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Testimonials from previous students:

A lot of valuable tips

Thanks to this course, I was able to increase my knowledge about Data Governance and different maturity models. I found a lot of valuable tips, both obvious and less obvious to think about while working on this topic in the company.

Monika Tabor
Project Manager

I would highly recommend it

This course is the A to Z of how to build a great Business Glossary. It covers everything you need to know and also the things to avoid. After attending this course I was able to use the material to create the right Business Glossary for my company and we are now able to ensure our definitions are accurate and complete.

I would highly recommend it, whether you’re just starting out building a new Glossary, or if you already have a Business Glossary that needs to be improved.

Claire Laws
Data Governance


The course was great and I learned a lot that I will be able to carry into my position. One comment is I wish there was additional written content as a lot of the important information is within the audio. Do you offer audio to written notes?

Nancy Foster
Mgr, Data Quality

This is refreshing

I took the 'Data Governance Maturity Model' course from LightsOnData to brush up on Data Governance topics since I had been more focused on the Data Quality side for a couple of years. I also wanted to see what I might have been missing, given that there are a large number of models out there. Maturity Models are back in fashion - if you are a consultant - your clients will expect you to have one to recommend or use during an engagement. If you are a client - you are going to be 'sold' one - so you might as well get an overview of what’s out there.

You likely can't spend time researching all of the Maturity Models, and you certainly won't do that research on your own for better value than the $250 price of this course. George Firican has a relaxed teaching style the suits the content, and you can tell he knows what he is talking about. He inserts a little humor but not so much as to make it comical. This is refreshing because there's a lot of fluff out there right now in training by people who like to make a lot of noise but don't have much substance to bring beyond catchphrases.

George starts with the origins of Maturity Models and why there are scores of them now used in various industries and disciplines. He then dives into eight models that have a specific focus on Data Governance. George doesn’t try to push one model over the other. He even admits and provides backup as to why Maturity Models are hardly scientific, are subjective, and can be very similar. Instead, he spends the later lessons explaining how you might choose one, tips on using them to assess your organization, and considerations for benchmarking.

I took away that none of them are 'bad.' Model selection might be more a factor of whether you are going to use them yourself or whether you are choosing a consultant who only uses that model. Either way, you get plenty in the overview course to be dangerous. Finally, George provides a good set of links throughout the course if you want to delve further. Based on taking this course, I have also purchased the Business Glossary course from Lights on Data. It's next up on my weekend learning agenda.

David Finlay
Product Master Data Governor

Business Glossary: what you need to know

The online business glossary course gives a well-structured overview on all relevant topics to be aware of when starting to deal with a business glossary. The lessons are easy to follow, full of helpful hints and tips and best practice examples. Some good templates are provided. Having in mind the range of data governance activities, the creation of a business glossary is foundational. Only with a unique language for business terms, the same understanding of their meanings, data management can be done effectively. It doesn´t matter if it is on data reports, data quality rules, master data management, data integration or whatever data topic of interest: a good business glossary supports a common language for the business and prevents friction losses in data management. This course shows how a good business glossary can be built to support data governance and data management.

Christiana Klingenberg
Principal Business Consultant Master Data Management

Great Course on Maturity Assessment

It is always interesting to understand experts perspectives on data and especially on Data Governance maturity. Going through the available models and how to use them is a key information for anyone starting their Data Governance journey or wanting to re-assess their maturity level. Great job George!

Laurent Dresse
Data Governance Evangelist & Head of Consulting

Includes everything you need to build, launch and maintain a Business Glossary

My biggest struggle was trying to get the Business Glossary off the ground after pausing the efforts on it several times in the past 6 months. There were too many factors to consider and we didn't want to just launch a "good enough" tool.

I took the "in-person" version of this course and it has changed everything for me. It provided me with the clear steps that I needed to take in order to see this project through and the guidelines and best practices needed to ensure the content of the glossary is great and that our colleagues are using it.

I would recommend the Business Glossary course, because it includes everything you need to build, launch and maintain a Business Glossary or enhance the one that you have. Plus a lot of great know-how on how it fits in with a data dictionary and a data catalog.

Gabriel Reyes
Data Steward

Insightful overview of a large range of DG/DM Maturity Models

Following your request, I am answering your questions above, and include a final remark at the bottom. breadth: positively surprised me, and I really like the chronological order length: positively surprised me, the 23(!) 5-15 min videos makes it easy to go through quality of the content: high. Easy to see the time-effort invested in the compilation + editing Lessons learned: good. Suggest to add an indication of what Models you have used under what circumstances, and what adaptions may have become common in your experience. Teaching style: good to follow, and I like the objective and unbiased coverage of content.

Course helped me:

  • Understand the variety of Maturity Models
  • Confirmed my own interpretation of the usage / adaptation-need of models.
  • And also guided me in the need to understand more of the CMMI model (my preference, because the 5 Categories will resonate with Exec level, while the 25 process areas will resonate with higher mid-level = where the actions are required).

I recommend this course, because for the $-investment, you receive a comprehensive and holistic overview of maturity models that I could never have compiled myself in the amount of time measured in $-investment. So especially as independent Sr Project Manager, this is very very useful.

Koen van der Maarl
Independant Sr Project Manager

Great coverage and well articulated

Excellent coverage on the various aspects on Data Governance , the topics are arranged well for consumption and well supported presentation .

Mahesh Rayappa Gundakalle
Head Data Engineering

Plenty of positive reviews

I had the privilege to take part of the in-person training with George and I see that the online content available here is as much of an engaging and fun learning experience as the one I had.

I didn't expect to enjoy the content as much as I did, so I'm glad I went for it. I found the materials and content to be very useful in identifying what we could do to improve our Business Glossary and deliver a second iteration of it that got plenty of positive reviews from throughout the organization.

Anca Stefan
Senior Data Steward

George is the type of person who is very professional and knowledgeable and, at the same time, friendly, easy-going and fun to be around. Any student would be lucky to have him as an instructor.

I'm looking forward to seeing him again at conferences, because his presentations are always such an eye-candy and full of no-fluff, practical content.

Linda Davis

Metadata Governance Coordinator

Although I have a fairly good handle on the best practices for delivering several data management artifacts, including the Business Glossary, I was surprised by many new and interesting best practices that we did not consider before. I particularly enjoyed the usage of examples from George's personal experience and those of other experts - they are always delivering the message home.

I can't stress enough the great practical takeaways that George presented and his disponibility to answer any follow-up questions I had. I recommend enrolling in this course when you have the chance.

Louis Smith

Data Management Director

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