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Data quality & agile methods: a BT perspective

William, Neil, Ivins, Wendy Katherine and Burgess, Mikhaila 2006. Data quality & agile methods: a BT perspective. Presented at: 11th International Conference on Information Quality (ICIQ-2006), Boston, MA, USA, 10-12 November 2006.

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Assuring the quality of data in organisations is not a new issue, yet it is still important and difficult as it concerns how well data in a given environment meets the needs of its intended user or function. The increasing use of information as a strategic resource by organisations has illustrated the multi-dimensional nature of data quality and the complexity of assuring it. This paper uses Soft Systems Methodology (SSM) to develop a model of data quality that incorporates the viewpoints of different stakeholders. The resulting activities were compared to BT’s current practices, which lead to business recommendations that would promote data quality whilst using a traditional development methodology. However, BT, like many other organisations, is currently migrating its development approach to consider agile methods. Therefore, this paper also analyses how the development of systems and software may be affected by the change in an organisations chosen development methodology, along with recommendations having also been developed to address data quality using agile methodologies. This work highlights that organisations need to consider different approaches to data quality depending on the development methodology. We therefore argue that a “one-size-fits-all� approach to data quality is not appropriate. The work has been influenced by best practices in BT and the modelling and analysis reflect this. However, the approach used and the resulting recommendations are useful to other organisations.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Date Type: Completion
Status: Unpublished
Schools: Computer Science & Informatics
Subjects: Q Science > QA Mathematics > QA75 Electronic computers. Computer science
Uncontrolled Keywords: Data Quality, Agile Methods, Soft Systems Methodology, Software Development Methodology, Data Quality Model
Last Modified: 04 Jun 2017 01:53

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