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About the Course

Data science is a team sport. As a data science executive it is your job to recruit, organize, and manage the team to success. In this one-week course, we will cover how you can find the right people to fill out your data science team, how to organize them to give them the best chance to feel empowered and successful, and how to manage your team as it grows. This is a focused course designed to rapidly get you up to speed on the process of building and managing a data science team. Our goal was to make this as convenient as possible for you without sacrificing any essential content. We've left the technical information aside so that you can focus on managing your team and moving it forward. After completing this course you will know. 1. The different roles in the data science team including data scientist and data engineer 2. How the data science team relates to other teams in an organization 3. What are the expected qualifications of different data science team members 4. Relevant questions for interviewing data scientists 5. How to manage the onboarding process for the team 6. How to guide data science teams to success 7. How to encourage and empower data science teams Commitment: 1 week of study, 4-6 hours Course cover image by JaredZammit. Creative Commons BY-SA.
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Dec 14, 2017

This course was an exceptional experience where it introduces me to building a data science team, its challenges, nuances and also what kind of approach to take while building and sustaining the team.


Jan 14, 2021

Very well organized. Might consider adding couple of additional speakers with with more executive and management level experience with organizations that successfully implemented Data Science.

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By Mauricio M M

Jun 30, 2017

I know the course was about Building a data science team but it talked a lot about interactions. I missed a little bit a deeper exploration about those interections. I mean, how marketing or business teams demand data science projects to the data science team? How deep do they have to brief? Also, specially to the data science executive, how to distinct requests that are really for data science experiments and those that are not (and can be executed by "simple" business intelligence analyses)?

By Sheila O

Dec 27, 2020

Overall the course was informative, but as an experienced manager, I would like more specific coverage of managing data work and less coverage of general management/motivational principles. There was a very small but important section on how to address peer review and input on work product - expanding that section to cover other data science/engineering specific practical challenges would provide more value. You could completely eliminate the "onboarding" section, as that is really basic.

By Paul C

Nov 15, 2016

For most people this might be four stars. There is solid content here, but I couldn't help but feel a lot of this stuff is fairly standard OD/management material and in some ways, it felt like asking, say, a project manager to deliver a data science course. If you have never done any managerial training or read material on intrinsic motivation, org and team culture, then you will get value. For me this was pretty stock

By Dan K

Mar 29, 2017

Good overview for those without management experience. For experienced folks -- probably a good number since this is an Executive Data Science course -- it was pretty basic. Also some of the elements come down to management style. For some, other approaches have worked well and might not be ready to switch philosophies based on the course.

Otherwise, pretty good.

By Karun T

Jan 17, 2017

Content was good and questions were well-thought. Video lectures however would need written notes to accompany them. Also when videos are as long and fast-paced as it is in the course it would be nice to throw the major point in discussion on the background,this would help clarify and focus the idea the lecturer is trying to convey.

By Gonzalo G A

Dec 1, 2016

Some of the videos are very basic concepts on how to lead a team (i.e.: Management strategies, common difficulties,...). It is already known things for a manager with some experience leading teams. This course could be shorter.

By Naim J

Feb 22, 2019

although important. The content is a bit primitive for professionals who have been in the corporate world for more than a decade. It only confirms that team work is essential in any discipline and any practice.

By Neil K

Aug 7, 2018

While a good introduction for those new to personnel management and leadership roles, this was pretty basic for someone like myself. Great lecturer, great points made, most all of them familiar to me. Thanks!

By Chip J

Jun 8, 2017

Some good content. Main reason for not scoring hire is there seemed to be too much overlap with standard management practices not unique to data science teams, such as the on-boarding section.

By Christopher P

Jun 17, 2016

This was a fine overview however I was hoping to drill down into more detail on some of the roles and responsibilites data teams can have. For example data architects, stewards etc.

By Vijay S K

Jun 14, 2019

A lot of content is more or less generic, same as any software engineering team building. Specific scenarios should have been covered to make it data science team specific.

By Niels v G

Feb 8, 2016

Building a Data Science Team does indeed contain helpful recommendations for starting data science teammanagers/executives; for me it had a little too much of a Hu

By Marc P

Oct 20, 2017

This course is mainly theoric.

The practice depends on opportunity to apply it on your work place.

Directly, this course doesn't provide any new verifiable skill.

By Katherine d T

Apr 20, 2017

It was a bit.... general. That could be a bias of mine, as I have done quite a bit of management-type work, so maybe it didn't feel that new or informative.

By Todd

Feb 17, 2018

Some helpful suggestions but too much content on general, common sense management principles. Should be more focused on specifics of data science.

By Bart v d G

Dec 3, 2017

A lot of open doors if you have management experience but provides some overview of what to take into account specifically for a data science team


Aug 15, 2017

This class might not be designed for people who have had years of managerial experiences in a large organization.

By Jose C O B

Jun 17, 2016

The information is useful, but I think the five courses in the specialization could be merged into a single one.

By Paul D

May 10, 2018

Informative but many of the insights apply to good managers in general; not just for data science teams

By Daniel D

Oct 22, 2018

As having experience managing researcher the subject is not completely new, so it can seems long.

By pamandeep s g

Nov 10, 2015

Good interesting material but the quizzes were badly designed and did not test concepts well.

By Peter L

Jul 25, 2018

Added value is highly dependent of your experience with data analysis or data engeneering

By Grant C

Sep 29, 2016

There could be more work in the assignments in this course. The Quizzes are very simple.

By Shafeeq I

Jan 8, 2019

Good on understanding roles each has to play. but very lengthy to explain those.

By Chen S

Sep 27, 2015

Great idea and syllabus.

The videos are too short and missing some explanations.