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Data Stewardship - 1st Edition - ISBN: 9780124103894, 9780124104457

Data Stewardship

1st Edition

An Actionable Guide to Effective Data Management and Data Governance

Author: David Plotkin
Paperback ISBN: 9780124103894
eBook ISBN: 9780124104457
Imprint: Morgan Kaufmann
Published Date: 16th September 2013
Page Count: 248
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Data stewards in business and IT are the backbone of a successful data governance implementation because they do the work to make a company’s data trusted, dependable, and high quality. Data Stewardship explains everything you need to know to successfully implement the stewardship portion of data governance, including how to organize, train, and work with data stewards, get high-quality business definitions and other metadata, and perform the day-to-day tasks using a minimum of the steward’s time and effort. David Plotkin has loaded this book with practical advice on stewardship so you can get right to work, have early successes, and measure and communicate those successes, gaining more support for this critical effort.

Key Features

  • Provides clear and concise practical advice on implementing and running data stewardship, including guidelines on how to organize based on company structure, business functions, and data ownership
  • Shows how to gain support for your stewardship effort, maintain that support over the long-term, and measure the success of the data stewardship effort and report back to management
  • Includes detailed lists of responsibilities for each type of data steward and strategies to help the Data Governance Program Office work effectively with the data stewards


Data Stewards and Data Governance Professionals

Table of Contents


In praise of Data Stewardship: An Actionable Guide to Effective Data Management and Data Governance


About the Author



Problem Statement

Roles of the Data Steward in Managed Data

What this Book Covers

What is not in this Book

Who Needs this Book?

Chapter 1. Data Stewardship and Data Governance: How They Fit Together


What is Data Governance?

What is Data Stewardship?

Overall Goals of Data Stewardship

Moving Data to a Governed State

The Three P’s: Policies, Processes, and Procedures

How Data Stewardship Fits into Data Governance

The Overall Data Governance Organization


Chapter 2. Understanding the Types of Data Stewardship


Business Data Stewards

Technical Data Stewards

Project Data Stewards

Domain Data Stewards

Operational Data Stewards


Chapter 3. Data Stewardship Roles and Responsibilities


Data Stewardship Council

Enterprise Data Steward

Business Data Stewards

Domain Data Stewards

Project Data Stewards

Technical Data Stewards

Operational Data Stewards


Chapter 4. Implementing Data Stewardship


Championing and Communicating Data Stewardship

Gaining Support from Above and Below

Understanding the Organization

Organizing Data Stewards

Figuring Out Your Starting Point


Chapter 5. Training Business Data Stewards


Curricula for Training Business Data Stewards

Metadata for Key Business Data Elements

Uses of Data

Introduction to Data Stewardship Processes

Tools of the Trade

Training for Data Quality Improvement


Chapter 6. Practical Data Stewardship


The Basics

Setting Up Repeatable Processes

Understanding How the Business Data Stewards Interact With the Data Governance Program Office

Using an Issue Log to Get the Day-To-Day Work Done

Documenting and Communicating the Decisions

Specifying the Data Stewardship Tools


Chapter 7. Important Roles of Data Stewards


Role of Data Stewardship in Improving Data Quality

Role of Data Stewardship in Managing Reference Data

Role of Data Stewardship in Identity Resolution for MDM

Role of Data Stewardship in MDM Survivorship

Role of Data Stewardship in MDM Exception Handling

Role of Data Stewardship in Information Security

Role of Data Stewardship in Metadata Management

Role of Data Stewardship in Supporting Quality Assurance


Chapter 8. Measuring Data Stewardship Progress: The Metrics


Business Results Metrics

Operational Metrics


Chapter 9. Rating Your Data Stewardship Maturity


Data Stewardship Maturity Levels

Data Stewardship Dimensions

Measuring Progress in Maturity


Chapter 10. Summing It All Up


In the Beginning: Data Governance and Data Stewardship

Types of Data Stewards and their Responsibilities

Implementing Data Stewardship

Training Data Stewards

Being Practical About Data Stewardship

Roles of Data Stewards in Data Management

Data Stewardship Metrics

Data Stewardship Maturity


Appendix A. Example Definition and Derivation

Definition of “Unique Quote to Close Ratio”

Derivation of “Unique Quote to Close Ratio”

Appendix B. Sample Training Plan Outlines

Training Technical Data Stewards

Training Project Managers



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About the Author

David Plotkin

David Plotkin

David Plotkin has 30 years of experience in data governance, data modeling, metadata, and data quality. He has led efforts at employers and client companies to plan and implement Data Governance both as stand-alone efforts and as part of other initiatives such as Data Quality improvement and Master Data Management. He has previously managed Data Governance at two insurance companies and managed data quality at two large banks. He is a popular speaker at DAMA courses and conferences and serves as a subject matter expert on many topics around metadata, data governance, and data quality.

Affiliations and Expertise

Advisory Consultant, EMC2, working in Enterprise Information Management


" excellent guide for any organization that involves user data management and protection…I would recommend it to any organization with data stewardship needs."--Computing Reviews, Data Stewardship

"Much has been shared over the years about data stewardship, but David Plotkin’s Data Stewardship has been the real eye-opener for me.  His thoughts on stewardship make sense and his methods work.  I’m so glad he’s finally put his knowledge into a book – it’s exactly what the data stewardship community needs!"
-Sherry Michaels, Data Quality Program Manager, The Hartford Financial Services Group

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