All in Data Program Management


I began researching “big data project management” when I started seeing publications and online discussions concerning big data project “failures” being attributed to the classic reasons for project failure such as scope creep, poor stakeholder engagement, and inadequately understood requirements.

The Tip of the Spear: Connecting Big Data Project Management with Enterprise Data Strategy

“If data analysis is Big Data’s “tip of the spear” when it comes to delivering data-dependent value to customers or clients, we also must address how that spear is shaped, sharpened, aimed, and thrown – and, of course, whether or not it hits its intended target. We also want the processes associated with throwing that spear to be both effective and efficient.”

Managing Data-Intensive Programs and Projects: Selected Articles

I’ve created this special compendium of posts that are relevant to planning and managing data related programs and projects. There are four groups:

Dashboarding Open Data Program Governance

A key feature of the Project Open Data effort being managed by OMB and OSTP is that so much of it is being conducted in the open using accessible resources such as shared documentation, a defined metadata schema, and use of GitHub for capturing comments and issues. Agencies that want to involve private sector vendors in their open date efforts should consider the use and management of such tools as a required part of program governance and oversight (as long as sufficient staff and resources are provided to manage such efforts, of course).

Risk, Uncertainty, and Managing Big Data Projects

Anyone who practices project management for a living will recognize this list. It’s certainly not unique to big data analytics project. It is however reasonable to ask whether “big data” projects are unique in some way that exacerbates the probability of failure.