The Start of the History of Data and Information Quality Management

I am sad to hear that Larry English has passed away as I learned from this LinkedIn update by C. Lwanga Yonke.

As said in here: “When the story of Information Quality Management is written, the first sentence of the first paragraph will include the name Larry English”.

Larry pioneered the data quality – or information quality as he preferred to coin it – discipline.

He was an inspiration to many data and information quality practitioners back in the 90’s and 00’s, including me, and he paved the way for bringing this topic to the level of awareness that it has today.

In his teaching Larry emphasized on the simple but powerful concepts which are the foundation of data quality and information quality methodologies:

  • Quantify the costs and lost opportunities of bad information quality
  • Always look for the root cause of bad information quality
  • Observe the plan-do-check-act circle when solving the information quality issues

Let us roll up our sleeves and continue what Larry started.

3 thoughts on “The Start of the History of Data and Information Quality Management

  1. Jeppe Thing Sørensen 2nd December 2020 / 16:18

    Thanks for sharing, Henrik. I would’nt have known if I did not get it from you. Larry was my first reading on the topic 18 years ago and after that it is not possible to go back to how you thought before. RIP Larry, thanks for the ideas

  2. Gokula Mishra 2nd December 2020 / 22:47

    Oh no. So sad. Larry will be missed. My prayers for his soul to Rest In Peace.

    • Rodney B Cole 5th December 2020 / 22:20

      Larry will be missed. My prayers for his soul to Rest In Peace.

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