Asking first the What and How or the Why When Building DG Tools?

Michelle Knight

Asking first the What and How or the Why When Building DG Tools?

Ray Diaz stated the following in a previous thread, responding to RE: RWDG Webinar - Build Your Own Data Governance Tools - Please provide questions and comments here

Thanks for your feedback and I understand, but going through the hard work to create the data assets inventory, without a place to manage, curate, and provide reasonable consumer access does not allow the ability to create the processes to execute the data management practices of which the Governance program should be implemented to manage. 

If you attempt a Data Governance 2.0 bottom up program I struggle to see how a very small team can get traction with working with the assets and processes to execute without a unified toolset. I am thinking the WHAT has to be defined early with the HOW so that it can be managed in an iterative timely manner. Also you don't have to spend the time to reengineer the metadata and processes later, which can considerable. 

Anyway that's my one cent's worth. 

 

Michelle Knight

RE: Asking first the What and How or the Why When Building DG Tools?
(in response to Michelle Knight)

Thanks, Ray and the reference to DG 2.0 is much appreciated. I am in the
middle of re-evaluating the artifacts I share with my clients. The "why" is
still, to me, the largest part of the conversation. This is especially true
when precious DG attempts have floundered and we find that the basic
foundational tenets were not defined. I agree that tools are important.
Anecdotally, I find that when an org purchased a tool first they tend to
use that tool's easiest path to create something rather than think through
the "what' of DG which goes straight back to "why". I enjoy talking with my
fellow DG folk in this community. Looking forward to many more
conversations.

*Jason M. Hare*
LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/jhare/
Skype: jason_hare
+1 9193232767
@jasonmhare


On Mon, Oct 21, 2019 at 10:07 AM Ray Diaz, CBIP, CDP, CSM, ICP-ATF <
[login to unmask email]> wrote:

> Thanks for your feedback and I understand, but going through the hard work
> to create the data assets inventory, without a place to manage, curate, and
> provide reasonable consumer access does not allow the ability to create
> the processes to execute the data management practices of which the
> Governance program should be implemented to manage.
>
> If you attempt a Data Governance 2.0 bottom up program I struggle to see
> how a very small team can get traction with working with the assets and
> processes to execute without a unified toolset. I am thinking the WHAT has
> to be defined early with the HOW so that it can be managed in an iterative
> timely manner. Also you don't have to spend the time to reengineer the
> metadata and processes later, which can considerable.
>
> Anyway that's my one cent's worth.
>
> -----End Original Message-----
>

Michelle Knight

RE: Asking first the What and How or the Why When Building DG Tools?
(in response to Michelle Knight)

Joe Kirby states:

(in response to Jason Matthew Hare, CIP®, CDMP®, ITIL®, APM®)

I'm anxiously awaiting the email that has the tools available to look at more closely. I am part of a small organization and the non-invasive approach is hopefully the key to our success. We tried a tool several years ago, but we didn't really answer the 'why' and the tool was too complicated for our maturity level Defining what you really need before investing in tools seems to have the greatest chance for success. This has been much more challenging that I anticipated. Having a quality data governance process will immensely help our organization, but getting people that are swamped with work to step back and look at how it will benefit us is daunting. This is where the non-invasive approach with simple tools can help change the culture. 

Michelle Knight

RE: Asking first the What and How or the Why When Building DG Tools?
(in response to Michelle Knight)

Jason M Hare states:

Joe, completely agree. Robert said to reach out to him directly if
Dataversity does not make the deck and tools available in a couple of days.
Looking forward to adding this to my "why" toolkit as well.

*Jason M. Hare*
LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/jhare/
Skype: jason_hare
+1 9193232767
@jasonmhare


On Mon, Oct 21, 2019 at 10:54 AM Joe Kirby <
[login to unmask email]> wrote:

> I'm anxiously awaiting the email that has the tools available to look at
> more closely. I am part of a small organization and the non-invasive
> approach is hopefully the key to our success. We tried a tool several years
> ago, but we didn't really answer the 'why' and the tool was too complicated
> for our maturity level Defining what you really need before investing in
> tools seems to have the greatest chance for success. This has been much
> more challenging that I anticipated. Having a quality data governance
> process will immensely help our organization, but getting people that are
> swamped with work to step back and look at how it will benefit us is
> daunting. This is where the non-invasive approach with simple tools can
> help change the culture.
>
> -----End Original Message-----
>

Michelle Knight

RE: Asking first the What and How or the Why When Building DG Tools?
(in response to Michelle Knight)

Bob Seiner states:

(in response to Jason Matthew Hare, CIP®, CDMP®, ITIL®, APM®)

Hi Folks, The email will be sent by DV sometime today although it may be later.

Interesting thread of discussion here. The tools and templates I described in the webinar are suggested for use when you are getting started and are primarily the tools of the Data Governance Administrator. Some of the tools will never reach capacity and therefore can be used throughout the life of your program. The tools in the acquired suites will address the wider audience and can take over once the program has developed legs. As far as tools to address the "why" and the "what", consider building a strong DG Communications Plan using the planning matrix I have shared in my webinars and presentations.

And consider this ... Organizations are investing a lot of money in the bright shiny objects - analytical platforms, digital transformations, agile system development, artificial intelligence ... and they will not achieve the level of ROI from these investments if the data (at the core of these investments) is ungoverned and untrusted. That is a solid  reason why to do DG.