Discovery – The discovery phase is all about establishing the “as-is” situation. What data do you have? Is it documented? If not then document it. Who owns it? Where is it? Is it complete, accurate and appropriate? Who are the creators, modifiers and consumers?
Evaluation – Once you understand what you have, you can evaluate what is achievable. Ensuring that business aims are aligned with real world constraints is vital to achieving project success.
Planning – Now that you know where you are and where you want to be, you can establish your strategy and put together your delivery plan. It is vital to have a clear and achievable plan that you are able to communicate with all sponsors and key stakeholders.
Execution – Data projects can touch many areas of your business and can become unwieldy and bogged down. Having a dedicated and experienced Project Manager to drive the project and maintain momentum can make the difference between a project that delivers real business benefit and one that deteriorates into stagnation.