Amid fierce market competition, rapidly evolving technologies, and high expectations from clients for seamless project delivery (on time, on budget, as few surprises as possible, etc.), Business and technical consultants need to be continuously on top of their game across a wide spectrum of technical and non-technical (“soft skill”) areas, throughout the entire engagement lifecycle. Here, Steve Barkin, Director of Business Consulting at Saama, offers three client engagement best practices to consider as starting points.

There is a well-known saying:  “Experience is a hard teacher because she gives the test first, the lesson afterward.”

In the interest of helping others learn the lesson before the test comes, here are three learnings assimilated  over my many years of leading the data & analytics-related engagements – consulting clients as well as internal business partners.