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Designed to help make organizations

Data Driven

Product Leaders

Program managers and product managers that are focused on metrics like growth and revenue, and prioritization decisions

Data Scientists

Data Scientists and Data Science managers who help map strategic decisions to actionable experimental designs and then interpret the results in a trustworthy manner

The motivation and basics of A/B testing (e.g., causality, surprising examples, metrics, interpreting results, trust and pitfalls, Twyman’s law, A/A tests)
Cultural challenges, humbling results (e.g., failing often, pivoting, iterating), experimentation platform, institutional memory and meta-analysis, ethics
Hierarchy of evidence, Expected Value of Information (EVI), complementary techniques, risks in observational causal studies

Engineering Leaders

Engineering managers, directors, VPs, and CTOs who want to make their organizations data-driven with metrics and A/B tests

Safe deployments
Triggering, especially in evaluating machine learning models
The benefits of agile product development

Product Leaders, Data Scientists and Engineering Leaders

who want to make their organizations data-driven with metrics and A/B tests

You will:
  • The motivation and basics of A/B testing (e.g., causality, surprising examples, metrics, interpreting results, trust and pitfalls, Twyman’s law, A/A tests)
  • Cultural challenges, humbling results (e.g., failing often, pivoting, iterating), experimentation platform, institutional memory and meta-analysis, ethics
  • Hierarchy of evidence, Expected Value of Information (EVI), complementary techniques, risks in observational causal studies
You should:

Learn live from a world-class

Instructor

Learn live from a world-class

Instructor

Few people have accumulated as much experience as Ronny Kohavi when it comes to experimentation. His work at tech giants such as Amazon, Microsoft and Airbnb — just to name a few — has laid the foundation of modern online experimentation. He is a pioneer and leader of the data mining and machine learning community and wants to share his learnings with you.

Over the last 20 years, Ronny has served in numerous roles at Airbnb, Microsoft, Amazon, Blue Martini Software, and Silicon Graphics.

Ronny’s papers have over 53,000 citations.  He co-authored the book Trustworthy Online Controlled Experiments: A Practical Guide to A/B Testing (with Diane Tang and Ya Xu) which is in the top-10 data mining books on Amazon.  He is the most viewed writer on Quora’s A/B testing and he received the Individual Lifetime Achievement Award for Experimentation Culture in September 2020.

Ronny also holds a PhD in Machine Learning from Stanford University where he led the MLC++ project, the Machine Learning library in C++ used at Silicon Graphics and at Blue Martini Software

Learn live from world-class

Instructors

Few people have accumulated as much experience as Ronny Kohavi when it comes to experimentation. His work at tech giants such as Amazon, Microsoft and Airbnb — just to name a few — has laid the foundation of modern online experimentation. He is a pioneer and leader of the data mining and machine learning community and wants to share his learnings with you.

Over the last 20 years, Ronny has served in numerous roles at Airbnb, Microsoft, Amazon, Blue Martini Software, and Silicon Graphics.

Ronny’s papers have over 53,000 citations.  He co-authored the book Trustworthy Online Controlled Experiments: A Practical Guide to A/B Testing (with Diane Tang and Ya Xu) which is in the top-10 data mining books on Amazon.  He is the most viewed writer on Quora’s A/B testing and he received the Individual Lifetime Achievement Award for Experimentation Culture in September 2020.

Ronny also holds a PhD in Machine Learning from Stanford University where he led the MLC++ project, the Machine Learning library in C++ used at Silicon Graphics and at Blue Martini Software

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About Ronny's

Live Cohort

A/B tests, also called online controlled experiments, are used heavily at companies like Airbnb, Amazon, Booking.com, eBay, Facebook, Google, LinkedIn, Lyft, Microsoft, Netflix, Twitter, Uber, Yahoo!/ Oath, and Yandex. These companies run thousands to tens of thousands of experiments every year, sometimes involving millions of users and testing everything, including changes to the user interface (UI), relevance algorithms (search, ads, personalization, recommendations, and so on), latency/ performance, content management systems, customer support systems, and more. Experiments are run on multiple digital channels: websites, desktop applications, mobile applications, and e-mail.

The theory of controlled experiments dates back to Sir Ronald A. Fisher in the 1920s, but running experiments at scale is not simply a theoretical challenge, but mostly a cultural challenge.  To paraphrase Helmuth von Moltke, ideas rarely survive contact with customers.  Objective evaluations of ideas in A/B tests show that most ideas are weaker than expected.  Organizations must change incentives and be great at failing fast and pivoting in the face of data.  We will look at real examples of cultural changes.

Setting a strategy with integrity implies tying it to an Overall Evaluation Criterion (OEC).  We will discuss good characteristics of metrics, and in particular focus on the OEC.

