Nancy Couture

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Nancy Couture has more than 30 years of experience leading enterprise data management at Fortune 500 companies and midsize organizations. Her focus has been on enterprisewide data management architecture, data governance, data quality, data warehousing and business intelligence capabilities.

Nancy recently moved into consulting as delivery enablement lead at Datasource Consulting, a Denver-based firm focused on delivering on all aspects of enterprise information management.

Previously, Nancy was vice president of business intelligence at SquareTwo Financial in Denver. She and her team successfully developed and utilized agile methodologies in building out enterprisewide solutions, including an enterprise data warehouse, a robust analytics and reporting environment, and integrated analytics solutions.

Before her time at SquareTwo, Nancy was vice president of data management solutions at UnitedHealth Group in Connecticut, where she developed and managed three enterprise-level data warehouses for healthcare analytics over the course of 30-plus years. In that role, Nancy was recognized for her leadership and ability to execute innovative approaches to data management.

Nancy has presented at many conferences on data management topics over the years, owns a patent in data mapping technologies, and has published several articles for the TDWI Business Intelligence Journal. In 2007 and again in 2015, her respective teams won the TDWI Best Practices Award in Enterprise Data Warehousing.

The opinions expressed in this blog are those of Nancy Couture and do not necessarily represent those of IDG Communications Inc. or its parent, subsidiary or affiliated companies.

Tip No. 5: Show appreciation and have fun!

Tip No. 4: Know the details, but don't get into the details

Tip No. 4: Know the details, but don't get into the details

My fourth tip for successfully creating and leading agile data management development teams is to keep your hands off your team's project and let them manage the details themselves.

Tip No. 3: Provide coaching and advice as needed

Tip No. 3: Provide coaching and advice as needed

This is a continuation of my series on "Five Tips for Leading Agile Data Management Development Teams." Here, I discuss the third tip: Provide coaching and advice as needed — to both self-managing teams and individual team members.

Tip No. 2: Create an enabling team structure

Tip No. 2: Create an enabling team structure

This is a continuation of my series "Five Tips for Leading Agile Data Management Development Teams." Here, I discuss the second tip: Create an enabling team structure.

A note about teams

A note about teams

Self-managing teams will go through a typical team formation process that will require you, as a leader, to play a stronger role in the beginning until they can become truly self-managing. This post describes the stages, and some of...

Tip No. 1:  Hire 'A' players and empower them

Tip No. 1: Hire 'A' players and empower them

This is a continuation of "Five Tips for Leading Agile Data Management Development Teams." This first tip, hiring "A" players, will build the foundation for a great self-managing team.

Five tips for leading agile data management development teams

Five tips for leading agile data management development teams

Self-managing teams require a unique approach to leadership. Here are some tips for successfully leading such teams.

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How to integrate business data with business, IT partnerships

This article describes the benefits of integrating business created data into an enterprise data solution, along with a real use case.

How partnerships between IT and the business breed success

How partnerships between IT and the business breed success

A key concept in agile development is increased partnership among IT and business partners. In enterprise data management and business intelligence, this increased partnership can only make things better. There can be a role for IT...

How to create and lead self-managing teams

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Self-managing teams are vital in order to be truly successful in agile development. Here's how to encourage self-managing teams, and the benefits that can be achieved.

How to implement a robust data quality solution

How to implement a robust data quality solution

This article is one of a series describing how to build out a solid foundation for agile data warehouse development, focusing on data quality.

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