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McKnight: Agile methodology could be game changer for BI projects

Businesses have always sought ways to be more agile, flexible and efficient. But these characteristics take on even more meaning today as organizations face a fast-paced economic environment that can change on a dime.

Agile development methodologies, like Scrum, can help businesses keep pace with those changes, according to William McKnight, president of McKnight Consulting Group in Plano, Texas, and a presenter at the 11th annual Pacific Northwest BI Summit.

Using the Scrum framework, IT departments approach a project by pursuing more bite-sized goals, McKnight said. With each goal, the team produces usable products for its customers -- stakeholders, consumers or the line of business.

"It helps you to deliver," said McKnight. "It also takes a big scope, cuts it down to a smaller scope and keeps you on track with what's really important about your work, which is delivering something of value."

The Scrum methodology is well-known by software development circles, and McKnight believes the framework has value for business intelligence (BI) and data warehousing projects as well. In this video interview, recorded at the summit in Grants Pass, Ore., McKnight spoke further with's news editor Nicole Laskowski about his presentation on Agility and Scrum methodologies.

In this video, viewers will learn about:

  • Why an Agile framework is important, especially today
  • How introducing an Agile methodology can help build bridges between the IT department and the line of business
  • What projects are best-suited for the Scrum approach
  • How to overcome cultural shifts when implementing an Agile methodology like Scrum
  • How to begin determining if a tool is Agile-friendly
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