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Learn how to establish and implement your data governance program. Templates included!

40 Lessons - None

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All there is to know about Data Governance Maturity Models.

26 Lessons - None

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Discover all you need to know and do to implement an award-winning Business Glossary or improve the one you have. Welcome to the Business Glossary Course!

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Learn the best practices in data visualization for better data storytelling.

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What previous students had to say:


Excellent course

Excellent course, I really enjoyed the practical aspects of the course and it clearly helps to set up a direction in an organization willing to take Data Management practices to the next level. Thank you!

Victor Adafinoaiei - Senior IT Audit Manager

Very Helpful and I Rate it a 10/10!

Course was very helpful and clearly breaks down the steps of a Data Governance Program Implementation. Provides examples and templates to assist with the Data Governance Program development. Thank you!

Jennifer Tyree - Information Governance Manager - Marshfield Clinic Health


This training course is excellent, and providing a valuable insights and practical advice in Data Governance.

Zakareya Jumaa Alalawi - Head of IT

Hands-on, thought-provoking program

This was a hands-on, thought-provoking program that left me inspired; feeling much more influential with many actionable take-aways I can apply immediately!.

Hamad Mohammed Bahadi - Senior Manager - Business Intelligence Reporting


This course gives great structure to the data governance thought process.

Raghavendran Rao - Enterprise Architect

Finally a easy to understand course of Data Storyteling!

I loved the course, very clear explanations, very good resources and documentation for daily work and really nice content with great examples!

Jose Higuera - BI Expert

What a great course!

The course is a great course. I clearly understood all the explained topics. George is an amazing instructor and explains everything crystal clear.

Sahar Mirkhosravi - Senior Finance

Excellent Introduction to Data Governance & Implementation Plan

George's material is logical, straight forward and accessible to everyone, whether you're just beginning your data governance (DG) journey, or you're a seasoned DG professional. The materials included in the course are just the right length, generally 5 to 10 minute video lessons, very good production quality and cover the right breadth of information. It's a great program and provides value at a reasonable cost, so I would recommend it to anyone interested in learning more about DG, as well as the basics of how to implement their DG program.

Jeff Curry - Data Product Manager

Comprehensive Data Governance Overview

This course was great to get an understanding of data governance as my organization starts to implement its own program. The length is good and the examples provided helped reinforce the concepts. Thanks!

Jeff Scheirer - IT Auditor III

Worth the price!

A very enlightening, worthwhile, invaluable and enjoyable course on Data Governance. The several templates I now have access to alone is worth the price of this course. George is also an excellent teacher! Thank you.

Manuel Pineda


Really interesting, thanks for creating this course.

Paolo Flaim - IT Data and Analytics Manager

Useful templates

It was a compact course with useful templates. It nice that you can follow it on your time and rhythm.

C. van Breugel - Expert Data Dovernance & Data Management

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

Knowledge and resources that I can actually use at work

It was difficult to find a course on data governance, so I was very happy I found George Firican on YouTube. I enrolled in his courses immediately. Thank you, George, for sharing your experience and expertise, your knowledge and resources that I can actually use at work. I will keep an eye for new courses/ videos.

Viviana Bancu - Systems Analyst

Top Notch!

This course is a very good one, full of practicals just like you working on a life project...I love it

Bukola Oguntuase - Data Governance Manager

So insightful!

The course has really broaden my knowledge about implementing Data Governance. George has really done well in the course. God bless you for this, I think my money did not equate what I got from this course.

Bukola Oguntuase - Data Governance Manager

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

I highly recommend it

I highly recommend this course.

Fiona Yuen - Head of Data Governance

Very good!

It's been the right amount of input very good described with a lot of useful additional resources.

Sascha Halm - Wirtschafts-Diplom Informatik-Betriebswirt (VWA)

Very detailed course and helpful templates!

I have watched many of the LOD videos on Youtube. I feel that this course was great on the level of implementation.
In some cases, it did feel as though we were just receiving a number of bullet points as opposed to fully fleshed-out concepts, but this might be my view only because I am completely new to this field.

Very detailed course and helpful templates!

Simiso Dlodlo - Project Officer

A solid foundation for data story telling

A good resource not only going through once, but coming back to as a reference. I applied things that I learned immediately in my field, and produced noticeably better looking data stories.

Lance Dofflemyer - Chief Data Scientist

10/10 Great course, would recommend

As with the Practical Data Governance: Implementation course, George delivers a great encompassing course on the Business Glossary. The lessons were informative, engaging and feel I've come away with the skills needed in order to implement our companies own Business Glossary.
The templates and examples given are a great takeaway for anyone building their own Business Glossary to get started on! I'd recommend this course for anyone creating a Business Glossary or taking part in a data governance program!

Abe Furlong - Data Engineer

Great course

Great overview of the different methodologies.

Patricio Cofre - EY Partner

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

Everyone should take this course

Great concept, simple but detailed enough, templates are very useful, lots of new things for me. Maybe you could create something like time plan for implementation with workshops, descriptions, participants and deliverables from workshops to have a clear picture about actual work needs to be done, phases, recommended duration all in one place. From my point of view, everyone who is involved in any kind of data activity should take this course, it will definitely help figure out why Data Governance program is important, and why organizations need it.
Thank you so much.

Daniel Frimel - Senior Consultant

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