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Pierre DeBois
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Re: Echoes in healthcare
Pierre DeBois   2/27/2015 4:56:43 AM
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I agree with Michael. Good points about the empower sentiment that needs to exist throughout the organization.

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Pierre DeBois   2/27/2015 4:55:20 AM
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I can see the concern raised about leeway below management, but I also believe the data stewarts, positioned with a communication layer like webRTC, can be a means to share governance issues and coordinate the right solutions.

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BethSchultz   5/15/2014 4:08:33 PM
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@kq4ym -- so are you suggested the data stewards would be leery of giving opinions, or those "below" them? If anything I'd think the data stewards, who "own" the data, would feel empowered by this structure, knowing the formal processes and having support from the data council. 

 

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kq4ym   5/15/2014 1:56:06 PM
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As the plan described seems top down management with the data "stewards" in the middle, I wonder if things would work out smoother giving a bit more leeway to those at the bottom of the list. The communication factor seems of course politically and practically correct, but there's always the problem of those at the bottom of the stack a bit leery of giving opinions as the program progresses.

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BethSchultz   5/15/2014 12:13:54 PM
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Well said, Michael!

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Michael Steinhart   5/15/2014 12:12:49 PM
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Ugh - I don't like 'information advocacy." That sounds like information is an under-represented entity that needs support. Governance is a responsibility -- which I think is truer to the task at hand. If you don't govern your data responsibly and thoroughly, you're going to be in serious trouble. 

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BethSchultz   5/15/2014 11:24:10 AM
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Hi Michael. Coincidentally, I just came across the tweet from Gartner's @Doug_Laney:

Is "information advocacy" a more inclusive more acceptable term than#datagovernance? Yes/no? Why/whynot? #Gartner wants to know. 

Personally, I think "data governance" suffices. Why introduce more lingo?

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BethSchultz   5/15/2014 11:19:14 AM
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That's a lot of meetings -- but I do think it does speak to 1) the importance of data governance, 2) the need for support at all levels of an organization, and 3) the challenges and scope of the work. 

Smaller organizations should have simllar processes in place, I would imagine, tailored for their size. Maybe smaller companies would need both the executive-level steering committee and a data council, for example, but rather key top executives who participate in the data council.

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Michael Steinhart   5/15/2014 11:10:07 AM
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Funny indeed. One thing Zurell shared that I found interesting was the structure of her governance task force, as it were. 

She said she has a steering committee of VP-level executives that meets monthly, a 'data council' made up of director/manager-types that meets every 2 weeks, and a strategy group of lower-level workers. Each has a "cross section" of LOB and IT representatives.

I wonder how this kind of large-scale initiative would translate in a smaller organization.

 

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BethSchultz   5/15/2014 10:26:20 AM
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Funny, Michael -- I just posted basically the same thought in another post, not having read this comment! It seems these companies are following best-practices for enterprise data governance. Perhaps we'll have to revisit each of them a year from now and see how those efforts have come along and if any of their experiences diverge from the best-practices.

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