Product teams are growing and with them a plethora of product suffixes: there are now product managers, owners, designers, analysts, strategists, and others all sitting on product teams. Product managers now also have more adjectives attached to their titles, whether it’s based on their seniority or their field, and as the discipline evolves, so will job descriptions. But there is one conspicuous function on many product teams today that doesn’t always have “product” in the title: data scientist. Data scientists facilitate data-based decision making, experimentation, and innovation, key drivers that can put the product team ahead of the market. Being on the product team ensures they have alignment with- and a sharp focus on the product and business objectives.
And yet, in our poll this week, 69% of you did not feel that it was absolutely necessary to have a data scientist on a product team. Our debaters (one of whom is a Ph.D. in Computer Science) were likewise not sold on the idea that data science is integral to a well-functioning product team. What do you think? Are you a data scientist with a solid counter-argument? Tell us in the comments!