The theme of the upcoming TDWI World Conference in San Diego is “Creating an Agile BI Environment — Delivering Data at the Speed of Thought,” a scary proposition depending on who’s doing the thinking. I planning on chatting up attendees and hearing their experiences with agile, borrowing a line from Dr. Phil: “How’s that workin’ for ya?”

I like agile. I like to think that Baseline Consulting helped to pioneer agile BI in practice via our BI Portfolio service. This service lets companies package BI as a set of business capabilities deployed over time. These business capabilities become BI applications that, depending on their complexity, can be thinly sliced and quickly deployed. This lets BI development organizations keep it warm with their end-users, and it lets end-users participate in delivery prioritization. Our rule-of-thumb: Either new BI functionality or new data deployed (at least) every 60-90 days. The approach establishes BI as a program, greater than the sum of its parts.

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