Cracking the code to successful conversions: Facilitated session and follow-up interviews

Don't be shy!  Interviewing people BEFORE or AFTER a facilitated session just takes a bit of confidence, and good preparation. Building your confidence gets easier and easier the more you participate in interviews.  The objective is to prepare and not waste anyone’s valuable time.  I like to prepare notes based on […]

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Data quality mastery depends on change management essentials

Many managers still perceive data quality projects to be a technical endeavour. Data being the domain of IT and therefore an initiative that can be mapped out on a traditional project plan with well-defined exit criteria and a clear statement of requirements. I used to believe this myth too. Coming […]

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For those about to steward data, we salute you

Data stewardship is one of the most important, and commonly misunderstood, aspects of data quality and data governance. Not only are the characteristics of a good data steward a rare combination of skills to find in an individual employee, the culture of most organizations does not nurture the development of data stewardship. It would not […]

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Cracking the code for successful conversions: Facilitated sessions – what do we do now?

So, the facilitated session is over. You have gathered a tremendous amount of information, and you may be wondering what to do now.  I like to categorize all the information, and hopefully during the session you did some prioritization of the requirements based on company goals.  If you have never […]

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The two worlds of data quality motivation

How do you convince executives, frontline workers, middle managers and everyone else in your organization that data quality is a worthwhile activity for them to support? The answer is to tap into their personal motivation. It is one of the most important data quality lessons to master because everything else […]

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The truth about truth

Truth is a funny thing. And I don’t just mean how some true things are funny. A few examples include that strawberries are not berries, peanuts are not nuts, Chock Full o’Nuts coffee does not contain nuts, and the singer-songwriter Barry Manilow did not write his hit song “I Write […]

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Cracking the code to successful conversions: Detailed information analysis via existing sources

To complete any conversion, with success, always seems to require a good understanding of the existing environment and platform.  In fact, I would not move forward without the background analysis work products. You may want to consider some analysis of what is already in place, and understand: What is the […]

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Ideas for justifying your data quality existence

Conference season is hotting up in the UK, and there are no doubt lots of practitioners putting the finishing touches to their data quality presentations. One interesting observation I’ve encountered is a high churn rate amongst data quality professionals, particularly within the leadership community. Their decision to quit is not […]

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Data quality - one dimension at a time

I was recently asked what I would focus on given limited funds and resources to kickstart a data quality initiative. This is a great question, because I’m sure many readers will find themselves in this position at some point in their career. My answer is to become ruthlessly focused on […]

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