How to keep your data migration project on the rails

Why do so many data migration projects fall off the rails? I’ve been asked this question a lot and whilst there are lots of reasons, perhaps the most common is a bias towards finding the wrong kind of data quality gaps. Projects often tear off at breakneck speed, validating and cleansing […]

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5 common data quality project mistakes (and how to resolve them)

Over the course of the last eight years, I've interviewed countless data quality leaders and learned so much about the common mistakes and failures they've witnessed in past projects. In this post I wanted to highlight five of the common issues and give some practical ideas for resolving them: #1: Not connecting […]

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Do you have a data quality alliance strategy?

Whether you’re embarking on a data quality mission for the first time or your presence is well known, it never hurts to have allies throughout your organization. By finding and gaining these supporters, you can gain influence and achieve your data quality goals. It may be difficult due to the […]

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Three ideas for communicating data quality success

You have kicked off a data quality initiative and had some great results. Your next goal is to build on this success and grow the influence of your team around the organisation. To achieve this, you need to get creative and put on your marketing hat. Here are some ideas […]

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Getting clinical with data quality analysis

I have recently qualified as a volunteer first responder to assist ambulance crews in my rural community, which is an interesting break from the world of data. But not a break entirely. During my training, it occurred to me that we’re simply not equipping many data quality practitioners with the […]

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The error paradox

How are sales going? It's a frequent query that every author gets from time to time. Lamentably, though, that four-word question is difficult if not impossible to answer with any precision. If this seems like a paradox, you're absolutely right. Back in the Mad Men days, real-time sales numbers for […]

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The data that supported the decision

Data-driven journalism has driven some of my recent posts. I blogged about turning anecdote into data and how being data-driven means being question-driven. The latter noted the similarity between interviewing people and interviewing data. In this post I want to examine interviewing people about data, especially the data used by people to drive […]

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5 tips for taking data quality to the enterprise

Most organisations kick off their data quality journey with some form of localised initiative. Perhaps a data migration needs a data quality cleanup, or a customer-facing service is plagued with legacy dirty data. A time-boxed initiative is delivered and traction develops. More projects ensue – and slowly, ever so slowly, […]

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Tips on becoming a Visual Organization

There’s little doubt that basic, static pie charts and even infographics can tell a story. But, as I write in my new book, Visual Organizations understand that contemporary dataviz tools are just plain better. They allow for a high degree of interactivity, motion and animation. So, what does this mean? […]

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Being data-driven means being question-driven

At the Journalism Interactive 2014 conference, Derek Willis spoke about interviewing data, his advice for becoming a data-driven journalist. “The bulk of the skills involved in interviewing people and interviewing data are actually pretty similar,” Willis explained. “We want to get to know it a little bit. We want to figure […]

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