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Monday, 27 August 2018 12:49

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How do organisations overcome the algorithmic bias created by an all-white, male team?

It seems like a simple answer, encouraging a diverse workforce but it is easier said than done.

Coming from such a low base – numbers of analysts/ data scientists are typically only 25 – 30% women – we’ve a long way to go.

So the answer needs to be two-fold; close the diversity gap while remaining vigilant about inherent bias that exists when only a small slice of the population is represented in the people choosing feature sets and training data.

Analysing the traditional barriers to entry – are these beginning to change? Why aren’t more diverse groups applying?

We have certainly found at AGL, that there is a lot that can be done to encourage more women to apply to roles in the data science/ analyst spaces.

Things as simple as the language used to describe the eligibility criteria; women tend to count themselves out if they haven’t mastered each item on the list so using phrases like “degree or similar experience” can break down barriers.

I recently saw some research conducted by Harvard that said women with 8 years of programming experience are as confident as men with 1 year of experience.

Encouraging part-time or job share applicants is another way to encourage more women to apply.

This is particularly important for more senior roles in data, when women with significant experience are often out of the running because they need to work part time due to family commitments.

What are the best ways to encourage more diverse talent beyond just recruitment phase?

There are 3 things that I think are key to encouraging women to continue in data roles; sponsorship, flexible working conditions and organisational values.

Sponsorship goes beyond the generosity of time often given in a mentoring relationship and can be invaluable in getting your name thrown into the ring at the highest levels.

I recently heard Dr Marianne Cooper, lead researcher for Lean In by Sheryl Sandberg, speak about this and about how different this idea is to mentoring.

There is nothing more powerful than having a person use their political capital to support a woman in the corporate world.

Practically, though, flexible working conditions can go a long way to encouraging sustained employment for women.

Combined with this, organisational values that embed a culture of inclusion, diversity of not only gender but sexuality, religion, race, physical capacity and importantly, thought is able to thrive.

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