Golden oldies in project management

It is amazing to me how often the "oldies but goodies" in project management seem to be tossed out the window when it comes to business intelligence. For some reason, many feel BI is different and doesn't require the same project rigor that so many other projects do. Nothing could be further from the truth. BI requires as much, or more, project rigor as any project in IT today, or ever.

There is so much to keep track of in BI that it can easily keep the project manager up all night, every night if she/he does not have a system of organization and delegation in place. Since the brain can track 7 things at once, that gives you about 93 other things at any point in time in a BI project to keep track of in your system!

This is why I often say I'd rather have a project management-skilled person running the BI program than one who is technically astute with BI issues but lacks the project management abilities. Let?s take a look at the specifics:

  1. Weekly Project Meetings
  2. Status and Milestone Reporting
  3. A detailed, tracked and updated project plan
  4. Deliverables on the plan are specific
  5. Deliverables on the plan are assigned to one named person responsible for the delivery
  6. Meeting minutes
  7. A common file server with all project files placed there
  8. A system for internal review of project files

Follow a sound methodology that encapsulates all of

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these qualities and be sure your project is following it - for better sleep results.

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This was first published in December 2001

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