The Role of Politics, Authority, and Culture in Governing Data
  Danette McGilvray   Danette McGilvray
President and Principal
Granite Falls


Thursday, April 26, 2018
02:15 PM - 05:30 PM

Level:  Business / Non-Technical

NOTE: This seminar continues to Friday morning.

Successful data governance programs require organizations to navigate through political waters to make difficult data-related decisions. This navigation is required because governance causes organizations to enforce authority, coordinate, and cooperate in cross-business activities. Often data governance efforts fail to get a return on their investment due to ineffective management of human factors affecting data work. Building a capability to get the “right” people to make the “right” decisions at the “right” time using the “right” knowledge lies at the heart of data governance. Getting the organization involved in defining the framework to make this happen is a major hurdle that requires senior understanding of the political ramifications of formalizing accountability. Come prepared to interact with Danette McGilvray and the rest of the workshop participants to discuss effective communications strategies and the role of politics, authority, and culture in successful data governance programs. You will leave with solutions that will work for your organization. You will learn: 

  • How to define and communicate what it means to “govern data”
  • How to identify and use the existing culture and political environment to your advantage 
  • How to navigate through political waters

Danette McGilvray is president and principal of Granite Falls Consulting, a firm that helps organizations increase their success by addressing the information quality and data governance aspects of their business efforts. Focusing on bottom-line results, Granite Falls' strength is in helping clients connect their business strategy to practical steps for implementation. Data quality and governance are always tied to an organization's goals, issues, and opportunities, with communication and the human aspect of work also being emphasized. "Danette is the author of Executing Data Quality Projects: Ten Steps to Quality Data and Trusted Information"™ (Morgan Kaufmann, 2008). An internationally respected expert, her Ten Steps™ approach has been embraced as a proven method for managing data quality in any organization. A popular speaker, she has taught her courses in several countries. Her book has been translated into Chinese and is being used as a textbook in university graduate programs. Contact her at For more info see, Twitter: @Danette_McG, LinkedIn: Danette McGilvray.

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