On influence, replacing engines, and the specification of dreams


Hello!

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.

Enjoy!


WHAT do you do?

Everything you’ve learnt at work and in training about doing good business analysis is about writing the specification, delivering on the requirements, getting the quality right, doing the specific thing for the specific technical purposes. “What do you do” is about a title, a task, a deliverable thing.

Specification of dreams | Joe Newbert (Text at Newbert’s Blog)


WHO am I?

If you were not a Business Analyst, what would you be? The question is about the basic skills that you have managed to pick up along the way. The answer to this question can probably make you a better Business Analyst.

The Value Business Analyst | Raj Jonnalagedda (Text at Analyst’s Corner)


WHERE can I add value?

If you were not a Business Analyst, what would you be? The question is about the basic skills that you have managed to pick up along the way. The answer to this question can probably make you a better Business Analyst.

The Value Business Analyst | Raj Jonnalagedda (Text at Analyst’s Corner)


WHEN can I be assured my work is validated?

Entrepreneurs and corporate innovators alike often struggle to figure out when a hypothesis is validated. Because it isn’t as simple as we’d like to believe. The question “has your hypothesis been validated?” by leadership is often a point of contention.

When Should You Be Confident That Your Hypothesis Is Validated? | Lucy Luo (Text at Strategyzer)


WHY do I have to replace the engine mid-flight?

When I am brought in mid-flight to a project I want to know “How did we get here?” When asked that way, I usually end up with blank stares or finger-pointing as answers.  Instead, I’ve started asking “Do we have traceability for these requirements?”  This still gets me blank stares, but at least the finger pointing decreases. 

Building 747s: A Study Of Traceability | Anne Sams (Text at BA Times)


HOW can I influence my project sponsor?

Research demonstrates that sponsor engagement is the number one predictor of change management success. Yet, sponsors outrank change practitioners in organizational hierarchies, which can make them tough to access and even tougher to influence!

5 Actionable Tactics for Fearless Engagements With Sponsors | Kendra Modzelewski (Text at Prosci Blog)


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.

Joe

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