Mountain Range Adventure

Build a Charter

Understand the Terrain

Defining the data ownership structure is hard work, but to continue the journey, everyone in your institution must be able to access the map that shows the best routes to the peaks of data management.

Your map should codify responsibilities, outline best practices, define permissions and reporting structure, and more. Knowing who to contact with questions and defining the next steps can build bridges and allow your leaders to scale across the peaks of success.

Beware of Pathway Obstacles 

  • Creating an Avalanche: Avoid the temptation to define and prioritize a large, time-consuming project. Long-term commitments create the risk of an avalanche of complacency. Start with a small project for a quick win instead, and let the momentum be contagious.

Use These Tools to Forge Ahead

  • Data Governance Charter: To avoid avalanche triggers, a data governance charter maps out what everyone needs to know with data across roles and departments. Standards and protocols are aligned with best practices in data governance and provide a guide for all stakeholders.

Reach the Ideal Outcome

You’ve made it official! You identified a small project that wasn’t a heavy lift and made a tangible positive impact on a particular problem your key stakeholders haven’t been able to solve.

Your charter serves as an important guide to help your team repel down the steep faces of departmental silos, build bridges across and successfully scale the peaks of data governance. Head to the River Rapids Adventure: Spot Dirty Data.

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Michael Bisson: Vice President of Student Product Strategy at Workday
Michael Bisson
Vice President, Student Product Strategy
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Michael joined Workday in 2013 seeding the Student project team and contributing to its initial architecture and design. Michael led the Product Management team as they designed the core student product and facilitated a three-year customer design partner program. Today, Michael leads the Product Strategy team responsible for determining market fit, competitive market intelligence, and overall product direction. Prior to joining Workday, Michael worked 16 years at Peoplesoft and Oracle in support of the Campus Solutions product in Product Management, Development, and Support. Michael has committed his professional career to the improvement of higher education management through the design and development of Student Information Systems.

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