You might not even follow basic project management concepts such as the "Magic Triangle" to define the "scope" of what you promise to deliver by what time and at what cost. Experienced SDLC developers understand that in a project you are stuck with three interrelated variables.
Changing one of the following impacts the others.
- Deadline (the length of time to complete the project)
- Functionality (the scope of the project, the features your provide)
- Cost (the resources on the project)
BI initiatives are sure to fail when an influential person gives vague marching orders such as, "I want an enterprise dashboard where everybody in the company can access all data in any way they want. And I need to demo it at the annual conference in three months. Oh, and make sure it works on my iPad, Bob's Android phone, and Sally's iPhone, and Greg's BlackBerry."
Trying to create an entire complex application in one fell swoop is a sure recipe for failure.
Burning Your Dollars
Well, it was never designed with an end goal in mind and as a result the BI developers are continuously running a marathon on a circular track.
They are inexperienced in software development. Yet it does not occur to the executive that he or she is asking for the impossible from these employees. Instead, the project fails and the executive asks, "Why can't my IT development implement a dashboard?"