Navigating the complexities of Information Management and Data Governance
Those of you out there who know me, have been reading my blog posts (either here or on the MIKE2.0 site) or have been following me on Twitter and LinkedIn will know that I can bang on at some length about how Information Management/Data Governance is multi-faceted; that the interconnections between the component capabilities are complex and not hierarchical.
But up until now, I've struggled to think of a way to represent all of the different aspects of the IM/DG agenda and show how they inter-relate. I’ve sometimes alluded to there being a network of relationship between elements, but this has been a fairly abstract concept that I’ve never been able to adequately illustrate.
Then just this week, Gary Allemann posted a guest article on Nicola Askham’s Blog, which made an analogy between Data Governance and the London Tube map. (Nicola also on Twitter. See also Gary Allemann's blog, Data Quality Matters.)
And in a moment of perspiration, I came up with this….
The “tube lines” represent different IM/DG competencies/capabilities, while the "stations" are indicative of more specific activities (and their associated deliverables or outputs).
This is very much a work-in-progress and I’m not saying it’s perfect by any stretch, but as a “Information Management Tube Map Version 0.1”, I hope it stimulates some thought and offers some form of anchor point for navigating the intricacies of and Enterprise approach to Information Management and Data Governance.
I’ll be developing this further as I go but in the meantime, please let me know what you think.
(NOTE: following on from SethGodin’ plea for more sharing of ideas, I am publishing the Information Management Tube Map under Creative Commons License Attribution Share-Alike V4.0 International. Please credit me where you use the concept, and I would appreciate it if you could reference back to me with any changes, suggestions or feedback. Thanks in advance.)