On office politics, user stories, and being a decent human being


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

WHAT do we know about how change happens?

Each of us have different experiences and have had different hands dealt to us. Yet as human beings, we experience successful change similarly. And grounding ourselves in what we know already about change and results can help us achieve even greater success in the unknown world that lies ahead.

6 Things We Know About Results | Tim Creasey (Text at Prosci)

WHY does creating a culture of mutual respect matter?

Mutual respect underpins good relationships, because respect is the foundation of humane and ethical behavior. To have and show respect for a person involves a fundamental belief in their right to exist, their right to be heard, and their right to have the same opportunities as everyone else.

Mutual Respect | Content Team (Text at Mind Tools)

WHEN will the office politics subside?

As a business analyst you will experience office politics many, many times during the course of your career. Solving office politics conflicts takes practice, but by learning to address it as a process you can better handle their harmful impact on your business change projects.

The Potholes of Office Politics | Timothy L Johnson (Text at Modern Analyst)

WHERE on earth are we headed?

Business growth is not only about scale; value is not only about profit. There is much that organisations need to do to provide a better future—an incredibly disruptive looking future—for the generations to come, and they must continually change, regenerate, and grow this capability and focus.

Do the U.S.’s Big Four Tech Companies Have a Vision for the Future? | Mark W. Johnson (Text at HBR)

WHO are your stakeholders?

This tale of two banks demonstrates why we need to stick to the essential question of: “Who’s it for?” This question has subtle magic power, it holds the key to shape the product you build, the story you tell and how you tell it. And once you’re clear on “who it’s for” you’ll find that the pathway begins to open up for you.

Who are you seeking to change? | Joe Newbert (Text at Newbert’s Blog)

HOW can I write a good user story?

User stories are a very useful requirements tool when they are built and managed properly. And using a few acronyms and mnemonic rules when developing them will help you to create well written and structured user stories that contribute to achieving quality requirements.

User Stories and the Acronyms to Help Develop Good Ones | Alonso Alvarez (Text at Netmind)

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 sort of business are you working on building?