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The Accidental Business Intelligence
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Fail to plan… plan to fail?
Plans are only good intentions unless they
immediately degenerate into hard work.
(Peter Druck...
If computers get too powerful you can
organise them into a committee - that will
do them in.
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Iterate

Rollout

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Urgent versus Important
What is important is seldom urgent,
and what is urgent is
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Urgent means that a t...
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We are in Present Shock….

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Why is why Agile might be popular..

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Manifesto for Agile Software Development
We are uncovering better ways of developing software by doing it and
helping othe...
What does this mean for you?
Agile projects can be hard!
Balance to be achieved between
• Control and planning
• Freedom t...
So what do you do?
Review deliverables
Track outstanding tasks
Track budget separately
Re-assess Risks regularly
Resolve I...
A common goal
I would say that what we've gotten for a half billion dollars is an
unpronounceable acronym [DIMHRS] (US Def...
Change is the only Constant

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Key Project Items
Terms of Engagement – what will we do?
Business Goal – what is the reason the project exists?
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User Stories

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Look after your people
In NASA, we never punish error. We only punish the concealment of
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You’ve watched the Apprentice with Donald Trump and Lord Alan Sugar. You know that the Project Manager is usually the one gets fired. You’ve heard that Business Intelligence projects are prone to failure. You know that a quick Bing search for ‘why do Business Intelligence projects fail?’ produces a search result of 25 million hits! Despite all this… you’re now Business Intelligence Project Manager – now what do you do? In this session, Jen will provide a ‘sparks from the anvil’ series of steps and working practices in Business Intelligence Project Management. What about waterfall vs agile? What is a Gantt chart anyway? Jen will give you some ideas and insights that will help you set your BI project right: assess priorities, avoid conflict, empower the BI team and deliver the Business Intelligence project successfully!

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    1. 1. The Accidental Business Intelligence Project Manager Jen Stirrup SQL Server MVP Director-At-Large (Elect) for PASS Board
    2. 2. SQLSaturday Events – Oct/Nov/Dec Upcoming International Events Upcoming North America Events • • • • • Nov 2 #256 Nov 2 #255 Nov 9 #248 Nov 16 #265 Dec 7 #233 Kalamazoo Dallas Tampa BI Edition Oregon Washington DC • • • • • • • Nov 9 Nov 9 Nov 30 Dec 7 Dec 7 Dec 13 Dec 21 #257 #263 #261 #259 #266 #264 #274 Visit www.sqlsaturday.com to register for an event near you! Verona Manila Moscow Kharkov Lima Ancona Slovenia
    3. 3. Virtual Chapter Meetings – Oct/Nov VIRTUAL CHAPTER MEETING TOPIC Application Development Nov 1 – 7:00pm (GMT – 07:00) DIY:T-SQL Swiss Knife Using ScriptDOM TSQL parser – presented by Arvind Shyamsundar Big Data Nov 5 – 2:00pm (UTC-05:00) Table Partitioning: Secret Weapon for Big Data Pro – presented by Book Readers Nov 20 – 12:00pm (UTC – 08:00) Delivering Business Intelligence 5th Meeting – by Brian Larson Global Russian Nov 20 – 3:00pm (UTC +3:00) Конкуренция за ресурсы в многоядерных системах. Поиск и устранение причин конкуренции – presented by Евгений Хабаров (Eugene Khabarov Business Intelligence Nov 20 – 12:00pm (UTC – 08:00) Delivering Business Intelligence 5th Meeting – by Brian Larson Virtualisation Nov 13 - 17:00 GMT Testing and Benchmarking SQL Server Consolidation – Frank Cicalese Data Architecture Nov 14 - 18:00 GMT Challenges to designing financial warehouses – Data Arch team
    4. 4. PASS Virtual Chapters Listing Check out the sqlpass.org for more information on all the Virtual Chapters including: • • • • • • • • • • • 4 Application Development Azure Big Data Book Readers Business Analytics Business Intelligence Data Architecture DBA DBA Fundamentals Healthcare Master DataData Quality • • • • • • • • • • • Performance Oracle Powershell Professional Development Security Virtualization Women in Technology Virtual PASS Portuguese Global Chinese Global Spanish Global Russian
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    6. 6. JOIN US for our second annual event to get the best learning for analyzing, managing, and sharing business information and insights through the Microsoft Data Platform of technologies.
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    8. 8. The Accidental Business Intelligence Project Manager (Jen Stirrup) 8
    9. 9. Fail to plan… plan to fail? Plans are only good intentions unless they immediately degenerate into hard work. (Peter Drucker) 9
    10. 10. If computers get too powerful you can organise them into a committee - that will do them in. Bradleys Bromide 1 0
    11. 11. Waterfall Projects Assess 1 1 Prove Iterate Rollout Evolve
    12. 12. Urgent versus Important What is important is seldom urgent, and what is urgent is seldom important. Urgent means that a task requires immediate attention. Important means tasks are things that contribute to our long-term mission, values, and goals. URGENT does not mean IMPORTANT 1 2
    13. 13. 1 3
    14. 14. We are in Present Shock…. 1 4
    15. 15. Why is why Agile might be popular.. 1 5
    16. 16. Manifesto for Agile Software Development We are uncovering better ways of developing software by doing it and helping others do it. Through this work we have come to value: Individuals and interactions over processes and tools Working software over comprehensive documentation Customer collaboration over contract negotiation Responding to change over following a plan That is, while there is value in the items on the right, we value the items on the left more. This Manifesto can also be seen as an Agile PM Manifesto. 1 6
    17. 17. What does this mean for you? Agile projects can be hard! Balance to be achieved between • Control and planning • Freedom to deliver 1 7
    18. 18. So what do you do? Review deliverables Track outstanding tasks Track budget separately Re-assess Risks regularly Resolve Issues Protect the delivery team from distractions. 1 8
    19. 19. A common goal I would say that what we've gotten for a half billion dollars is an unpronounceable acronym [DIMHRS] (US Defence Secretary Robert Gates) Operations keeps the lights on, strategy provides a light at the end of the tunnel, but project management is the train engine that moves the organization forward. (Joy Gumz) 1 9
    20. 20. Change is the only Constant 2 0
    21. 21. Key Project Items Terms of Engagement – what will we do? Business Goal – what is the reason the project exists? Vision – focuses on the ‘end game’ Who is the end user? – make sure they are represented. Legacy system? Requirements Keep high level Measure often! Convert to a statement of requirements 2 1
    22. 22. User Stories 2 2
    23. 23. Devil’s Triangle Customer Project Equilibrium Software vendor 2 3 Delivery Team
    24. 24. Devil’s Triangle Customer Project Equilibrium Software vendor 2 4 Delivery Team
    25. 25. Devil’s Triangle Customer Software Vendor 2 5 Delivery Team
    26. 26. Devil’s Triangle Customer Delivery Team Software Vendor 2 6
    27. 27. Devil’s Triangle Customer Software Vendor Delivery Team 2 7
    28. 28. Devil’s Triangle Customer Project Equilibrium Software vendor 2 8 Delivery Team
    29. 29. Gantt Chart 2 9
    30. 30. Look after your people In NASA, we never punish error. We only punish the concealment of error. (Al Siepert) The best Project Managers are the ones who: Will protect team members. Do not expect people to work 70 hours a week. A bad reputation spreads! Will turn a ‘no’ into a not yet, and manage properly 3 0

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