Experimental Mind: Nobel Prize, Mindset, Heatmaps … and new challenge

Hey friends,

First, I have some personal news: I will leave ING at the end of this month. After over a decade at this great company, this was not a simple decision. But itโ€™s time for a new challenge (more on that another time). Itโ€™s time to learn new things and experience another environment.

Which brings me to this week’s newsletter. I have selected: 4 articles, 6 new job opportunities (including my current role) and 2 new events.

Thanks, Kevin

๐Ÿ”Ž What I’ve been reading this week

1. Nobel Prize for David Card, Joshua Angrist and Guido Imbens for their work on 'natural experiments'

They have provided us with new insights about the labour market and shown what conclusions about cause and effect can be drawn from natural experiments. Their approach has spread to other fields and revolutionised empirical research.

2. Thinking in experiments is todayโ€™s winning mindset

Scott McDonald nicely formulates why I started this newsletter in the first place: to help and nurture the experimental mind(set).

Where we once rushed to launch, we can now rush to learn. Experimentation as a core business practice and leadership philosophy is exploding.

3. Heatmaps are shit

Oliver Palmer’s rant on the problems with heatmaps. And I must say, I agree.

Website heatmaps are a low effort, low signal waste of time and best avoided in favour of actual research

4. Conversion Hotel 2021 line up is final

This is my favorite event covering everthing on experimentation. Three days on the beautiful island of Texel in the Netherlands, with great people and content. And very excited to be on stage this year. There are still tickets left.

๐Ÿš€ Job opportunities

This week’s featured jobs … including my previous job: 

  1. Experimentation Expert at ING (Amsterdam, NL)
  2. Product Manager, Experimentation at Adyen (Amsterdam, NL)
  3. VP, Digital Experimentation at Chase (Wilmington DE, US)
  4. Data Product Owner, Customer Experience at Vistaprint (remote EU)
  5. Data Scientist at Bellingcat (remote EU)

There are more opportunities on the job board, including 5 new ones.

And did you know? You, as subscriber of this newsletter, can post for free to the job board. Post a job and use this code at the last step: SUBSCRIBER200

๐Ÿ“… Upcoming events

This is a running list of upcoming events:

๐Ÿ’ฌ Quote of the week

“People use statistics as a drunk uses a lamppost โ€” for support rather than illuminationโ€ โ€” Andrew Lang (and many others)

๐Ÿ˜‰ Fun of the week

[tweet https://twitter.com/visakanv/status/1446713714917347330]

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Have a great week โ€” and keep experimenting.