The ugly truth about data governance meetings

data governance meetingA recent infographic by discusses the extreme cost of unproductive meetings.

The infographic highlights some alarming facts!

Of 25 million meetings a day in the United States nearly 17 million (67%) are deemed a waste of time. And these time wasters are more likely to affect more senior staff. Senior management spend significantly more time in meetings that junior staff or middle managers.

The temptation when kicking off a data governance program is to schedule multiple meetings.

We may have working committees, data stewardship forums, a data governance committee meeting, and many more.

After all, data governance is a collaborative function that requires us to discuss, document and agree data policies, standards, definitions and rules. [Tweet this]

The problem – these meetings, like many others, are frequently a complete waste of time for almost everybody attending them.

We attempt to cover too much (making most of the meeting irrelevant to most of the participants), we don’t have meaningful data quality metrics (so we complain about the quality of data without any supporting facts), we get bogged down in detail (which is the master system for customer), etc. This is a dubious use of time for most, and a complete waste of time for senior decision makers.

Staff that have their time wasted in meaningless meetings will soon stop coming. Once the data governance program is flagged as a bureaucratic waste of time it will be almost impossible to recover. I have seen more than one data governance program fizzle out and die as a direct result of this problem.

We have a lot to cover and we need to involve all the stakeholders. Meetings are not the solution to the problem [Tweet this]

Collaboration of this nature can be more effectively achieved through the use of a data governance centre.

The data stewardship centre automates the processes of documenting and communicating data governance policies, data quality rules and standards, business glossaries and similar data assets. It allows each stakeholder to provide feedback in a timely fashion, without wasting time. It provides an audit trail for approvals and changes, and it provides a shared repository of knowledge that can be searched and accessed by any staff member. Manual data governance processes are simply not productive.

Don’t set yourself up to fail with unproductive meetings – ask for a demo of the data governance centre today!

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Infographic: The ugly truth about meetings

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