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SPaMCAST 629 - Agile Metrics In Action- A Conversation With Christopher W H Davis

Software Process and Measurement Cast

Release Date: 12/13/2020

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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

This week we are staying with metrics and Manning Publications for a chat with Christopher W H Davis, author of Agile Metrics in Action, How to Measure and Improve Team Performance. Why more metrics?  Well first, the M in SPaMCAST is for metrics. Secondly, metrics are important tools for teams and organizations when used wisely. Many in the agile world hear the term metric or measure and run screaming from the room. I asked Chris if he thought combining 'metics' and 'agile' was an oxymoron - he thinks not. 

After you have listened, buy a copy of Chris’s book using the link http://mng.bz/r2Og Don’t pay full price by using the discount code podspam20 to get a 40% discount code (good for all Manning products in all formats).

Chris’s Bio:

Christopher Davis has been working as an engineer, manager, author, and consultant focused on innovation since the 20th century. Since coming to Microsoft 4 years ago Chris has been focused on retail innovation with Fortune 500 companies. Prior to that he worked at Nike where he designed the platform behind the Nike+ Fuelband and running apps, helped redesign their ecommerce system, and led their initial push to go cloud native, while writing the influential book on measuring software development teams, Agile Metrics in Action. Currently finishing his Ph.D. in Technical Management designing state of the art working models for human-AI collaboration, Chris also enjoys playing classical guitar and building robots with his kids.

Re-Read Saturday News 

This week the re-read of  Great Big Agile, An OS for Agile Leaders by Jeff Dalton dives into chapter 2. Chapter 2 begins Part 2 which is focused on the six Performance Circles.  Leading is first.  Jeff points out that this is the most important of the circles because an organization without strong leadership will not allow teams to self-organize. 

Remember, buy a copy and read along. 

This week’s installment 

Week 3: Performance Circle: Leading - https://bit.ly/2K3poWy 

Previous installments:

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

Week 2: The API Is Broken - https://bit.ly/2JGpe7l

Next SPaMCAST

The next Software Process and Measurement Cast will feature a reprise of a panel interview originally recorded in March and aired on SPaMCAST 597  just as the pandemic was re-writing the landscape of the workplace.  Paul Laberge, Susan Parente, Jo Ann Sweeney, John Voris, and I reconvene to reflect on an interesting year and the challenges of today’s workplace.