In the world of Accounting, double entry bookkeeping sees financial amounts as flows between ledgers. A given amount does not just exist in one place, it exists as a flow that leaves one place and goes to another.
The Data Pipeline takes the same view of organizational data. Data is not a piece of information in one place, it exists as a piece of information that leaves one place and flows to another (potentially being transformed along the way).
To really understand your data you need to record its flows, and not just the static snapshots of what it is at some particular point in time.
The following steps will help guide CDOs to create
successful, thriving data cultures:
1. Map your organization’s data supply chain.
2. Focus on the “art of the possible.”
3. Be transparent about data.
4. Develop reward-sharing mechanisms.
5. Identify areas of friction within the organization.
6. Elevate the conversation to focus on strategy
The Data Flow Map
site offers a simple tool to map how data flows through your Organization.
Data driven organization’s are capable of planning and monitoring incremental changes to get where they want to go. They do not have to attempt risky huge leaps into the dark.
Data transparency is both one of the results of improving your organization’s data culture and one of the strongest tools at your disposal for moving your organization in that direction.
Improving your organization’s data culture should make everyone feel that their work is more worth while and their job is more meaningful. For most people, that, in itself, is a large reward.
A good data map will probably not only show where there might be areas of friction, it will probably show huge holes in you data operations. A good data map will also allow you to plan to start to map improvements. You can change the conversation from some variation of “the sky is falling” to a discussion about what realistically can be done to improve everyone’s situation.