On rivers, falling behind, and being a fantastic BA


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.


WHAT will make me a fantastic BA?

This is one thing that only some professions can do. An Actuary can’t actuary himself, a developer can’t code herself, a mechanic can’t mechanic himself. We can analyse ourselves. Use your skills. Decide what a fantastic BA is; research, interview, question and then review yourself.

99 Tips To Be A Fantastic Business Analyst | Bronia Anderson-Kelly (Text at BA Times)

WHO is responsible for project change?

The disciplines of change management and project management are both necessary when executing a project or initiative. Each discipline brings the critical structure needed for effectively implementing change and achieving the results you want.

Change Management and Project Management: A Side-by-Side Comparison | Tin Creasey (Text at Prosci Blog)

WHERE can I help make a difference?

A river changes its course naturally over time, altering its flow in a specific direction. It responds to the outside forces that shape its landscape and environment by adapting its shape as it moves towards its goal—of meeting the ocean. You can channel a river, but it takes considerable effort.

Changing the course of a river | Joe Newbert (Text at Newbert’s Blog)

WHEN is a problem actually a problem?

A problem to you is a solution to someone else. Friction and conflict are advantages when they inspire learning, growth, or innovation. You might believe bureaucracy is a problem. But in top-down organizations bureaucracy is a solution. Rules and procedures prevent deviation and congeal power.

Not All Problems Are Problems – 5 Real Problems for Leaders | Dan Rockwell (Text at Leadership Freak)

WHY do I feel like I’m falling behind?

I should have been on cloud nine. Yet, somewhere in the back of my mind, I noticed anxiety creeping into my thoughts, my planning, and the writing I was doing. At the exact moment that I should have felt peace and space I was experiencing the opposite. That’s when I realized that I was keeping score.

A Mental Habit To Shed in 2021 | Todd Henry (Text/Audio at Accidental Creative)

HOW can I illustrate the process simply?

A process infographic could be just what you need to show your audience how to do something or how a process works. A well-designed one can establish you as an authority on whatever subject you choose to cover — whether you’re trying to show how your business’s coffee is sourced or train the new hire remotely.

How to Design a Process Infographic (And Where to Find Templates) | Caroline Forsey (Text at Hubspot)

And, as always, please give feedback on Twitter. Whose piece above stood our 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.

Much love, and keep growing.


P.S. What’s your best tip for doing business analysis?