Agile


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Aug 2015

Moving Into a Data Guided Culture Means Abandoning the 35mm Camera Mentality

Some of you might have seen our CEO, Debbie King, speaking at ASAE Annual in Detroit this week.  If not you missed an inspiring presentation about building data analytics into your strategic plans and investing in a data guided culture.  Debbie was joined by Frank Krause, Chief Operating Officer of the American Geophysical Union (AGU), who offered brilliant insight and practical advice on making sure...

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20

Apr 2015

Modelstorming: Data Modeling Meets Brainstorming

Have you ever heard of the term “Modelstorminig”?  It’s where data modeling meetings brainstorming and it is the best way we have found to build scalable analytics solutions in an agile fashion.  In the old days, when  analytics professionals started gathering requirements for a business intelligence initiative, it was easy to fall into the trap of just doing what we were told. The association staff...

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20

Jul 2014

Using Agile for Association BI Initiatives

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...

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01

Jul 2013

The Value of Data Discovery for Associations

The Magic Quadrant In February 2013, Gartner Inc. released an important report entitled Magic Quadrant for Business Intelligence and Analytics Platforms which details the current state of the business intelligence (BI) market and evaluates the strengths and weaknesses of several of the top vendors. It’s interesting to note that in this report, Gartner emphasized the emergence of data discovery into the “mainstream business intelligence and analytics architecture”,...

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21

Nov 2012

Agile Business Intelligence

Business Intelligence (BI) projects that incorporate key aspects of Agile processes dramatically increase the probability of a successful outcome.  I wonder why business intelligence (BI) projects have a reputation for being slow, painful and ineffective – and why do they often fail to deliver on the promise to improve data-driven decision-making?  I believe part of the answer is in the approach: the waterfall, linear, command and...

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