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A 12 Step Program for Improving Organizational Data Literacy

  • Wednesday, August 16, 2023
  • 9:00 AM - 11:30 AM
  • See Remote Meeting Instructions Below


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Organizational data debt acts as a drag on all activities. Far too many organizations undertook to 'get better with data' without realizing the foundation changes that needed to occur. They were left without lasting improvements. Making a commitment to become data-centric, data-driven, data-first, data-focused, data-provocative (the list goes on), must be seen as more akin to life-changing events of which the ubiquitous 12-step is the most famous. Considering there are more than useful variants of the original (AA), it seems time to make one for improving organizational data literacy.  The program describes: 

  • motivation for taking a broad approach
  • required people, processes, and organizational activities
  • organized into 12-steps  

These steps are required if organizations are to effect the necessary changes. Twelve-step programs are ritualistic for a precise reason—to stop bad habits, you must carefully replace them with better habits. Committing to 12 steps upfront, we will find it easier to achieve the critical mass required. Organizations can embark on their data improvement journey with their eyes wide open.

Biography of Peter Aiken

Peter Aiken, PhD is an acknowledged Data Management (DM) authority, an Associate Professor at Virginia Commonwealth University, President of DAMA International, and Associate Director of the MIT International Society of Chief Data Officers.  For more than 35 years, Peter has learned from working with hundreds of data management practices in 30 countries including some of the world's most important. Among his 12 books are the first on CDOs (the case for data leadership), focusing on data monetization,  on modern strategic data thinking and objectively specifying what it means to be data literate.  International recognition has resulted in an intensive schedule of events worldwide (pre-Covid).  Peter also hosts the longest running data management webinar series hosted by our partners at Dataversity.  Starting before Google, before data was big, and before data science, Peter has founded several organizations that have helped more than 200 organizations leverage data–specific savings have been measured at more than $1.5B USD. His latest is Anything Awesome.


9:00 Opening Remarks
9:15- 11:30  Presentation/QA


Remote Meeting

DAMA-MN Monthly Meeting

Hosted by DAMA Minnesota


Wednesday, August 16, 2023 8:30 AM | 3 hours | (UTC-05:00) Central Time (US & Canada)

Occurs the third Wednesday of every month effective 6/21/2023 until 12/18/2024 from 8:30 AM to 11:30 AM, (UTC-05:00) Central Time (US & Canada)

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