April 23, 2015  |  Uncategorized

On the latest segment of Rothman Tech-Tips (#RTT), I interviewed Naeem Ashraf, a certified Scrum Master, and my new co-worker at Acumen Solutions.

For this #RTT, Naeem and I talked about Scrum, which is an iterative and incremental agile software development methodology for managing product development. Naeem talks about the importance of the product owner, who represents the stakeholder/customer, that the Scrum Master will be communicating with, and will be owning the deliverable and needs to be very hands-on. Naeem then goes on to talk about some of the processes involved in Scrum, that usually starts with the requirements gathering, then turning those requirements into user stories. The user stories are then ranked or weighted with a value. Then you start planning the Sprints with your team. Sprints can range anywhere from two (2) to four (4) weeks. A Sprint Review will occur after the completion of every sprint (every client or product owner is going to have their own preference on this cycle). The development team will then conduct a Sprint Retrospective to discuss the lessons learned, and what can be improved. I then asked Naeem about some of other software building methodologies, he instantly mentioned Waterfall, which he said was a slower process, and a lot more dependent on the requirements gathering phase. He then talked about how companies are developing their own hybrid approaches to software development, which utilizes the best of Waterfall, the best of Agile, and other unique customizations. Naeem highlighted that Acumen Solutions has developed their own unique DRIVE methodology, which allows Acumen Solutions to deliver successful projects for their clients.

For the #idontcook portion of this blog, I was honored to discuss food with Naeem who happens to have his own food Instagram (IG) account @the_gut. When we first met, our love for food in the #DMV area made us instant friends. When I asked Naeem to recommend a spot, he asked if he could give more than one, but I was insistent on only one suggestion.   Naeem recommended DCity Smokehouse, and their smoked chicken wings. Now everyone who has read this blog before understands my love for chicken wings and BBQ. It looks like I will be visiting DCity Smokehouse real soon!!


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