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How to Present Your D&A Program to the Board

Published: 01 December 2017

ID: G00344197

Analyst(s): Frank Buytendijk, Lydia Clougherty Jones

Summary

Although D&A programs top the CIO agenda, other executives and board members need a clear understanding of them too. Data and analytics leaders, including chief data officers, tasked with educating the board must show how these programs contribute to, and are necessary for, the business's strategy.

Table Of Contents
  • Key Challenges

Analysis

  • Use Business Language While Still Giving Insight Into Technical Details
    • Business Benefits and Clear Metrics of Success
    • At the Same Time, Show You've Done Your Homework
  • Be Fact-Based and Brief, but Tell a Story
  • Be Clear About What You Want, but Provide Multiple Scenarios of How to Get There
    • Be Clear About What You Want
    • Prepare With Your Sponsor in Advance
    • Prepare Scenarios That the Board Will Understand
    • Allow the Meeting to Digress From the Prepared Presentation
  • Be Specific About What D&A Means to Your Organization, While at the Same Time Present an Outside-In Perspective
  • Point Out the Unique Challenges of D&A

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