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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.

December, 2017

  • 6 December

    Do Scrum Teams Meet Too Much?

    From a distance, it sounds like scrum has a lot of meetings. Heck, you have at least one meeting every single day. But when you look closer, you start to realize that scrum is actually a pretty sweet deal for the meeting-averse. Mike Cohn explains why that is in a post at Mountain Goat Software. Pursuing a Meet-less Meal As an experiment for agile teams, Cohn asks you to pick a random number from five …

  • 6 December

    Working with Distributed Agile Teams

    In the ideal case, agile teams will all work directly across from each other, albeit maybe with a few thin walls in-between. But business seldom adheres to silly ideas like convenience, so distributed teams are becoming the norm. In an article for Scrum Alliance, Rajiv Bajwala shares his tips for working most effectively in a distributed agile team. Teams Afar Distributed teams face many inherent challenges, such as overcoming time zone differences, cultural differences, and …

  • 6 December

    Don’t Forget to Document the Why of Your Software!

    Virtually anyone who has ever inherited software code from someone else has run into a weird section of code and thought, “What the **** is this?!” And it takes far too long to get an answer to that exasperated question, because documentation is missing or was written with inadequate context. So in an article for AgileConnection, David Bernstein discusses the importance of including both a what and a why in software documentation. Why Has This …

  • 1 December

    Fitting Technical Writing into Agile Development

    Technical writing is not a topic often discussed in agile, perhaps because it is not as blood-pumping as other topics. But the role of technical writers is as important on agile projects as in other projects, except that the role becomes more challenging to do well. In an article for AgileConnection, Robert Spielman discusses how technical writing changes to align with agile development. Technically Inclined The biggest change for technical writers in agile projects is …

  • 1 December

    Product Prioritization: How Do You Do It?

    How does prioritizing features work in your organization? Do you think it agrees with the ways others do it? In a post at Mind the Product, Kate Bennet shares data from a survey of 50 product managers about how they prioritize. Now you can find out how normal you are. Featured Data In 35 percent of cases, the leadership team decides what will be built next. For another 28 percent, it is the product team. …

  • 1 December

    10 Lingering Scrum Challenges

    Agile keeps evolving, but the barriers to implementation stay largely the same. With scrum in particular, businesses keep banging their heads on the same roadblocks. In an article for Scrum Alliance, Zoran Vujkov discusses 10 of these lingering challenges: Company culture Treating scrum as a silver bullet Understanding scrum principles Poorly written requirements Lacking definition of done Dysfunctional leadership Poor agile coaching Improper use of scrum ceremonies Lack of visibility Improper use of scrum roles …

November, 2017

  • 16 November

    You Don’t Have to Be an Island as a Remote Employee

    Depending on the mindset and the context, remote working can be a dream arrangement: Work in silence from the comfort of your favorite chair. Alternatively, remote working can also become isolating and demoralizing: You feel like you never have genuine human contact. In an article for Scrum Alliance, Michael Huber discusses practices to help maintain a healthy career and team outlook as a remote employee: Find or build a community. Take breaks from electronic devices. …

  • 16 November

    Four Reasons to Have a Consistent Sprint Length

    The ability to adhere to routine is often touted as a major virtue when pursuing goals. In agile, it is important never to settle for routine and the status quo, but that being said—people do value consistency in their sprint lengths. And there is good reason for it. In a post for Mountain Goat Software, Mike Cohn provides four reasons why you should want to have consistent sprint lengths: Teams benefit from a predictable rhythm. …

  • 16 November

    Changes to the Scrum Guide You Should Know

    As business evolves, methodologies evolve with it. The Scrum Guide is akin to a business Bible in many agile circles, but unlike the Bible, the Scrum Guide gets occasional updates. In a Q&A at InfoQ, Ben Linders interviews scrum co-creators Ken Schwaber and Jeff Sutherland about the changes to the newest version of the Scrum Guide. Beyond Revelation Here are the biggest updates to the Scrum Guide, straight from Schwaber: There are five main changes …

  • 8 November

    A Handy Trick to Increase Agile Comprehension

    Although the Agile Manifesto and its principles are the foundation for everything else in the agile world, it might be hard to get the average employee stuck in a training seminar to care about them. That means trainers and coaches need to step up their efforts to make it engaging. In an article for Agile Alliance, Kimberly Poremski discusses the use of “pocket-sized principles” to more effectively convey the meaning and value of Agile Manifesto …