Prasad Setty of Google on People Analytics

Learn from Google's VP of People Analytics about how to use data for human resources and apply Google's research on teams and managers to your own organization

Course Details

  • Price: $100 FREE
  • Availability: On Demand
  • Duration: 3 hours
  • Access: Unlimited

What You’ll Learn to do:

  • Establish a performance-driven culture for your organization, based on Google's best practices
  • Understand the flow of people through your organization and how Google optimized these processes
  • Assess the health of your organization and reflect on how your can support your talent's goals
  • Incorporate data into decisions on how to hire, promote and retain talent in your organization
  • Diagnose teams in your organization and create Psychological Safety
  • Become familiar with Google's learnings on good management and apply them to your organization


In today’s competitive knowledge economy, a company’s ability to attract, retain and develop talented people is critical.  Yet, in most organizations, we end up basing personnel decisions on emotions, instincts or politics rather than data. Important decisions about talent end up becoming black-box calculations rather than data-driven choices.

Enter People Analytics. This emerging field uses data to advance how organizations make decisions about human resources and enables leaders to operate on evidence rather than intuition.

Prasad Setty leads the People Analytics team at Google and is a pioneer in this field. In this course, he’ll offer you a behind-the-scenes look at how Google conducts groundbreaking research to distill the characteristics of the most effective teams and managers. He’ll walk you through how his team uses data to inform Google’s decisions about promotions, compensation, and team structure and help you get started incorporating data into your own human resource decisions—even if you’re a social entrepreneur starting at a much smaller and scrappier scale.

By the end of this course, you’ll have worked towards establishing a data-powered, performance-driven culture for your own enterprise and gained practical tips for building people analytics processes. This course is for anyone who wants to develop a smarter social enterprise where key personnel decisions are data-informed and human-approved.


Format and Timing

  • Individual Course: This course is a series of videos and exercises you can work through on your own.
  • Platform: Teachable (+Acumen developed this course. We host this course on the Teachable platform.)
  • Timing: You can work through the materials at your own pace. There are no required times for you to log in. Your access does not end.
Introduction to the Course
  • Video 1: Welcome to the Course from Prasad Setty
  • Exercise: Introduce Yourself
  • Resource: Workbook for the Course
Building a Data-driven Approach to Human Resource
  • Video 2: Human Resources and Data Science
  • Video 3: Fundamentals of People Analytics
  • Video 4: Steps to Get Started with People Analytics
  • Video 5: Collecting Data for HR
  • Video 6: Embedding People Analytics in the Organization
  • Video 7: Complementing Human Decisions with Data
  • Exercise: Reflect on Your HR Decisions and Apply People Analytics
The Science of Great Teams
  • Video 8: Building Great Teams: Google's Project Aristotle
  • Video 9: Diagnostic Tools for Teams
  • Video 10: Creating Psychological Safety: Google's Project Wing
  • Exercise: Diagnose Your Team Dynamics and Plan for Improvement
Data on Great Managers
  • Video 11: Effective Managers: Google's Project Oxygen
  • Video 12: Managing People in Social Enterprises
  • Exercise: Adapt Google's Strategy for Great Managers to Your Organization
Influencing Behavior with Data
  • Video 13: Data to Influence Behavior Change
  • Video 14: Data for Fairness
  • Exercise: Plan For Action Based on Data and Reflect on People Analytics
  • Final Reflection
  • Complete the Post-Course Satisfaction Survey
The course already started. Can I still enroll?
You can enroll up to 2 weeks after the start date of the course.
When will the next course be offered?
We offer our courses a few times a year. Sign up for our emails to be notified of the next time the course will be offered.
Do I get a certificate for this course?
You will earn a Statement of Accomplishment if you complete 5 of 6 assignments, including the final assignment, by the last day of the course.
How do teams work?
We recommend you find friends or colleagues for your team that you can meet with in person each week. Each team member should register for the course individually. You’ll then be able to form your team on the NovoEd platform once the course begins.
Do I have to complete the course with a team?
While we believe taking the course with a team will give you the best experience and chance of completing the course, it is possible to complete the course individually if you wish.
What should I expect from the assignments?
You will create a Life Map, develop your own personal story, integrate it into a larger presentation, and record your presentation for feedback from your classmates. You should allocate at least one hour a week to complete each assignment.

Supported By

Prasad Setty is the VP of People Analytics, Compensation and Operations at Google and is a pioneer in this field. He has an MBA from Wharton, was a consultant for McKinsey and started the People Analytics team at Capital One before Joining Google in 2007.

What People Are Saying

This course is priceless! ... The content (the video, and the workbook included) are great for starting, and/or getting better on People Analytics, even if you don't have much technical skills... this is a course about PEOPLE! (and how to better support people to constantly be better both personally, and professionally)

Andres Felipe Vera Ramirez