Team Data Science Process group manager tasks

This article describes the tasks that a group manager completes for a data science organization. The group manager manages the entire data science unit in an enterprise. A data science unit may have several teams, each of which is working on many data science projects in distinct business verticals. The group manager's objective is to establish a collaborative group environment that standardizes on the Team Data Science Process (TDSP). For an outline of all the personnel roles and associated tasks handled by a data science team standardizing on the TDSP, see Team Data Science Process roles and tasks.

The following diagram shows the six main group manager setup tasks. Group managers may delegate their tasks to surrogates, but the tasks associated with the role don't change.

Group manager tasks

  1. Set up an Azure DevOps organization for the group.
  2. Create the default GroupCommon project in the Azure DevOps organization.
  3. Create the GroupProjectTemplate repository in Azure Repos.
  4. Create the GroupUtilities repository in Azure Repos.
  5. Import the contents of the Microsoft TDSP team's ProjectTemplate and Utilities repositories into the group common repositories.
  6. Set up membership and permissions for team members to access the group.

The following tutorial walks through the steps in detail.


This article uses Azure DevOps to set up a TDSP group environment, because that is how to implement TDSP at Microsoft. If your group uses other code hosting or development platforms, the Group Manager's tasks are the same, but the way to complete them may be different.

Create an organization and project in Azure DevOps

  1. Go to, select Sign in at upper right, and sign into your Microsoft account.

    Sign in to your Microsoft account

    If you don't have a Microsoft account, select Sign up now, create a Microsoft account, and sign in using this account. If your organization has a Visual Studio subscription, sign in with the credentials for that subscription.

  2. After you sign in, at upper right on the Azure DevOps page, select Create new organization.

    Create new organization

  3. If you're prompted to agree to the Terms of Service, Privacy Statement, and Code of Conduct, select Continue.

  4. In the signup dialog, name your Azure DevOps organization and accept the host region assignment, or drop down and select a different region. Then select Continue.

  5. Under Create a project to get started, enter GroupCommon, and then select Create project.

    Create project

The GroupCommon project Summary page opens. The page URL is https://<servername>/<organization-name>/GroupCommon.

Project summary page

Set up the group common repositories

Azure Repos hosts the following types of repositories for your group:

  • Group common repositories: General-purpose repositories that multiple teams within a data science unit can adopt for many data science projects.
  • Team repositories: Repositories for specific teams within a data science unit. These repositories are specific for a team's needs, and may be used for multiple projects within that team, but are not general enough to be used across multiple teams within a data science unit.
  • Project repositories: Repositories for specific projects. Such repositories may not be general enough for multiple projects within a team, or for other teams in a data science unit.

To set up the group common repositories in your project, you:

  • Rename the default GroupCommon repository to GroupProjectTemplate
  • Create a new GroupUtilities repository

Rename the default project repository to GroupProjectTemplate

To rename the default GroupCommon project repository to GroupProjectTemplate:

  1. On the GroupCommon project Summary page, select Repos. This action takes you to the default GroupCommon repository of the GroupCommon project, which is currently empty.

  2. At the top of the page, drop down the arrow next to GroupCommon and select Manage repositories.

    Manage repositories

  3. On the Project Settings page, select the ... next to GroupCommon, and then select Rename repository.

    Select ... and then select Rename repository

  4. In the Rename the GroupCommon repository popup, enter GroupProjectTemplate, and then select Rename.

    Rename repository

Create the GroupUtilities repository

To create the GroupUtilities repository:

  1. On the GroupCommon project Summary page, select Repos.

  2. At the top of the page, drop down the arrow next to GroupProjectTemplate and select New repository.

    Select New repository

  3. In the Create a new repository dialog, select Git as the Type, enter GroupUtilities as the Repository name, and then select Create.

    Create GroupUtilities repository

  4. On the Project Settings page, select Repositories under Repos in the left navigation to see the two group repositories: GroupProjectTemplate and GroupUtilities.

    Two group repositories

Import the Microsoft TDSP team repositories

In this part of the tutorial, you import the contents of the ProjectTemplate and Utilities repositories managed by the Microsoft TDSP team into your GroupProjectTemplate and GroupUtilities repositories.

To import the TDSP team repositories:

  1. From the GroupCommon project home page, select Repos in the left navigation. The default GroupProjectTemplate repo opens.

