There’s no single data science project documentation recipe. Rather, your documentation needs will vary by project, team, organization, and industry. And it’s not just about producing data science model documentation. Instead, think broader and ask – What do I need to document and why? Once you’ve thought this through and have goals in place, you […]
A data science life cycle is an iterative set of data science steps you take to deliver a project or analysis. Because every data science project and team are different, every specific data science life cycle is different. However, most data science projects tend to flow through the same general life cycle of data science […]
During the past few months, we conducted a poll to see what project management framework teams used to help execute their data science projects. Based on our survey of 109 respondents, nearly half of the respondents most commonly use CRISP-DM. This was followed by Scrum, Kanban and “My Own”. See results below. A quick review of the […]
A data science workflow defines the phases (or steps) in a data science project. Using a well-defined data science workflow is useful in that it provides a simple way to remind all data science team members of the work to be done to do a data science project. One way to think about the benefit […]
So are there new emerging approaches that are data science native? Microsoft’s Team Data Science Process (TDSP), Domino Data Lab’s Data Science Life Cycle, and the Data Science Process Alliance’s Data Driven Scrum (DDS) are approaches that are both data science native and agile. There are pros and cons specific to each approach but they share some fundamental principles.
Can you mix and match elements of multiple project management approaches? Of course! This post explores two such general hybrid approaches for data science:agile-waterfall and research and development.
How do you manage data science projects? Is it software? Is it research? Or maybe, simply magic? This four-part post is an overview 10 ways projects are or could be managed. To start, we’ll explore ad hoc project management, waterfall, and CRISP-DM.
While there is no standard process for a team to use when working on a data science project, CRISP-DM (CRoss-Industry Standard Process for Data Mining) is one framework that is often considered for data science projects. Perhaps because of this, there are lots of web sites describing the 6 phases of a CRISP-DM project, and […]
Various process models and frameworks such as CRISP-DM, TDSP, Domino Data Labs Lifecycle, or Data Driven Scrum describe how to execute a data science project. While useful, such models do not explicitly explain how to communicate with stakeholders on what they care most about: what deliverables will they get through a project lifecycle. In pre-project […]
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 […]