Those people that always have the right info and do amazing things with the company’s data platform. They amplify the people around them, shape our insights, and ignite a more data-driven culture wherever they go.
They are the unsung heroes of many offices. We call them Sparks, and it’s time to celebrate the incredible work they do.
That’s why we’ve created the Spark program and sent you your shiny new Spark Kit. Haven’t got a Spark Kit? Click below and we’ll send you one right away. It may seem like just a bit of fun swag from your friends at Looker, but it’s more than that.
The Spark Kit is your entry into the Looker Spark Program.
Here's how it works:
Identify the data Sparks in your team – the ones doing great things with data that are enhancing business efficiency and effectiveness.
Snap & Post
Take a photo of your Spark holding the Looker Sparks photo frame (in your Spark Kit). Share it, with a sentence or two, on the brilliant use of data they’ve been driving, on your company intranet sites, office hour meetings or monthly newsletters.
But don’t stop there- show your Sparks off by posting their pictures and stories to the Looker community.
Also- check out our Spark blog posts- it’s a great place to find Spark and data related content- including some great examples of Sparks.
Building a Data Driven Culture that transforms your business
The Looker Spark program is all about helping you and your brightest Sparks lead the way in driving data-driven thinking and better decisions across your company.
We’ve designed the Looker Spark Program to help you plan, build, and launch the habits that make data-driven thinking an everyday practice- which leads to smarter insights, better results, and motivates your whole company.
If that sounds like time well spent, here’s how to get started:
A goal without a plan is just a wish.
- Antoine de Saint-Exupery
The first step is to set your sights on what needs to be accomplished, and by whom. With goals in hand, you can identify your strongest Looker platform users and build a team of Sparks (use your Spark kit!). This group should be able to give you some great examples with Looker that will help you build your data, dashboards and reporting the way your teams need it to be built.
Identify your internal data Sparks
Get buy-in from an executive sponsor
Understand team use cases
Define and agree on success metrics
Now it’s time to make Looker sing for your company and apply what you’ve learned about your users. The focus should be on creating efficient workflows, building Looker to maximize performance, and learning how to nip “decision paralysis” in the bud. Keep things in Looker simple and reduce user options.
Identify different user types and develop an appropriate permissions and access plan
If you build it, they will come.
- God-Like Voice in Kevin Costner's head
"Field of Dreams"
When you're getting ready to launch into space, you're sitting on a big explosion waiting to happen.
- Sally Ride,
Now that you’ve built the foundation to support data-driven work being a daily habit, it’s time to strap in and enjoy the explosive ride of success you and your Sparks have created. It’s important to use all of the channels at your disposal to communicate things broadly and get adoption across the business.
You were probably born without a data-driven work culture (unless you were a very unique child), but you’ve already grown. By now, you and your team are well on your way to becoming data superstars. Keep working at maintaining your early momentum with a few good habits:
Show the impact Looker has had so far in internal Office Hours