Jungle Adventure

Create Data Ownership Structure

Understand the Terrain

Challenges arise from sorting through the chaos of the untamed data jungle. Those who venture into this terrain must be deliberate about gathering information from various sources across many departments.

As pain points begin to arise, seeing a clear path to a data ownership structure requires defining and documenting who owns the data within each department and creating a stewardship across all functions.

Beware of Pathway Obstacles

  • Navigating Without a Compass: Don’t get lost in the inconsistent standards, practices, and responsibilities that exist across your campus. Be persistent in documenting the responsibilities and expectations in each department.
  • Beware of Deep Roots: Different leadership structures, office politics, and deep-rooted cultural dynamics in various departments will require strong change management skills.

Use These Tools to Forge Ahead

  • Data RACI Matrix: This multi-functional tool can help you find your way through the data jungle. Avoid the temptation to jump in and explore—be consistent about documenting all the information you collect.
  • Data Governance Committee Structure: Avoid the heavy vegetation of office politics and deep seeded roots of old processes and ownership structures by creating a Data Governance Committee that ensures everyone understands their responsibilities and protocol for data collection and management.

Reach the Ideal Outcome

Clearly defined roles allow you to align best practices in data ownership across all departments. By creating a data ownership structure, you can bring uniformity and consistency to your institution. Congratulations! You are ready to move on to the Mountain Range Adventure: Build a Charter.

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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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