Data teams struggle to not “boil the ocean” when doing data work.
Use milestones as a pattern to help the data team to focus on what really needs to be built and manage the trade-off decisions for what doesn’t.
In this episode, Murray Robinson chats with Maarten Dalmijn about Sprint Goals. We discuss how sprint goals should act as a primary mission for a sprint, around which everyone’s tasks should revolve, rather than focusing on individual deliverables. We talk about challenges to implementing this approach, the importance of measuring outcomes over output, and the need for competency and trust in the team. This conversation highlights the importance open dialogue with stakeholders, and the necessity of adaptability in the face of uncertainty.
Modern data teams are transient, often staying less than 5 years, unlike past decades of long-term loyalty.
Companies should adapt by defining robust Ways of Working (WoW) that endure beyond individual tenures.
Balancing in-house teams with reliable data vendors for continuity and efficiency may also be a useful pattern as part of your WoW.