A/B tests are commonly associated with evaluating new ideas over a week or two, but when implemented with near-real-time metrics, they provide a safety net for safe deployments, able to detect and abort deployments.  We will discuss feature flags and why controlled experiments are so good at helping avoid severe outages.

Session 1: Introduction

Monday, January 30, 2023
8-10 am PST
  • Introduction to controlled experiments, or A/B testing
  • Interesting experiments – you’re the decision maker
  • Organizational tenets
  • Advantages and limitations of controlled experiments

Session 2: Metrics, the OEC, Interpreting Results and Trust

Tuesday, January 31, 2023
8-10 am PST
  • End-to-end example: Running and Analyzing an Experiment
  • Metrics and the OEC (large section with break)
  • P-values and statistical power (short)

Session 3: Ideation Funnel, Machine Learning, Culture and Ethics

Thursday, February 2, 2023
8-10 am PST
  • Interesting examples
  • Experiment example: speed matters
  • Twyman’s Law and Trustworthy Experimentation
  • Cultural challenge, Institutional memory, maturity model, prioritization/EVI, ethics

Session 4: Leakage & Interference, Complementary Techniques and Observational Causal Studies

Monday, February 6, 2023
8-10 am PST
  • AI/Machine Learning model, and triggering
  • Observational causal studies
  • Pitfalls in observational studies
  • Leakage and interference

Session 5: Maturity Model, Experimentation Platform and Build vs Buy

Thursday, February 9, 2023
8-10 am PST
  • Build vs. Buy - Guest speakers
  • Experimentation Platform
  • Challenges
  • Requested Topics

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Do I have to attend all of the sessions live in real-time?

You don’t! We record every live session in the cohort and make each recording and the session slides available on our portal for you to access anytime.

Will I receive a certificate upon completion?

Each learner receives a certificate of completion, which is sent to you upon completion of the cohort (along with access to our Alumni portal!). Additionally, Sphere is listed as a school on LinkedIn so you can display your certificate in the Education section of your profile.

Is there homework?

Throughout the cohort, there may be take-home questions that pertain to subsequent sessions. These are optional, but allow you to engage more with the instructor and other cohort members!

Can I get the course fee reimbursed by my company?

While we cannot guarantee that your company will cover the cost of the cohort, we are accredited by the Continuing Professional Development (CPD) Standards Office, meaning many of our learners are able to expense the course via their company or team’s L&D budget. We even provide an email template you can use to request approval.

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Learning Experience

Ronny made the content amazingly easy to consume, the other attendees were accomplished experimenters, and being able to ask questions both in real time and via the Sphere portal helped with better understanding of the material.

Dylan Lewis
Experimentation Leader @ Atlassian

The entire course and the way it was delivered was amazing - had tons of learning, especially on where we could go wrong. Examples followed by key concepts was great. Really appreciate Ronny taking time to answer each question even after the session.

Pavan Gangisetty
Staff Data Analyst @ Intuit

Want to take on the challenge of evolving the scientific culture in your organization with experimentation? I'd highly recommend considering Ronny Kohavi's Sphere cohort…  lessons from Ronny's career driving experimentation culture and impact, and invaluable networking opportunities with experimentation leaders. Thankful to have joined the first cohort, met with inspiring colleagues, and to have the opportunity to share the learning with my team.

Aaron Wroblewski
Head of Experimentation, Personalization, Marketing and User Understanding @ Zillow

The culture of Q&A during the session. The depth and width of the experimentation topic. Really eye-opening learnings from Ronny. Thank you, thank you, thank you!

Han Dong
Sr. Business Intelligence Engineer @ Credit Karma

Ronny covered similar topics that are in his book, but in a way that internalizes the points much deeper.

Scott Theisen
Experimentation Product Manager @ Ford Credit

I love Ronny's stories. I think that apart from the learning, two of the most valuable things from this class are: 1) Stories because you will remember them and they will come in handy and 2) Links so that you can dive deeper.

Ishan Goel
Lead Data Scientist @ Wingify

I love that the session goes beyond the tech & stats of experimentation and also address the cultural aspects.

Sharath Bulusu
Director of Product Management @ Google

The curation of relevant examples/stories provides the type of evidence often needed to make a case internally. So helpful to have it assembled in a clear strategy/direction.

James Niehaus
Director of Experimentation @ Kaiser Permanente

50% of what I've learned myself about experimentation is wrong. The other half I learned from Ronny.

Deborah O’Malley
Founder & CEO @ GuessTheTest, named a “top-10 digital marketing experts to follow”

Ronny's tons of experience is valuable and hearing it firsthand is amazing.

Jialin Huang
Director, Customer Knowledge & Strategic Insights @ Fidelity

Favorite part: Practical info and learnings that weren't in the book but were probably not easily publishable.

Scott Rome
Senior Principal Engineer @ Comcast