Big Data for Executives Book 2:
A Project Management approach to Big Data.
Second in the Big Data for Executives Series, this book recommends and outlines an agile project management approach to the implementation of Big Data initiatives.
The major questions addressed in the book are as follows:
•What is Agile Project Management and how does it compare with traditional approaches?
•Why is an agile approach suitable for Big Data initiatives?
•Why should you be interested in the suggested agile approach?
•What is the overall approach in summary?
•What are the steps of the approach in more detail?
•How do you manage risk using the approach?
•What is a Big Data Architecture and how will you build it?
•How do you build your skills and capabilities within the approach?
So learn how to implement Big Data as a series of initiatives of manageable size and frequent delivery of returns and benefits.
The benefits you will gain from this book are:
Benefit 1: An understanding of Agile Project Management.
To exploit the Big Data phenomenon in a way that reduces the risk, manages the delivery and produces benefits often, it is necessary that you follow a non-traditional approach to the project management of your initiatives. You cannot go into a large project that takes months or years to complete. An agile approach provides the best mix of speed and control. Agile project management is designed to reduce bureaucracy, increase speed of delivery and manage and control on tangible deliverables not paperwork. The book provides an overview of the agile approach and compares it to the traditional approach.
Benefit 2: An understanding of how to structure your approach to the projects.
It is important with any new approach that the process is broken down into a few steps that encompass all aspects of the process and its content. The book provides and explains such a process, highlighting the key aspects of each step and what its purpose is.
Benefit 3: An understanding of how to manage risk as part of the project process.
Management of risk is key to successful conclusion of any initiative, especially if the focus is on a new technology or involves significant differences in the management of the business. Both are the case for Big Data initiatives. The book looks at risk reduction during all steps in the project process and explains how to mitigate risk throughout.
Benefit 4: An understanding of how to develop your relevant skills and infrastructures as an integral part of delivery of returns and benefits.
One of the most important risk areas associated with Big Data initiatives is the worldwide shortage of the skills required to deliver on these projects. The book discusses how to manage the skills development of a core group of key people to mitigate this risk this role and the qualities and skills that this new breed of scientist must have to ensure your success.
Benefit 5: An understanding of how to build learning and improvement as part of the delivery process.
Continuous learning is vitally important in today’s rapidly changing business environment. The book outlines how this fits into the agile approach to delivery of the benefits of each initiative.