Question: In an environment where projects are stretch between 6-12 months, how can one show intermediate deliverables/results to the business uses/sponsors? Can you deliver results every three months?

Majid Abai's Response: In my opinion, it is of critical importance to deliver results every 60-90 days in any project specially a DW/BI one. To us, it is a Key Performance Indicator for all of our projects. How does one do that? Excellent up-front planning, business user partnership and iterative development approach. Rather than spending too long to deliver everything, pick pieces of the puzzle that could be resolved within the 60-90 day period. Deliver these pieces even though you know they need to be improved in the next iterations. Also, include your customers in your methodology and approach and let them know that everything (process, reports, deliverables, information quality, etc.) will be improved in the next version of the product.

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