Here at Experian Data Quality I am a Business Analyst so on a daily basis I spend my time analysing vast amounts of data. I love data so looking at spreadsheets and turning higgledy piggledy information into meaningful insights, is well my perfect job.
I have always been a perfectionist. But over time this has changed and adapted as I have moved through my working life. Over the last year or so my compulsion has taken on a new form
In my quest for perfection I did some pretty intense Google searches and came across a highly relevant site. Jim Harris, a Data Quality Consultant has his own blog named the OCDQ blog (Obsessive- Compulsive Data Quality). Jim named his blog after his own obsessive-compulsive tendencies around data quality. I suggest you take a look at it (that’s if you haven’t discovered it already). He offers great thoughts and advice around data quality and its related disciplines.
As I read on I couldn’t believe my eyes. ‘OCDQ affects millions of people worldwide.’ As I stared gobsmacked at the screen, it suddenly occurred to me, I was one of them.
OCDQ had sneaked up on me overtime and without realising it, I too was a sufferer.
These are the symptoms that I suffer from:
If any of the symptoms above sound familiar you may well be in the early grips of OCDQ!
Luckily, I have developed ways of taking control of my data affliction.
The important thing to remember is that you are not alone. Seek help for the symptoms you are suffering and you too will be able to adjust to life with OCDQ.