Join Alan Simon for an in-depth discussion in this video Required skills, part of Big Data Foundations: Program Management.
- Heading up your organization's Big Data Program…requires you to have a broad base of management…and leadership abilities.…In the case of big data,…those management and leadership abilities also need to have…a solid big data technical foundation as well.…You need to have excellent organization skills,…just like any program manager does.…The members of your big data team will be engaged…in dozens of tasks at any given point in time,…many of them very technical.…And throughout your entire program…from start to finish and beyond,…you're the one responsible for coordinating…every one of those tasks with the others.…
Many of the tasks you'll be watching…are highly technical in nature,…related to big data development.…You need to create the program and project level work plans…that orchestrate all of those tasks,…even if you won't be doing…hands-on development work yourself.…Your Big Data Program will also likely be responsible…for migrating existing data mart and data warehouse…functionality into Hadoop.…Meaning that you need to be well organized…
Interested in leading the charge? Manage Your Organization's Big Data Program is for business intelligence professionals who are tasked with implementing a big data and analytics program at their companies. Alan Simon explains the role of program managers, their desired skills, and the people they need on their core team. After the preliminary steps—defining program direction, budget, and initial projects—Alan helps map project milestones and define the KPIs to help track their progress. In chapter 6, you survey the risks to the program, from financial and technological standpoints. By the end of the course, you'll have the skills to be successful in a big data leadership role—and drive data-driven insights throughout the enterprise.
- What makes a good big-data program manager
- How to recruit members of a big data team
- Defining the program direction
- Creating an initial list of projects
- Identifying allies and adversaries
- Determining program milestones
- Managing milestone progress
- Assessing program risks