Live from the 1st Annual World Wide Data Vault Consortium: Day 3
Well it was the last day of the 1st annual WWDVC. What an event is has been. (See recap of Day 1 and Day 2, here and here)
Don’t forget you can see all the action by searching on #WWDVC on twitter.
Agility and Data Vault
Long time data vault advocate Tom Breur opened our closing day with a talk about how we should strive to build the right product and build it right without creating more technical debt in the process.
He said agile is about taking small steps not about being faster. If we do this right, the solution we deliver should generate more legitimate business requirements.
He encouraged us all to read the Theory of Constraints and The Goal (I have), and to learn about lean delivery. Our goal should be to deliver continuously and consistently. The shorter the sprint, the better.
Next he went on to tell us his conclusion that while building a Kimball based solution may appear to deliver more value to the business, it takes too long. And in the end it is a fragile and rigid solution subject to major re-work when requirements change after deployment.
We can deliver value, quicker, using the data vault method. And what we deliver can be done incrementally and more easily added to without re-work.
Data Vault Case Studies
John Sells and Josh Bartells from Data Blueprint shared with us their experiences implementing data vault solutions for their clients.
It was great to hear about their success stories from the field and see how they addressed the challenges many of us have faced.
Data Vault Modeling Tool
MID GmbH from Germany has a pretty nice modeling tool with built in capabilities to support modeling a data vault solution from stage tables through reporting (including using the new DV icons).
This is a tool worth checking out if you are doing a lot of data vault modeling.
Dan closed out this inaugural event with a few remarks, some memories, thanks, and talk about plans for doing this again next year.
One last time I have to say I am glad I came and can’t wait to do it again next year!
So long for now from Vermont.
Don’t forget to check out LearnDataVault.com and get ready to join us next year!
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