On blueprints, slowing down, and choosing your future


Happy 5W-1h Sunday.

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


WHAT 21 things shall I line up for 2021?

On so many levels, this year of 2020 has been extraordinarily challenging, so it’s exciting to think ahead to the possibilities of 2021. Of course, it’s a bit of a fiction to think that January 1 will bring a massive change, but the new year still presents an opportunity for reflection and renewal.

If You Don’t Want to Make a New Year’s Resolution, Consider Writing Your “21 for 2021” List | Gretchen Rubin (Text at Gretchen Rubin’s Blog)

WHO am I lining goals up for?

A popular goal-setting framework, Objectives and key results (or OKRs) are an effective method for planning and measuring success on a team level. They fall short, however, when companies attempt to apply them to individual contributors.

Use OKRs to Set Goals for Teams, Not Individuals | Jeff Gothelf (Text at HBR)

WHERE can I be the clear and obvious answer?

When we consider all of the possible options, it’s typical to choose the dimensions that seem to matter to most customers. After all, it takes hard work to break ground on the map and choosing a spot which fewer people care about feels like risky business. Better, we believe, to follow popular opinion.

Choose your dimensions, set your future | Joe Newbert (Text at Newbert’s Blog)

WHEN can I get the other stuff get done?

Perhaps it’s just me reminiscing and looking back with rose-tinted spectacles, but communication seemed more purposeful back then.  Because it was time-consuming, and it took effort and time to send, it was completely fine to pause and think.

It’s OK To Slow Down: BA Efficiency Isn’t Measured By Keystrokes | Adrian Reed (Text at Adrian Reed’s Blog)

WHY do I need a business knowledge blueprint?

In the computer age, we’ve limped along literally for a human lifetime without blueprints for business knowledge and the vocabulary used to communicate it. How well is that working out? If you have any doubt, do a quick internet search on all the problems associated with ‘data quality’ and their costs.

Introducing Business Knowledge Blueprints | Ronald Ross (Text at Modern Analyst)

How should I nip defects in the bud ?

Software defects, or ‘bugs’ as they are often called, are everyone’s responsibility, and not just for testers to manage. Business analysts are often called to resolve bugs as facilitators between testers (interchangeably called Quality Analysts) and developers or between QA and clients.

Role of an IT Business Analyst in managing defects | Pushkar Anand (Text at Medium)

And, as always, please give feedback on Twitter. Whose piece above stood our for you? What would you like more or less of? Other ideas? Please let me know. Just send a tweet to @joenewbert and put #5W1H at the end so I can find it.

Have a wonderful week, and a Happy New Year to you.

Much love, and keep growing.


P.S. What is your New Year’s Resolution?