For those that don’t know, I am a Senior Data Scientist at IBM (specifically in GBS, IBM’s consulting arm). As a Sr. DS, I am tasked with leading small teams of data scientists to delivery on client engagements which are generally around 6 - 12 weeks long. As such, I have had to start quite a few distinct DS projects. Surprisingly, there is no established set of best practices for technical leads to follow within IBM, so I have had to hone my own process over the years. Since I’ve had to learn lots of things the hard way, I thought I would write down my process here for my own reference and for anyone else to take and use themselves.