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Even those of us in the data management community who should know better can fall victim to a form of data bias, which I'll loosely define in this case as a conscious or unconscious act of manipulating data to reach a predetermined conclusion.
What happened? In short, I've had a pretty one-sided poll posted here on GovernYourData.com.
Here's what the poll asked, with the different response options:
At face value it's not such an awful poll. Every one of these bullets would be a fantastic and valuable thing to have to support your data governance program. But in retrospect it comes as no surprise that 100% of the respondents to the poll answered "Executive Sponsorship".
Perhaps 5-10 years ago when competencies like master data management and data governance were still in their infancy, there may have been a livelier debate regarding the importance of executive sponsorship vs. some of the other options. But myriad cast studies, surveys and post-mortems of successful and failed data governance initiatives all share the same best practice: get executive buy-in and sponsorship or don't bother!
So it's time for a new GovernYourData poll, and next time I'll be sure to check my data bias at the door! :-)