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No Such Thing as a Free Lunch

No Such Thing as a Free Lunch

So primarily I was there to meet a few customers, but in true no-such-thing-as-a-free-lunch, I also took the opportunity to look after our guest and write this blog. Now that’s what I call value for money! ulleo / Pixabay The event in question was a fireside...

Gathering data requirements, easy, right? Part 2

Last time I wrote a short blog on the type of person who should be at the forefront of gathering data requirements and intimated that there is a particular technique that should be used. I should say from the outset that for a large chunk of my career I gathered...

Gathering data requirements, easy, right?

Gathering data requirements, easy, right?

Gathering any form of requirements is hard work. I know, I’ve been there. But gathering data requirements takes a special person and, as I’ve learnt, a particular technique. Mostly this job gets foisted onto a Business Analyst, but maybe you’re a Developer, Data...

What is Agile BI and Data Warehousing? It's what I do.

What is Agile BI and Data Warehousing? It's what I do.

When the question gets posed I often shift uneasily, or umm and err a little, or possibly just make something up…a while back I was often introduced as an airline pilot because my ‘real’ job was so incomprehensible. The answer I hate is someone’s job title. It might...

Out of office

Out of office

I’ve had a week away from the office. Not away from work, just away from a fixed location. It’s always something I enjoy, but do too infrequently. Years ago I had a boss who frequently ‘worked from home.’ The speech marks are really necessary. Whenever working from...

Another Disaster Movie

Another Disaster Movie

OptimalBI is a diverse collection of experts in a range of Business Intelligence subjects from the esoteric through to the extremely technical. To spread some of what we know, we’ve undertaken to explain ‘a concept’ every month with each other, and now to you too. I...

Where’s my Chair Gone?

Where’s my Chair Gone?

A few of us were having a bit of a giggle in the office about stand-ups and someone suggested that it would make a good blog; so here goes: A standup is a daily ceremony, typically at the start of the working day when the Dev-team, Scrum Master and Product Owner get...

Just Be It!

Just Be It!

We’ve been talking a lot in the office recently about ‘being agile’. As opposed to ‘doing agile’. There’s a subtle, or maybe not so subtle difference between the two and we’ve been trying to put some indicators in place so that we can tell if we’re ‘doing’ instead of...

If it's not written down, it doesn’t count

If it's not written down, it doesn’t count

From my experience one of the first things that teams learn after writing the ‘front’ of a user story (as a… I want… so that…) is that the ‘back’ of a user story; the acceptance criteria, can make or break it. I started writing a blog about getting good acceptance...