AgileData Newsletter #31
Australian Census Metrics Codes
We have been doing some work collecting and combining the Australian Census data so it simpler to consume for an AgileData customer.
So we thought we would share a public report with the list of Metrics from the Census, in case you ever needed quick access to it.
Read more at AgileData.io
AgileData Prioritisation Patterns
Growth mindset patterns are based on a flexible and open-minded approach to prioritisation. This approach assumes that priorities can change based on new information or feedback, and that the team constantly reevaluates and adjusts priorities as needed. Examples of growth mindset patterns include the 5 lanes pattern and the $500 pattern.
Read more at AgileData WoW
Conceptually Modeling Concepts, Details and Events in AgileData
Business and Data modeling seems to be a lost art in the data domain.
We believe you should always lightly model your data every time you first touch it.
But it doesn't need to be an epic task which involves a data modelling expert locking themselves in a cupboard for 6 months designing the perfect enterprise data model. Most data models don’t survive their first engagement with the data or the data consumers anyway.
We focus on lightly modeling a conceptual view of the organisations Core Business Concepts and Core Business Processes.
Join Shane and Nigel as they discuss how and why we define a conceptual model of Concepts, Details and Events in AgileData and how we map these to a physical Data Vault model.
Listen to the AgileData podcast or read the transcript at AgileData.io
Agile Contracting and Planning
In this podcast Shane and Murray discuss agile projects, their differing views on the term "project," and how mindset is more important than the terminology used. They explore the concept of Agile project management, emphasising the importance of having a servant leadership mindset rather than a controlling and hierarchical one. They agree that the focus should be on the behaviours, principles, and patterns people are using to improve their work rather than getting stuck on the terminology. Shane encourages calling out "bullshit" when people claim that certain methods are inherently good or bad, while Murray stresses the importance of choosing between Waterfall or Agile rather than mixing them in a water-scrum-fall approach.
The conversation shifts to Agile, with both hosts noting that many people mistakenly believe Agile is synonymous with Scrum. They emphasise that Agile is more than just Scrum and should be applied at an organisational level to see its true benefits. They also touch on the importance of agility within organisations and how often this aspect is overlooked.
They discuss the challenges of working with fixed scope, fixed price contracts in a Waterfall setting, and how this can lead to vendors underestimating costs and then trying to make up the difference through change requests. They acknowledge that Waterfall has its place when there is a high level of certainty, but that it can be slow, expensive, and difficult to manage changes.
Listen to the No Nonsense Podcast or read the transcript at agiledata.io
Answer a Quick Question
Has this ever happened to you?
Somebody walks up to your desk or gives you a virtual call and says:
“I have a quick data question”
And then asks a question that is based on a new set of data you have never seen.
We have seen it way too often and we asked ourselves, how much time and how many clicks would it take to be able to answer that question in AgileData.
So we gave it a go.
And of course we all know that was only the first question!
Once that data is AgileData you can ask as many questions you need to now and in the future.