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Extreme Scoping: An Agile Approach to Enterprise Data Warehousing and Business Intelligence by [Moss, Larissa]
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Do your business intelligence (BI) projects take too long to deliver? Is the value of the deliverables less than satisfactory? Do these projects propagate poor data management practices?

If you screamed "yes" to any of these questions, read this book to master a proven approach to building your enterprise data warehouse and BI initiatives. Extreme Scoping, based on the Business Intelligence Roadmap, will show you how to build analytics applications rapidly yet not sacrifice data management and enterprise architecture. In addition, all of the roles required to deliver all seven steps of this agile methodology are explained along with many real-world examples.

From Wayne Eckerson's Foreword

I've read many books about data warehousing and business intelligence (BI). This book by Larissa Moss is one of the best. I should not be surprised. Larissa has spent years refining the craft of designing, building, and delivering BI applications. Over the years, she has developed a keen insight about what works and doesn't work in BI. This book brings to light the wealth of that development experience. Best of all, this is not some dry text that laboriously steps readers through a technical methodology. Larissa expresses her ideas in a clear, concise, and persuasive manner. I highlighted so many beautifully written and insightful paragraphs in her manuscript that it became comical. I desperately wanted the final, published book rather than the manuscript so I could dog-ear it to death and place it front-and-center in my office bookshelf!
From David Well's Foreword

Extreme Scoping is rich with advice and guidance for virtually every aspect of BI projects from planning and requirements to deployment and from back-end data management to front-end information and analytics services. Larissa is both a pragmatist and an independent thinker. Those qualities come through in the style of this book. Extreme Scoping is a well-written book that is easy to absorb. It is not full of surprises. It is filled with a lot of common sense and lessons learned through experience.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 10570 KB
  • Print Length: 300 pages
  • Publisher: Technics Publications, LLC (11 January 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Australia Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
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  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #348,545 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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0 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars thanks 4 March 2014
By cfrench - Published on
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This was a great resource for my project. I looking forward to review other books on your list in the near future.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Balance Between Agile and Traditional Waterfall for Data Warehouse Development 5 December 2013
By William McKnight - Published on
Data warehouse development still occupies a significant percentage of development activity for any IT organization. Many are either under mandate to use agile techniques in this discipline or simply want to incorporate some of the benefits of agile in their development. Yet, agile techniques were built for software development and a balance between its rigor and traditional waterfall approaches needs to be found in order to create the most efficient and effective data warehouse. Larissa brings us to that point with Extreme Scoping. Rather than blindly moving forward, building short-term sprints one after the other based on what needs to be done at the time, Larissa lays out the steps and tasks that will need to be done, even in an agile context. Stages of data warehouse development still exist in Extreme Scoping. Kudos to Larissa for cutting out some of the data warehouse activities from her Business Intelligence Roadmap book in 2003 with Shaku Atre that are no longer relevant. Extreme Scoping provides new guidelines for use with the roadmap.

It's a very relatable blend of existing approaches melded into a new approach worth knowing about - extreme scoping. I also appreciated the glossary, which works for the data warehousing space and is something hard to find from a real expert. I'm always impressed with the fine publishing look and feel of a Technics Publications book as well.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Don't attempt "agile" data warehousing without reading this 12 April 2014
By John Giles - Published on
Sometimes if you do training for a tool or a methodology before you start using it, you don’t get full value from the course. Until you have encountered some real-world problems, you just don’t know what special features you will need or what problems you might hit.
On the other hand, if you do the training after you’ve started using the tool or methodology, you get more from the course but might regret that you’ve already done things the hard way, and that they may be costly to fix.
The same dilemma may face you if you’re planning to do “agile” development for your data warehouse / BI platform. Do you buy and read Larissa’s book first, or after you’ve had a go? My recommendation is simple. Do a quick read of her whole book, but focus on her wonderful, concise, and wisdom-packed appendices to arm you with checklists for your planned approach. Then, after you’ve got some dirt under your finger nails, go back to her book, maybe as part of agile “retrospectives” when you’re checking to see what is and isn’t working for you.
There is much to commend this book, but for me the stand-out was Larissa’s handling of the checklists. Some methodology enthusiasts seem to imply you would do well to follow their approach precisely. Others suggest you may be advised to selectively apply their approach to you own situation, but don’t give you hints as to how to work out what to keep and what to discard. Larissa gives you checklists, but also shares her experience-based considerations as to possible impacts of leaving bits out.
My conclusion? Considering the amount of time you’ll invest in building or extending your data warehouse, I suggest you invest a tiny bit more and read Larissa’s book.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This book will make you relevant and important 5 September 2013
By Sidney R. Adelman - Published on
The dilemma faced by BI project managers is the pull from the business that wants speedy delivery and, on the other side, the requirement to follow an IT methodology that does not lend itself to a fast and furious BI deliver schedule, as well as the need to develop solutions that are enterprise-wide. In this book, Larissa Moss provides some breakthrough methods and reasoning that should satisfy both the business and the IT methodology auditors.

You will find this book to be extremely practical with roadmaps, plans and recommendations that you can put to use immediately and it will also support you when the naysayers and would-be assassins try to knock off and undermine your project.