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Executing Data Quality Projects: Ten Steps to Quality Data and Trusted Information (TM) by Danette McGilvray (President and Principle, Granite Falls Consulting, Inc., UT, USA)

Executing Data Quality Projects, Second Edition presents a structured yet flexible approach for creating, improving, sustaining and managing the quality of data and information within any organization. Studies show that data quality problems are costing businesses billions of dollars each year, with poor data linked to waste and inefficiency, damaged credibility among customers and suppliers, and an organizational inability to make sound decisions. Help is here! This book describes a proven Ten Step approach that combines a conceptual framework for understanding information quality with techniques, tools, and instructions for practically putting the approach to work - with the end result of high-quality trusted data and information, so critical to today's data-dependent organizations. The Ten Steps approach applies to all types of data and all types of organizations - for-profit in any industry, non-profit, government, education, healthcare, science, research, and medicine. This book includes numerous templates, detailed examples, and practical advice for executing every step. At the same time, readers are advised on how to select relevant steps and apply them in different ways to best address the many situations they will face. The layout allows for quick reference with an easy-to-use format highlighting key concepts and definitions, important checkpoints, communication activities, best practices, and warnings. The experience of actual clients and users of the Ten Steps provide real examples of outputs for the steps plus highlighted, sidebar case studies called Ten Steps in Action. This book uses projects as the vehicle for data quality work and the word broadly to include: 1) focused data quality improvement projects, such as improving data used in supply chain management, 2) data quality activities in other projects such as building new applications and migrating data from legacy systems, integrating data because of mergers and acquisitions, or untangling data due to organizational breakups, and 3) ad hoc use of data quality steps, techniques, or activities in the course of daily work. The Ten Steps approach can also be used to enrich an organization's standard SDLC (whether sequential or Agile) and it complements general improvement methodologies such as six sigma or lean. No two data quality projects are the same but the flexible nature of the Ten Steps means the methodology can be applied to all. The new Second Edition highlights topics such as artificial intelligence and machine learning, Internet of Things, security and privacy, analytics, legal and regulatory requirements, data science, big data, data lakes, and cloud computing, among others, to show their dependence on data and information and why data quality is more relevant and critical now than ever before.

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If you and your organization want to go beyond just talking about data as one of your most valuable assets, Danette lays out clearly how to begin treating data like one-offering the most robust, comprehensive approach to data quality found anywhere. Her years of expertise pack this book with a practical, structured methodology and necessary guidance to help any organization achieve the level of data quality necessary to thrive in the Information Age. --Douglas B. Laney, data and analytics strategist and author of Infonomics: How to Monetize, Manage, and Measure Information as an Asset for Competitive Advantage The need for high-quality data has never been greater! Managers need to guide their organizations, employees need to do their work, and we all need to take care of our families. All much harder in the face of a global pandemic and its consequences. Data could be our best, most powerful weapon. McGilvray's Ten Steps is a proven guide to help attack the underlying issues. I've been a big fan, for a long-time, of the first edition of Executing Data Quality Projects. The second edition features terrific updates to help people and teams tackle the really important problems. --Tom Redman, the Data Doc, Data Quality Solutions Great books do not sit on your shelf, pristine and beautiful, without so much as a crease in them. The best books occupy precious desk space, dog-eared and highlighted. By this standard, Danette McGilvray's book, Executing Data Quality Projects: Ten Steps to Quality Data and Trusted Information (TM), will be absolutely ravaged, and never more than arms-length away. The power of the content and techniques she has brought into one volume is a testament to the book itself: by applying the principles covered inside, the author has assembled a collection of knowledge and tools to help readers at every point in their data quality journey. This is not a book you will read once and put on a shelf -- this will be a faithful companion guiding you daily. --Anthony J. Algmin, Founder, Algmin Data Leadership Within my field of expertise, computer security, I hadn't had much exposure to the concept of Data Quality. Now that I've been introduced to it, however, I am convinced that data quality is essential to computer security and that security professionals will never successfully defend systems until they incorporate it into their practice. To get started, I recommend reading McGilvray's book Executing Data Quality Projects: Ten Steps to Quality Data and Trusted Information (TM). I literally tell people that this book changed my (professional) life. Not only did it do a great job of teaching core data quality concepts in a way that even a newbie like myself could understand, digest, and apply, but the Ten Steps themselves, the real meat of the book, are amazingly actionable. The overwhelming emphasis on practicality and contextualization creates a framework that can be used in almost every possible environment to improve an organization's data quality. --Seth James Nielson, PhD, Founder and Chief Scientist, Crimson Vista, Inc There is nothing better than learning from a practitioner. An architect can consider a design, draw a blueprint and write a book about how wonderful their buildings meet human needs. But they may never hit a nail with a hammer. But when someone writes, not only from what they know but what they have done, now you have something. The second edition of Danette's data quality book fits that description. Not only did Danette write a great book on data quality in 2008, she learned more, made changes, evolved, and then decided to do it again. The second edition is just as important and excellent as the first. It is required reading for a data practitioner and needs to be on your bookshelf - and put to use. --John Ladley, Data Thought Leader and Practitioner, Consultant and Mentor for Business and Data Leaders I've known the Ten Steps and Danette for 10 years. Through the decade, many data practitioners in China apply the method to real data quality and data governance projects and programs. By doing so, the organizations benefit from higher data quality. The Ten-Steps Process itself has evolved and I believe more data, more people and more organizations will get more value from the deep thought and experience embedded in this book. The legacy of this book to the data community cannot be overstated. --Chen Liu, CEO of DGWorkshop (???) If we don't recognize that we are living in a knowledge economy in which data has significant value, it's time we did. Yet, further research by the University of South Australia and Experience Matters on three continents shows irrefutably that data is not managed well. Amongst many other findings, its value and benefits aren't measured. Boards and executives don't understand why information assets are important and, unlike financial assets, nobody is held truly accountable for their management. Executing Data Quality Projects: Ten Steps to Quality Data and Trusted Information (TM) is a knowledgeable and pragmatic guide to managing data well. I highly recommend it for anyone who wants to make money out of their data and / or improve their service delivery. And that will be the vast majority of people reading this. --James Price, Managing Director, Experience Matters When Danette said that she was working on a second edition of Executing Data Quality Projects: Ten Steps to Quality Data and Trusted Information (TM), my first thought was, Why? The first edition was so good, and the process is sound. But I am pleased to say that the second edition is even better. In the second edition, McGilvray has clarified and updated the process steps and supporting templates and incorporated valuable examples and case studies (The Ten Steps in Action), while accounting for the evolution of technology and data production over the past decade. The presentation is clear and crisp. People who are new to data quality management should read this book cover to cover. Experienced practitioners should have it on their desks at all times for reference. --Laura Sebastian-Coleman, Author, Measuring Data Quality for Ongoing Improvement

