Never underestimate the power of, and the need for backups.

Good news: MacBook died suddenly in May. Had backup of all work and school files to date (Google Drive for Mac). Had a dated but still useful backup copy of system settings and ALL files on a local network drive (TimeMachine – a free, bundled into MacOS by Apple. There are alternatives for Windows and […]

How not to fall into the trap of vanity metrics

Knowing the bit I do about YouTube’s algorithm – which is similar to most social media platform’s – its key goal is to keep viewers on the platform for as much and as long as possible, thus selecting and presenting to users, either on the users’ YouTube.com landing page, search results, or recommended videos (which […]

Baaaby! We grew the channel!!!

Yep! Erm… we did it!!! Having had some doubts – like any one starting a new career or journey would – it is quite gratifying to cross a milestone (well, I defined it, for myself). This month, I am challenging myself to publish a video daily – short, crisp, straight to the jugular conversations, but […]

You, do not have forever!

What you have is now. Only, now. And as time progresses towards the future, you have yourself instantaneous new nows.  With the old nows out of reach and now useless to you, except of course, if you have made something of the old nows which you can take along to the new now. With every […]

Research

There are three groups of people who do research: 1. Those who research on social media (they run with the information, because they saw it on [insert social media of choice]) – this group, do no research. 2. Those who see it on Google [most don’t even go past the summary included in the search […]

BA Ideas, Thoughts & Opportunities

Thoughts & Ideas: Disco Lights, Hybrid Facilitation & Early BA Engagement (BlackMetric, UK): https://cutt.ly/evQAAuy What is a Maintenance Business Analyst Role? (Modern Analyst): https://cutt.ly/DvQSyud Design Thinking in a Waterfall World (Oluwakorede Asuni, Modern Analyst): https://cutt.ly/avQSl8J Growth Hacking Made Simple: A Step-by-Step Guide (Neil Patel): https://cutt.ly/zvQSHQ0 Service Design (Interaction Design): https://cutt.ly/yvQS9LE Total Quality Management (American Society for Quality): https://cutt.ly/svQSMc8 Events & Opportunities: […]

Business Analysis Communities & Resources

Communities IIBA  IIBA Chapters IIBA South Africa IIBA Business Analytics Special Interest Group (LinkedIn) IIBA CBAP Group (linkedIn) Resources: Bridging the Gap: https://www.bridging-the-gap.com/ BA Times: https://www.batimes.com/ BA Excellence BABOK Study Group Modern Analyst: https://www.modernanalyst.com/ 5W-1H: https://joenewbert.com/5w-1h/ Thought leaders Angie Doyle Adriaan Reed Edward Ngubane Joe Newbert Paula Bell Ryan Folster Thsepo Matjila Paul Benn Jared Gorai Lucy Davies Oluwakorede Asuni […]

A thing or two about vanity metrics

Vanity metrics mean or measure nothing. Well, except to stoke ego of those reporting these vain metrics or used to hide a problem. Whilst saying your company moved goods worth US$ 6Billion in the first quarter of 2020, sounds good to the ears, it really doesn’t say much.  Except, if your shareholders have invested in […]

What if we could all be design thinkers?

Yep! That is possible. We would be doing what we are ding today in our different teams within the delivery pipeline, except that: We would be thinking more about the customer than our egos or what we believe to be smart; We would meet with real users (customers) – who have bought is using or […]

Design thinking is about the customer, not about design for its own sake

Yep! Design thinking may have been originally gifted to the world by industrial design firm Ideo*, **, today design thinking is as much about the design as solution architecture is about designing structures. Design thinking is an iterative process, that saves businesses from themselves and lets them interact with their customers before drawing the first […]