Over on Robert McIlree’s blog there is an example of what a management meltdown looks like in a data warehouse meeting. Here’s a snippet from his post:
In one case, a client manager was presenting a conceptual data model to his management and other interested parties in a project kickoff meeting…
This guy couldn’t get to the third slide in his Powerpoint deck before getting smacked upside the head by the VP, with other managers piling on directly after. The managers could have cared less about a conceptual data model – when were they going to get their data warehouse so they can analyze their costs and financials? One exec, a former techie, went so far as to begin a macabre bout of row-column engineering on the thing, right there in the meeting. Our guy very quickly lost control of the room and the meeting degenerated rapidly from there.
The funny thing about Data Warehousing projects is that on the surface they are very easy to understand what needs done. Looks simple even. But it’s not. In fact, it’s probably one of the most difficult projects you can tackle.
So, could this unfortunate situation been avoided? You bet! Here are six ways how: (more…)