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In other words division of labor does not work quite so well for a data science department as for a pin factory. The proposed solution (letting data scientists code more) is not radical enough in my opinion. Why not muddle the roles even further? Let everybody feel the pains that people in the other roles experience. Foster empathy and personal connections. Let developers talk to the users and vice versa.

I worked at a company where distinction between the roles was emphasized by physical separation, presumably so that they won't interfere with each others day-to-day duties. The downside is that each group starts caring about their particular thing only, feeling that they are the ones who really keep the place running and other groups are bozos doing their job incredibly poorly.




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