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SPaMCAST 567 - Herding, Not A Solution To Work Entry, Solutions Architect and Risk Mitigation, Essays and Discussions

Software Process and Measurement Cast

Release Date: 10/06/2019

SPaMCAST 593 - Be Happy and Thrive, An Interview With Scott Crabtree show art SPaMCAST 593 - Be Happy and Thrive, An Interview With Scott Crabtree

Software Process and Measurement Cast

The SPaMCAST 593 features my interview with Scott Crabtree. Happiness at work might sound squishy, but happiness has rigorous science behind it. Simply put, happiness yields better outcomes both in terms of value delivered and our own perception of our value.

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SPaMCAST 592 - Human-Centered Design and Women In Agile, An Interview with Shelisa Bainbridge show art SPaMCAST 592 - Human-Centered Design and Women In Agile, An Interview with Shelisa Bainbridge

Software Process and Measurement Cast

The SPaMCAST 592 features my interview with Shelisa Bainbridge. We talked about human-centered design and the impact of design on the development process. This approach is core to understanding what the customer wants in a way that influences every line of code.  We also talked about how organizations adopt agile and women in agile.

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SPaMCAST 591 - Advice For Remote Teams, A Discussion with Dalton, McDonough, Koorse, Hurney, and Cagley show art SPaMCAST 591 - Advice For Remote Teams, A Discussion with Dalton, McDonough, Koorse, Hurney, and Cagley

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The SPaMCAST 591 is a very special podcast.  On the 18th of March, I convened a panel of luminaries to discuss how they were supporting and working with remote teams. I recorded both the audio and video, today I am releasing the audio version.  The panel for this show was  

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SPaMCAST 590 - Future of Testing, An Interview with Nancy Kastl show art SPaMCAST 590 - Future of Testing, An Interview with Nancy Kastl

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The SPaMCAST 590 features my interview with Nancy Kastl. Nancy and I discussed testing and the future of the testing profession. The future of testing is not cut and dry; in the short run more automation and in the long-term more codeless testing and AI might replace entry-level testers. An eye-opening interview!

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SPaMCAST 589 - Using Clean Language Questions To Refine Requirements, Virtual Agile, Essays and Discussions show art SPaMCAST 589 - Using Clean Language Questions To Refine Requirements, Virtual Agile, Essays and Discussions

Software Process and Measurement Cast

The SPaMCAST 589 features our essay on using clean language to refine requirements. As product managers, product owners, and stakeholders interact with the world and then describe a set of wants and needs they use metaphors. Clean language helps us unpack those metaphors.

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SPaMCAST 588 - Project Management: It's All Bollocks, An interview with Susie Palmer-Trew and Peter Taylor show art SPaMCAST 588 - Project Management: It's All Bollocks, An interview with Susie Palmer-Trew and Peter Taylor

Software Process and Measurement Cast

The SPaMCAST 588 features our interview with Susie Palmer-Trew and Peter Taylor.  We discussed their new book Project Management: It's All Bollocks!  It was great to meet Susie and renew our conversation with Peter. We talked about the assumptions that the profession of project management makes and why we should challenge those assumptions. The episode has the subtitle (you will discover it ½ way through the interview) 

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SPaMCAST 587 - Fixing Your Scrum, An Interview with Todd Miller and Ryan Ripley show art SPaMCAST 587 - Fixing Your Scrum, An Interview with Todd Miller and Ryan Ripley

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For SPaMCAST 587 we are going to break cadence and feature another interview. Ryan Ripley, Todd Miller and I discussed their new book Fixing Your Scrum: Practical Solutions to Common Scrum Problems. We discussed how to define broken scrum processes. Ryan and Todd make the point that Scrum is so much more than a checklist of practices to follow, yet that's exactly how many organizations practice it.

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SPaMCAST 586 - Great Big Agile and The Agile Performance Holarchy, An Interview with Jeff Dalton show art SPaMCAST 586 - Great Big Agile and The Agile Performance Holarchy, An Interview with Jeff Dalton

Software Process and Measurement Cast

The SPaMCAST 586 features our interview with Jeff Dalton. We talked about his book Great Big Agile and the Agile Performance Holarchy. One of the topics we explored in this podcast is the relationship between being a professional musician and a software developer. Jeff brings his wisdom and humor to the podcast again to help listeners learn from high-performance agile organizations!

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SPaMCAST 585 - Most Agile Transformations Ignore Technical Skills, A Conversation with Susan Parente and Jon M Quigley show art SPaMCAST 585 - Most Agile Transformations Ignore Technical Skills, A Conversation with Susan Parente and Jon M Quigley

Software Process and Measurement Cast

The SPaMCAST 585 features an intimate conversation between Jon M Quigley, Susan Parente, and myself. We discussed experimentation, learning, and a deep dive into whether agile transformations do enough to prepare technical teams to get the maximum value from agile. 

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SPaMCAST 584 - The Art of Agile Product Ownership, An Interview with Allan Kelly show art SPaMCAST 584 - The Art of Agile Product Ownership, An Interview with Allan Kelly

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SPaMCAST 584, the first interview of our 14th year of the SPaMCAST, features our interview with Allan Kelly. We discussed his new book, The Art of Agile Product Ownership: A Guide for Product Managers, Business Analysts, and Entrepreneurs. The role of a product owner is hard and often misunderstood.  Allan offers practical advice on sorting the role out.

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More Episodes

This week in SPaMCAST 567  we discuss the impact of herding on work entry.  Herding in decision making effectively takes “no” off the table, leading to uncontrolled work entry. This type of behavior is response-driven and dangerous.

We will also have a visit from Gene Hughson to complete his three-part discussion of the solution architect. Today we discuss the solution architect as risk mitigation. 

Re-Read Saturday News

This week in our re-read of Thinking, Fast and Slow, we have a chapter that needs to be read by anyone ever who has been asked for an estimate… ever.  The chapter title is The Outside View and makes the case for another point of view when estimating.

Remember, if you do not have a favorite, dog-eared copy of Thinking, Fast and Slow, please buy a copy.  Using the links in this blog entry helps support the blog and its alter-ego, The Software Process and Measurement Cast. Buy a copy on Amazon,  It’s time to get reading!

This week’s installment! Chapter 23: The Outside View http://bit.ly/35dOibJ 

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Next SPaMCAST

SPaMCAST 568 will feature a discussion with Sandeep Koorse.  Sandeep returns to talk Agile mindset, passion, and experimentation.