How to Grade a Data Model

Steve Hoberman

I have been using the Data Model Scorecard® to validate data models for over 15 years. Over the past year, I have built a free tool that will help you assess and score your own models. This tool takes the form of a decision tree, where over 150 questions are asked to “score” a model from Poor to Excellent. This session covers the ten Scorecard categories, the decision tree required to review a model (and which is embedded in the tool), and the “Top 5” questions that can make or break a model. You will then grade a data model using the online tool.

Steve Hoberman has trained more than 10,000 people in data modeling since 1992. Steve is known for his entertaining and interactive teaching style (watch out for flying candy!), and organizations around the globe have brought Steve in to teach his Data Modeling Master Class, which is recognized as the most comprehensive data modeling course in the industry. Steve is the author of nine books on data modeling, including the bestseller Data Modeling Made Simple. One of Steve’s frequent data modeling consulting assignments is to review data models using his Data Model Scorecard® technique. He is the founder of the Design Challenges group, Conference Chair of the Data Modeling Zone conferences, and recipient of the Data Administration Management Association (DAMA) International Professional Achievement Award.

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