About Danette McGilvray (President and Principle, Granite Falls Consulting, Inc., UT, USA)

Danette McGilvray has devoted more than 25 years to helping people around the world enhance the value of the information assets on which their organizations depend. Focusing on bottom-line results, she helps them manage the quality of their most important data, so the resulting information can be trusted and used with confidence-a necessity in today's data-dependent world. Her company, Granite Falls Consulting, excels in bridging the gap between an organization's strategies, goals, issues, and opportunities and the practical steps necessary to ensure the right-level quality of the data and information needed to provide products and services to their customers. They specialize in data quality management to support key business processes, such as analytics, supply chain management, and operational excellence. Communication, change management, and human factors are also emphasized because they affect the trust in and use of data and information. Granite Falls' teach-a-person-how-to-fish approach helps organizations meet their business objectives while enhancing skills and knowledge that can be used to benefit the organization for years to come. Client needs are met through a combination of consulting, training, one-on-one mentoring, and executive workshops, tailored to fit any situation where data is a component. Danette first shared her extensive experience in her 2008 book, Executing Data Quality Projects: Ten Steps to Quality Data and Trusted Information (TM) (Morgan Kaufmann), which has become a classic in the data quality field. Her Ten Steps (TM) methodology is a structured yet flexible approach to creating, assessing, improving, and sustaining data quality. It can be applied to any type of organization (for profit, government, education, healthcare, non-profit, etc.), and regardless of country, culture, or language. Her book is used as a textbook in university graduate programs. The Chinese translation was the first data quality book available in that language. The 2021 second edition (Elsevier/Academic Press) updates how-to details, examples, and templates, while keeping the basic Ten Steps, which have held the test of time. With her holistic view of data and information quality, she truly believes that data quality can save the world. She hopes that this edition can help a new generation of data professionals, in addition to inspiring those who already care about or have been responsible for data and information over the years. You can reach Danette at [email protected]. Connect with her on LinkedIn and follow her on Twitter at Danette_McG. To see how Granite Falls can help on your journey to quality data and trusted information, and for free downloads of key ideas and templates from the book, see

Table of Contents

1. Data Quality and the Data-Dependent World 2. Data Quality in Action 3. Key Concepts 4. The Ten Steps Process 5. Structuring Your Project 6. Other Techniques and Tools 7. A Few Final Words Appendix: Quick References

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Executing Data Quality Projects: Ten Steps to Quality Data and Trusted Information (TM) by Danette McGilvray (President and Principle, Granite Falls Consulting, Inc., UT, USA)
Elsevier Science Publishing Co Inc
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