A sure fire way to drive your big data analytics team crazy is to tell them what needs to be done, when it’s going to be done by, and how many people it’s going to take to get it done. This sounds like a management best practice, and the responsibility for knowing for all these elements falls squarely on the shoulders of your team’s manager; however, dictating all three as firm is not a best practice – it’s a fait accompli. There are only two outcomes from this stance: either it happens or it doesn’t. I’ll let you guess what happens more often. The proper way to manage your big data analytics team starts with defining your philosophy around which dimension stands firm, which one will be adjusted, and which one will be allowed to adjust: this is what I call the post, lever, and balance method (PLBM) of management.