week itself also acts as a standalone experience for future reflection and development. Two of the key objectives of RYLA are: 1) To empower and equip the next generations of leaders to be the best version of themselves that they can be; and 2) To provide a challenging, engaging, and safe environment for participants to try, test, apply and enable their own learning and development. Many researchers have attempted to synthesise the intricacies and nuances of leadership (eg: Avolio et al. 2009; Busse 2014; Jackson & Parry 2011; Northouse 2015); however, the resulting array of theories & conceptualisations are quite frankly diverse, convoluted, and in some instances inconsistent (Alveeson & Spicer 2012). What the discourse does agree on is the fact that leadership is inherently difficult and complex. Yet it is the capstone that is necessary in any successful business, and it is the fuel behind a highly effective and productive team. The environment created by RYLA, particularly resulting from the ERLA methodology, is one which can facilitate this learning for each individual, and can create a successful and beneficial leadership learning experience.

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The Contemporary Logistics Industry

The Warehousing and Logistics Industry in Australia generates an enormous amount of data every day (DHL 2013), which creates great opportunities for businesses. However, this data is not currently being used to maximum efficiency (Zhong et al. 2015). Furthermore, if used correctly, data and statistical analysis provides immense opportunity for businesses and generates significant competitive advantage (Wang et al. 2016). By leveraging the data which already exists within the business, organisations can extract substantial value over multiple facets of the business, including guiding high-level strategic directions, assisting day-to-day tactical decisions, and reducing the cost-overhead caused when Service-Level Agreements (SLA’s) are not met. Jia, Wang & Wei (2015) discuss that the key to achieving this business success is through real-time data analytics and user-friendly visualisation. Moreover, Davenport & Harris (2007) emphasise the direct link between a business’s degree of competitive advantage and its degree of data intelligence. The use of data, and the realisation of in-depth statistical analysis is also an area where the warehousing and logistics industry is yet to achieve great outcomes (Bamberger et al. 2017).

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The Automation of GitHub Processes in RStudio

GitHub is a vital tool for any Data Scientist, and is incredibly useful when properly integrated in the RStudio Integrated Development Environment (IDE). The default functionality allows for one to manage Code Sets seamlessly with Git through very user-friendly Stage, Commit, Push, Pull, and History buttons. This process is intentionally designed this way to ensure that the user properly follows the Git process to ensure that the appropriate Change Management, Code Merging, and Version Control practices are implemented.

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