The goal of data governance is to ensure that the organisation eliminates waste, reduces risk, and maximises the value that is derived from data.
Yet, in most cases, data governance initiatives struggle to get traction. This may be because the "command and control" approach of typical governance approaches is counterproductive - rather than enabling the business it creates additional layers of bureaucracy and effort for no perceived reward.
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Of course, organisational structure, policies and processes are important, but too much focus on these components can result in significant unnecessary costs and overheads. A lean approach to data governance focuses on enabling collaboration between data management teams and their business stakeholders while eliminating wasteful processes and elements.
A lean data governance approach follows a balanced, bottom-up strategy to identify and prioritise key governance elements that will add value for individual project teams and business stakeholders. Value and return on investment (ROI) are the key drivers that will create buy in from senior stakeholders, other project teams and additional business areas. They will also generate support for the incremental addition of appropriate additional governance elements as the organisation's understanding of governance matures.
A mature organisational culture will, in turn, lead to the establishment of an appropriate data governance structure to coordinate data management at the enterprise level.