On curation, skin tones, and a Happy 1st Birthday to 5W-1H


Today is a Happy 1st Birthday to the 5W-1h Sunday Interchange.

Over 2500 blog posts read, podcasts heard and videos watched, with 312 of those shared with you, since the first edition 12 months ago.

And I haven’t missed a week (given some leeway for automated email gremlins) since then.

You can read about how I benefit from this habit in the ‘Why?’ link below. But I’d love to hear from you about what you get out of this curation … please, let me know.

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


WHO is responsible for product quality?

Sometimes, I struggle with teams failing to understand the engineers’ responsibility in quality: “I have asked the Product Owner whether we should apply Clean Code practices, and she said, she doesn’t need it.” This is already not a conversation that should happen.

The wrong professionals | Michael Küsters (Text at Fail Fast, Move On)

WHAT will it take to solve this impossible problem?

Last week I spent four and half hours in a room with my colleagues trying to get to the root of a problem. Six colleagues: 27 hours of just thinking. Einstein believed the quality of the solution you generate is in direct proportion to your ability to identify the problem you hope to solve.

Turn Your Company Into A Problem Solving Machine | Paul Taylor (Text at Paul Taylor’s Blog)

WHY should I curate a newsletter?

Over two billion blog posts will be published this year. Curating the best of what you consume is worthwhile, here are some good reasons to get started: Reading more blogs is one of the best ways to become smarter, more effective and more engaged in what you do.

Ten good reasons to curate a newsletter | Joe Newbert (Text at Newbert’s Blog)

WHERE can we make our service more inclusive?

Alphabet Inc’s Google told Reuters this week it is developing an alternative to the industry standard method for classifying skin tones, which a growing chorus of technology researchers and dermatologists says is inadequate for assessing whether products are biased against people of colour.

Google searches for new measure of skin tones to curb bias in products |  Paresh Dave (Text at Reuters)

WHEN are people plugged into my meeting?

I was once demoing the specific functionality of an application. I was looking forward to my favorite part of the meeting: Q&A, but to my surprise, no one uttered a word.  My mind was racing with questions: Was my delivery crystal clear that there were no questions?  Was no one paying attention? Why the silence?

Oblivious Or Attentive | Divya Kishore (Text at BA Times)

HOW should we ‘barter’ with our customers for their data?

What is the best way for businesses to use data in a way that feels ethical to consumers and does not spark a regulatory backlash? This question is sparking endless angst in today’s C-suites. All manner of policy responses have been suggested, but one simple and important place to start is to change the way we talk about it.

The Data Economy Is a Barter Economy | Gillian Tett (Text at Harvard Business Review)

And, as always, please give feedback on Twitter. Which piece 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. I’ve shared how curation helps me, but how does this newsletter help you?