Alternate Names for "Data Governance Office"

Barry Goldstein

Alternate Names for "Data Governance Office"

Due to some of the confusion (IT Governance, Project Governance, etc...) and negative connotations surrounding the term " Data Governance Office" - we are trying to come up with some alternate names.  As Robert Seiner has suggested in his book, we want to keep Data Governance non-invasive and the term Data Governance is a bit "heavy handed." Does anyone have any thoughts on alternate names?

Here are several I came up with...

Data Coordination Office / Group

Data Support Office / Group

Data Oversight Office / Group

Data Administration Office / Group

Data Enablement Office / Group

Data Advisory Office / Group

Data Practice Office / Group

Data Knowledge Office

 

Thanks for your help ! 

Barry Goldstein

Robert S Seiner

RE: Alternate Names for "Data Governance Office"
(in response to Barry Goldstein)

Hi Barry,
You mentioned several good names. Many of my clients have selected using the name "Data Governance Administrator" to describe the person responsible for the program. If one or more people are assisting the DGA, and these people are working for the DGA, they are often referred to as the Data Governance Office, Team, Group … but if they report into other parts of the organization that group is called a DG Working Group or Working Team. I hope this helps.

Robert S. Seiner

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Ray Diaz, CBIP, CDP, CSM, ICP-ATF

RE: Alternate Names for "Data Governance Office"
(in response to Barry Goldstein)

Barry, good thought process here.

I like your following suggestions:

  • Data Advisory Office
  • Data Knowledge Office

I'm adding...

  • Data Assets Office - DAO
  • Data and Information Management Office - DIMO
  • Agile Data Management Office - ADMO
  • Chief Data Office - CDO
  • Data Lifecycle Office - DLO

"A rose by any other name would smell as sweet" - Romeo and Juliet

In the final analysis Data Governance is about bringing Governance around Data and you can't manage what can't be governed. 

Its funny that people get nervous with terms and concepts around Data [insert word]:

  • Governance
  • Stewards
  • Owners
  • Quality...

William McKnight

RE: Alternate Names for "Data Governance Office"
(in response to Barry Goldstein)

Data Center of Excellence maybe.

Barry Goldstein

RE: Alternate Names for "Data Governance Office"
(in response to Barry Goldstein)

Thanks everyone for your great ideas !  Appreciate the help.  I will post what we end up deciding upon....

 

Barry Goldstein

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Joanne Biggadike

RE: Alternate Names for "Data Governance Office"
(in response to Barry Goldstein)

One that I have heard used as an alternative which is less daunting is Data Assurance. 

I think having clear communication on what Data Governance in your organisation covers and means is a great way to break the fear of the word Governance for sure. 

Briggs Christie

RE: Alternate Names for "Data Governance Office"
(in response to Joanne Biggadike)

We avoid the g-word with a Data Standards Council.

Aaron Fuller

RE: Alternate Names for "Data Governance Office"
(in response to Barry Goldstein)

I have a strong preference for the term "Data Assets Office," which was mentioned by someone else. I think it positions it better by using the word "assets."

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Barry Goldstein

RE: Alternate Names for "Data Governance Office"
(in response to Aaron Fuller)


Thanks Aaron !

 

Barry Goldstein

Senior Business Analyst - Data Governance

Washington University in St Louis

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Barry Goldstein

RE: Alternate Names for "Data Governance Office"
(in response to Barry Goldstein)

Much thanks everyone for your continued great ideas !  Appreciate the help. !

  

Barry Goldstein

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Ray Diaz, CBIP, CDP, CSM, ICP-ATF

RE: Alternate Names for "Data Governance Office"
(in response to Aaron Fuller)

Aaron, thanks for your insight.

You picked up on my intent to highlight that we are governing and managing assets, which communicates its value. We must continue to grow the value equation among organizations as it relates to data and information.  

We are trapped into utilizing all sorts of change management methods and techniques (including slick program names) to address the high degree of data illiteracy of most organizations. It's like climbing a mountain of technical debt in knowledge related to Data Governance and Management and their functional - knowledge areas. 

I laugh silently at all the organizations I'm aware of that desire to jump into Predictive and Prescriptive Analytics, Machine Learning, AI... and the Shiny Objects, without even having made a serious attempt to implement:

  • Data Strategy
  • Data Governance program
  • Data Management program, especially making Data Quality improvements

Somehow organizations have fallen into the deceptive thinking that you can have Six-pack Abs (great Data Assets) without the Discipline and Pain of working real hard and eating very clean. It's still No Pain, No Gain game, and strapping on the electric Abs Toning Belts don't work. 

Hazel Welch, CDMP, CDP-DG

RE: Alternate Names for "Data Governance Office"
(in response to Barry Goldstein)

I have a friend who works for a 'Data Trust Office' and they are essentially the governance team.

Lena Rodnyanskiy

RE: Alternate Names for "Data Governance Office"
(in response to Barry Goldstein)

The organisation I worked for as the Lead Data Steward is in the process of adapting the name of Enterprise Data Office, which is acting as a middle layer between the executive Data Governance Group and the operational layer (everybody else, including data domain stewards and custodians).

