As a Business Intelligence (BI) consultant you would typically write a proposal for the CEO of an organisation detailing the product (dashboard) you will build for them.
If the CEO accepts your proposal, then the organisation would pay you to do the work and you would build the dashboard according to your proposal specifications. If the CEO doesn’t accept your proposal, you won’t have a job.
This assignment prepares you for this real-world process by being completed in two parts:
Assignment Part 1: Pitching for the job
Part 1 is to write a 2,000 word proposal for the CEO of an organisation, detailing the dashboard you will build for them by identifying a key priority and supporting questions that will help them understand and plan for that priority.
Important! You don’t answer the questions – your role is to identify key questions that will help the CEO with their decision-making and explain their relevance to the overall priority.
In Part 1 you will also provide an example of the dashboard you would build if you got the job, but you will do the actual dashboard building in Part 2 (you have to get the job first!).
Assignment Part 2: You’ve won the job! Now you have to build the dashboard
Part 2 is to put your money where your mouth is! In Part 2, the CEO from your chosen organisation in Part 1 has given you the job and you will build a
working dashboard from the priority, supporting questions and dashboard design you proposed in
Part 1. You will build the dashboard using Tableau and the data you identified in Part 1. The CEO will be amazed at your talent and the dashboard you deliver – as will we J
The proposal and dashboard together will give you practice with a real-world business intelligence project. You will also develop:
- Your knowledge and skills in using data that is specific to the degree you are doing;
- Your ability to show how data is relevant and useful. Data (and so Business Intelligence) is used in all jobs, all organizations and all sectors, as well as complex areas such as climate change, personal relationships and organizational culture; and
- Your ability to understand your reader’s perspective and needs and being able to respond those needs. Business Intelligence provides a means to see and understand a business problem and when done well, reveals new solutions the organisation didn’t even consider.