SCRUM – The Art of Doing Twice the Work in Half the Time

If you’re not familiar with SCRUM, it is a very powerful set of principles and methods that empower teams to deliver increments of a product faster and in an iterative way. This means using short cycles of development while gathering constant feedback and adapting to eventual changes in product vision or customer needs.

I have been working with SCRUM for a few years now and, for me, always was one of those things that I could clearly see the value of using it but never took the time to dive deeper into the foundation and the principles behind it. So, a few months ago, when the startup where I work (Infraspeak) had the idea of creating a “book club” for the team, with the purpose of encouraging reading and knowledge sharing, I decided to change that.

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This book, from Jeff Sutherland, is not exactly a straightforward technical book. And although it goes into good detail about the technical parts of SCRUM, they are presented to you through a series of stories and past experiences from the writer with the purpose of not only give you the ins and outs of SCRUM but also the foundations behind the principles and a few Ah Ah moments during its creation.

Due to this, the idea of this article is to extract those technical parts of the book and presents them here, in a summarized form.

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The Front-End Web Developer Spectrum

Modern front-end web development is in constant change. The evolution is this area has been so rapid in the past years that sometimes it’s hard to keep up with the new kids on the block while maintaining focus on what needs to be done.

One example is this image, that gives you an overview of all the different tools and technologies that have a part in the front-end and JavaScript ecosystem.

(Since there is a huge chance that, while I am writing this article, there are 100325 new front-end tools being released, it’s possible that this image is already not completely up to date.)

The Front-End Spectrum

Front-End-Spectrum

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Speed Up a WordPress Website in 8 Steps

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Although WordPress is one of the most complete and easy to use of blogging platforms out there, we all know that it is far from being the fastest and most optimized solution out of the box. Maybe due to the fact that WordPress was built with usability in mind, rather than performance.

Since nowadays, speed and performance are kings when it comes to SEO and user engagement (search for “page load time impact” on google, just don’t try to read everything because you will be overwhelmed), I decided to take a look on how to speed up my blog. Turns out that, with the right set of plugins and tools, it actually pretty easy to achieve a decent amount of performance improvement. In my case around 300% faster.

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Procrastination Hacks – The Pomodoro Technique

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TL;TR (Too Long To Read?)

If this article id too long for you, jump to the end and check the infographic, video and apps about the Pomodoro Technique. It will be enough to get you familiar with it.

But if you want to know more about the “why” behind this technique and how it can help you with your procrastination, then continue reading 😉

What is The Pomodoro Technique?

The Pomodoro Technique is a powerful time management tool that helps you beat procrastination by staying focus and less burned out during your work periods.

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