In this podcast, Maksim, CDO @ City of San Diago, discussed the nuances of running big data for big cities. He shares his perspectives on effectively building a central data office in a complex and extremely collaborative environment like a big city. He shared his thoughts on some ways to effectively prioritize which project to pursue. He shared how leadership and execution could blend to solve civic issues relating to big and small cities. A great practitioner podcast for folks seeking to build a robust data science practice across a large and collaborative ecosystem.
0:28 Maksim’s journey.
6:45 Maksim’s current role.
11:46 Collaboration process in creating a data inventory.
14:52 Working with the bureaucracy.
18:35 Dealing with unforeseen circumstances at work.
20:22 Prioritization at work.
22:58 Qualities of a good data leader.
26:15 Collaboration with other cities.
27:40 Cool data projects in other cities.
30:55 Shortcomings of other city representatives.
36:54 Use cases in AI
39:00 What would Maksim change about himself?
40:50 Future cities and data
43:55 Opportunities for private investors in the public sector.
45:53 Maksim’s success mantra.
50:19 Closing remark.
Maksim’s Book Recommendation:
The Phoenix Project: A Novel about IT, DevOps, and Helping Your Business Win
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Maksim Pecherskiy: As the CDO for the City of San Diego, working in the Performance & Analytics Department, Maksim strives to bring the necessary components together to allow the City’s residents to benefit from a more efficient, agile government that is as innovative as the community around it.
He has been solving complex problems with technology for nearly a decade. He spent 2014 working as a Code For America fellow in Puerto Rico, focusing on economic development. His team delivered a product called PrimerPeso that provides business owners and residents a tool to search, and apply for, government programs for which they may be eligible.
Before moving to California, Maksim was a Solutions Architect at Promet Source in Chicago, where he built large web applications and designed complex integrations. He shaped workflow, configuration management, and continuous integration processes while leading and training international development teams. Before his work at Promet, he was a software engineer at AllPlayers, who was instrumental in the design and architecture of its APIs and the development and documentation of supporting client libraries in various languages.
Maksim graduated from DePaul University with a bachelor of science degree in information systems and from Linköping University, Sweden, with a bachelor of science degree in international business. He is also certified as a Lean Six Sigma Green Belt.
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