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In data analytics, alot of decisions frequently need to be made. These can be data issues, business issues, technical issues, to people issues. In larger data projects, sizable data team performing multiple functions need to be managed. This is where delegation becomes important. Michael Hyatt discusses the 5 levels of delegation that a manager would encounter.

Level 1: Do exactly what I have asked you to do. Don’t deviate from my instructions. I have already researched the options and determined what I want you to do. Level 2: Research the topic and report back. We will discuss it, and then I will make the decision and tell you what I want you to do. Level 3: Research the topic, outline the options, and make a recommendation. Give me the pros and cons of each option, but tell me what you think we should do. If I agree with your decision, I will authorize you to move forward. Level 4: Make a decision and then tell me what you did. I trust you to do the research, make the best decision you can, and then keep me in the loop. I don’t want to be surprised by someone else. Level 5: Make whatever decision you think is best. No need to report back. I trust you completely. I know you will follow through. You have my full support.

Gartner is hosting the Business Intelligence & Information Management (BIIM) Summit. A must attend event for BI/IM folks who are looking into the evolution of BI/IM to provide value to their organistions. What is interesting are topics like “the last mile for BI” and the move to “predictive and prescriptive” data.

Two thoughts come to mind when I look at the details of this conference.

For alot of organisations, they are very very far from “the last mile”. Without methodical and data-centric approach to BI, many organisations are stuck in no-man’s land. The chaos of semi-defined masterdata, a plethora of link tables/translation tables, poor definition of transactional and analytical datasets, half-fuel performance at all levels of the BI stack, and probably significantly under-performing BI. Naturally business owners want to get value from their BI/IM investments. Traditionally, this has been considered an important and justifiable cost to the organisation especially for decision making, but its increasingly important to extend that capability into future scenarios. Future scenarios involve the unknown. Unknown datasets, unknown parameters, unknown visualisations, unknown BI/IM capability. These are the topics that I would like to see from this conference.

Anyway, I’ll be attending the conference. Email me if you want to meet.

Conference Tracks

Trends and Futures Information Innovation Performance Management Social and Big Data Virtual Tracks

Agile Methods has gone through a roller-coaster ride of adoption. The first thing a team member notices about agile are:

Regular scrums – usually daily Micro-Issue tracking Measurements

There are of course many other aspects to Agile methods and Evan Leybourn @ The Agile Director has alot of experience in implementing Agile methods in software development teams. He has a few courses running in Canberra and Sydney. Check them out:


Sydney – 2-3 April12 – Agile Methods Sydney – 4 April12 – Advance Agile Methods Canberra – 10-11 April12 – Agile Methods Canberra 12 April12 – Advance Agile Methods