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Business intelligence roadmap: Project planning

Business intelligence projects are not like other projects with a finite and static set of requirements from one business person or one department.

The following excerpt about business intelligence project planning is from Business Intelligence Roadmap: The Complete...

Project Lifecycle for Decision-Support Applications

Business intelligence project planning: Things to consider

Business Involvement

  • Do we have a strong business sponsor? Do we have a backup business sponsor?
  • Do we have stakeholders with whom we need to communicate regularly?
  • How much time is the business representative committing to this business intelligence project? Is he or she assigned to this business intelligence project full-time, or will he or she be available on request only?

    Business intelligence project scope and deliverables

  • Did we receive a formal request for a business intelligence project?
  • How detailed are the requirements?
  • What are the requested deliverables?
  • Can we implement the requested scope given the schedule and the available resources?


More information on this book
Business Intelligence Roadmap: The Complete Project Lifecycle for Decision-Support Applications
By: Larissa Terpeluk Moss, Shaku Atre, Edward Yourdon
Published By: Pearson Education
ISBN: 0201784203
Copyright: February 2003
Pages: 543

Cost-Benefit Analysis

  • Have we already performed a cost-benefit analysis?
  • What is the expected return on investment (ROI)?
  • How soon do we expect the ROI to materialize?

    Business intelligence project infrastructure

  • Did we review our technical and nontechnical infrastructure components?
  • Does our infrastructure have any gaps?
  • Which infrastructure components will we need to work on and deliver as part of the business intelligence project?
    -- Which technical infrastructure components?
    -- Which nontechnical infrastructure components?

    Staffing and skills

  • Have we already identified the team members?
  • Do all team members have the skills needed to perform the responsibilities of their assigned roles?
  • Should we schedule any training before the business intelligence project kickoff?
  • Is the project manager assigned to this project full-time? Or does he or she have other administrative responsibilities? If the latter, who will take over those other responsibilities for the duration of this business intelligence project?



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