At the TDWI Europe Conference, I gave a three-hour presentation on agile business intelligence. Therefore, I have a view on the definition and meaning of agile BI.
This week I ran across the term â€œLean BI.â€ I had to dig into the details to understand the term a little better. In summary, lean BI and agile BI have different emphasiss on delivering BI solutions, but both focus on how to best support the business.
|agile Business Intelligence||lean Business Intelligence|
|Definition||â€œBI that can rapidly and cost effectively adapt to meet changing business needs.â€ (Aberdeen Group, 2012)||â€œLean BI is about generating additional value by accomplishing more with existing resources by eliminating waste. â€œ (Steve Dine, 2013)|
|Iterative, incremental software development according to the values and principles in the agile manifesto, enable the users to do more on their own, and have adaptable, scalable data warehousing and BI architecture.||Limit the different types of waste that occur in BI projects (Lean Manufacturing), focus on the interdependencies of systems (Systems Thinking), and develop based on values and principles in the agile manifesto (Agile Software Development).|
|Key outcome||Â â€œInformation available within one hour of the timeframe required for decisions.â€ (Aberdeen Group, 2012)||Delivering more value with the existing resources.|
Dine, Steve. An Introduction to Lean Business Intelligence . May 5, 2009. http://www.b-eye-network.com/view/10264 (accessed 06 28, 2013).
White, David, and Matthew York. Agile or Fragile? Your Analytics, Your Choice. Aberdeen Group, Inc., 2012