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White Paper - Data Warehouse Project Management

White Paper - Data Warehouse Project Management

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This paper describes in detail the process for creating an enterprise data warehouse physical data model that is less susceptible to change. Change is one of the largest on-going costs in a data warehouse and therefore reducing change reduces the total cost of ownership of the system. This is achieved by removing business process specific data and concentrating on core business information.

The white paper examines why data-modelling style is important and how issues arise when using a data model for reporting. It discusses a number of techniques and proposes a specific solution. The techniques should be considered when building a data warehouse solution even when an organisation decides against using the specific solution.

This paper is intended for a technical audience and project managers involved with the technical aspects of a data warehouse project.
This paper describes in detail the process for creating an enterprise data warehouse physical data model that is less susceptible to change. Change is one of the largest on-going costs in a data warehouse and therefore reducing change reduces the total cost of ownership of the system. This is achieved by removing business process specific data and concentrating on core business information.

The white paper examines why data-modelling style is important and how issues arise when using a data model for reporting. It discusses a number of techniques and proposes a specific solution. The techniques should be considered when building a data warehouse solution even when an organisation decides against using the specific solution.

This paper is intended for a technical audience and project managers involved with the technical aspects of a data warehouse project.

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W
HITE
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Data WarehouseProject Management
 
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AVID
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W
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Version: 1.0Date: 14/10/2008
Data Management & Warehousing138 Finchampstead Road, Wokingham, Berkshire, RG41 2NU, United Kingdomhttp://www.datamgmt.com
Data Management & Warehousing
 
 
White Paper - Data Warehouse Project Management© 2008 Data Management & WarehousingPage 2
Table of Contents
Table of Contents......................................................................................................................2
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Synopsis....................................................................................................................................3
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Intended Audience....................................................................................................................3
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About Data Management & Warehousing.................................................................................3
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Introduction................................................................................................................................4
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Common Problems....................................................................................................................5
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Setting the wrong expectations.............................................................................................5
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Managing the Technical Architecture....................................................................................7
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Resource Turnover...............................................................................................................8
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The building blocks of a project control.....................................................................................9
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Phases..................................................................................................................................9
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Milestones...........................................................................................................................10
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Activities..............................................................................................................................10
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Tasks...................................................................................................................................10
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Issues..................................................................................................................................11
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Enhancements....................................................................................................................11
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Test cases...........................................................................................................................12
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Defects................................................................................................................................12
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Risks...................................................................................................................................12
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The Event Horizon...................................................................................................................14
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Short Term..........................................................................................................................14
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Medium Term......................................................................................................................14
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Long Term...........................................................................................................................14
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Tools and Technology.............................................................................................................15
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Project Management Software............................................................................................15
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Ticketing..............................................................................................................................15
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Version Control...................................................................................................................16
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Wiki.....................................................................................................................................17
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Methodologies.........................................................................................................................18
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Project Leadership..................................................................................................................19
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The Executive Sponsor.......................................................................................................19
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Project Sponsor...................................................................................................................19
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Project Manager..................................................................................................................20
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Technical Architect..............................................................................................................20
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Senior Business Analyst.....................................................................................................21
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Leadership Style.................................................................................................................21
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Organisational Learning......................................................................................................22
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Team Rotation.....................................................................................................................23
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Estimating and Effort...............................................................................................................24
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Tips and Tricks........................................................................................................................26
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Summary.................................................................................................................................28
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Appendix 1 Governance Procedures...................................................................................29
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Change Management Processes........................................................................................29
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Data Warehouse Processes...............................................................................................30
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Data Management Processes.............................................................................................31
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Appendix 2 Project Services................................................................................................32
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Copyright.................................................................................................................................32
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White Paper - Data Warehouse Project Management© 2008 Data Management & WarehousingPage 3
Synopsis
Data warehouse projects pose a specific set of challenges for the project manager. Whilstmost IT projects are a development to support a well defined pattern of work a datawarehouse is, by design, there to support users asking ad hoc questions of the data availableto the business. It is also a project that will have more interfaces and more change than anyother system within the organisation.Projects often have poorly set expectations in terms of timescales; the likely return oninvestment, the vendors’ promises for tools or the expectations set between the business andIT within an organisation. They also have large technical architectures and resourcing issuesthat need to be handled.This document will outline the building blocks of good project control including the definition of phases, milestones, activities, tasks, issues, enhancements, test cases, defects and risks andwill discuss how they can be managed, and when, using an event horizon, the projectmanager can expect to get information.To help manage these building blocks this paper will look at the types of tools and technologythat are available and how they can be used to assist the project manager. It also looks athow these tools fit into methodologies.The final section of the paper has looked at how effective project leadership and estimatingcan improve the chances of success for a project. This includes understanding the roles of the executive sponsor, project manager, technical architect and senior business analyst alongwith the use of different leadership styles, organisational learning and team rotation.
Intended Audience
Reader Recommended ReadingExecutive Entire DocumentBusiness Users SynopsisIT Management Entire DocumentIT Strategy SynopsisIT Project Management Entire DocumentIT Developers Synopsis
About Data Management & Warehousing
Data Management & Warehousing is a specialist consultancy in data warehousing, based inWokingham, Berkshire in the United Kingdom. Founded in 1995 by David M Walker, our consultants have worked for major corporations around the world including the US, Europe,Africa and the Middle East. Our clients are invariably large organisations with a pressing needfor business intelligence. We have worked in many industry sectors but have specialists inTelco’s, manufacturing, retail, financial and transport as well as technical expertise in many of the leading technologies.For further information visit our website at:http://www.datamgmt.com 

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