Steph Walker-Module 10

There were many helpful things that came out of the SCRUM workshop days. I found that posting our issues and then having our SCRUM group respond to them was helpful, especially since we were in person and I was able to go up to them and ask them to walk me through whatever I was stuck on. Although, I did find it easier to just talk about the various issues rather than to post them on Slack and wait for someone to reply. I feel the same way in terms of how I helped people: it was helpful to have answers, links, or tutorials given to us in the thread below our posts, but again, I am someone who learns best by someone else walking through the task with me rather than me having to search through what feel like long lists of google results just to find my answer, and so that is the best way that I can explain something to someone. Many of the resources that were given to me, and ones that I gave to others (whether given verbally or via a Slack post), were online resources/tutorials. Many of them were links to W3 schools, which I also found myself using them as a resource for help on my own, outside of the SCRUM workshop days. Other than electronic resources, I found that it was helpful for other group members to just simply sit down with me and walk me through the HTML or CSS of whatever I was working on, as I mentioned before. Occasionally, I would also refer my group members to Codeacademy, or referencing previous WRA 210 student’s portfolio websites to get a grasp on what terms/ tags they should be googling to determine how to solve the problem that they were having. More specifically, I found myself asking my group members for help on using CSS to get things to be in the correct spot on the page (the spot you wanted it to be at). There were not very many W3 Schools pages that were specific enough to solve what I was trying to do, and so I found it more helpful to ask my peers. Often times, they were not sure right away, but eventually through trial and error of different tags and pixel amounts we figured it out. This is also what would happen when people would come and ask me for help- if I did not know the answer right away, I would do my best to work with them until we figured it out together. I learn best by researching how to solve the problems on my own, and then by having someone to walk through finishing solving the problem with, so this particular environment was helpful for me.

Besides collaborating and troubleshooting with my peers, I also spend a good amount of the SCRUM workshop class time on my own. While I was working on my own or not helping others, I found myself looking at former student’s portfolio websites- especially for common items that many people have on their pages such as navigation bars and contact forms. The student whose website I found myself referencing the most was Sarah Polega (https://msu.edu/~polegasa/about.html). Her code was very easy to follow, as she had commented out the beginning and end of each section of her code, labeling it according to the content below it/ the content it was referring to, making it easy for me to understand how to build specific parts of my website, such as what tags to use.

Also, when we first started working on the code of our websites a few weeks ago, I set myself a goal to do the best I can to try to finish my website before Thanksgiving, and I am happy to say that I am almost done, and certainly am farther than I thought I would actually be at this point, with only some very minor things to add/ fix for my website.