Nicola is The Data Governance Coach and will be running the ‘Data Governance Clinic’ at TSAM London.

In this workshop you will get the opportunity to share the challenges you are experiencing with your data governance initiative and get pragmatic solutions.

This session is all about turning theory into practical actions and you will get the opportunity to ask detailed questions about implementing data governance in your organisation. You will also receive advice on how to overcome the challenges you may be facing.

We thought it would be a great idea to give you a taster session, below are a few questions TSAM asked Nicola:

The industry has seen a massive shift towards data in the past few years, however organisations still lack the expertise and leadership around data governance. How can we make sure that new and existing staff have skills that are important for becoming a data driven organisation?

The current focus on data means that demand for those with experience is outstripping supply. This is causing issues as lack of capability is a primary cause stopping organisations from becoming data driven. For that reason I recommend that the staff responsible for data initiatives attend relevant conferences and training courses. This provides not only the knowledge and skills needed but enables them to network and share experiences with others in similar roles.

People have a general misconception that IT is responsible for holding data and the governance of data. This is not and should not be the case as every individual using data should be responsible for it. Could you please comment on how each and every individual is responsible for data?

The idea that IT own data is a common misconception, IT do have a responsibility for holding and moving data in accordance with business requirements, but they should not be making decisions about it. I believe that there are a number of roles that the business need to fill in order to manage data including Data Owners and Data Stewards, but in truth every single person in an organisation has some responsibility for data. I use the two roles, Data Producer and Data Consumer to cover this and agree with each client precisely what that means for their company.

What are the top three best practices for data governance?

Limiting it to just three is a challenge, but my top three are:
– Make sure you have executive sponsorship.
– Be very clear why your company needs Data Governance.
– Start small and simple.