On distractions, design thinking and a couple of myths

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Here’s your What? Who? Where? When? Why? How? for the week.

What is the cost of being interrupted?

Distraction + 23 minutes and 15 seconds = the true cost of being interrupted. Being aware that distractions don’t simply eat-up time during the distraction, but that they derail your mental progress for almost 30 minutes afterwards is a useful thing to know.

How Distractions At Work Take Up More Time Than You Think | Blake Thorne (Text at I Done This Blog)

Why do organisations never have time to build software right, yet they always find the time, money, and people to fix it later?

Answer: see #24. (Plus find 65 other worthwhile insights, lessons and answers to many timeless questions encountered between 1970 and today.)

66 Lessons from 50 Years of Software Experience | Karl Wiegers (Text at Modern Analyst)

When will logic prevail?

People don’t make purely rational decisions based on careful analysis of the cost and expected benefits, despite what traditional thinking has taught us to think. It’s proven that our decisions are driven more by our emotions than logical and conscious reasoning.

The myth of logical reasoning | Joe Newbert (Text at Newbert’s Blog)

Where can I fit design thinking into what I do?

There is a multitude of frameworks, approaches, methods and notations at our disposal, that we’re encouraged to consider in the work that we do. The trick is to find cohesion for the different benefits they bring—and waterfall (and really most other agile techniques too) can co-exist with design thinking.

Design Thinking in a Waterfall World | Olu Asuni (Text at Modern Analyst)

Who is brave enough to change things?

People who commit to making brave choices, help build stronger, more effective teams, reduce corruption, reduce unhealthy conflict, and make more progress on the societal issues that truly matter. You’re in the business of making change happen—and your work influences the culture around you.

The Hero Myth | Todd Henry (Text or Pod at The Accidental Creative)

How can I ask better questions and ask questions better?

Asking questions is a life-skill—whether you’re speaking with a user, conversing with an applicant, catching up with a friend on talking with a podcast guest. There is a lot to learn from other disciplines and you need to be a student of interviews.

How to perfect the one-on-one interview | Clare McDermott (Text at Content Marketing Institute)

Until next time, keep growing,

— Joe

Chief Training Officer at the Business Change Academy
Editor for Inter-View Report and Podcast Host on OneSixEight FM.

P.S. What are your most pressing topics for business analysis in 2020?