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Data Governance in an Agile SCRUM Lean MVP World – Webinar

Mar 24, 2016   //   by Karen Lopez   //    //  1 Comment

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My March Dataversity webinar will focus on one of the most challenging aspects of data governance and data modeling in 2016 — working on agile and other modern development method projects while maintaining data stewardship, data quality and data protection as project teams are sprinting by….with or without you.

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Joining me this month will be the wonderful Tamera Clark ( @tameraclark | blog ), SQL Server Data professional and chronic volunteer, just like me.

Most of us learned data modeling via a waterfall-driven methodology lens. Yet Agile and other modern development methods have for the most part assumed that data governance is an anti-pattern to just getting things (software) done. Well look at questions such as:

  • Are Agile and Data Governance Enemies?
  • How can we get stuff done AND get systems delivered?
  • And what do we do about existing systems delivered without data governance attention?

We’ll also look at how data modeling fits in the answers to these questions.

Register.  Just do it.

If you join us live during the webinar, you have the opportunity to engage with all the other attendees, share your stories, ask your questions and be part of the discussion.  If you can’t attend the live event, you can still register to get the slide deck and links to the recording when they are available.

You can join a bit early to listen in to the pre-show and stay a bit later when I do off-the-record Q&A.  Just between the few of us.

 

Nominate your Data Steward for a Stewie Award

Sep 10, 2012   //   by Karen Lopez   //   Blog, Data, Data Governance, Data Stewardship, Fun, Need Your Help  //  No Comments

Do you work with a fabulous Data Steward?  You should nominate him or her for a Dataflux Stewie Award as part of International Data Steward Day, 11 October 2012.  I’ll be part of a team of elite ninja judges evaluating data stewards for their awesomeness at caring and nurturing good data practices.  Fellow judges Jill Dyché, David Loshin, Jim Harris, Phil Simon, Joyce Norris-Montanari and last year’s winner, Barbara Deemer will be looking to see how well you Love Your Data.  Also, you need to visit that page just to see their yearbook photos, too.

Data Stewards Class of 2012!

It’s that time of year again, when we honor the best and brightest – the experts who not only manage your company’s data, but keep your business running behind the scenes. In other words, your data steward.

From now until September 24, we’re taking nominations for the 2nd Annual Data Steward of the Year Award, also known as the Stewie. It’s an honor reserved for folks who’ve gone above and beyond the call of duty to get the job done – the true honor students of the data management world.

A special sneak peek of the winner will be revealed at IDEAS 2012 in Las Vegas on October 10. After that, we’ll publicly announce this year’s Stewie Award winner on Data Stewards Day: October 11, 2012. That means the clock is ticking and you have limited time to submit your nomination. Ready?

Nominate a Data Steward Now!

With each nomination you’ll get some rocking buttons – you may have seen me sporting some on my backpack recently.  They have some snark, so they are perfect for experienced data professionals.

 

Please Clean Up…

Aug 13, 2012   //   by Karen Lopez   //   Blog, Data, Database, Database Design, Fun, Project Management, Snark  //  2 Comments

 

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Data Governance and Stewardship Workshop, Chicago, 25 Jul – Join Me, We’ll Have a Blast

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On behalf of Embarcadero Technologies, I’m leading a workshop on Data Governance and Stewardship in Chicago, IL on 25 July.   This event is free to attend; all you have to do is register.

We’ll be talking about:
Effective data governance and stewardship is a crucial component of every business. InfoAdvisors’ Principal Consultant, Karen Lopez, will share essential guidance on:

  • Leveraging enterprise data as a corporate asset
  • Tips, tricks, and traps to avoid when developing a data governance program
  • Managing business expectations cost-effectively and time-efficiently

Karen will also reveal highlights on compliance and policy programs from recent discussions with data professionals in the US Federal Government and Industry organizations.

Karen is a Senior Project Manager and Architect at InfoAdvisors with more than twenty years of experience helping organizations implement large, multi-project programs. She specializes in taking practical approaches to systems development and has helped many IT departments choose appropriate methods and standards, based on the department’s culture, experience, and focus. Karen is the Moderator of InfoAdvisors/ITBoards.com IRM discussion groups, an online community of several thousand data management professionals and is also on the Board of Advisors for DAMA International and Zachman International. For more information, visit http://www.infoadvisors.com.

Data Governance Workshop Details

Date:        July 25, 2012
Time:        2-4pm
Location:  Discover Campus

2500 Lake Cook Road
RW2 Platinum Room
Riverwoods, IL 60015

Phone: 224-405-0900

I hope to make this interactive and fun.  There may also be space photos….

