How to KonMari Your Domo Instance, Part-One
Practical tips for ensuring your Domo instance sparks joy
and delivers business value.
A messy and un-governed Domo instance leads to data security problems, user frustrations that can impact further adoption, and overall maintenance nightmares. This two-part post is for anyone having issues figuring out where to start cleaning up an instance or with data governance in general.
Ready? Need a moment to greet your instance with gratitude? Let’s go.
The First Three Rules
Rule One: Commit yourself to tidying up.
When you commit to tidying up your Domo instance, you’ll need to first gain buy in from the organization that you’re going to do this. Hopefully, saying, “I’m going to KonMari our Domo instance,” will hold weight and gain you support. This phrase has become shorthand for thoughtful, effective, sweeping change.
You’ll need to decide who to include in the process, and you’ll need to prioritize time for it: other tasks may need to be put on hold while you tidy, but with the understanding that your efforts will benefit the entire future of the Domo instance. When deciding who to include, also clarify who has access and define each team member’s responsibilities. Ideally, all users who will benefit from the cleaned up Domo instance should have ownership in (or at least knowledge of) its cleaning process to ensure that its tidiness lasts.
Rule Two: Imagine your ideal lifestyle.
The ideal data governance “lifestyle” is one that makes clear to all users where it is headed and also provides necessary, sustaining support. That means ensuring that instances are tidy and up to date, but so too are the tools for clarifying processes and procedures for future maintenance. How to do this? Establish meaning conventions. Create procedural templates. Detail easy-to-find guidance and accessible support to keep your Domo instance fit and valuable.
Rule Three: Finish discarding first.
Determine how to come to a definite yes/no on each piece. Keep only what you want to take with you into the future.
For some other practical tips on how to stay on top of things going forward, here are Five Steps for Using Your BI Tool to Manage Your BI Tool by Senior Business Intelligence Manager, Alan Hyman.
All of this tidying would be a lot easier with a sound data strategy! Make sure to check out Plotting Your Data Strategy by our Senior Director of Data Strategy, John Lovett.