Does Your Company’s Data Need to Grow Up?

The Three Stages of Data Maturity

Stage 3: Data Grownups

  • Are we framing the issue correctly?
  • What do people think about this?
  • Does anyone have any other information or experience that would help us understand or evaluate this?
  • Does anyone have any ideas we haven’t considered yet?

What About Amazon’s Silent Meeting Memos?

Six Steps to Boost Your Data Maturity

  1. Ensure that everyone understands the cost to the organization of having five, ten or more people sit around while a few people try to make sense of data.
  2. Emphasize the importance of making data easily digestible — and hire people who focus on this if needed. Someone with a few years of management consulting experience would be perfect for this role.
  3. Tell your managers that it’s actually not their job to find Waldo. It’s everyone’s job, and the more people lower down the organization that can do it , the better off everyone will be.
  4. Reassure those who are newly empowered to find Waldo that this will be a learning process, and mistakes will be forgiven.
  5. Train everyone to turn data into issues and to present data in formats that clarify those issues.
  6. Train your managers to become highly effective meeting chairs.



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Rob Bier

Rob Bier


Rob is an expert guide in the world of startup leadership and high-performance organizations. A 3-time CEO, he now advises many startups including 7 unicorns.