A large athletic shoe manufacturer has the slogan "Just do it!" While this may be appropriate for running and jumping, it's the death knell for data warehouse projects. Data warehouse projects started without a project plan are prone to being short on required resources. They are late, over budget, the deliverables are of poor quality and, most importantly, they do not give the users what they were expecting.

While project management is critical for operational projects, it is especially critical for a data warehouse project, as there is little expertise in this rapidly growing discipline. The data warehouse project manager must embrace new tasks and deliverables, develop a different working relationship with the users and work in an environment that is far less defined than traditional operational systems.

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