One of the cleverest things said ever is in my eyes Parkinson ’s Law that states: “Work expands so as to fill the time available for its completion”.
There is even a variant for data that says: “Data expands to fill the space available for storage”. This is why we have big data today.
Another similar law that seems to be true is Murphy’s Law saying: “Anything that can go wrong will go wrong”. The sharper version of that is Finagle’s Law that warns: “Anything that can go wrong, will—at the worst possible moment”.
When I started working with data quality the most common trigger for data quality improvement initiatives were after a perfect storm encompassing these laws like saying: “The quality of data will decrease until everything goes wrong at the worst possible moment”.
Fortunately more and more organizations are becoming proactive about data quality these days. In doing that I recommend reversing Finagle, Murphy and Parkinson by doing this:
- Prevent data quality at the best possible moment being at data capture as told in the post instant Data Quality
- Maintain optimal data quality whenever you can as examined in the post Last Time Right
- Be more agile with data quality initiatives as reported in the post The Statue of Liberty versus The Little Mermaid.