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SPaMCAST 627 - Collaboration, Fit for Use, Essays and Conversations

Software Process and Measurement Cast

Release Date: 11/29/2020

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The Software Process and Measurement Cast 627 features our essay on collaboration.  Collaboration is a word that gets thrown around A LOT in team-oriented environments. I am not sure everyone means the same thing when they use the term.

This week we also have a visit from Jon M Quigley and his Alpha and Omega of Product Development column. Jon and I talked about the idea of fit for use and its connection to quality.

Re-Read Saturday News 

This week we begin the long-anticipated re-read of Great Big Agile, An OS for Agile Leaders by Jeff Dalton. The book was published by Apress in 2019. The 356 pages (335 pages in Arabic numbers and 21 pages in Roman) are organized into an acknowledgment, foreword, preface, 73 chapters, appendix, glossary, and an index. I called this long-anticipated because the poll before the last re-read, Tame you Work Flow, had such intense competition between three books, I decided to re-read all three. Fixing Your Scrum will be next. 

This re-read will be a little different. We will not cover all 73 chapters. This is not to say that all 73 are not important; as matter of fact, the chapters we are not going to cover are the ones that I use the most. I divide Great Big Agile into three parts, part 1 covers the Agile Performance Holoarchy (Jeff breaks this into 2 parts) and includes chapters 1 - 7. The second part is a wonderful explanation of 65 agile techniques which spans chapters 8 - 72. I use these chapters as a reference and have given the book to several clients as gifts for just that reason. The third chunk is chapter 73 which discusses how to use the Agile Performance Holarchy. We will re-read the front matter, chapters 1 - 7 and 73. My intent is to complete the re-read in 10 installments over the next 11 weeks (I assume I will miss one week due to the holidays). 

Remember, buy a copy and read along. 

This week’s installment 

Week 1: Re-read Logistics and Front Matters - https://bit.ly/3mgz9P6 

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Next SPaMCAST

Next week we will talk to David Nicolette, author of  Software Development Metrics from Manning Publications. David and I talked about the value of measurement regardless of the approach you are taking to deliver value. Measurement is feedback and measurement is leadership for guiding and improving how work is done.