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The Data Champion Program is a modern solution to develop Data Acumen and Data Capabilities across an organization with existing team members. As opposed to relying on a central Data Team for all data needs, the Data Champion Program uses an inside-out and train-the-trainer approach to develop Data from within functional teams, leveraging expertise, content, and programs created by central Data Team experts.
The goals of the Data Champion Program include:
The Data Champion approach identifies one individual in each functional team to serve as (a) the Data DRI for their team and (b) as a stable counterpart to the Data Team. Data Team leadership and the Data Champion collaboratively develop a Data Success Plan to define vision, responsibilities, and objectives, taking into consideration the functional team's unique data needs, aptitudes, and existing data acumen. Among other things, the Plan establishes a training schedule covering GitLab Data Assets (reports, dashboards, data models), Self-Service Capabilities, and the Data Roadmap. To help develop Data Acumen within their team, the Data Champion has a responsibility to promote data practices through a local Data competency center.
|Area||Current State||Target State|
|Data Prioritization for Functional Team||Data Team||Data Champion, supported with Value Calculator|
|Data Issue Board for Functional Team||Data Team||Data Champion & Data Team maintain|
|Data DRI for Functional Team||Does Not Exist||Data Champion acts as Data DRI for their Functional Team|
|Data for Functional Team Handbook||No page exists||Data Champion and Data Team maintain|
|Communicate Data News to Functional Team||No regular communication||Data Champion regularly attends Data Team meetings and passes relevant news to Functional Team|
|SiSense Training||Online Tutorials & periodic Live Training by Data Team||Data Champion customizes for Functional Team and provides required training|
|Data Collection and Processing||Data Team manages all Handbook documentation and helps to update dbt documentation||Data Champion stays up-to-date in source system quality and model changes and communicates necessary updates to Data Team for implementation, including helping to maintain handbook|
|Data Privacy and Protection||Data, Legal, Security, and Compliance teams responsible for privacy review||Data Champion helps Data, Legal, Security, and Compliance teams to understand data elements which may require privacy assessment and helps maintain appropriate documentation|