In last month’s column we focused on a general review of the types of activities we need to consider when initiating a data warehouse project. Some of our critical start-up activities included establishing a core team, setting up the development environment, confirming sponsorship and establishing our project management and communication infrastructure. After we undertake an initial review of the requirements and scope of effort needed, we can focus on refining our time line and deliverables, establishing the necessary staffing level and selecting the tools with which to undertake the first round of detailed requirements discovery. These first critical steps form the subject of this month’s discussion.

Let’s start with the core team. What kind of people will we need to get us started? Besides the necessary project management/project leader participation to monitor progress against budget, we may need any or all of the following types of roles assigned to core team members. These roles include:

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