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July 12, 2007

Data Governance Conference

It has been awhile since we have written, but I thought I would share some notes from the Data Governance conference in San Francisco in late June.

I sat in on a presentation by Bob Seiner of KIK Consulting and tdan.com. By the way, if you don’t know about him, I recommend that you check him out. He is giving a very practical approach to data governance.

A very gutsy and aggressive presentation. He flat out said that there should be no such position as a data steward. You can’t list a position called “data steward” and bring in someone from outside to take on that role. It won’t work. You have to find people in the organization that are already dealing with data governance issues and “recognize” them as the data steward as part of their job.

That is quite different than what most consultants say but it makes sense. Bob is preaching a very practical approach that companies can actual execute. He is proposing an incremental approach to data governance that is focused on finding specific projects with specific goals that solve specific company problems. Some of his top level recommendations:


Recommendation: Identify/gain a management sponsor and make sure he/she understands the value of data governance

Recommendation: define a scope for your data governance initiative. Pick ONE project, define the scope for that then grow it over time. Don’t boil the ocean.

Recommendation: define a communications plan. Make sure the implementation is understood and the results are communicated as well. Build a data governance home page, make an email address like datagovernance@company.com available. Make sure people know what you are doing and the value it delivers

Recommendation: Define your goals and objectives. Know where you want to go.

Posted by Todd Goldman at July 12, 2007 5:45 PM

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