Team

Data Science Team Structure

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Centralized vs Decentralized Teams

Should you have a centralized data science team or several decentralized teams? There are numerous options for a data science team structure in mid- to large-sized organizations. Yet, many organizations struggle to decide among having: A single centralized data science team (also known as “data science center of excellence” or as an “enterprise” or “shared […]

Agile

10 Data Science Project Metrics

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Measuring Data Science Project Performance

Ironically, data science teams that are so intensely focused on model measurement often don’t measure their own project performance which is problematic because… …But wait! Data scientists measure all sorts of metrics. Of course, they will closely monitor data science metrics and KPIs such as RMSE, F1 scores, or correlation coefficients. Such metrics are critical […]

Agile

Vertical vs Horizontal Slicing Data Science Deliverables

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layered cake

Traditional software approaches favor developing software layer-by-layer (horizontal slicing) while software agilists strive to deliver software by thin end-to-end value streams (vertical slicing). …but what makes sense for data science? Consider a churn project… Imagine that you are tasked to pro-actively minimize customer churn at a telecom company. The retention department has requested the following […]

Agile

Is Agile a Fit for Data Science?

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Agile Gazelle

As explained in the previous post, much of the debate on agile’s potential fit for data science focuses on the use of a specific framework (such as Scrum), and the associated processes and artifacts such as story pointing, burn down charts, or sprint lengths. Unfortunately, this drowns the argument into details that ignore agile for […]

Agile

5 Agile Data Science Myths

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Agile data science myths

One of the most common questions of data science project management is some variation of: “Is agile a fit for data science?” Unfortunately – like a lot of questions in data science – this question itself is often misunderstood. Many (if not most) blog posts, on-line forums, and conversations debate this question by evaluating specific […]

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Lessons from 20 Data Science Teams

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Data science life cycle per Domino Data Labs

What can you learn if you observe data science teams across 20 large companies? I asked Mac Steele, Director of Product at Domino Data Lab, to find out. Mac combined the lessons he learned from observing data science teams with concepts from CRISP-DM and agile to create the Domino Data Science Lifecycle. It is defined in a 25-page whitepaper, The […]