Conversations about data often are limited to the realm of IT. Most discussions about innovation revolve around some emerging technological solution. This is the world we live in now.
Therefore many of our data standards are tech focused. Lots of technical jargon understood by a mere few.
Perhaps it’s time for a new ‘rule of thumb’ of sorts. For each standard we write, it will include technical standards and behavioural standards. We will explicitly call out the behaviours we wish to see. We will state the culture we desire for our organisations. The two will not be mixed. They will be clear, appropriate, and written in the language of the audience not the author.
Technology will not save us. It will change us; it already has. However, people and organisational culture still make an amazing piece of software fail miserably. It’s time our standards reflect this.
Perhaps it’s time for a ‘rule of thumb’ club. Perhaps you can start one in your organisation.