BI Project Responsibility Assignment Matrix (RACI)

A RACI is a matrix that summarises who is responsible for what on a project. It also defines who approves a deliverable, who is involved in the production and who is the target audience of the deliverable.

The matrix is constructed by placing the project roles in columns and the tasks and deliverables in rows and then in the intersect the letters R, A, C and I are used to indicate the involvement of the role on the deliverable.

An important consideration when producing project documentation is to know who the target audience is and therefore who should approve the document. For example, consider a report functional specification produced by a business analyst. The specification should be read, understood and approved by the Business Representative as they need to be sure that the report meets their requirements. In addition it should also be read, understood and approved by the report developer as they need to make sure that the functional specification doesn’t contain any features that cannot be implemented.

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This article was published on August 21, 2013 by Al Gulland.

BI Project Roles and Responsibilities

Having worked on and delivered many BI projects I have realised that one of the factors of a successful project is to have clearly defined roles and responsibilities for the project team members. This ensures that everyone knows what they and everyone else is responsible for and are required to do – no more “that’s not my job”.

This article describes a set of key roles for a BI project that is building a data warehouse and providing a set of reports and analytical capabilities to an organisation.

IT Project Team

A typical BI project team, hard at work

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This article was published on August 21, 2013 by Al Gulland.

BI Project Deliverables

Introduction

This article lists some of the deliverables that are produced as part of a BI project. It is not a fully comprehensive list and the descriptions of the deliverables are brief but the aim is to give an overview the main deliverables so that you have a starting point for your BI project.

This article is a companion article to the BI Project Roles and Responsibilities article which defines the roles and responsibilities on a project.

Shelves in a library containing many books

A project can be required to produced a large amount of documentation

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This article was published on August 21, 2013 by Al Gulland.

Are You A Data Scientist?

FICO, company that provides analytics and decision making services—including credit scoring, have published a new infographic summarising the key skills and attributes required by a Data Scientist.

Of course there are skills in statistics, data analysis and application to real world business problems but what other skills should a Data Scientist have?

Check out the infographic to find out and see if you have what it takes to be a Data Scientist.

This article was published on August 20, 2013 by Al Gulland.