9 Drawings Every Data Worker Should Be Able to Whiteboard
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  Gwen Thomas   Gwen Thomas
Corporate Data Advocate
IFC, part of the World Bank Group


Wednesday, April 1, 2015
02:00 PM - 02:45 PM

Level:  Intermediate

To be successful in Data Management, you have to be able to explain your work to others so they can collaborate with you, provide input, and support you. This can be tricky, since Data Managers work with invisible controls inserted into invisible processes dealing with invisible data sets. In this session, learn how to make your work visible to your stakeholders, so they can have the "aha!" moments you need them to have. Attendees will see easy-to-replicate drawings that will help them describe:
  • the hiding places of root causes for data problems
  • the symmetry of data usage lifecycles
  • left-to-right flows of data in complex environments
  • technology stacks and where controls are needed
  • how to highlight data steps in technology-focused environments
  • how to layer Big G and little g governance activities into a project plan
  • where their contribution lies in data value chains

Gwen Thomas is a Data Governance pioneer, helping to define and evangelize the field. Founder of the Data Governance Institute (DGI) and primary author of the framework and guidance materials found at www.datagovernance.com, she has influenced hundreds of programs around the globe. In the spring of 2013, Gwen joined the International Finance Corporation, part of the World Bank Group, as their Corporate Data Advocate. Earlier in her career, Gwen spent a dozen years working in the trenches and in management roles as a systems integration consultant and Knowledge Manager. Information-Management.com has named her one of "17 Women in Technology You Should be Following on Twitter " (she's @gwenthomasdgi) and has included her in their Data Governance Gurus list.

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