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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

  • 19 February

    Ultimately a hero is a man who would argue…

    Ultimately a hero is a man who would argue with the gods, and so awakens devils to contest his vision. The more a man can achieve, the more he may be certain that the devil will inhabit a part of his creation. -Norman Mailer, American novelist, journalist, essayist, playwright, film-maker, actor, and political activist

  • 19 February

    Squads and Tribes over Silos and Towers

    To phrase it one way, scientific management is the idea that labor should be divided to a point of optimal simplicity so that the processes become reliable in spite of the human dinguses actually doing the work. It is not the most optimistic business philosophy, but its popularity for many years was unchallenged. In a post at his blog, Joe the IT Guy explains how scientific management still permeates ITSM and how that may not …

  • 19 February

    Four Categories of Motivators at Work

    Nobody does work just for the heck of it. There has to be a motivation compelling people to put in the effort. Research has been conducted into the various different ways that people are motivated to complete work. In a post at her website, project leadership coach Susanne Madsen shares Gretchen Rubin’s four categories of people and how they motivate themselves at work: Obliger Questioner Upholder Rebel Upholding Motivation Each of these categories has to …

  • 19 February

    How to Get Engagement for Your Strategic Projects

    Setting the strategy is one thing, and doing the strategy is another. No matter how great a pitch an executive gives for how strategy will better position business, it will not come to anything if the right projects with motivated workers are not built around it. In a post for Strategy Execution, Elizabeth Harrin shares some advice to spur employee engagement with your strategic projects. Connect and Empower To back up a bit—a good pitch …

  • 19 February

    7 Steps to Successful Project Requirements Gathering

    Requirements are the direction and the guardrails on a project. They specify all the general work that must be done in order to satisfy stakeholders and push strategy forward with project completion. In an article for TechRepublic, Moira Alexander shares seven steps to get requirements gathering right: Identify all project stakeholders. Ask stakeholders the right questions. Determine the best requirements-gathering techniques. Document everything. Analyze the results. Verify the results. Obtain sign-off. A Humble Gathering While …

  • 18 February

    The Fish Robots of Pyeongchang

    A wide variety of new robots are being shown off at the Pyeongchang Olympics, as this video shows. Some of them have obvious, functional purposes, but my favorites are the fish robots they have swimming in the aquarium. Just look at these things!

  • 18 February

    The Return of Smart Glasses

    Intel is designing smart glasses that look like regular glasses, and they’re not annoying and intrusive like Google Glass was. These glasses shine a non-dangerous laser directly into your retina, and they give you basic, helpful notifications. The Verge has an exclusive on the details.

  • 18 February

    The Most Ridiculous Tech Publicity Stunts

    Technology is dramatic and exciting, so you’d think it would advertise itself. But it doesn’t—people still have to do that, and some publicity stunts work out better than others. This CNET video shares some of the more outlandish stunts.

  • 18 February

    7 Google Search Tricks for Marketing and Other Purposes

    Google is even more fully featured than many of us realize. This video introduces just a few ways that you can better exploit Google’s functionality for marketing and other purposes.

  • 18 February

    Convince Your Employees That You’re #2

    This quick Inc. video explains that the easiest way to gain the trust of your employees is to convince them that you’d sacrifice your convenience for their well-being.