Nancy.Couture

Nancy Couture has more than 30 years of experience leading enterprise data management at Fortune 500 companies and midsize organizations. Her focus has been on enterprisewide data management architecture, data governance, data quality, data warehousing and business intelligence capabilities.

Nancy recently moved into consulting as delivery enablement lead at Datasource Consulting, a Denver-based firm focused on delivering on all aspects of enterprise information management.

Previously, Nancy was vice president of business intelligence at SquareTwo Financial in Denver. She and her team successfully developed and utilized agile methodologies in building out enterprisewide solutions, including an enterprise data warehouse, a robust analytics and reporting environment, and integrated analytics solutions.

Before her time at SquareTwo, Nancy was vice president of data management solutions at UnitedHealth Group in Connecticut, where she developed and managed three enterprise-level data warehouses for healthcare analytics over the course of 30-plus years. In that role, Nancy was recognized for her leadership and ability to execute innovative approaches to data management.

Nancy has presented at many conferences on data management topics over the years, owns a patent in data mapping technologies, and has published several articles for the TDWI Business Intelligence Journal. In 2007 and again in 2015, her respective teams won the TDWI Best Practices Award in Enterprise Data Warehousing.

The opinions expressed in this blog are those of Nancy Couture and do not necessarily represent those of IDG Communications Inc. or its parent, subsidiary or affiliated companies.

Articles by Nancy.Couture

Implementing data governance – 3 key lessons learned
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Implementing data governance – 3 key lessons learned

Even though data governance can be somewhat fluid and iterative in its development, following best practices and designing a thoughtfully positioned roadmap can help ensure success.
December 18, 2018
Data governance: the start of something wonderful
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Data governance: the start of something wonderful

Data governance enhances business engagement, shared understanding, focus and alignment, bringing an ever-increasingly disconnected data environment together, and providing data value optimization across many EDM initiatives.
August 23, 2018
Assess before you leap
Agile Innovations in Data Management

Assess before you leap

Organizations are ensuring their enterprise data management initiatives with proper data governance.
April 26, 2018
Why data governance?
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Why data governance?

Data governance used to be a nice to have, but due to the increasing focus and importance of data and analytics, it’s becoming a necessity that helps to drive data management across the enterprise.
January 3, 2018
Data governance: The discover phase
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Data governance: The discover phase

Starting with a discover phase for your data governance initiative will provide you with a greater probability of success.
October 2, 2017
Data governance in the world of “data everywhere”
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Data governance in the world of “data everywhere”

With data sources, uses and solutions on the rise, data governance is becoming even more important. But what are the phases of a successful and scalable data governance program?
July 31, 2017
Can data governance be agile?
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Can data governance be agile?

Many organizations are now recognizing the need for data governance but are still struggling with the right way to structure it. A good approach is – be agile!
June 27, 2017
Tip No. 4: Know the details, but don’t get into the details
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Tip No. 4: Know the details, but don’t get into the details

My fourth tip for successfully creating and leading agile data management development teams is to keep your hands off your team's project and let them manage the details themselves.
April 11, 2017
Tip No. 3: Provide coaching and advice as needed
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Tip No. 3: Provide coaching and advice as needed

This is a continuation of my series on "Five Tips for Leading Agile Data Management Development Teams." Here, I discuss the third tip: Provide coaching and advice as needed — to both self-managing teams and individual team members.rn
February 24, 2017
Tip No. 2: Create an enabling team structure
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Tip No. 2: Create an enabling team structure

This is a continuation of my series "Five Tips for Leading Agile Data Management Development Teams." Here, I discuss the second tip: Create an enabling team structure.
December 14, 2016
A note about teams
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A note about teams

Self-managing teams will go through a typical team formation process that will require you, as a leader, to play a stronger role in the beginning until they can become truly self-managing. This post describes the stages, and some of the things you can do as an agile leader to coach them through the stages.
October 27, 2016
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Tip No. 1: Hire ‘A’ players and empower them

This is a continuation of "Five Tips for Leading Agile Data Management Development Teams." This first tip, hiring "A" players, will build the foundation for a great self-managing team.
September 23, 2016
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How partnerships between IT and the business breed success

A key concept in agile development is increased partnership among IT and business partners. In enterprise data management and business intelligence, this increased partnership can only make things better. There can be a role for IT and a role for the business to play.
March 21, 2016
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How to create and lead self-managing teams

Self-managing teams are vital in order to be truly successful in agile development. Here's how to encourage self-managing teams, and the benefits that can be achieved.
February 10, 2016
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How to implement a robust data quality solution

This article is one of a series describing how to build out a solid foundation for agile data warehouse development, focusing on data quality.
January 12, 2016