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Using Agile for Association BI Initiatives

Jul 20, 2014 8:18:29 PM / by Debbie King

In traditional project management, every engagement is defined by the triple constraint:  Budget, Schedule, and Scope.  However, we find that the most valuable and sustainable business intelligence results are achieved using the agile methodology.  By defining the “Scope” iteratively and collaborating closely with your association team, we are able to achieve the highest value from analytics within a given budget and time frame.

Traditional Viewpoint vs Agile Vision of Maximizing Value Given Constraints*

Triple Constraint

 

 

 

 

 

What is Agile BI?

Agile BI is a method for uncovering better ways of developing your BI solution.  Rather than emphasizing a rigid plan and extensive documentation, our approach is to generate working, “quick win” deliverables and encourage collaboration with our customers to improve the deliverables and results.   As shown in the figure below, by first focusing on the analysis that offers the best ratio of value and ease of use, the team benefits from consistent learning as we move forward in time.  Inevitably, this leads to more effective development throughout the life of the BI initiative.

Diagram of DSK’s Agile Business Intelligence Methodology

Agile Visual

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

More importantly, it allows the team to pivot and improve on the process of implementing BI at each unique association.  Our 15 years of experience working with associations has shown us that it is essential to stay flexible yet results-driven when implementing a large technology initiative.  By planning “sprints” or deliverables, rather than trying to execute entire project in one shot, teams are encouraged to look for efficient solutions and make intelligent trade-offs.

In conclusion, we have many years of experience enabling associations to effectively use their data.  However, during the initiation phase we find there is always a high level of uncertainty about what precisely is needed.  By mastering the agile process for implementing business intelligence, we deliver solutions based on the priorities of your organization and on the continuous feedback of the end user!

*Agile diagram courtesy of David Bulkin, LitheSpeed Certified ScrumMaster Workshop

Topics: Agile, Business Intelligence

Debbie King

Written by Debbie King