My previous blog post was titled “Guerrilla Data Quality”. In that post – and the excellent comments – we came around that while we should have a 100% vision for data (or rather information) quality most actual (and realistic) activity is minor steps compromising on:
- Business unit versus enterprise wide scope
- Single purpose versus multiple purpose capabilities
- Reactive versus proactive approach
I think the reason why it is so is the widely used metaphor saying “Pick the low-hanging fruit first”. Such a metaphor is appealing to mankind since it relates to core activities made by our ancestors when gathering food – and still practiced by our cousins the gorillas.
Steve Sarsfield explained the logic of picking low hanging fruits in his blog post Data Quality Project Selection by presenting the Project Selection Quadrant.
So what we are looking for now is the missing link between Gorilla / Guerrilla Data Quality and the teaching in available literature on how to get data (information) quality right.