Data, the way that we process it and store it, is one of many important aspects of software-based solutions. Data is the lifeblood of our organizations, supporting real-time business processes and decision making. It is crucial to the success of software development, and to our organization as a whole, that we apply agile and lean strategies to data-oriented activities. Yet for many organizations their data sources prove to be less than trustworthy and their data-oriented development efforts little more than productivity sinkholes. We can, and must, do better.

This presentation begins with a collection of agile principles for data professionals and of data principles for agile developers - the first step in crossing the cultural divide is to understand and appreciate the priorities and strengths of the people that we work with. Our focus is on a collection of practices - the "agile database techniques stack" - that enables development teams to easily and safely evolve databases. These techniques include vertical slicing, clean architecture and design, agile data modelling, database refactoring, database regression testing, continuous database integration, and configuration management. We then show how this technique stack enables agile data warehousing, agile data management, and lean data governance.

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Scott is a Senior Consulting Partner of Scott Ambler + Associates, working with organizations around the world to help them to improve their software processes. He provides training, coaching, and mentoring in disciplined agile and lean strategies at both the project and organizational level. Scott is the co-creator of the Disciplined Agile (DA) framework and the thought leader of the Agile Modeling (AM) and Agile Data (AD) methods. He is the (co-)author of several books, including Executive Guide to Disciplined Agile, Refactoring Databases, Agile Modeling, Agile Database Techniques, and Introduction to Disciplined Agile Delivery (DAD). Scott blogs regularly at DisciplinedAgileDelivery.com and his company’s home page is ScottAmbler.com.