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Question: Which set of skills would be more pertinent for a data quality and support team leader, a technical skill or a business related skill? My organization considers a business skill to be the appropriate one and is not requesting any basic knowledge of relational database or database design techniques as experience or knowledge requirements? What do you suggest, considering a candidate having both set of skills could be hard to find?

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Sid Adelman's Answer: If your organization is leaning toward the business skills, don't fight it but make sure that person has some technical knowledge so that he or she will not be snowed by the techies. Without some technical knowledge the technical people may not have the proper respect for this leader.

Larissa Moss' Answer: Actually, candidates having both sets of skills are not that hard to find anymore. Most business analysts have an impressive understanding of relational databases and various reporting tools, from Excel spreadsheets to OLAP tools. And almost all systems analysts from the IT side have extensive business knowledge. Candidates with either background can fill the position of a data quality and support team leader.

Chuck Kelley's Answer: In my mind, data quality is a business function and so I would be inclined to agree with your organization. That doesn't mean that the technical skills should be ignored. The group of folks that implement the cleaning scheme should be highly technical in cleansing techniques or the tool that your organization will use for this process.

Clay Rehm's Answer: I would actually consider a project management/communication skill first and foremost for a team leader position. After that, I would consider a business related skill, but also would consider some technical skills.

This person must have decent interpersonal, facilitation and negotiation skills in order to promote data quality as an important function within the company.

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