Question: In this fast-paced world, we continue to struggle with rapid completion of business intelligence (BI) and data warehousing (DW) development and deployment of projects.  Is there a good book for BI project management (PM) that you would recommend that would perhaps give us ideas on how to be more agile and rapid in our development?

Larissa Moss' Answer: Very soon there will be a very good book for agile BI PM. I am hoping to publish it in the fall of 2008. The title will most likely be "Extreme Scoping." In the meantime, I can only offer my course on that subject. Contact me at methodfocus@earthlink.net.

Sid Adelman’s Answer: BI Roadmap by Larissa Moss and Shaku Atre.

 

Tom Haughey’s Answer: I suggest you look to books that deal with rapid application development. A data warehouse should be implemented as a RAD project in that:

  • Work should be divided into increments,
  • The increments should be short (three month intervals),
  • The releases should be timeboxed (the same three month releases),
  • The workforce should be divided into small functional teams, and
  • A running database should be delivered 1/3 of the way through each release.

TDWI and DM Review have a lot of practical tips for managing data warehouse projects, though this advice is not in one place. Microsoft Press has a few good books on RAD. Also look to conferences such as those run by DebTech International, Wilshire Conferences and TDWI.

 

In addition, eventually the use of Web services and service-oriented architecture(SOA) should be investigated. The benefits of these are not achieved overnight but are a natural progression for data warehouse technical improvement. There is a significant cost and lead time to this, but once you do it, the payback is significant.

 

Chuck Kelley's Answer: Richard Kachur wrote a good book in the late 90s, and recently Sid Adelman wrote one.I would google them and see which one is the best for you.If I had to guess, there is probably not much explicitly written yet on agile development of data warehouses.

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