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

Software Process and Measurement Cast

Release Date: 03/15/2020

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Software Process and Measurement Cast

The Software Process and Measurement Cast 618 is a conversation about “process” that I had with two great people, Mike King and Beth Leonard, in March of 2020. Just doing the process to check the box for a rating or certification, whether the CMMI, CMMC, Scrum, or any other framework, destroys legitimacy and trust.  

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Software Process and Measurement Cast

The Agile Online Summit was created for people who couldn’t attend major conferences. This will be its third year, and the main goal is to bring major level agile speakers to people all over the world as well as spotlight some up and coming agile coaches and trainers.  October 26th to 30th, 2020, Live and recorded too. https://bit.ly/3gNR2Bw 

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Software Process and Measurement Cast

The Software Process and Measurement Cast 617 features our essay on rediscovering productivity.  One of the tools I have embraced is Pomodoro. It is a great approach to staying focused and helps unwonkify time in my home office!

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Software Process and Measurement Cast

The Agile Online Summit was created for people who couldn’t attend major conferences. This will be its third year, and the main goal is to bring major level agile speakers to people all over the world as well as spotlight some up and coming agile coaches and trainers. October 26th to 30th, 2020, Live and recorded too. https://bit.ly/3gNR2Bw

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Software Process and Measurement Cast

The SPaMCAST 616 features our interview with Tom Henricksen. Tom brings the industry two great events the DevOps and the Agile Online Summits. He is also an active thought leader in the agile community. During his recent visit to the podcast, we talked about the exciting changes to this year’s Agile Online Summit. We also chatted about how creating and scaling the summit has changed how he thinks about the world.  Tom is passionate about fostering learning and sharpening the saw.

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Software Process and Measurement Cast

The Software Process and Measurement Cast 615 features my discussion with Jeff Dalton  Jeff and I discussed the new cybersecurity model, the CMMC, and the need for a hyper-focus on cybersecurity. The use of this new model can not be just another plaque on the wall!  

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The Software Process and Measurement Cast 614 features our interview with Jennifer Bonine.  Jennifer and I talked AI, the impact of AI on the future of work, and how to re-skill for the next industrial revolution. This is not science fiction, and the future is not as far away as you might think.  

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Software Process and Measurement Cast

The Software Process and Measurement Cast 613 features our essay on directive and non-directive coaching. DIrective coaches, akin to many athletic coaches, are a hard sell at the team level. Non-directive coaches, akin to mentors, are not always viewed as effective by senior leaders. In reality, it is not cut and dry.

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Software Process and Measurement Cast

The Software Process and Measurement Cast 612 features a conversation with Woody Zuill and Allan Kelly on the topic of being an agile guide. I have felt that the term coach was overused for more than a few years. Woody and Allan put a voice to a topic that I started writing about earlier this summer describing the term 'agile guide'. Over the past 14 years, there have been a number of conversations that changed how I think and work.  This is certainly one of those gestalt moments.  

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Software Process and Measurement Cast

The Software Process and Measurement Cast 611 features our conversation with Jeff Smith. Jeff and I talked about his new book, Operational Anti-Patterns with DevOps Solutions. Our conversation branched out to cover DevOps and how writing a book changes your perception of life. The conversation was the most clear-eyed and penetrating conversation on DevOps I have had on the podcast. Jeff challenged all of us to recognize that we can make a difference.

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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!

Nancy’s Bio:

Nancy Kastl is an accomplished professional with over thirty-five years of experience as a consultant, facilitator, and instructor in software quality and testing. As an entrepreneur and consultant, she brings her expertise in strategic planning, quality management, software testing, process re-engineering, and measurement to every engagement. 

As the executive director of SPR’s Testing Services, she provides thought leadership to clients, formulates solutions to their needs, and provides daily guidance and oversight to SPRs on-shore testing team in Chicago. She is the founder and President of the Chicago Quality Assurance Association. Nancy is a frequent conference speaker and served as the QUEST conference chairperson for twelve years. She loves photography, being surrounded by nature, and traveling.

Reach out to Nancy on LinkedIn at linkedin.com/in/nancy-kastl-416170 

And check out SPR at https://spr.com/work/

Re-Read Saturday News 

This week we continue our re-read of Crucial Conversations: Tools for Talking When Stakes Are High, Second Edition by Patterson, Grenny, McMillan, Switzler with Chapter 3, Start With Heart.  This chapter begins to teach the reader “how” to dialog. Start with heart means that we have to establish our goal before getting involved in a dialog. 

Week 1 - Logistics, Forewards, and Preface - http://bit.ly/2wls1Mq 

Week 2 - Chapter 1: What’s a crucial conversation? And who cares? - http://bit.ly/3a7Kivp 

Week 3 – Chapter 2: The Power of Dialogue http://bit.ly/3aO4cMa  

Week 4 - Chapter 3: Start With Heart - http://bit.ly/2UbJizK 

If you do not have a copy or have tossed it at someone during a crucial conversation, it is time to buy a copy. Please use the link https://amzn.to/34RuZ6V (using the link helps support the blog and podcast).

Book Club Starting Soon

Jon M Quigley and I are starting an online book club to read and discuss the classic books that underpin the lean, quality and agile movements.  The name of the book club is “Quality, Agile, and Lean Classic Books: Greatness in the Workplace”. The first book is Out Of The Crisis by Deming (don’t have a copy — https://amzn.to/32XAH81

We are starting our dialog on Friday, April 10th and the event will run over 7 sessions (we will avoid as many religious and national holidays as possible). We are only opening 10 seats for each group of sessions. We are changing a one time fee of $3.13 which equates to 4.95 (ish) once Eventbrite factors in their fees to encourage people that sign up to show up.

More information and sign up at http://bit.ly/2IsPPkf 

Next SPaMCAST

The SPaMCAST 591 will feature my interview with Shelisa Bainbridge.  Shelisa is the Head of Human Centered Delivery (HCD) at Agile by Design. We talked about human-centered design, why design thinking is important, women in tech and agile, and more. This is a powerful interview with a ton of useful ideas.

Also, I may have some special content in the feed over the next few weeks. A little lagniappe because we all deserve it right now.