Tasks for an individual contributor in the Team Data Science Process

This topic outlines the tasks that an individual contributor completes to set up a project in the Team Data Science Process (TDSP). The objective is to work in a collaborative team environment that standardizes on the TDSP. The TDSP is designed to help improve collaboration and team learning. For an outline of the personnel roles and their associated tasks that are handled by a data science team standardizing on the TDSP, see Team Data Science Process roles and tasks.

The following diagram shows the tasks that project individual contributors (data scientists) complete to set up their team environment. For instructions on how to execute a data science project under the TDSP, see Execution of data science projects.

Individual contributor tasks

  • ProjectRepository is the repository your project team maintains to share project templates and assets.
  • TeamUtilities is the utilities repository your team maintains specifically for your team.
  • GroupUtilities is the repository your group maintains to share useful utilities across the entire group.


This article uses Azure Repos and a Data Science Virtual Machine (DSVM) to set up a TDSP environment, because that is how to implement TDSP at Microsoft. If your team uses other code hosting or development platforms, the individual contributor tasks are the same, but the way to complete them may be different.


This tutorial assumes that the following resources and permissions have been set up by your group manager, team lead, and project lead:

  • The Azure DevOps organization for your data science unit
  • A project repository set up by your project lead to share project templates and assets
  • GroupUtilities and TeamUtilities repositories set up by the group manager and team lead, if applicable
  • Azure file storage set up for shared assets for your team or project, if applicable
  • Permissions for you to clone from and push back to your project repository

To clone repositories and modify content on your local machine or DSVM, or mount Azure file storage to your DSVM, you need to consider this checklist:

  • An Azure subscription.
  • 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 README.md 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.
  • The Azure file storage information for any Azure file storage you need to mount to your DSVM.

Clone repositories

To work with repositories locally and push your changes up to the shared team and project repositories, you first copy or clone the repositories to your local machine.

  1. In Azure DevOps, go to your team's project Summary page at https://<server name>/<organization name>/<team name>, for example, https://dev.azure.com/DataScienceUnit/MyTeam.

  2. Select Repos in the left navigation, and at the top of the page, select the repository you want to clone.

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

  4. 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

  5. On your local machine or DSVM, create the following directories:

    • For Windows: C:\GitRepos
    • For Linux: $home/GitRepos
  6. Change to the directory you created.

  7. In Git Bash, run the command git clone <clone URL> for each repository you want to clone.

    For example, the following command clones the TeamUtilities repository to the MyTeam directory on your local machine.

    HTTPS connection:

    git clone https://DataScienceUnit@dev.azure.com/DataScienceUnit/MyTeam/_git/TeamUtilities

    SSH connection:

    git clone git@ssh.dev.azure.com:v3/DataScienceUnit/MyTeam/TeamUtilities
  8. Confirm that you can see the folders for the cloned repositories in your local project directory.

    Three local repository folders

Mount Azure file storage to your DSVM

If your team or project has shared assets in Azure file storage, mount the file storage to your local machine or DSVM. Follow the instructions at Mount Azure file storage on your local machine or DSVM.


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Next steps

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