“Why are we doing this?”
That’s it! That is the question I want you to be asking over and over again when you pursue data governance, or any of its related disciplines. I suppose you may want a little more clarity around what I’m talking about. I guess that’s fair.
The point of this is that data governance is not about having some group of folks in your organization establishing standards and making decisions about your data assets. Yes, data governance does those things, but that isn’t what it is about.
What data governance is about is creating better business decision-making and actions. If you can’t trace your Data Governance activities to better business behaviors, then you are simply wasting everybody’s time.
The tricky part about data Governance is that you can do ANYTHING related to your data assets – that’s a lot of stuff to pick from! What you should constantly track back to is our question, “Why are we doing this?”
Some sample questions that derive from our one main question:
- Are we creating this extra work for our PMO because we like to see them suffer, or because we want our projects to be as closely tied with our data management practices as possible?
- Will that trace back give our sales team better ability to close deals, or our customers better insight into purchasing option?
- Or, will our employees have more time to help customers because they will no longer be spending an extra hour a day on non-value-added administrative tasks?
When you have relatively unlimited options, you need more discipline to determine what to do. So often, data governance loses its way because it doesn’t know why it is doing what it is doing.
Make sure that yours does.