Under new management: tips for taking ownership of a long-running data project

As data scientists, we should be ready and able to join a project, understand it and take ownership over it as the primary data scientist.

1. It’s OK to be a bit daunted at first

2. Start at the highest level and work down

3. Focus on the parts of the code most critical to you

4. Make sure your to-do list is up to the task

5. Look to your ancestors for guidance

6. Get graphical

How it started vs. how it’s going (Image credit: I literally drew them myself)

7. Think long and hard about rewriting large chunks of code from scratch

8. Leave the project better than you found it

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Behavioural Data scientist. PhD in Evolutionary Biology + Psychology.

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Behavioural Data scientist. PhD in Evolutionary Biology + Psychology.

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