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What Skills Do You Need on an AI Project?

The Basics  If you are starting an Artificial Intelligence (AI) initiative, one of the first things you need to do is to identify the skills you need to be successful. Create a common understanding of what AI will mean for you with this 140 character explanation:  “Simply put, artificial intelligence covers a broad range of evolving technologies that combine stats, data, and modern computing power to transform human potential.”  You […]

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October 28, 2019

The Basics 

If you are starting an Artificial Intelligence (AI) initiativeone of the first things you need to do is to identify the skills you need to be successful. Create a common understanding of what AI will mean for you with this 140 character explanation

“Simply put, artificial intelligence covers a broad range of evolving technologies that combine stats, data, and modern computing power to transform human potential.” 

You can augment that with some possible uses of AI and a few myths about it. Once you know what AI means for you, you can identify the skills you need.  

Your Needs 

Start by defining the business problem you want to solve and whether machine learning algorithms are the best way to solve it. Your team needs discovery skills – to understand the end-users, refine the business problem and determine the desired outcome. They’ll also have to conduct exploratory data analysis (EDA). Once the team goes through a process of discovery, they can define a minimal viable product and aim for delivery in a short time frame. One to two months is a good target depending on the data available, the quality of that data and how well it aligns with the business problem. 

Skills 

An example dream team for this type of work would include: 

This dream team will bring all the necessary skills and expertise to deliver high quality, scalable AI solutions that rapidly deliver value. 

Needs and Skills Vary 

Of course, no two projects are exactly the same and your needs and specific team composition will vary depending on your context. Expect those needs to evolve over time, and your ideal team composition will change as a result. The “dream team” outlined above has been successful starting point for Excella in a variety of engagements with many important clients. It should give you a good idea of where to start. Do you feel any roles are missing? As always, we want to hear from you – let us know what roles you have on your dream team! 

 

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