Customer acceptance stage of the Team Data Science Process lifecycle
This article outlines the goals, tasks, and deliverables associated with the customer acceptance stage of the Team Data Science Process (TDSP). This process provides a recommended lifecycle that you can use to structure your data-science projects. The lifecycle outlines the major stages that projects typically execute, often iteratively:
- Business understanding
- Data acquisition and understanding
- Customer acceptance
Here is a visual representation of the TDSP lifecycle:
Finalize project deliverables: Confirm that the pipeline, the model, and their deployment in a production environment satisfy the customer's objectives.
How to do it
There are two main tasks addressed in this stage:
- System validation: Confirm that the deployed model and pipeline meet the customer's needs.
- Project hand-off: Hand the project off to the entity that's going to run the system in production.
The customer should validate that the system meets their business needs and that it answers the questions with acceptable accuracy to deploy the system to production for use by their client's application. All the documentation is finalized and reviewed. The project is handed-off to the entity responsible for operations. This entity might be, for example, an IT or customer data-science team or an agent of the customer that's responsible for running the system in production.
The main artifact produced in this final stage is the Exit report of the project for the customer. This technical report contains all the details of the project that are useful for learning about how to operate the system. TDSP provides an Exit report template. You can use the template as is, or you can customize it for specific client needs.
This article is maintained by Microsoft. It was originally written by the following contributors.
- Mark Tabladillo | Senior Cloud Solution Architect
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Here are links to each step in the lifecycle of the TDSP:
For Azure, we recommend applying TDSP using Azure Machine Learning: for an overview of Azure Machine Learning see What is Azure Machine Learning?.