Managing a Big Data Project

This section provides some useful information to help you get started to plan and manage your big data project.

Getting Started

Before you get started, you might want to ask yourself the following questions.

What is big data?

Does this project really require a big data solution?

Lessons Learned & Best Practices

Before beginning any project, it is best practice to review historical records such as lessons learned for past similar projects.

Lessons Learned

Before beginning your project, it will prove beneficial to review best practices for big data projects.

Best Practices


If you read the lessons learned above, you will understand the importance of planning your big data project. Many projects fail due to inadequate attention devoted to the planning stage.

Planning Checklist

PM Skills & Competencies

It is also essential to understand the critical competencies required to successfully manage a big data project.

PM Skills

PM Methodology

Another essential step is choosing the appropriate project management methodology for your big data project. Big data projects involve uncovering insights through experimentation and evidence-based findings, thus an iterative methodology lends itself well to such projects. For this reason, many use Agile for project delivery. (You may want to review such concepts as rolling wave planning and progressive elaboration.)

Iterative Terms

Technology Overview

To gain an overview of big data related technologies, you may want to review the Technology Overview.

Big Data Technology Overview

PM Knowledge Areas

PM Knowledge Areas

Determining Production Readiness

Production Readiness Assessment

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See Also

Selecting Your First Big Data Project

How to Successfully Implement a Big Data Project in 8 Steps

8 Proven Steps to Starting a Big Data Analytics Project

The Big Data Playbook

Sizing Up Big Data

How to do a Big Data Project: a Template for Success

Productionizing Your Big Data: a Checklist of Key Considerations