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

Software Process and Measurement Cast

Release Date: 11/29/2020

SPaMCAST 646 - Reduce Cost and Risk With Off-Premise Infrastructure, A Conversation with Albert Ahdoot show art SPaMCAST 646 - Reduce Cost and Risk With Off-Premise Infrastructure, A Conversation with Albert Ahdoot

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In the Software Process and Measurement Cast 646, Albert Ahdoot and I focus on discussing the impact of strong off-premise infrastructure on the delivery of value, the impact on the bottom line, and the mitigation of risk.

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SPaMCAST 645 - Getting A Handle on Data Security, A Conversation with Paul Katzoff show art SPaMCAST 645 - Getting A Handle on Data Security, A Conversation with Paul Katzoff

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The headlines of 3 and 4 April 2021 are stark - the data of 533 million Facebook users available on the web (change your password now).  You have 533 MILLION reasons to take Paul Katzoff’s message on data security to heart.

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SPaMCAST 644 - Teams Are Important,Static and Dynamic Testing, Essays and Discussions show art SPaMCAST 644 - Teams Are Important,Static and Dynamic Testing, Essays and Discussions

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At the core of agile is the belief that the team is the fundamental building block of work. Because they are so important, organizations put tons of effort into helping and guiding teams. The problem is not that teams aren’t important or that we aren’t working hard to make them better, teams are still chronically messed up.

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SPaMCAST 643 - Software Craftsmanship, An Interview With Caleb Wood, CEO RoleModel Software show art SPaMCAST 643 - Software Craftsmanship, An Interview With Caleb Wood, CEO RoleModel Software

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This week, Caleb Woods, CEO and Senior Software Craftsman at RoleModel Software joins the podcast. Caleb and I talk about the role of craftsmanship in developing and maintaining software (or really anything else).

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SPaMCAST 642 - Scrum Master, Your Next CEO - A Conversation With Vasco Duarte show art SPaMCAST 642 - Scrum Master, Your Next CEO - A Conversation With Vasco Duarte

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Vasco Duarte returns to the podcast to discuss the Scrum Master. Scrum Masters are the face of agile in many organizations. Helping team facilitators get the role right benefits not only the agile community but every business they are involved with!

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SPaMCAST 641 - The Agile Coaching Code of Ethics, A Conversation With Shane Hastie and Craig Smith show art SPaMCAST 641 - The Agile Coaching Code of Ethics, A Conversation With Shane Hastie and Craig Smith

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In the podcast this week, we discuss the Agile Coaching Code of Ethics and the process of building an ethical foundation.  Shane Hastie and Craig Smith have been leading the effort to craft a useful Agile Coaching Code of Ethics for the past year. These two thought leaders have helped to pull together a diverse group of coaches, and then guide that herd of cats in order to create a new force to guide agile coaches of all stripes. 

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SPaMCAST 640 - Communities of Practice Goals, User Stories, Essays and Conversations show art SPaMCAST 640 - Communities of Practice Goals, User Stories, Essays and Conversations

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The idea of Communities of Practice is thrown around a lot in organizations, often without thinking about the goals of a CoP.  Why? Organizations are increasingly becoming more diverse and distributed, while at the same time pursuing mechanisms to increase collaboration between groups and consistency of knowledge and practice.

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SPaMCAST 639 - Chaos Engineering, A Conversation With Mikolaj Pawlikowski show art SPaMCAST 639 - Chaos Engineering, A Conversation With Mikolaj Pawlikowski

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Chaos Engineering comes to the Software Process and Measurement Cast this week delivered (chaotically) by Mikolaj Pawlikoski.  Miko and I talked about the definition of chaos engineering, why chaos is not scary, and most importantly his new book Chaos Engineering, Site reliability through controlled disruption.  One of the most important side effects of chaos engineering is uninterrupted sleep caused by things not going bump in the night!

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SPaMCAST 638 - Cybersecurity and IoT, A Conversation With Paul Clayson show art SPaMCAST 638 - Cybersecurity and IoT, A Conversation With Paul Clayson

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This week we connect with Paul Clayson to talk about cybersecurity in the IoT space. When you are dealing with extreme constraints being secure is complicated and doing nothing is a really bad option. Paul also weighs in on the CMMC (new security model) and serial entrepreneurism.

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SPaMCAST 637 - Process Improvement Disconnected, Cost of Poor Quality, Essays and Conversation show art SPaMCAST 637 - Process Improvement Disconnected, Cost of Poor Quality, Essays and Conversation

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This week the Cast features our essay titled, “Collaboration - Disconnected.” The improvement imperative is driven by the need to stay competitive at a holistic level. One would expect that continuous process improvement would be discussed earnestly at every staff meeting at every level of an organization.

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More Episodes

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.