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Data Governance and the Adjacent Possible

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I am reading the book “Where Good Ideas Come From” by Steven Johnson, which examines recurring patterns in the history of innovation. The first pattern Johnson writes about is called the Adjacent Possible, which is a term coined by Stuart Kauffman, and is described as “a kind of shadow future, hovering on the edges of the present state of things, a map of all the ways in which the present can reinvent itself.  

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Comments (4)
This is a most interesting post, with a pragmatic and practical approach to instilling data governance in the organization. It brings two things to mind: the marvellous Visual Thesaurus tool from Thinkmap, which visually represents the adjacent nature of words with similar meanings, and the venerable old text-based computer game of Adventure, which starts off, "You are standing at the end of a road before a small brick building", and allows you to choose one of many directions at each turn to explore the castle and its many treasures.Regards, Brian Stacey
Posted by Brian S | Monday, October 24 2011 at 2:57AM ET
Stephen Johnson's "Where Good Ideas Come From" is a must read. I throughly enjoyed it and came away with a new appreciation for the many ways for innovation and inspiration.

I agree with the sentiment that the focus on what is broken and how to fix starts off change management and data governance with a negative focus in organizations, instead we must find the positive reasons for changing, such as innovation and learning. We launched Data Governance to provide a standard set of definitions for our data, so everyone would know how best to analyze our data. We aren't tackling the "negatives" access, until we are all moving in the same data direction.

Posted by ANDY J | Monday, October 24 2011 at 10:42AM ET
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