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Governance is one of those things that seems like it should be done all at once. But even the Constitution as it stands today wasn’t written in one sitting or even a single decade. One smart approach some companies are trying: Apply agile software development principles to information governance. Jorge Garcia, an analyst at Technology Evaluation Centers, told IT World Canada companies that do this execute in rapid session and achieve milestones in a matter of weeks, rather than eight to nine months.

Recently, Loraine Lawson wrote why she believes data governance is key to self-serve IT. But to be honest, she says she can see why you'd be tempted to procrastinate on data governance. It sounds intimidating. "Governance" conjures up all kinds of images, from guys in white wigs using Old English pronouns, to a room full of exhausted business people debating data minutiae ala "12 Angry Men."

Data or information governance — the difference seems to be that information governance focuses more on legal compliance — may not involve balloons and cupcakes, but it doesn’t have to be a punishing ordeal, either. Here are five steps you can take to ease the trauma of starting data governance.

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