Ray Diaz, CBIP, CDP, CSM, ICP-ATF

RE: Alternate Names for "Data Governance Office"
(in response to William McKnight)

Like this suggestion William.

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Ray Diaz, CBIP, CDMP, CSM[All DATAVERSITY Members] @ May 22, 2019 - 10:56 AM (America/Eastern)

Ray Diaz, CBIP, CDP, CSM, ICP-ATF

RE: Alternate Names for "Data Governance Office"
(in response to Lena Rodnyanskiy)

Very good Lena, like this one also.

Julie Eiermann

RE: Alternate Names for "Data Governance Office"
(in response to Lena Rodnyanskiy)

This is the name of our office as well EDO (Enterprise Data Office).

Brian Mayer

RE: Alternate Names for "Data Governance Office"
(in response to Barry Goldstein)

One of the recent names I have heard that I am fond of is Information Integrity team.

Mike Maloney

RE: Alternate Names for "Data Governance Office"
(in response to Barry Goldstein)

Hi Barry,
We've stood up a data governance program over the past year and a half. We went with "Data Management Office" which I think succeeds in being less heavy-handed to your concern.

Mike Maloney
Network Director, Data Quality Management
Data Management Office
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Vijay Mohan

RE: Alternate Names for "Data Governance Office"
(in response to Mike Maloney)

We went with Data Management Office to in our organization

Michelle Knight

RE: Alternate Names for "Data Governance Office"
(in response to Barry Goldstein)

Hi Barry,

I am curious if you all came with a name? Do you need more ideas?

Michelle

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Eric Dodson

RE: Alternate Names for "Data Governance Office"
(in response to Barry Goldstein)

For now, we have a couple of unofficial names as the relatively new office takes form:

Office of Data Governance and Management

Office of the Chief Data Officer

Michelle Knight

RE: Alternate Names for "Data Governance Office"
(in response to Eric Dodson)

Nice!

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Rachael Fay

RE: Alternate Names for "Data Governance Office"
(in response to Michelle Knight)

Hi Michelle,

We are called Data and Information Services Unit.. The thread had some ideas. However  looking for a new name any suggestions.

Michelle Knight

RE: Alternate Names for "Data Governance Office"
(in response to Rachael Fay)

One place I worked with that had significant data governance aspects was called "Technical Information Center" .

 I interned for the Charles Stark Draper Lab the department/library was responsible for creating and maintaining the intranet, working with the MIT and other libraries as well as cataloging and standardizing technical documentation. It made business glossary suggestions, trained folks on best information practices and helped staff get needed information to see new business opportunities.

The department was marketed as a go-to place and the name went with the marketing strategy.

I hope that helps.

Michelle Knight

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Michelle Knight[All DATAVERSITY Members] @ Nov 20, 2019 - 08:51 AM (America/Pacific)

Raymond Barnes

RE: Alternate Names for "Data Governance Office"
(in response to Michelle Knight)

Michelle,

Thanks for sharing. Draper lab was instrumental in getting us to the moon and back safely ... 50 years ago. Can't think of a tech. innovation that has yet surpassed it so anything they've done is certainly noteworthy. Only term I might alter is  "tech.", since may have same unintended connotations as "governance"?

Anthony J Algmin

RE: Alternate Names for "Data Governance Office"
(in response to Raymond Barnes)

I'm becoming more and more fond of "Data Advocacy" Group, Team, Office, etc. I like that it doesn't step on the toes of the data systems-builders and reporting teams, but still gets at the heart of what I believe is the most important thing: creating measurable business outcomes through data-related efforts (i.e., Data Value).

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Michelle Knight

RE: Alternate Names for "Data Governance Office"
(in response to Raymond Barnes)

Thank you, Raymond and Anthony. I had not thought of these points.

Yeah, Draper Lab's gyroscope helped guide the spacecraft to the moon. Tech could have some unintended connotation, but I also think it depends on the context. Draper was in Technology Square and it seemed like much of the business folk there had engineering experience too. The lab is non-profit; so, sales and marketing are a little different than a for-profit company. I believe most of the money came from government contracts and RFP submissions. So I think considerations around context is important when choosing a name.

With that being said, I think positive active language, like  "advocacy" as Anthony suggests, would be more neutral. I also agree that measurable business outcomes through data-related efforts is very important.  From a software testing perspective, feedback on those measurable business outcomes became key to success.

 


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Vijay Mohan

RE: Alternate Names for "Data Governance Office"
(in response to Barry Goldstein)

It was called 'Data Management Office' but now we have re-branded/changed to 'Group Data Office'

Shannon Gould, CIMP

RE: Alternate Names for "Data Governance Office"
(in response to Barry Goldstein)

Hello all,

I met with someone yesterday who referred to Data Services and I thought that was a holistic and clean name. So simple and yet I have not been exposed the term before in higher education or academic research related to data governance. 

Stay safe,

Shannon

Akshay M

RE: Alternate Names for "Data Governance Office"
(in response to Barry Goldstein)

Hi Barry,

The names that you mentioned are already decent ones. I would like to recommend some few more. 

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