Tejus Parikh

After 14 years of working on startups in Atlanta, GA, in 2018 I moved cross country to be an IC for Amazon.com in Seattle. This blog contains occasional musings about software development and working in the field. If that sounds interesting, follow me on or connect on Linkedin.

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On Being a Remote Worker

Posted by Tejus Parikh on March 05, 2020

Seattle is in the midst of one of the largest work from home trials in the largest work-from-home trials in recent corporate history. The COVID-19 outbreak has caused may of our large employers, including Microsoft, Nordstroms, Expedia, Fred Hutch, and Amazon, to advise their employees to practice social distancing and stay away from the office at least until the end of the month. I was remote through most of 2017 and in that period I quickly learned that being remote for a sustained period is very different than the occasional WFH day. Through that experience I developed a set of best practices that made that experience work for me, which may help others that found out this morning that their physical presence is not requested.

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Layout comprehensives in an agile process

Posted by Tejus Parikh on June 09, 2020

When you peel back the covers on most agile software teams you'll often find a collection of processes that are more accurately modeled by a waterfall. Comprehensive layouts ("comps") created by design teams to often put a hard stop to any true agile process. Comprehensives look like an application. This is doubly true with modern mock-up tools that can simulate user flow. So when it comes time to evaluate the output of the engineering team, there is a natural inclination to compare the live application to the comp and determine success based on how closely they match. This is not agile.

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