Succeeding with AI

Book description

Companies small and large are initiating AI projects, investing vast sums of money on software, developers, and data scientists. Too often, these AI projects focus on technology at the expense of actionable or tangible business results, resulting in scattershot results and wasted investment. Succeeding with AI sets out a blueprint for AI projects to ensure they are predictable, successful, and profitable. It’s filled with practical techniques for running data science programs that ensure they’re cost effective and focused on the right business goals.

About the Technology
Succeeding with AI requires talent, tools, and money. So why do many well-funded, state-of-the-art projects fail to deliver meaningful business value? Because talent, tools, and money aren’t enough: You also need to know how to ask the right questions. In this unique book, AI consultant Veljko Krunic reveals a tested process to start AI projects right, so you’ll get the results you want.

About the Book
Succeeding with AI sets out a framework for planning and running cost-effective, reliable AI projects that produce real business results. This practical guide reveals secrets forged during the author’s experience with dozens of startups, established businesses, and Fortune 500 giants that will help you establish meaningful, achievable goals. In it you’ll master a repeatable process to maximize the return on data-scientist hours and learn to implement effectiveness metrics for keeping projects on track and resistant to calcification.

What's Inside
  • Where to invest for maximum payoff
  • How AI projects are different from other software projects
  • Catching early warnings in time to correct course
  • Exercises and examples based on real-world business dilemmas

About the Reader
For project and business leadership, result-focused data scientists, and engineering teams. No AI knowledge required.

About the Author
Veljko Krunic is a data science consultant, has a computer science PhD, and is a certified Six Sigma Master Black Belt.

Chock-full of illuminating examples that will dramatically improve your success with AI projects.
- Zarak Mahmud, Techflo

If you are starting a new AI project, put all odds on your side by reading this book.
- David Paccoud, Bioclinica

A definitive resource for building an AI system idea...and deploying it in production.
- Teresa Fontanella De Santis, Accenture

Follow this book’s advice, and you will find your organization "succeeding with AI"!
- James J. Byleckie, BH Enterprises

Table of contents

  1. Copyright
  2. Brief Table of Contents
  3. Table of Contents
  4. Preface
  5. Acknowledgments
  6. About This Book
    1. Who should read this book
    2. How this book is organized
    3. liveBook discussion forum
  7. About the Author
  8. About the Cover Illustration
  9. Chapter 1. Introduction
    1. 1.1. Whom is this book for?
    2. 1.2. AI and the Age of Implementation
    3. 1.3. How do you make money with AI?
    4. 1.4. What matters for your project to succeed?
    5. 1.5. Machine learning from 10,000 feet
    6. 1.6. Start by understanding the possible business actions
    7. 1.7. Don’t fish for “something in the data”
    8. 1.8. AI finds correlations, not causes!
    9. 1.9. Business results must be measurable!
    10. 1.10. What is CLUE?
    11. 1.11. Overview of how to select and run AI projects
    12. 1.12. Exercises
    13. Summary
  10. Chapter 2. How to use AI in your business
    1. 2.1. What do you need to know about AI?
    2. 2.2. How is AI used?
    3. 2.3. What’s new with AI?
    4. 2.4. Making money with AI
    5. 2.5. Finding domain actions
    6. 2.6. Overview of AI capabilities
    7. 2.7. Introducing unicorns
    8. 2.8. Exercises
    9. Summary
  11. Chapter 3. Choosing your first AI project
    1. 3.1. Choosing the right projects for a young AI team
    2. 3.2. Prioritizing AI projects
    3. 3.3. Your first project and first research question
    4. 3.4. Pitfalls to avoid
    5. 3.5. Exercises
    6. Summary
  12. Chapter 4. Linking business and technology
    1. 4.1. A project can’t be stopped midair
    2. 4.2. Linking business problems and research questions
    3. 4.3. Measuring progress on AI projects
    4. 4.4. Linking technical progress with a business metric
    5. 4.5. Organizational considerations
    6. 4.6. Exercises
    7. Summary
  13. Chapter 5. What is an ML pipeline, and how does it affect an AI project?
    1. 5.1. How is an AI project different?
    2. 5.2. Why we need to analyze the ML pipeline
    3. 5.3. What’s the role of AI methods?
    4. 5.4. Balancing data, AI methods, and infrastructure
    5. 5.5. Exercises
    6. Summary
  14. Chapter 6. Analyzing an ML pipeline
    1. 6.1. Why you should care about analyzing your ML pipeline
    2. 6.2. Economizing resources: The E part of CLUE
    3. 6.3. MinMax analysis: Do you have the right ML pipeline?
    4. 6.4. How to interpret MinMax analysis results
    5. 6.5. How to perform an analysis of the ML pipeline
    6. 6.6. FAQs about MinMax analysis
    7. 6.7. Exercises
    8. Summary
  15. Chapter 7. Guiding an AI project to success
    1. 7.1. Improving your ML pipeline with sensitivity analysis
    2. 7.2. We’ve completed CLUE
    3. 7.3. Advanced methods for sensitivity analysis
    4. 7.4. How your AI project evolves through time
    5. 7.5. Concluding your AI project
    6. 7.6. Exercises
    7. Summary
  16. Chapter 8. AI trends that may affect you
    1. 8.1. What is AI?
    2. 8.2. AI in physical systems
    3. 8.3. AI doesn’t learn causality, only correlations
    4. 8.4. Not all data is created equal
    5. 8.5. How are AI errors different from human mistakes?
    6. 8.6. AutoML is approaching
    7. 8.7. What you’ve learned isn’t limited to AI
    8. 8.8. Guiding AI to business results
    9. 8.9. Exercises
    10. Summary
  17. Appendix A. Glossary of terms
  18. Appendix B. Exercise solutions
    1. B.1. Answers to chapter 1 exercises
    2. B.2. Answers to chapter 2 exercises
    3. B.3. Answers to chapter 3 exercises
    4. B.4. Answers to chapter 4 exercises
    5. B.5. Answers to chapter 5 exercises
    6. B.6. Answers to chapter 6 exercises
    7. B.7. Answers to chapter 7 exercises
    8. B.8. Answers to chapter 8 exercises
  19. Appendix C. Bibliography
  20. Data + AI + CLUE = Profit
  21. Index
  22. List of Figures
  23. List of Tables

Product information

  • Title: Succeeding with AI
  • Author(s): Veljko Krunic
  • Release date: March 2020
  • Publisher(s): Manning Publications
  • ISBN: 9781617296932