Archive for 'Data Quality'
May 15, 2013 by Jim Harris
In his book The Most Human Human, Brian Christian discussed what Baba Shiv of the Stanford Graduate School of Business called the decision dilemma, “where there is no objectively best choice, where there are simply a number of subjective variables with trade-offs between them. The nature of the situation is such that additional information probably won’t even help. In these cases – consider the parable of the donkey that, halfway between two bales of hay and unable to decide which way to walk, starves to death – what we want, more than to be correct, is to be satisfied with our choice (and out of the dilemma).”
May 10, 2013 by Dylan Jones
Most businesses obsess over their sales performances. Nowhere is this taken to more extremes than the retail sector. They increasingly employ ever more sophisticated means to track, cajole, entice, motivate and understand their consumer purchasing behaviour.
May 08, 2013 by Jim Harris
My previous post about change management, which advocated nudges not mandates, received an excellent comment from Karen Way: “What I’ve found that works to nudge people into accepting data quality as part of their norm is to demonstrate the benefit to them, the WIIFM (what’s in it for me) factor. This is especially true…
May 03, 2013 by Dylan Jones
Although I do far less on-the-ground consulting than I used to, I still occasionally get to sample the delights of walking into an organisation, performing a data quality assessment and watching the occasional jaw hit the table when the client sees the actual state of their data.
Apr 26, 2013 by Dylan Jones
When we design systems, there is always a desire to build something that will support the business for some considerable time. A lot of banks, for example, still run on mainframe systems that have banking software that goes back literally decades.
Apr 24, 2013 by Jim Harris
In a previous post about data visualization, I discussed how our expectations can distort the data we visualize a lot more than we may realize, causing us to mistake dashboards for magic mirrors reflecting back our own image of what we want our data to show us.
Apr 19, 2013 by Dylan Jones
How do you become a better data quality professional? I get asked this question a lot and it’s often by those who are looking to learn new skills in technology, tactics and methodologies for data quality.
Apr 17, 2013 by Jim Harris
There is a popular story about David Lee Roth exemplifying the insane demands of a power-mad celebrity by insisting that Van Halen’s contracts with concert promoters contain a clause that a bowl of M&M’s has to be provided backstage with every single brown candy removed, upon pain of forfeiture of the show, with full compensation to the band.