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Agile Data Warehousing Project Management: Business Intelligence Systems Using Scrum [Paperback]

Ralph Hughes
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10 Dec 2012 0123964636 978-0123964632

You have to make sense of enormous amounts of data, and while the notion of "agile data warehousing” might sound tricky, it can yield as much as a 3-to-1 speed advantage while cutting project costs in half. Bring this highly effective technique to your organization with the wisdom of agile data warehousing expert Ralph Hughes. Agile Data Warehousing Project Management will give you a thorough introduction to the method as you would practice it in the project room to build a serious "data mart.” Regardless of where you are today, this step-by-step implementation guide will prepare you to join or even lead a team in visualizing, building, and validating a single component to an enterprise data warehouse.

* Provides a thorough grounding on the mechanics of Scrum as well as practical advice on keeping your team on track

* Includes strategies for getting accurate and actionable requirements from a team's business partner

* Revolutionary estimating techniques that make forecasting labor far more understandable and accurate

* Demonstrates a blends of Agile methods to simplify team management and synchronize inputs across IT specialties

* Enables you and your teams to start simple and progress steadily to world-class performance levels

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  • Paperback: 366 pages
  • Publisher: Morgan Kaufmann (10 Dec 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0123964636
  • ISBN-13: 978-0123964632
  • Product Dimensions: 2.3 x 19.1 x 23.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 626,252 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"Anyone who has worked on a data warehousing project knows that it can be a monumental undertaking. Agile Data Warehouse (sic) Project Management.offers up an approach that can minimize challenges and improve the chance of successful delivery."--Data and Technology Today blog, April 23, 2013 "Hughes first began working with agile data warehousing in 1996 and received skeptical reactions up until at least six years ago. Having stuck with this approach throughout, he is now receiving a more and more favorable reception and here uses his expertise to deliver a thorough implementation guide."--Reference and Research Book News, December 2012

About the Author

Ralph Hughes, former DW/BI practice manager for a leading global systems integrator, has led numerous BI programs and projects for Fortune 500 companies in aerospace, government, telecom, and pharmaceuticals. A certified Scrum Master and a PMI Project Management Professional, he began developing an agile method for data warehouse 15 years ago, and was the first to publish books on the iterative solutions for business intelligence projects. He is a veteran trainer with the world's leading data warehouse institute and has instructed or coached over 1,000 BI professionals worldwide in the discipline of incremental delivery of large data management systems.
A frequent keynote speaker at business intelligence and data management events, he serves as a judge on emerging technologies award panels and program advisory committees of advanced technology conferences. He holds BA and MA degrees from Stanford University where he studied computer modeling and econometric forecasting. A co-inventor of Zuzena, the automated testing engine for data warehouses, he serves as Chief Systems Architect for Ceregenics and consults on agile projects internationally.

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4.0 out of 5 stars Great introduction to Agile for BI/DW 3 Feb 2013
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Other books written by this author are referenced but it doesn't revere you to have read them first. Even if you haven't read, or have any previous experience with, Agile development before it takes you step-by-step through the considerations for dredger taking Agile in the BI arena. That said, I think you should have some reasonable overview knowledge to enable you to skim through some of the sections which can be a little 'over-wordy'.
Some good techniques in here to apply when breaking down the user stories and developer stories to enable you to still retain a focus on delivering business value through each iteration. I'll certainly be referring to these on future projects.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A "must have" for all DWBI professionals 27 May 2013
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This book by Ralph Hughes should be on the desks of anyone working with data warehousing and business intelligence (DWBI). There is a learning curve and challenges to working with Scrum - for example calculating the velocity of a new team - or - establishing the level of detail in an action plan - or - determining the specific responsibilities of various team members. Ralph does not "touch on" the topic but rather "dives in" and explores it thoroughly - providing you with the recipe as well as the ingredients for success. This level of rigor and diligence is also representative of his approach to the development of this book. The content in this book is based on real world experiences that Ralph has traveled the world to gather. Buy this book if you want to learn - and want to know how to deploy - agile project management techniques in your data warehouse business intelligence (DWBI) program.

If there is one other thing to say about Ralph (and this book) it is that the material is viable and current. The material in this book is not based on ideas from ten years ago but in fact ideas that are viable today and most likely will be equally viable ten years from now.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A must read for anyone involved in DWBI 15 Mar 2013
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Data warehousing is a challenging business venture. Following a traditional waterfall development methodology typically leads to multiyear projects that somehow in the end fail to deliver the desired business value. In Agile Data Warehousing Project Management, Ralph has brought a refreshing new strategy to this evolving world of business analytics!

By utilizing Scrum the project team can reduce typical costly overhead activities and focus on delivering business value in several short iterations. By actively engaging the business client as an essential member of the project team throughout each iteration the functionality delivered can immediately be used to support current business process and be used to strengthen the next set of deliverables.

If you are venturing into the data warehousing world for the first time or are currently managing an active project, you owe it to yourself and your team members to read Agile Data Warehousing Project Management.

Dave Sussman, PMP
Sr. Lead Technical Project Manager
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4.0 out of 5 stars Nice Coverage of Project Mgmt for DW 25 April 2013
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Ralph Hughes' Agile Data Warehouse Project Management (ISBN: 978-0-12-396463-2) addresses the challenge of managing a data warehouse project and asserts that agile techniques can be used to successfully drive warehousing projects.

Data warehousing projects are different than other software development projects and, as such, should be approached using different development and management techniques and processes. The book is not another "what is data warehousing" book nor is it another "agile development" book. Instead, it marries the two together and shows the reader how data warehousing can succeed using agile project management techniques (such as Scrum).

The author explains how a project team using Scrum can help to achieve a quicker time to delivery and reduced costs -- the holy grail of project management. Anyone who has worked on a data warehousing project knows that it can be a monumental undertaking. Agile Data Warehouse Project Management by Ralph Hughes (published in 2013) offers up an approach that can minimize challenges and improve the chance of successful delivery. And that is worth reading if you are currently, or about to start working on a warehouse project.
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