As hard as it sometimes for those of us who are technically inclined to admit, management doesn’t necessarily care what tools we’re using. Nor does management care how we manage our projects.
My consulting, project management, and research focus on planning and managing data intensive projects. Currently I’m researching big data project management.
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“Boiling the ocean” by attempting to make too many changes early on is tempting. Incremental steps in delivering analytics-based value may actually accelerate change in the long run.
Some of what I’ve learned so far does seem to be unique to data intensive projects. At the same time, many of the challenges posed by “big data” projects will be recognizable to project managers based on previous experience with other large or complex projects.
I’m researching how people plan and manage data-intensive projects. I’m calling this my “big data project management survey.” I’ll publish the research results here. Let me know if you would like to participate or if you are interested in the results; my contact info is at the end of this article.
The firewalled article by Ian Thomas, The seven people you need on your Big Data team, is an entertaining and insightful overview of needed technical skills if you are tasked with developing a team that “… takes data from various sources … and turns it into valuable insights that can be shared broadly across the organization.”
These days, still, when you read about big data or if you attend conferences or webinars you’re much more likely to read about products and tools. You don’t hear as much about “back room” management issues you need to address to make sure all the members of the project team are sharing information and marching in the same direction.
The Commerce Data Advisory Council's 2nd Meeting: Storytelling, Staff Recruiting, and Complex Processes
There’s an understanding represented by this group that the data resources being stewarded by Commerce programs both reflect and are critical inputs to U.S. technical and industrial competitiveness. Hopefully this group will be able to facilitate an exchange of useful “lessons learned” and resources across the varied Commerce programs.
I’ve been researching how to manage projects where the goal is to make large amounts of data open, accessible, and useful.
It is also impossible for the project manager to ignore how data management and data governance are handled in the organization as a whole. An individual project cannot be expected to change how the organization manages data overnight. Part of the project planning process must therefore include an assessment of the organization’s ongoing data management and governance practices and how they overlap with the goals of the individual project.