DA 211: Disciplined Agile Data Warehousing (DW)/Business Intelligence (BI) Workshop

Organizations want to gain the benefits of agile – greater quality, improved stakeholder satisfaction, faster delivery, and higher productivity – for their Data Warehouse (DW)/Business Intelligence (BI) teams.  In today's competitive business environment new DW/BI solutions must be delivered in weeks, not months or years.  Enhancements must be delivered in hours or days, not weeks or months.  These delivery timeframes sound like fanciful thinking for traditional teams but are commonly achieved by teams following Disciplined Agile approaches. The good news is that proven techniques exist for DW/BI practitioners to work in an agile manner.  The bad news is that many existing DW/BI practitioners don't know that these techniques exist, or if they do they don't know how to apply them in practice.  This workshop introduces these agile DW/BI techniques and shows how they fit together in practice.

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.  Disciplined Agile (DA) 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.


  • 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


  1. An understanding of the fundamentals of the Disciplined Agile (DA) approach.  Students are expected to have: 
  2. An appreciation of the Disciplined Agile mindset. People who are new to agile, or who need a refresher, should view the following videos prior to the workshop:
  3.  as well as review our Introduction to Disciplined Agile.

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



  • Fundamentals of DW/BI
  • How to initiate a disciplined agile DW/BI team, with a focus on:
  • Initial requirements modeling
  • Initial architecture modelingInitial 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

      Workshop Logistics

      • Level: Advanced
      • Length: 
        • In person training - One day - 7 hours of classroom time plus breaks
        • Online training- 2 - 4 hour sessions of classroom time
      • 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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