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SPaMCAST 607 - Hybrid Project Management, An Interview with Mark Tolbert and Susan Parente

Software Process and Measurement Cast

Release Date: 07/12/2020

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Today we begin year 17 of the Software Process and Measurement Cast with a presentation that Jeremy Berriault did at IdeaFest 2020. The presentation covered using supply chain concepts in an agile environment. When I originally recorded the session, I felt the idea was interesting but not very useful. But I am a bit of a packrat; I don’t throw anything away. Last week I listened to the presentation again. This time I could see that the idea of using supply chain concepts is a great approach to implementing value chains and mirrors why flow metrics are such a valuable concept. Jeremy was just...

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Today we revisit the topic of empathy as we mark the last show in year 16. As coaches and leaders, we are taught that being empathetic is critical. However, the blanket statement that we need to walk a mile in someone else's shoes is not all rainbows and kittens. We will also have a visit from Jon M Quigley who brings his Alpha and Omega of Product Development column to the podcast. Jon and I continue our conversation on flow and its importance for teams and leaders. Re-read Saturday News! This week Chapter 11 of looks up.  Even if you focus your agile coaching practice on teams you will...

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Luis Gonçalves returns to the Software Process and Measurement Cast to discuss his new book, Product First.  We also talked about organizational mastery and change. Become a beta reader of Product First at   Luis last joined us on , we discussed OKRs.  Luis’s Bio Luis Gonçalves is an Entrepreneur, Best Seller Author, and International Keynote Speaker. When consulting he works exclusively with Entrepreneurs, Founders, and Senior Leaders on the implementation of his game-changing "ADAPT Methodology". By following the "ADAPT Methodology" Executive Leaders will be able to...

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A funny thing happened on the way to this week’s Software Process and Measurement Cast, I was asked about managing risk in Agile. In preparation for answering the question, I reviewed and updated some of my work on the topic. So instead of flow metrics, we have an essay on risk. That is just the chance you take when you ask me a question.  Note -- I have a great question on risk to ask Susan Parente, @techriskmanager, the next time we record.  We also have a visit from Tony Timbol. Tony discusses agile requirements in an installment of his To Tell A Story column. Check out Tony at...

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Today we share our year-end panel discussion with the SPaMcast contributors and occasionally our dogs (once one gets going everyone needs to get in on the action). The topic this year is engagement. Is being on two calls at once, engagement? Does just being present tick the engagement box?  Patterns and antipatterns abound, but Is engagement really that important? The panelists for this installment are: Jeremy Berriault Jeremy Willets Susan Parente   A quick advertisement: Controlling work entry requires preparation and knowledge, building to establishing a path to control work...

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Over the years we have explored a wide range of books on Saturdays. Sometimes our re-reads reflect the real world outside software development.  For example, in 2018  we re-read by John Carreyrou, the story of Theranos and Elizabeth Anne Holmes. This year Ms. Holmes went to prison. While I don’t expect prison sentences for the subjects in the books we read in 2022, I expect the knowledge in the books we tackled to have a broader impact on the world.   In the past year, we have re-read 3.4 books – 40% is the progress on the current book according to Kindle. Links to all...

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While preparing for this week’s podcast I ran across a recording of a presentation I did at IDEAfest 2020. The topic was the seven macro trends driving software development behavior. The presentation was crafted just at the beginning of the Covid19 pandemic but the topics are still relevant, perhaps even more relevant than they were in March 2020. So to make a long story short, I re-edited the recording and decided to share the talk with those that weren’t at IDEAfest 2020 or have blanked the last two years from their memory.  I will also post the presentation in the feed for your...

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The SPaMCAST 733 features a reflection on a reflection. As I was reading Chapter 5 of (check out the re-read at ) and retrospecting on my own behavior, I replayed some past coaching experiences. The point today is less the linkage to our current re-read than the confluence of continued learning and reflection. We also have a visit from Mr. Jeremy Berriault. Jeremy and I talk about coaches who let their own biases run away with them.   Re-read Saturday News This week we re-read Chapter 5 of (Amazon Associate Link - buy a copy or two and give them to friends). Chapter 5 is titled...

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The annual Thanksgiving holiday in the US was a few days ago providing space to reflect and give thanks to everyone involved in the 16-plus years history of the Software Process and Measurement Cast blog and podcast. There is a lot to be thankful and grateful for, this week we put the spotlight on everyone that makes the SPaMCAST possible. Also, Jon M Quigley brings his Alpha and Omega of Product Development to the podcast. Jon and I discuss the idea of flow. Re-read Saturday News This week we are taking a break from our re-read of (Amazon Associate Link).  Previous Entries in Our...

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The Software Process and Measurement Cast 607 features our interview with Mark Tolbert and Susan Parente to discuss their new book Hybrid Project Management: Using Agile with Traditional PM Methodologies to Succeed on Modern Projects. Agile hybrids are often pilloried, Mark and Susan make a strong case that hybrids have a place in delivering value. Without hybrids, there are places that can't go!  

Mark’s Bio

Mark has over 30 years of experience in IT, including 27 years at Hewlett-Packard. He successfully managed support programs and projects within HP Services from 1994 through 2007. The programs and projects included a large e-selling program, a multivendor support program for a large telecommunications company, data center relocation projects, and MDM (mobile device management) programs.

Reach out to Mark on LinkedIn: linkedin.com/in/mark-tolbert-pmp-pmi-acp-90b9b38

Susan’s Bio

Susan Parente is a project engineer, consultant, speaker, author, professor, and mentor who leads large complex IT software implementation projects, and the establishment of Enterprise PMOs. She has 23+ years of experience leading software and business development projects in the private and public sectors, including a decade of experience implementing IT projects for the DoD and other federal government agencies.

Reach to Susan on
LinkedIn: linkedin.com/in/susanparente
Twitter: @TechRiskManager
Web: http://s3-tec.com/
Email: [email protected]

Re-Read Saturday News 

This week we tackle Chapter 4 of Tame your Work Flow,  The chapter is titled “Utility of Flawed Mental Models.” The goal of the chapter is to make sure we understand why reducing wait time makes sense and why that reduction has an impact on delivery.  

Remember to buy a copy of Tame your Work Flow to support the authors and blog!  

Week 1: Logistics and Front Matter - https://bit.ly/2LWJ3EY

Week 2: Prologue (The Story of Herbie) - https://bit.ly/3h4zmTi

Week 3: Explicit Mental Models - https://bit.ly/2UJUZyN 

Week 4: Flow Efficiency, Little’s Law and Economic Impact - https://bit.ly/2VrIhoL 

Week 5: Flawed Mental Models - https://bit.ly/3eqj70m  

Next SPaMCAST

The Software Process and Measurement Cast 608 will feature our essay, An Agile Team In A Waterfall Company. They exist and sometimes even flourish. Our essay explores how that is possible and how teams in this circumstance can evolve.

We will also have a visit from Gene Hughson with his Form Follows Function column.