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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

  • 11 December

    How to Identify Your Work in Progress in ITSM

    Work in progress (WIP) is kind of like the “promise of value.” Eventually, that work will amount to something—but not yet. WIP has many applications in business, and they are growing in IT. In a post at his blog, Joe the IT Guy discusses the significance of WIP for IT service management. Progress and Pauses WIP is fine when it is actually being worked. WIP is bad when it allows for idle time or its …

  • 11 December

    4 Tips for Getting Your First Project Management Job

    Thinking about becoming a project manager? Or do you have a kid who has project management in his or her blood? (You might want to see a doctor about that, but I digress.) Then consider this post from Helen Sabell for the IIL Blog. She has four basic tips for how to land your first project management job: Research what employers want. Review your experience and know your limitations. Get qualified. Prepare yourself to step …

  • 11 December

    5 Ways to Use Visual Project Management

    In school, people learned that there are different types of learners: audio learners, visual learners, etc. And the rise of YouTube and similar services has reawakened the visual learner in all of us. It might be useful to retool your project management style to accommodate for visual learning. In a post at A Girl’s Guide to Project Management, Elizabeth Harrin reviews five ways to make for “visual project management”: Visual planning tools Mind maps Dashboards …

  • 11 December

    How to Stay Focused When Assigned to Multiple Projects at Once

    In theory, if you involve a person with specialized expertise in multiple projects, that person can “share the love” and sprinkle some genius across all of them. And that is true, but a lot of risks and friction come with that task-switching. In an article for Harvard Business Review, Heidi K. Gardner and Mark Mortensen describe how you can more safely and effectively manage your time across projects. Focus in Chunks First, you should prioritize …

  • 10 December

    Why the Best Hire Might Not Have the Perfect Resume

    In a TED talk, Regina Hartley makes a surprisingly compelling argument for why a great resume should not be the end of the story on whom you choose to hire for a new job. She says to give “scrappers” a chance.

  • 10 December

    How to Create Steady Retirement Income

    It’s never too early to think about retirement. This short video from Forbes tells you what to do with your money to ensure your golden years are as sparkly as possible.

  • 10 December

    Xiaomi Said to Seek $50 Billion IPO Valuation

    Xiaomi may not be a household name in America, but it is in China. This video from Bloomberg Technology discusses the implications of the tech company potentially going public in 2018.

  • 10 December

    What to Do When You Feel Lost

    Are you feeling disillusioned with your career or your place in the world? Then this video from Entrepreneur will give you the pep talk you need to get clarity back in your life.

  • 10 December

    Expert Explains Blockchain in 5 Levels of Difficulty

    Blockchain is… complicated. But blockchain expert Bettina Warburg makes it infinitely easier to understand in a video for Wired, where she explains the technology to a child, a teenager, a college student, a grad student, and another expert respectively.

  • 10 December

    How to Evaluate and Accept Criticism

    Nobody likes to be criticized, but sometimes it is the only way to know how to improve. In just a few minutes, this video perfectly summarizes the mindset you should take to absorbing criticism, so that your self-worth survives the experience.