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June 13th 2014: Successful DW/BI Development with Agile

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Q2 2014 St. Louis Area TDWI Chapter Meeting
Dear St. Louis BI/DW and Analytics Professionals,
The TDWI St. Louis Chapter cordially invites you to attend our upcoming meeting on Friday, June 13, 2014. We will be having two exciting sessions discussing successful DW/BI development with Agile. Come meet other local BI/DW professionals, swap business cards, share ideas, and exchange career advice while listening to quality presentations in a vendor-neutral setting, which is the hallmark of TDWI education. This event is open to all interested BI/DW professionals. Breakfast will be provided.


Friday, June 13, 2014
8:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m.



BJC Learning Center
8300 Eager Rd
Brentwood, MO 63144


"Agile in the Enterprise Data Warehouse" by Paul Holway Technology Lead for Centric Consulting’s St Louis Office
“Wiring User Stories and Slicing Epics for DW/BI Teams” by Lynn Winterboer, CBIP Agile Analytics Educator & Coach, Winterboer Agile Analytics

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8:00 - 8:30 a.m.

Registration, Continental Breakfast and Networking

8:30 – 8:50 a.m.

Opening Remarks - Paul Boal, Chapter President

8:50 – 10:00 a.m.

Session 1:
"Agile in the Enterprise Data Warehouse" by Paul Holway Technology Lead for Centric Consulting’s St Louis Office

Agile methodology has taken strong root in application development teams as a way to reduce risk and show progress more quickly.  Unfortunately, many of today’s materials are geared toward simple application development, and do not easily translate to enterprise class projects.  Paul Holway discusses how the enterprise-aware team views and adopts agile, and imparts valuable lessons learned in applying agile techniques to Business Intelligence and Data Warehouse teams, including:

  • The difference between Agile and Iterative
  • How agile BI differs than App Dev
  • Defining the problem space
  • Communicating with stakeholders
  • Guarding good architecture
  • The role of testing
  • Lessons learned on how to evolve your project approach while still achieving incremental goals

10:00 – 10:30 a.m.

Networking Break and Book Giveaway

10:30 - 11:40 a.m.

Session 2:
“Wiring User Stories and Slicing Epics for DW/BI Teams” by Lynn Winterboer, CBIP Agile Analytics Educator & Coach, Winterboer Agile Analytics

Agile is all the rage in software development, and many DW/BI professionals are interested in leveraging Agile approaches to change the way they deliver value to their organizations. One of the first things we learn about Agile is replacing "requirements" with "user stories", yet the examples provided are usually not relevant to the data world. This can leave us somewhat skeptical about whether this approach to requirements would work for DW/BI projects. In this presentation, Agile Analytics educator & coach Lynn Winterboer will show you how to write user stories for a DW/BI project, and she will explain how these user stories contribute to several key Agile principles:

  • Satisfy customers through early and continuous delivery
  • Working BI features are our primary measure of progress
  • Business people and the delivery team work together regularly

This session will address:

  • What is a "user story"?
  • What does a well-written DW/BI user story look like?
  • How to write user stories that are architecturally complete
  • How to identify an "epic" and slice it into achievable, valuable user stories based on:
    • customer value
    • data boundaries
    • simplification, and
    • other techniques
  • Ideas for slicing points in all layers of the DW/BI architecture

Agile DOES work for Data Warehousing and Business Intelligence projects! Spend some time learning about this important aspect of an agile approach to DW/BI from Agile Analytics educator and coach Lynn Winterboer, with additional Q&A time getting answers to your questions so you can determine if your team is ready to start writing user stories or is ready to take your practice to the next level.

11:40 - 12:00 p.m.

Raffles and Closing Remarks


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Bios of Presenters

Paul Holway
Paul Holway is Technology Lead for the St. Louis office of Centric Consulting.  In his current role, Paul leads technology teams toward implementing solutions that drive business value.  He also serves as an executive advisor and agile coach for several St. Louis companies. 
Paul started his adoption of agile as a certified SCRUM Master in 2006.  Since that time he has led the agile transformations of several different organizations.  Through the last eight years of delivery in different corporate cultures, he has developed a balanced pragmatism around tailoring the agile methodology to the specific needs of both the team and the culture.  This pragmatic approach allows teams to build technology solutions that are higher in both quality and relevance through a constant feedback cycle with stakeholders and users.

Lynn Winterboer
With a proven background in a variety of data projects and agile practices, Lynn Winterboer teaches and coaches DW/BI teams on how to effectively apply agile principles and practices to their work.  For almost 20 years, Lynn has served in numerous roles within the analytics, business intelligence and data warehousing space.  She has worked in numerous industries, including insurance, banking, retail, energy, high-tech manufacturing and channels, telecommunications, education, internet security, web marketing, government and healthcare.  Lynn very well understands the unique set of challenges faced by DW/BI teams who want to benefit from the incremental style of Agile development; Lynn leverages her experience and training to help deliver practical solutions for her clients and students. Lynn is a frequent speaker at industry conferences and teaches Ken Collier’s Agile Analytics courses throughout North America and Europe.


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