What’s the best place to start when evolving data governance?

The data19%

The people47%

The processes24%

The policies7%

I wish I knew3%


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Director in Manufacturing, 1,001 - 5,000 employees
I’m torn between people and processes. You need to clean the stream and have clean data flowing into the lake or you will never have a clean data lake. People and processes are the stream filling the lake. Get those two clean first
IT Manager in IT Services, 501 - 1,000 employees
My easy answer would be either People or Process. However, a change at the policy level would make the most impact in the shortest time. The shock of policy change will drive behaviours and facilitate the agreement on new processes. Still, it is easier to be said than done.
Director of Data Architecture in Media, 5,001 - 10,000 employees
Focusing on three aspects of people, culture and incentives are the best place to start a governance program. This involve educating various stakeholders on what data governance actually means, so empowering employees about it and repeating the message consistency is important part to foster a data responsible culture.

I think implementing incentives that encourage compliance with governance policies is also important especially with changing centralized governance models to federated governance, harmonized or even decentralized operating models. 

All these aspects can lay a solid foundation for effective governance initiation.

Global Chief Cybersecurity Strategist & CISO in Healthcare and Biotech, Self-employed
Hard to have data governance when you are clueless what data you are storing, why, and data flows.
Director of Data, Self-employed
We started with a "value first, governance later" appraoch. Meaning, instead of first setting up the rules and saying we cannot show any value until that is done. We started instead to deliver value (reporting and dashboards that get used by our business) and then said "would it not be sad to lose this value?", let's invest in some governance together and make sure we don't lose it. The business actually beat us to it and came to ask for goverance much faster than we had anticipated since they recognised the risks themselves too (and saw the point of governance now).
VP / CIO in Healthcare and Biotech, 10,001+ employees
Start with people and process.. this should discover the current state of maturity and develop joint goal for future state of data governance..establish accountable people and consistent process…

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