The Data Governance Coach: What Do You Include in a Data Quality Issue Log?

The Data Governance Coach: What Do You Include in a Data Quality Issue Log?

Whenever I am helping a client design and implement a Data Governance Framework, a Data Quality Issue Resolution process is one of the first processes I like to implement. After all, if you are implementing Data Governance because you want to improve the quality of your data, it makes sense to have a central process to enable people to flag …

5 Common Pitfalls in Current State Analysis

5 Common Pitfalls in Current State Analysis

Understanding the current state is arguably the biggest step for a Business Analyst or Product Owner on a new project to take. Projects, processes, and systems have a rich history that is typically complex. The larger the organization, the more complexity that is in play. User perceptions, stakeholder expectations, the political landscape and many other factors help or hinder the …

The financial world wants to open AI’s black boxes

The financial world wants to open AI’s black boxes

Powerful machine-learning methods have taken the tech world by storm in recent years, vastly improving voice and image recognition, machine translation, and many other things. Now these techniques are poised to upend countless other industries, including the world of finance. But progress may be stymied by a significant problem: it’s often impossible to explain how these “deep learning” algorithms reach …

AI Is Better Than Us At Monitoring Images And Video

AI Is Better Than Us At Monitoring Images And Video

You’ve undoubtedly heard exciting reports about how artificial intelligence, or AI, is rapidly changing some of the ways we do ordinary activities. According to Eirik Thorsnes, a system manager at Norway’s Uni Research Computing, artificial intelligence excels compared to humans when it comes to looking at pictures and videos. Thorsnes and his colleagues from a facility called the Centre for …

The Triangle of Self Organization

The Triangle of Self Organization

The idea of self-organizing teams is at the core of contemporary approaches to managing complex work. It underpins all agile methods as well as other new approaches to corporate governance like Holacracy. Self-organization is, however, still frequently misunderstood as something anarchic, that will just happen if we let it, needing no attention nor guidance. In reality productive self-organization within a …

Guide Networks: How To Involve The Whole Firm In Digital Change

Guide Networks: How To Involve The Whole Firm In Digital Change

For digital transformation to stick, change has to become routine. Yet most companies still struggle with implementation, particularly the sort that requires people to not only adopt new practices but also to rethink more deeply-rooted attitudes and expectations. A new, more distributed approach is needed in complex organisations. At a previous company, I led the turn-around of a business unit …

The Impact of Bad Data in Automation: Why Quality Management is Critical

The Impact of Bad Data in Automation: Why Quality Management is Critical

Can automation work without good data supporting it? The simple answer is very likely to be “no.” Naturally, the next question would be: “Why?” To understand this, we must first consider the impacts that good—and bad—data can have on automation. Automation can come in many forms, but essentially it is taking something that is run manually (by a person) and …

How the Most Successful Companies Effectively Leverage Data and Analytics for Problem Solving

How the Most Successful Companies Effectively Leverage Data and Analytics for Problem Solving

Over the past few years, terms like analytics and data scientist have been on their way to becoming a household name within the world of business. To us data junkies, using analytics to generate actionable business insights is a no-brainer need, as it can significantly help companies improve all facets of the business. This is why we compiled a report …

How Sensors and Analytics are Transforming Traffic

How Sensors and Analytics are Transforming Traffic

By Judith Hurwitz, President & CEO, Hurwitz and Associates In cities everywhere, traffic congestion leads to frustration, lost productivity, inefficiencies in commerce and delays in emergency responses. Traffic is a challenge that has frustrated planners, administrators, and citizens for decades; progress, when it has been achieved, has been very limited. Now, however, a confluence of better and more affordable sensor …

Data science is easy; making it work is hard

Data science is easy; making it work is hard

In the world of data science, there are three core problems: acquiring data, doing the math and taking action. Two of those drive data scientists crazy; the other one they find easy. “Doing the math” is what most people think of as data science. Algorithms, machine learning, cognitive tools, deep learning and the word stochastic are often not far away. …