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John Friscia

John Friscia is the Editor of Computer Aid's Accelerating IT Success. He began working for Computer Aid, Inc. in 2013 and continues to provide graphic design support for AITS. He graduated summa cum laude from Shippensburg University with a B.A. in English.

February, 2018

  • 15 February

    5 Mistakes Organizations Make While Implementing Agile

    No amount of preparation can guarantee a perfect execution, but it sure can push the odds in your favor. Organizations aiming to shift into agile should prepare as much as they can. In an article for E27, Bain’s Akshita Joshi highlights five common mistakes to avoid in your transition: Forgetting about people Taking sprinting too literally Ignoring rapid feedback loops Turning the product backlog into a required feature list Thinking agile is a license not …

  • 15 February

    The Value of Creating a Product Wall

    For all the talk about transparency in agile, it is often the case that departments like sales and marketing have barely a clue what is going on in product development. Each organization has to overcome these communication issues in its own way. In a post at Noteworthy, Teem Director of Product C. Kyle Jacobsen talks about why building a product wall might be a good solution. The Walled Garden The product wall literally goes on …

  • 15 February

    Is Your Workplace Ready for DevOps?

    The success of agile has now paved the way for the current wave of DevOps rippling through organizations. And like agile before it, DevOps is being met with resistance, some loud and some quiet. In an article for AgileConnection, Matt Hilbert discusses the cultural changes that are necessary for DevOps to be implemented successfully in the organization. Identify Your Culture Type Hilbert draws from culture research published in an unlikely place, a journal for health …

  • 8 February

    Perennial Daily Stand-Up Best Practices

    The daily stand-up might be the simplest component of scrum. That makes it easy to incorporate, but also easy to abuse. In a post at Project Bliss, Leigh Espy shares some straightforward best practices to get the most out of these quick meetings. Stand Tall At the heart of every stand-up is the three basic questions: What did you do yesterday? What are you working on today? And are there impediments to your completing your …

  • 8 February

    Metrics That Are Destructive to Agile

    Key performance indicators (KPIs) play a critical role in business strategy, but are they unwelcome in the sphere of agile projects? Agile coach Allen Holub thinks so. He thinks imposing such metrics on agile software development teams displays a distrust of their abilities and self-awareness, since agile is inherently aimed at process improvement in the pursuit of business objectives. Holub elaborates on this idea in a post at his website. Heavy Measures He believes that, …

  • 8 February

    Why Converting Test Teams to Automation Is a Challenge

    Can all testers transition to become automation engineers? Maybe, but will you actually see it happen in your organization? Test automation consultant Paul Merrill would bet against it. In an article at TechBeacon, he explains the nature of the challenge and what you may have to do if you really want to go fully automated with testing. Automation Can’t Be Automated As Merrill explains it, Google and the like only use software development engineers in …

  • 1 February

    Training Wheels Won’t Crash the Team

    A lot of scrum practitioners believe that scrum only works when followed to the letter. And in some cases, that is actually true. But with teams that are just starting out with scrum, you have to allow for some empathy. In an article at Scrum Alliance, Tim Meyer shares a quick example of allowing a team to use some “training wheels” in the pursuit of becoming fully agile. The Safe Way Scrum dictates that the …

  • 1 February

    5 Time Thieves and How to Evade Them

    How many times have you ever thought to yourself, “I’m going to get so much done today!” and then—nope. How does that happen? What evil forces are getting in the way of productivity? In an article for the Enterprisers Project, kanban expert Dominica DeGrandis outlines five “time thieves” and how to handle them: Too much work in progress (WIP) Conflicting priorities Unknown dependencies Unplanned work Neglected work Criminal Behavior DeGrandis believes that having too much …

  • 1 February

    Five Trademarks of an Agile Organization

    The paradigm has shifted in business. The new normal consists of a quickly evolving environment, regular introduction of disruptive technology, accelerating digitization and democratization of information, and increased competition for skilled workers. In the face of such factors, a report at McKinsey identifies the five trademarks of agile organizations that thrive in the new paradigm: “North Star” embodied across the organization A network of empowered teams Rapid decision and learning cycles A dynamic people model …

January, 2018

  • 25 January

    Know What Not to Build in Software Development

    The more you can create from scratch, the more proprietary genius you get to hold up for the rest of the world to admire. But realistically, time and resources are limited in software development, and you cannot and should not try to build too much. In an article at freeCodeCamp, Jonathan Solórzano-Hamilton shares tips for how to not waste time writing the wrong code. Focus on the Core Trying to build too many aspects of …