Monday, 30 September, 2019
The Data Must Flow – Making Data Quality Everyone’s Business
Simo Ahava, Partner, Senior Data Advocate, 8-bit-sheep
Room:Music Hall 1+2
It’s tempting to think of “data” and “analytics” as something confined to specific roles in the organization (usually an “analyst” or “data scientist/engineer”). It’s part of human nature – we tend to emphasize the mandates of our job descriptions rather than look at the organization as something greater than the sum of its parts. This type of tunnel-vision is why silos are born, and why communication structures in organizations are so fragile.
In this talk, Simo will walk you through his theories and insights on how data is exceptional in that it doesn’t respect job titles, silos, communication breakdowns, or any other artificial barrier erected by human laziness. The data must flow through the organization, and it will, regardless of how many roadblocks people unintentionally raise in its path. Because of this, the quality of data produced and processed by the organization becomes a direct product of the healthiness of the organization’s communication structures and ability to break down the silos created by rigid hierarchies.
Simo will show you how communication structures have a direct impact on the data collected by the organization, and he will share methods from the agile playbook on how to break down those silos and start healing the relationships within the organization. This therapeutic session should inspire you to think beyond your job title, to develop empathy that breaks down stereotypes, and to approach data with humility and respect, in order to get data quality up to par with what the organization is truly capable of.