On product principles, ‘future-me’, and becoming a rocket analyst


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

WHAT can deaf people teach us about online meetings?

Virtual meetings are filled with challenges. Most of all, we’re losing non-verbal cues that can make our conversations more effective.By harnessing lessons from communities that rely on visual communication every day—particularly, those who are Deaf or hard of hearing—we can create some of our best meetings

What Deaf People Can Teach Others About Virtual Communication | Sabina Nawaz and Roberta J. Cordano (Text at Harvard Business Review)

WHY are product principles so important?

While product visions give a view of the future and product strategies provide the roadmap, it’s product principles that keep a handle on the characteristics that are important. These values steer the decisions and actions to build the right product—by answering all the key questions.

Product Principles | Joe Newbert (Text at Newbert’s Blog)

WHEN will I find the time to GTD?

Time is the greatest leveller, as each of us has 168 hours a week. And we get to choose how we spend our time—what we do is the result of our past decisions and choices. But if we don’t shift how we spent yesterday, it’s hard to imagine that tomorrow will be much different to today.

Where To Find The Hours To Make It Happen | Derek Sivers (Text at Derek Sivers)

WHERE is the BA community headed?

It feels like the business analyst community is having a revival, that there is renewed interest in the business analysis profession. Fuelled by curiosity, more people are finding their voices and having the courage to share their ideas in order to help shape where the industry headed.

A BA Renaissance? | David Beckham (Text at The Samurai Business Analyst)

WHO is future-me, really?

Building habits is hard, and it’s easier to defer choosing the more difficult path towards change until tomorrow because ‘future-me’ will take care of it. Phrases like ‘talk is cheap,’ and ‘you are what you eat,’ serve to remind us that our values aren’t a set of aspirations, but rather that our actions speak louder than words.

What You Value is What You Do | Jeremy Barty (Text at MC4C)

HOW can I become a rocket analyst?

What constitutes a good requirement depends a good deal on many things, such as:—who you are, what you’re doing, for whom, why you’re doing it and how you’re going about it. And let’s not forget priorities, constraints, risks and forgiveness. Here’s a checklist to guide getting requirements right.

Appendix C: How to Write a Good Requirement | Garrett Shea (Text at NASA)

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.

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