Training / Mentoring Options

The Data Governance Institute offers three levels of on-site training/mentoring for Data Governance and Data Stewardship:
  • Executive Briefings
  • Strategic Training/Mentoring/Roadmapping
  • Traditional Training
Executive Briefings

Generally, these high-level introductions to concepts and possibilities are asked for by managers/execs who are trying to decide whether their organizations need to undertake formal governance - or by vendors who want to understand how they might fit into the governance / compliance / privacy landscape. This type of training is very interactive; we include a presentation with key concepts, but most of our time together (usually 1-2 days) are in 1-on-1 discussions.

Strategic Training / Mentoring / Roadmapping

These sessions are more intense than Executive Briefings. They are for leaders who are preparing to make decisions about their programs. They want to understand the implications of the choices they'll make about structuring their organization, assigning roles and responsibilities, setting policy, developing metrics, and starting governance activities. We look at what is already in place: governance, stewardship, change control, architectures, quality programs, access management practices, and more -- then weentify governance approaches that will be effective without adding layers of bureaucracy.

These sessions may take place after a governance program is funded. Or, they may be requested by stakeholders or program owners who want to have answers before they go before their peers, their own leadership, or their staff. Participants generally recognize that "they don't know what they don't know" -  and they want to correct that situation. These sessions can have a small group of participants, can be 1-on-1 sessions, or can be set up to let people come and go.

These sessions generally use many of the materials from typical training, and also include additional templates, checklists, and worksheets. We take the time to answer "what-if" scenarios and - if desired - explore options from a political / funding / executive support perspective. We include case studies to see how other organizations have handled matters. These sessions are considered by our trainers as highly confidential. These sessions are typically 3 days long. Sometimes organizations request 2-3 days of these roadmapping activities, followed by 2-3 days of traditional training for the rest of the staff,where the content and emphasis is tailored according to the results of the roadmapping session.

Traditional Training

Working from presentations and workbooks in a typical class-room setting, we explore concepts, models, patterns, and practices. You have a choice: the class can present the full spectrum of choices and options as practiced by organizations with various "flavors" of Data Governance, or we can focus discussion on the organizational structures, scope decisions, and terminologies you've decided on for your program.

In either case, your participants will learn key concepts and the steps for going forward. Basic Governance and Stewardship classes are generally 1-2 days long. We can address a variety of topics: Data Governance Organizational Bodies, Roles & Responsibilities, Stewardship, Building a Value Statement and Gathering Metrics, Governance Communications, Building a Governance Infrastructure, Aligning Governance and MDM and/or Metadata, Establishing Decision Rights Among Your Stakeholders, Increasing Stakeholder Involvement, and other topics.

Sometimes organizations pair basic classes with 3 days of training for key governance staff on Data Governance Value Measurement and Communication Practices.

Contact Gwen Thomas at the Data Governance Institute if you're interested in in-house training. She can be reached at 321-438-0774 or at

Training Topics

Your training/mentoring topics can include any of the following topics:
  • Core Data Governance and Stewardship concepts
    • Options for Data Governance/Stewardship Organizational Bodies
    • Designing Roles, Responsibilities, and Decision Rights for Data Governance/Stewardship
    • Creating a Roadmap for a Data Governance/Stewardship Program
    • Understanding Governance/ Stewardship Industry Trends
  • Demonstrating Value
    • Understanding Governance/ Stewardship Value Propositions
    • Establishing/Improving Governance Communications
    • Governance Metrics and Success Measures
  • Core Governance Processes and Activities
    • Standardizing Data Definitions
    • Aligning Data Governance, Taxonomies, and Information Architecture
    • Using Your Metadata Repository to Store Risk, Compliance, and Governance Information
    • Setting up a Help Desk for Data
  • Aligning Governance with other efforts
    • Building Aligned Data Governance and Data Quality Programs
    • Aligning Data Governance, Risk Management, Compliance, Security, and Privacy Programs
    • Building Aligned Data Governance and Data Quality Programs
    • Designing Data Governance to Support Master Data Management and SOA
    • Building Governance Into Software Development and Project Management

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