On identity, sprint reviews, and saying ‘No’ to stakeholders


Happy 5W-1h Sunday.

Here’s your dose of What? Who? Where? When? Why? How?, a curation of articles, podcasts and videos that piqued my curiosity this week.


WHAT should I be aiming for?

Business analysis often focuses on making a situation better.  The challenge that I suspect many of us face is that it can be quite difficult to define what ‘better’ actually means, not least because different stakeholders often have very different perspectives.

Be Careful What You Wish For: The Hazards Of Being Target-Focused | Adrian Reed (Text at BA Times)

WHO am I portraying?

The flexibility of Business Analyst roles tend to vary from organization to organization. It is nothing new that Business Analysts tend to wear many hats. Often, when transitioning from a place of expertise in varying industry roles, Business Analysts are given advice to be open to the many organizational directions. 

The Wild Card Identity Of Business Analysis | Kristen Gandier (Text at BA Times)

WHERE can a business analyst help?

he question was that the current pandemic has seen many companies downsize and bring down their staff numbers to the bare minimum. How can we ensure that as Business Analysts, we are seen as an essential service for our organisation?

Your quintessential Business Analyst | Arvind Arcot Text at Medium)

WHEN should I limit scope creep?

This isn’t something you’re supposed to say to your stakeholder. You’re certainly not supposed to feel good about saying this to your stakeholder. But you should. ”This isn’t for you” shows the strength to respect the stakeholder.

“This isn’t for you” | Joe Newbert (Text at Newbert’s Blog)

WHY should I do sprint reviews?

You primarily do sprint reviews to get product feedback from your stakeholders when you can’t get feedback from them during the course of a sprint. Sprint reviews also give you an opportunity to reflect on progress toward your target outcome and make adjustments.

Sprint Reviews | Kent McDonald (Text at KBP Media)

HOW can my presentations be more persuasive?

A presentation aimed at persuading an audience to take a specific action can be the most difficult type to deliver, even if you’re not shy of public speaking. Creating a presentation that effectively achieves your objective requires time, lots of practice, and most importantly, a focused message.

How to Give a Persuasive Presentation [+ Examples] | Caroline Forsey (Text at Hubspot)

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Much love, and keep growing.


P.S. I’m looking forward to this