take 5 STEPs south

Residents in the southern part of the city know the best way through Agile BI City, STEP by STEP. Unpack your running shoes, here we go.


The 5-STEP approach, developed by IT-Logix, provides a comprehensive framework for executing BI projects using Agile. The process consists of the following STEPs:                                

  1. Ideation: Establish a common language and sketch the future solution, including goals and a vision for the new data plant.
  2. Initialization: Lay a solid foundation for the data plant construction and create a project proposal.
  3. Realization: Build a production line by connecting important data sources and refining the data for the first evaluations, ultimately delivering a MVP.
  4. Enablement: Support users in applying the new BI solution in their daily work, and fostering data-driven decision-making.
  5. Extension: Expand the system with more data production lines, either in parallel with or after STEP 4, depending on the initial BI organization's capacity.

This approach ensures rapid progress while managing costs and risks throughout the project.


The 5-STEP method not only provides a structured approach for BI projects but also helps build trust between contracting parties. STEP 1 is a brief process, taking only a few hours to establish a common language and sketch the future solution. STEP 2 consists of a series of workshops, typically lasting between five to ten days. Successful collaboration during STEP 2 can lead to a stronger partnership, encouraging both parties to proceed to the first release. This stage usually takes up to four months and involves substantial financial funding. By progressing through these stages together, trust is fostered, paving the way for a successful and lasting working relationship.

Agile contracts are less focused on clarifying every detail of what should be delivered but rather how the collaboration between the contract parties look like: They should explain the joint (agile) mindset and principles to follow, how releases and release phases are defined, which Way of Working the team will consider, what team roles you want and how you govern the agile team, what is the rough initial scope and the initial architecture strategy (known at signing the contract; knowing that it might still change).



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