Data Science Book Review #1— Becoming a Data Head

Adam Sroka
4 min readJul 12, 2022

I recently finished Alex J. Gutman and Jordan Goldmeier’s guide to data and data science. Here are my thoughts.

Becoming a Data Head (image by author).


Welcome to my first book review. I’m aiming to do this more regularly so, hopefully, I’ll get through some of the best books I’ve picked up over the years.

Today we’re talking about Alex J. Gutman and Jordan Goldmeier’s Becoming a Data Head; how to think, speak, and understand data science, statistics, and machine learning:

Why I picked this up

I write a lot about data science communication and spend a considerable chunk of my time thinking about the best way to get my ideas across. Playing that translator role between teams, stakeholders, customers, and the like is a skill that’s really unlocked my career.

With that in mind, I realised I hadn’t actually read much on communication for data science in a while. This book is aimed at teaching folks how to think more like a data professional — becoming a data head means getting into…



Adam Sroka

Dr Adam Sroka, Head of Machine Learning Engineering at Origami Energy, is an experienced data and AI leader helping organisations unlock value from data.