Resources

The Crack the Code conference is just the beginning! We know there is lots more to learn and much more practice to do! The organizers and speakers and the entire data community are committed to supporting you as you grow your skills. Below please find some resources to continue your journey into data.

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Please note that we have not reviewed every single resource below, and we do not endorse the entirety of the content listed below. We have either used these resources personally, or they have been recommended to us by other users. If you want to add more resources, please add them as issues here.

Working in Progressive Politics
Learning Hard Skills
Excel
SQL/R/Python
GIS & Maps
Graphing
Graduate Programs and Additional Training for Advanced Statistical/Technical Training

This is a limited selection of schools and programs, but they’ve all been helpful to people who work in progressive politics.

Soft Skills
Project Management
  • Asana - Free task and project manager. Similar to JIRA but easier to set up; not quite the same level of detail as JIRA. People seem to be strongly pro or against Asana.
  • JIRA - Issue tracker. For under 10 users is about $200 a year; price scales up dramatically after that; Probably the most complicated of the options for setup but is great for both short term & long term once you are setup; Integrates with lots of things including hipchat & github
  • Trello - free! Super easy to use, but does not necessarily have the level of detail some shops needs. Has far fewer integrations.
  • Basecamp - There’s a “Classic” and an updated basecamp - fairly straightforward to set up; cost money; is better for longer term projects (a week or more)
  • KanbanFlow - light-weight system that scales very well from a single person/independent contractor situation up to smallish teams; free to use, $5/month for premium features.
  • Confluence
People Management

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