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PUG Presentation Manchester 2022-05-26

Model Development with pbi-tools

The session introduces and demonstrates Power BI model development workflows and practices in conjunction with pbi-tools and other external tools, like Tabular Editor. pbi-tools (, a free and open-source external tool for Power BI, was developed over the last six years specifically to facilitate mature development practices for Power BI projects. Learn what that means specifically for Power BI models.

Some previously unreleased pbi-tools features are likely to be shown as well.

The session will cover

  • PBIX source control with pbi-tools
  • GIT branching models for team collaboration
  • Automated deployment pipelines with different environments
  • Release-focussed approach for development, testing, deployment


Head of Finance Systems at YouGov Plc and Developer of pbi-tools

In 2015, after having spent over ten years as a Software Developer and Architect with Microsoft technologies, Mathias Thierbach moved into the Microsoft BI space. He soon landed on Power BI, but also realized quickly that the development and engineering tools and practices were nothing like the ones well established in software development. This is how pbi-tools started as a project, the only complete source control solution for Power BI. Today, leading a growing data management team at YouGov, he experiences the benefits of those efforts every day. Having open sourced the project in fall of 2021, Mathias spends a lot of his free time bringing source control and DevOps practices to the wider Power BI community now. In addition to his open source engagements, Mathias cares deeply about his role as an enterprise technology leader. Like many, once having started as a single contributor technologist, he had to pivot significantly when he moved into a manager role, responsible for building, stabilizing and growing a team of data engineers, analysts and architects. Mathias is now passionately sharing the many experiences and learnings that came out of that journey with the community.


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