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FINLAND, Helsinki: Disciplined Agile Data Warehousing (DW)/Business Intelligence (BI) Workshop with Scott W. Ambler (English)

  • 27 Sep 2018
  • 9:00 AM (UTC+03:00)
  • 28 Sep 2018
  • 5:00 PM (UTC+03:00)
  • Helsinki, Finland


Disciplined Agile Data Warehousing (DW)/    Business Intelligence (BI) Workshop

Times noted below are Eastern European Time (UTC + 2:00)   

September 27 Thursday        9:00 am - 5:00 pm (EET)

September 28 Friday            9:00 am - 5:00 pm (EET)

Location: Helsinki Congress Paasitorni, Paasivuorenkatu 5A, FIN-00530, Helsinki, Finland     


This workshop focuses on how to apply the DA framework to deliver sophisticated agile solutions in the enterprise, and in particular DW/BI solutions. The DA framework builds on the existing proven practices from agile methods such as Scrum, Extreme Programming (XP), Lean software development, Unified Process, Agile Modeling, and Agile Data to include other aspects necessary for success in enterprise-class settings. Filling in the gaps left by mainstream methods, DA provides guidance on how to effectively plan and kickstart complex projects as well as how to apply a full lifecycle approach, with lightweight milestones, effective metrics, and agile governance.

Very often people start with Scrum, but they quickly discover that to make Scrum work for Agile DW/BI it needs to be significantly extended to address the challenges of DW/BI teams.  These extensions include initial planning, initial requirements elicitation, initial architecture modeling, agile data modeling throughout construction, continuous database development, and streamlined deployment activities to name a few.  The Disciplined Agile process decision framework has already done this extension work to address the challenges faced by DW/BI teams.  Furthermore, because DA seamlessly supports both Scrum-based and continuous delivery strategies it is suitable for DW/BI teams new to agile as well as experienced teams looking to improve their approach.

This workshop teaches you the techniques required to make agile DW/BI teams successful.  An important aspect of this workshop is working through a DW/BI-specific case study. This workshop is not technical and is suitable for all team members. Group exercises reinforce the principles learned. 


  • DW/BI Managers or practitioners: If Agile DW/BI is new to you and if you wish an effective launch of Agile DW/BI
  • Agile DW/BI practitioners: If you want to take Agile DW/BI to the next level
  • Senior Business & IT Management: If you want to understand how a disciplined approach to Agile DW/BI works in practice

Pre-workshop Prep:

  • An understanding of the fundamentals of the Disciplined Agile (DA) approach.  Students are expected to have: 
  • An appreciation of the Disciplined Agile mindset. People who are new to agile, or who need a refresher, should watch the Agile Mindset and Disciplined Agile Mindset videos on the Introduction resource page.

What You'll Learn

  • Fundamental agile database techniques that are critical to the success of Agile DW/BI development
  • How to apply Disciplined Agile strategies


Outline - Day 1:

  • Introduction to Disciplined Agile (DA): Learn about the five delivery lifecycles supported by DA; how DA is a hybrid that shows how proven practices from a range of sources fits together; how to take a flexible, non-prescriptive approach to agile development; the importance of being enterprise aware.
  • Disciplined Agile roles: Team Lead (ScrumMaster), Product Owner, Architecture Owner, Team Member, Stakeholder + five more optional scaling roles.
  • Inception Phase: Covers key activities for initiating a DA team, including initial requirements modelling, initial architecture modelling, initial release planning, strategies for your physical and virtual work environments, initial risk identification, and driving to a shared vision with your stakeholders.
  • Construction Phase: Describes many technical strategies for building consumable increments of your solution, including test-driven development (TDD), acceptance TDD, how to initiate an iteration/sprint, look-ahead modelling and planning, spikes, regular coordination meetings, continuous integration, continuous deployment, whole-team testing, parallel independent testing, information radiators, Kanban boards, burn up charts, and many more.  In this module we also look at agile construction from a traditional point of view, showing how activities such as architecture, analysis, design, testing, management, and user experience (UX) are addressed all the way through the lifecycle.
  • Transition Phase: Overviews strategies for releasing the solution to your stakeholders.

    Outline - Day 2:

    • Fundamentals of DW/BI
    • How to initiate a disciplined agile DW/BI team, with a focus on:  
      • Initial requirements modeling
      • Initial architecture modeling
      • Initial planning
    • How Disciplined Agile DW/BI construction works, with a focus on agile database practices such as:

    • Agile data modeling
    • Agile DW architecture and design strategies
    • Vertical slicing of DW/BI requirements to enable incremental delivery
    • Database regression testing
    • Continuous database integration
    • Database refactoring
    • Summarizing the Workshop: A Retrospective

        Workshop Logistics

        • Length: Two days – 14 hours 
        • Approach: For each major topic in the agenda there will be instruction followed by hands-on group work. The workshop has an emphasis on learning through discussion and experiential exercises



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