On value, solving issues, and sorting a portfolio of projects


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 is the meaning of value?

In the years since the publication of v3, Julian Sammy has been working on an improved approach to the challenges that caused us to adopt the BACCM in the first place, and developed a new model of value that is easier to understand and explain than the original BACCM. 

Modelling Value | Kevin Brennan (Text at LinkedIn)

WHO am I not considering?

Is there a hidden pitfall in your business analysis efforts? Could unconscious bias be reducing your effectiveness as a business analyst?  Consider when someone from a different cultural background is quiet.  We can easily favour more talkative participants and overlook the individual’s contributions in the process.

Unconscious Bias: Leapfrogging to Greater Business Analysis | Cassandra Jackson and Kathleen O’Brien (Text at Modern Analyst)

WHERE should I look to solve the issue?

When Michael Joseph was Chairman of Airport Management at Jomo Kenyatta Airport in Nairobi, Kenya, one of his acts was to resolve the local community’s complaint about noise pollution at night. Joseph sought to find a way to solve the issue through systems thinking.

Case study: Jomo Kenyatta Airport | Joe Newbert (Text at Newbert’s Blog)

WHEN is a project worth doing?

The best portfolios are persistent (because patience is a rare skill), they’re generous (so others root for you to succeed) and they build on each other (because then, even the ones that don’t work increase your chances for the next one to work out). Here’s to a new year filled with possibility.

A simple 2 x 2 for choices | Seth Godin (Text at Seth’s Blog)

WHY does my presentation feel dry?

Despite its reputation for dry content delivery across virtual and in-person meetings alike, PowerPoint remains the go-to choice for many professionals. And while using 7 lines of text with 7 words or less isn’t a silver bullet for all PowerPoint-related problems, it’s a good place to begin.

What is the 7×7 Rule in PowerPoint? | Doug Bonderud (Text at HubSpot)

HOW can I best ramp up on the project?

You are about to log off on a Friday evening and suddenly you get a mail from your manager. You have been assigned to Project X and you start in 2 weeks. The Project X is already underway since last 4 months and we want to you to slot right in as a software business analyst in the team. How do you react?

How do you cope as a business analyst jumping in the middle of a project? | Pushkar Anand (Text at Modern Analyst)

And, as always, please give feedback on Twitter. Whose piece above stood our for you? What topics 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 does value mean to you?