  2. On the GroupProjectTemplate is empty page, select Import.

    Select Import

  3. In the Import a Git repository dialog, select Git as the Source type, and enter for the Clone URL. Then select Import. The contents of the Microsoft TDSP team ProjectTemplate repository are imported into your GroupProjectTemplate repository.

    Import Microsoft TDSP team repository

  4. At the top of the Repos page, drop down and select the GroupUtilities repository.

Each of your two group repositories now contains all the files, except those in the .git directory, from the Microsoft TDSP team's corresponding repository.

Customize the contents of the group repositories

If you want to customize the contents of your group repositories to meet the specific needs of your group, you can do that now. You can modify the files, change the directory structure, or add files that your group has developed or that are helpful for your group.

Make changes in Azure Repos

To customize repository contents:

  1. On the GroupCommon project Summary page, select Repos.

  2. At the top of the page, select the repository you want to customize.

  3. In the repo directory structure, navigate to the folder or file you want to change.

    • To create new folders or files, select the arrow next to New.

      Create New file

    • To upload files, select Upload file(s).

      Upload files

    • To edit existing files, navigate to the file and then select Edit.

      Edit a file

  4. After adding or editing files, select Commit.

    Commit changes

Make changes using your local machine or DSVM

If you want to make changes using your local machine or DSVM and push the changes up to the group repositories, make sure you have the prerequisites for working with Git and DSVMs:

  • An Azure subscription, if you want to create a DSVM.
  • Git installed on your machine. If you're using a DSVM, Git is pre-installed. Otherwise, see the Platforms and tools appendix.
  • If you want to use a DSVM, the Windows or Linux DSVM created and configured in Azure. For more information and instructions, see the Data Science Virtual Machine Documentation.
  • For a Windows DSVM, Git Credential Manager (GCM) installed on your machine. In the file, scroll down to the Download and Install section and select the latest installer. Download the .exe installer from the installer page and run it.
  • For a Linux DSVM, an SSH public key set up on your DSVM and added in Azure DevOps. For more information and instructions, see the Create SSH public key section in the Platforms and tools appendix.

First, copy or clone the repository to your local machine.

  1. On the GroupCommon project Summary page, select Repos, and at the top of the page, select the repository you want to clone.

  2. On the repo page, select Clone at upper right.

  3. In the Clone repository dialog, select HTTPS for an HTTP connection, or SSH for an SSH connection, and copy the clone URL under Command line to your clipboard.

    Clone repo

  4. On your local machine, create the following directories:

    • For Windows: C:\GitRepos\GroupCommon
    • For Linux, $/GitRepos/GroupCommon on your home directory
  5. Change to the directory you created.

  6. In Git Bash, run the command git clone <clone URL>.

    For example, either of the following commands clones the GroupUtilities repository to the GroupCommon directory on your local machine.

    HTTPS connection:

    git clone

    SSH connection:

    git clone

After making whatever changes you want in the local clone of your repository, you can push the changes to the shared group common repositories.

Run the following Git Bash commands from your local GroupProjectTemplate or GroupUtilities directory.

git add .
git commit -m "push from local"
git push


If this is the first time you commit to a Git repository, you may need to configure global parameters and before you run the git commit command. Run the following two commands:

git config --global <your name>

git config --global <your email address>

If you're committing to several Git repositories, use the same name and email address for all of them. Using the same name and email address is convenient when building Power BI dashboards to track your Git activities in multiple repositories.

Add group members and configure permissions

To add members to the group:

  1. In Azure DevOps, from the GroupCommon project home page, select Project settings from the left navigation.

  2. From the Project Settings left navigation, select Teams, then on the Teams page, select the GroupCommon Team.

    Configure Teams

  3. On the Team Profile page, select Add.

    Add to GroupCommon Team

  4. In the Add users and groups dialog, search for and select members to add to the group, and then select Save changes.

    Add users and groups

To configure permissions for members:

  1. From the Project Settings left navigation, select Permissions.

  2. On the Permissions page, select the group you want to add members to.

  3. On the page for that group, select Members, and then select Add.

  4. In the Invite members popup, search for and select members to add to the group, and then select Save.

    Grant permissions to members


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Next steps

Here are links to detailed descriptions of the other roles and tasks in the Team Data Science Process: