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You’ve done it. You’ve bought Tableau Desktop licenses, maybe even Tableau Server! You’re itching to get others on board and ready to toss out the old BI process and implement Tableau. Hooray! Now, where do you start?
It’s tempting to hand out licenses like candy on Halloween night: it’s easy enough and, hey, there are even videos, right? You can, but sugar rushes seldom last and pretty soon people will be knocking on your door again. Or you can be that house...you know, the one that ONLY hands out one piece of candy JUST to the kids with homemade costumes. Don’t be that house. It usually gets egged by the end of the night. Or toilet-papered.
So, how do you do roll out Tableau?
This is the part no one likes, not even the project managers. It’s walking into that messy closet, basement, or room and realizing just how big the job is. This part is usually overwhelming, but makes or breaks a Tableau implementation. Here’s what you should answer:
Don’t do it like elementary dodgeball; find people who cover different areas. Some like to call this cross-disciplinary, or diverse, or whatever buzzword you want to throw at it. You should have people who disagree about things. Find the naysayer. It’s the person that usually says the end users don’t need more training (free Six Sigma lesson: training only fixes about 20% of your problem versus fixing the UI at 80%—here’s looking at you, checkboxes and open text fields). You should be able to check these boxes:
Everyone loves winners, right?! Maybe not David Bowie, but you’ll get there in time if you just dance...er, start small. Here’s the nitty-gritty:
Keep getting those quick wins. Guess what? You have more ambassadors. This is a great time to stand up an internal user group. Make sure you communicate who does what really well.
Make sure you’re checking in with people. Are people running into issues? Is it training? Are they stuck? Are they running into issues publishing? Do they need to make a dashboard, but have no way to use the data? All of these can stop a train dead in its tracks. Have they just hit a slump where they’re making the same things over and over? Find them an external user group or see if they can help another area for some spice in their life.
Maybe you work somewhere where everyone gets access. Include that intro as part of onboarding. Get it deep in the culture. Make sure you have enough people supporting this—whether it’s creating team leads, getting your best dashboard designer to train, support or teach, or ensuring IT and the business communicate about long term plans (if this is you, check out Paul Banoub’s blog).
Want more? Check out the links below.
A roadmap for an analytics revolution powered by IT and Tableau
How Oldcastle is empowering people with a ‘true culture of self-service analytics’
Data diaries: Defining a culture of self-service analytics
5 tips to improve the performance of your Tableau Server