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Secrets of Analytical Leaders by Wayne Eckerson

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CHAPTER 11

HOW DO YOU SPEED TIME TO DELIVERY?

THE PRINCIPLE OF PROXIMITY

Several years ago, after talking with a number of analytical leaders, I discovered the secret to developing successful data applications fast: the principle of proximity. That is, to deliver great applications, seat your data developers alongside your business users. Not just in a joint-application design session, a requirements interview, or Scrum stand-up, but all the time! The idea behind the principle of proximity is to make developers and business users work side by side, elbow to elbow, nose to nose. You don't merely locate them on the same campus or in the same building; you put them in the same cubicle block, or better yet, in one big room with no walls, so everyone ...

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