Chicken and Egg Decisions

Until you've agree on definitions, a decision isn't a decision

Big words are often the bottlenecks to decisions.

Should we start a data governance initiative? A data science team? A data democratization project?

The meaning of the decision depends on what the words mean.

But the definitions of the words are often a bit squishy.

Whatever you’re doing now, you could probably call it data governance.

Or data science. Or data democratization.

So which came first? The decision or the definition?

Until you’ve agreed on what the words mean - what the new world looks like - you haven’t actually made a decision to change.

Telling broader story about the decision can help to clarify these definitions, and the decision you’re making with all stakeholders.