Data teams struggle to not “boil the ocean” when doing data work.
Use milestones as a pattern to help the data team to focus on what really needs to be built and manage the trade-off decisions for what doesn’t.
Modern data teams are transient, often staying less than 5 years, unlike past decades of long-term loyalty.
Companies should adapt by defining robust Ways of Working (WoW) that endure beyond individual tenures.
Balancing in-house teams with reliable data vendors for continuity and efficiency may also be a useful pattern as part of your WoW.
Data quality is an expectation, not an exception.
While data quality is crucial, it’s not always directly our fault when issues arise, nevertheless, it remains our problem to solve.
Data Contracts are one pattern that can help us solve this problem.