What I’ve done

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What I’ve done

Data Governance Business Case – what are the benefits?

As my colleague, and fellow data professional Nicola Askham, wrote in her last blog. it can be a ‘real struggle to get your data governance initiative approved in the first place’. She sets out the reasons why, and recommendations on how to overcome them. In this post, I’m going to dive into the detail of how to frame the benefits and risks within that business case.  These have been developed over many years of creating signature ready business cases as part of a wider Data Governance initiative or programme. What are the benefit and risks that make the case? Every organisation [...]

By |October 4th, 2019|What I've done|

Incoming: three future blogs

I’ve been a little remiss in creating content and templates over the last six months. This is the joy and curse of being busy! However after an excellent data governance conference arranged by HESPA, three recurring themes clearly need exploring. And a blog is a great place to do that. So in the next 4-6 weeks I’ll post an entry to answer: What goes into a Data Governance business case, and how do I choose? What is the cost of bad data / the value of good data, and how can they be calculated? What skills are needed for Data Governance [...]

By |September 27th, 2019|What I've done|

Everything is an edge case

Originally published on WONKHE: https://wonkhe.com/blogs/in-he-data-everything-is-an-edge-case/ We all know that data has value. What we don’t have is an agreement of what that value is, how to calculate its worth and who is the primary beneficiary. This makes writing any kind of business case for increasing the value of that data asset somewhat problematic. What is tactical data? That case is further compromised by the blurred lines between tactical, strategic and regulatory data. Ask three people which of these is most important and expect at least six different answers! One maxim does hold true though “the higher up the management chain you [...]

By |September 27th, 2019|What I've done|

How do I assess change in terms of my data asset?

How many times have you been asked 'We have a new system being implemented next month, can you sort out the data?'. Okay this might be a bit extreme, but the proposition holds. Data is rarely considered in the same way as the other asset classes - finance, staff and estates. This needs to change. Data is the fluid over which processes flow. If the impact is ignored or quality is assumed, this fluid can quickly turn into a grit. However, in many organisations, a lack of change governance is incompatible with a rigorous impact analysis approach. Leaving a combination pragmatism [...]

By |August 27th, 2019|What I've done|

Data delays shouldn’t mean data disorganisation

I know it’s been a while since I’ve posted anything. This is not by any means due to a lack of content, it’s more a lack of time. Or - to be more accurate - time management! I was however moved to write a short article on why Universities should persevere with their initiatives to improve the quality of the data asset, in spite of the news this week that Data Futures has been put back at least another year. WONKHE were kind enough to publish it on their website Hopefully this will kick start my approach to dealing with the [...]

By |July 11th, 2019|What I've done|

SROC – this is my tribe

Higher Education fosters a culture of collaboration which is unique across all industry sectors. Each and every time I hear a delegate sharing a 'warts and all’ story with fifty other institutions in the room, I'm reminded of an diametrically opposite experience some twenty years ago. Two mobile phone companies were looking to merge. Forty people split across two conference rooms. Labelled 'red' and 'blue' teams. Self conscious engineers from both firms carefully mingled while sporting the appropriate badge. A pastiche of the cold war where the spies of both sides felt a kindred spirit ripped apart by dogma and ideology. [...]

By |April 27th, 2019|What I've done|

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