Collect analysis & reporting requirements up front – Make a list of all the key stakeholders, decision makers and end user groups (business users) who will be impacted by your BI solution.
Schedule interviews to gather all the requirements from the them.
It can also empower key stakeholders to perform ad-hoc analysis to discover growth opportunities and analyze data to validate their ‘gut feeling’.
However, more often than not, BI projects deliver mixed results and even fail miserably, in some cases, leading to inflated budgets, data issues, tremendous delays and unhappy end users.
It will also allow you to develop your project iteratively, regularly interact with stakeholders to keep them informed of your progress, and incorporate any feedback that you get from them. Create mock ups and take a sign off – One of the most common reasons why BI projects get delayed is because the stakeholders simply don’t sign off on the deliverables.
So create mockups of your reports and dashboards, present it to the decision makers and ask them to sign off on it, so you can get to work.This will help you push back unnecessary requests that can potentially delay your project. Work backwards – Once you have a list of all the users, the deliverables they need, and what goes into each deliverable, the key is to work backwards to design the processes required to report those numbers.Make a list of all the business rules, processes as well as the input data required to calculate the reporting information and generate your deliverables. Prioritize your phases – Once you have identified the different processes & building blocks of your BI project, you’ll need to schedule & prioritize them. Which phases will impact your organization the most 2.Here’s how a BI project typically navigates to a dead end.The BI development team meets with all the stakeholders to gather project requirements.But it seldom works out for the following reasons: As a result, the stakeholders end up being dissatisfied, and the business users lose trust in your solution.One of the most effective ways to implement an enterprise-level BI Project is to execute it in a staged or phased manner.Which business areas will benefit the most from each phase 3.Which are the simplest, and most complicated parts of your project, as far as execution is concerned 4.You may not be able to get all of them in one meeting at the same time.Schedule a series of meetings and follow-ups with each user group to flesh out all the requirements.