Workshop 26 June: Data Governance & Stewardship, St. Paul MN

Jun 14, 2012   //   by Karen Lopez   //   Blog, Data, Events, Space, Speaking  //  No Comments

On behalf of Embarcadero Technologies, I’m leading a workshop on Data Governance and Stewardship in Minneapolis St. Paul on 26 June.   This event is free to attend; all you have to do is register.

We’ll be talking about:

Data Governance and Stewardship: Expert Guidance from Karen Lopez


Effective data governance and stewardship is a crucial component of every business. InfoAdvisors’ Principal Consultant, Karen Lopez, will share essential guidance on:

  • Leveraging enterprise data as a corporate asset
  • Tips, tricks, and traps to avoid when developing a data governance program
  • Managing business expectations cost-effectively and time-efficiently

Karen will also reveal highlights on compliance and policy programs from recent discussions with data professionals in the US Federal Government and Industry organizations.

Karen Lopez, Principal Consultant, InfoAdvisors, Inc.

Karen is a Principal Consultant at InfoAdvisors Inc. with more than twenty years of experience helping organizations implement large, multi-project programs. She specializes in taking practical approaches to systems development and has helped many IT departments choose appropriate methods and standards, based on the department’s culture, experience, and focus. Karen is the Moderator of InfoAdvisors/ITBoards.com IRM discussion groups, an online community of several thousand data management professionals and is also on the Board of Advisors for DAMA International. For more information, visit http://www.infoadvisors.com.

Event Details

Date:        June 26, 2012
Time:        2-4pm
Location:  University of Minnesota Conference Center
                 1890 Buford Avenue. St. Paul, MN 55108
Phone:      612-624-3275
Register Now:  http://forms.embarcadero.com/forms/AMUSCA1206FieldEventMinneapolis6-26

I hope to make this interactive and fun.  There may also be space photos….

Join Me: Webinar 24 May 2PM EDT – Data Governance, Stewardship and Compliance

May 23, 2012   //   by Karen Lopez   //   Blog, Data, Data Modeling, Events, Speaking  //  2 Comments

I’ll be presenting in a webinar for Embarcadero Technologies Thursday, 24 May.  I’ll be talking about a recent discussion I had with US Federal and commercial organizations on their successes and pain points in establishing and maintaining data governance, stewardship and compliance programs.

Registration is required, but it’s free.

Attendees will receive a copy of my whitepaper 5 Things to Do Before Starting Any Data Governance Program.

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Join this Webinar for Expert Guidance from Karen Lopez, don’t miss out on the opportunity to ask your Burning Question now!
Thursday, May 24
11am PDT / 2pm EDT

Effective data governance and stewardship is a crucial component of every business. In this webinar, InfoAdvisors’ Principal Consultant Karen Lopez shares essential guidance on:

  • How your group can deliver organizational value
  • What works and what probably does not
  • How to meet cost, benefit, and risk goals.

Karen will also reveal highlights on compliance and policy programs from recent discussions with data professionals at US Federal Government and Industry organizations.

Join me tomorrow.  I’d love to hear about your tricks and tips around compliance, stewardship and governance.

How Safe is Your Medical Data? You Don’t Want to Know…

Feb 18, 2012   //   by Karen Lopez   //   Blog, Data, Data Breach  //  1 Comment

So you live in a country that has legislation requiring your health data to be protected and you believe it’s all safe.  If you live in the US, think again.

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According to a study by Ponemon Institute sponsored by MegaPath:

  • 91% of small healthcare organizations (think your local doctor, dentist, optometrist or clinic) had experienced a breach of protected health information (PHI) in the previous 12 months; of those, 29% resulted in medical identity theft
  • 52% of small healthcare providers rated their security technology plans as ineffective
  • 43% had experienced medical identity theft in their organizations
  • 55% of respondents had to notify patients of a data breach in the previous 12 months
  • On average, less than 10% of the respondents’ IT budgets are spent on security

You can register and download the entire paper at http://www.megapath.com/solutions/industry/healthcare/study/

I found this table the most interesting discouraging:

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From a data governance and data protection point of view, I’d really expect to see ALL of those be 100%.   My doctor recently moved to mostly electronic health records (as have most in my province), but I’m wondering what his answers to all of these questions would be.  When I think about the 91% data breach numbers, I see this table as one of the key reasons that number is so high.

Even if you aren’t in a health-related organization, I’d expect your numbers to be higher.  63% backup and disaster recovery plans? How can we call ourselves professionals when this is life-critical information?  Ultimately it is organization leadership who are responsible for protecting data.  But I’ve always been concerned about how far we data professionals should go in ensuring that the public is protected from harm when data polices and practices are not sufficient.  Should we not move to other projects? Report bad practices?  To whom?

This is a US-based study and I’m curious about similar numbers in other countries with and without health data privacy legislation.  If you have links to other sources, please provide them in the comments.

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