The Domino Effect

Domino is a flat, thumbsized, rectangular block whose face is divided into two parts, each either blank or bearing from one to six pips or dots: 28 such pieces form a complete set. A domino is used in a variety of games, whereby the players attempt to match the ends of adjacent tiles and then lay them down in lines and angular patterns.

A domino has potential energy based on its position in the chain, and when it falls, much of that energy is converted into kinetic energy, or movement. The motion of the first domino also nudges other dominoes, helping them to fall into place.

The physics behind the domino effect can apply to many aspects of life. For example, when a task seems overwhelming or daunting, breaking it down into smaller components can make it easier to tackle. Think of each step in a process as a good domino that will eventually have a positive impact on the final product. For example, setting up a budget or developing a financial plan are good dominoes that can lead to long-term success.

Similarly, when a business owner sees an opportunity for growth, he or she can use the domino effect to create new opportunities. In the case of Domino’s Pizza, founder Thomas Monaghan saw a need for fast, reliable pizza delivery in college towns and grew his company by opening stores near campuses. This approach to growth helped Domino’s become a dominant pizza franchise in the United States.

Another important aspect of the Domino effect is the way it can help people work together. By putting together teams of individuals who work well together, companies can build strong relationships and create value for customers. For example, when a Domino’s franchise hires a person to run a specific branch of the company, that employee can work with other employees and learn how other departments operate. As a result, the individual is better prepared to understand how all the parts of the company fit together and can work effectively to meet customer needs.

When Hevesh puts a new domino into the chain, she takes time to test it individually and films it so she can see how the dominoes interact. When she notices something wrong, she makes adjustments and then continues the process until all the sections are perfect. This process allows her to deliver a beautiful, impressive display of domino art for a large crowd.

The same principle can be applied to data science. Domino Data Lab provides a seamless flow from agile exploration to deployment and management of models in production — all on a single platform that connects with version control systems like Bitbucket for easy collaboration at every stage. This capability, coupled with the ability to spin up interactive workspaces of various sizes and a model api for integration with other systems, is what makes Domino a great choice for end to end data science.