A Complete Guide To Data Stewardship

Two-Day Seminar
June 18-19, 2013

Led by David Plotkin, Advisory Consultant, EMC

Data Governance is a crucial piece of properly using your data and improving the quality of your data. And Data Stewardship is a critical piece of Data Governance - data stewards are your decision-makers about what data means, how it is derived, what rules to apply to determine data quality, and what data quality issues are worth spending resources on. More and more companies are coming to terms with the fact that they need to have a data stewardship function in order to be effective in collecting metadata (including definitions, derivations, and data quality rules), MDM, and data quality. A lot has been said and spoken about why stewardship is important, but HOW do you do it and be effective with limited resources (in the "real world")?

This seminar details how to set up a data stewardship function, provide training for your stewards, and run the entire stewardship effort - including managing the Data Stewardship Committee. You'll need help from IT for folks who know the systems and ETL, and this presentation tells you how to coordinate your efforts, including recruiting help from IT for technical stewards, evaluating and installing Data Governance / Stewardship toolsets, and leveraging an IT sponsor.

We will go into considerable detail on what the roles and responsibilities of the data stewards are, what decisions they have to make, and what processes have to be used in order to make those decisions. In addition, it covers how to staff projects for stewardship and funnel the information from projects back into the overall stewardship process. Communications are another important part of stewardship, and we'll discuss what meetings are needed, what a communications plan looks like, how to report on your stewardship progress, and how to avoid getting overwhelmed by meetings by leveraging modern collaboration tools.

You Will Learn:

  • The relationship between data governance and data stewardship
  • How to build and staff governance and stewardship organization
  • How to recruit stewards and who in the organization is responsible for designating stewards
  • What type of person you need in the stewardship role
  • What the steward's responsibilities are
  • What the stewardship process looks like
  • How to break up responsibilities by functional area
  • Resources you can use to minimize endless meetings
  • What the decision process is
  • How to avoid overwhelming stewards when you have a lot of projects
  • What and how to document decisions
  • A list of Data Stewardship Best Practices
  • How to train your stewards to do what they must do
  • How to orchestrate a communications plan
  • How to build a status report for stewardship and governance
  • How to incorporate your stewards into the responsibilities of Information Security
  • What the Stewardship maturity model looks like, and how to rank your stewardship effort

Comments from Past Attendees of the Stewardship Workshop

David is a wealth of practical experience and can relate to pretty much any industry.

“Great workshop! Lots to take away and use at office!”

“Excellent primer on data governance and quality.”

 “A++ - so happy I chose this one!  Wonderful examples that can be used in any industry.”

 “Awesome, engaging speaker.”

“Great overall session. Speaker was extremely knowledgeable.”

“Exceeded expectations.”

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About the Instructor

David Plotkin   David Plotkin is an Advisory Consultant for EMC2, working in Enterprise Information Management. He is responsible for leading efforts at client companies to plan and implement Data Governance both as stand-alone efforts and as part of other initiatives such as Data Quality improvement and Master Data Management. He has previously managed Data Governance at an insurance company and managed data quality at two large banks. He has been working with data governance, data modeling, metadata and data quality for over 20 years. He is a popular speaker at DAMA chapters and conferences, and serves as a subject matter expert on many topics around metadata, data governance, and data quality.