How do we support analysts in our businesses? Providing an Analyst with an instance of Tableau server is simply not enough.
You need a Data Governance Checklist
- If a variable, field, or product has a purpose, write it down, tell everyone. If we developed something new, or simply recorded a field, we should have the documentation to clearly instruct users on its purposes and definitions.Users should know what data is collected so that if the product wasn’t initially considered to be beneficial to one group, they can request access to the tool as well.Stakeholders should also only use the information provided
- Up to date or its all uphill. Any information that does not serve archival purposes, must have a pre-defined lifespan. In addition to data products. Research must be done to support the lifespan for the information is in our system. This is either defined by a business stakeholder or regulation.This does not apply to archived data that must be treated as immutable and complete. Financial records are typically involved in this.Maintenance also includes the removal of duplicates and records of the changes.
- Reports, we'll do them live! Products that do not utilize this information must be considered archived or for archival purposes only.
- Put the purpose forward, the details in the Appendix. Documentation to executive teams and strategy roles need to be prepared for their purposes, not your own.
- Stand By Your Data. If you can’t stand by it, it isn’t worth anything to anyone.
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