Business Glossary

Business Glossary

5 Modules 4 Chapters 32 Lessons

About this course

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!

Course Structure

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1 Chapter

The What - The Basic Concepts

Introduction to the Business Glossary, other artifacts such as the Data Dictionary and Data Catalog, and the relationship between them.

The Basic Concepts 8 Lessons

What is a Business Glossary?

Definition of a Business Glossary

Common Synonyms

Common synonyms that the Business Glossary can also go by.

Business Glossary vs. Business Dictionary

How is a Business Glossary different from a Business Dictionary and why they are not the same thing.

What is a Data Dictionary?

Looking at and understanding what a  Data Dictionary is.

What is a Data Catalog?

Looking at and understanding what a  Data Catalog is along with its relationship to a Data Dictionary and Business Glossary.

The Main Differences Between the 3

Main difference between a Business Glossary, Data Dictionary, and a Data Catalog

Key Takeaways

Summary of the basic concepts

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1 Lesson

The Why - The Reasons for Investing in a Business Glossary

The benefits, reasons, and advantages brought by implementing a business glossary or improving the one you have.

Advantages and Benefits of a Business Glossary

The main six advantages and benefits that a Business Glossary brings.

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2 Chapters

The How - Step 1: Get buy-in, sponsor, and resources

All you need to know about developing a business case, securing a sponsor, and potential funding models.

The Business Case 10 Lessons

The Business Case: Intro

What a Business Case is and why one is needed. Business Case document TEMPLATES included.

Project info

What information to fill out to kick-start the Business Glossary project.

Background Info

How to fill-out the problem and opportunity section and describe the current situation. 

Deliverables & Objectives

Deciding what the deliverables of the project are as well as the objectives & benefits.

Strategic Alignment & Scope

Showing how the Business Glossary project ties in to the company's strategy and outlining the scope of the project.

Project Team & High Level Project Plan

Outlining the project team and what to add to the project plan at a high level.

Financial Benefits & Costs

The cost & benefit analysis.

Evaluation & Recap

What quantitative and qualitative metrics you should add in the Business Case. Plus a quick recap of the filled out document.

BONUS: Business Case – Resources

Free online resources to learn even more about constructing a solid Business Case

BONUS: Business Case Presentation Template

A slide deck for your Business Case pitch.

Sponsorship and Resources 1 Lesson

Funding Models

The 3 areas and ways you can get funding from.

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The How - Step 2: Determine and adopt best practices

Determining the attributes, naming and definitions guidelines, and maintenance process.

Best Practices on Naming and Defining Terms 7 Lessons

Naming & Definition Rules: Intro

The research that went into these best practices.

High Level Criteria

What your terms and definitions need to abide by at a high level.

Naming Rules: Things to Do

Best practices when naming a term

Naming Rules: Things to Avoid

Things to avoid when naming a term.

Rules for Definitions: Things to Do

Best practices on how to construct a definition.

Good vs. Bad Naming and Definitions (Excercise)

A quick exercise in identifying the issues with unpolished term names and definitions.

Naming & Definition Rules: Key Takeaways

A quick summary of best practices.

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5 Lessons

The How - Step 3: Identify available and future content

It's time to put those best practices to good use and start filling your Business Glossary with content. Where do you start? Let's look at the potential sources for identifying any available and future content.

Reports as an Information Source

Recommendations on how to use out-of-the-box and custom developed reports to extract terms and definitions for your Business Glossary.

Logical and Industry Data Models

Recommendations on how and why to use data models to extract terms and definitions for your Business Glossary.

Data Dictionaries and Schemas

Recommendations on how to use data dictionaries and schemas to get content for your Business Glossary.

Authority Organizations

Advice and examples on how authority organizations and the content they offer could help you create better content.

Employees/ Colleagues

Recommendations on tapping into employees and colleagues to draw out content for your Business Glossary.

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