On culture, celebrating failure, and comfort in safety


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 is the point of celebrating failure?

“Great dreams aren’t just visions,” says Astro Teller, “They’re visions coupled to strategies for making them real.” The head of X (formerly Google X) shares X’s secret to creating an organization where people feel comfortable working on big, risky projects and exploring audacious ideas

The unexpected benefit of celebrating failure | Astro Teller (Video at Ted)

WHO is looking for you?

It’s tempting to create a safe product or service for all your stakeholders. Safe, because safe is beyond reproach. It meets spec. It causes no disruption. All your stakeholders, because if all your stakeholders are happy then no one is unhappy.

Comfort in safety | Joe Newbert (Text at Newbert’s Blog)

WHERE are we getting stuck?

Analysis paralysis occurs when your team becomes overwhelmed by data and alternatives, preventing you from making decisions and stopping your progress cold. It’s a primary cause for delays on working projects and for draining normally productive teams of their mental strength, but it is avoidable.

Removing “Analysis Paralysis” From Team Sessions | Stephanie Famuyide (Text at Business Analyst Learnings)

WHEN should I respond to emails?

Work productivity hacks is something any business and/or individual could use to help boost work performance. From productivity software to all the best tools and techniques, the right changes can make a real difference when it comes to productivity.

Work Productivity Hacks 2021: Five Tips To Boost Office Efficiency | Susan Nudelman (Text at I Done This Blog)

WHY do projects fail?

Let’s consider failure in terms of the “Objectives from Key Results”—or OKR— approach. (I like OKRs because they have objectives and KPIs built-in, and they’re simple to state.) The classic OKR technology example is the one about putting a man on the moon by the end of a decade.

7 Real Reasons Why Tech Projects Fail | Al Lee-Bourke (Text at Prosci Blog)

HOW can I change the business analyst teams culture?

We inherited this team; they worked in an organisation where the culture was pretty poor. People were uninterested in their work. They resented the time they spent at work; they cheated on timecards; they simply did not do any work whenever they thought they could get away with it.

Changing the Culture of a Business Analyst Team | Suzanne Robertson and James Robertson (Text at Modern Analyst)

And, as always, please give feedback on Twitter. Whose piece above stood out 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.

Keep growing.


P.S. What’s making you feel uncomfortable at the moment?