|How can a sponsor increase the success rate of data and analytics initiatives? (C6: Clarity)|
I saved the most important ‘C’ for the last post in this series.
The primary sponsor is the vision owner and bringing clarity to the initiative is their primary responsibility.
I see clarity in 2 parts:
1. Being clear about the “Why” and messaging it to the team/company as communication and adoption is a major hurdle for data and analytics initiatives.
2. Bringing on-going clarity by helping the project leaders with shifts:
a. Cohesion – Helping data leaders with establishing a cohesive organizational stance – provide air cover, escalation and intervention when needed.
b. Cross-impacts from other business initiatives that the sponsor is aware of that could impact the data program.
c. Continuous feedback: Early warning of impending problems, new developments, leverage shifts, c-suite opinions, etc. Every data leader can do well with more frequent informal feedback from the sponsor that will help with doing more of what works and stopping what doesn’t.
September 19, 2020