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

Software Process and Measurement Cast

Release Date: 02/07/2021

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Software Process and Measurement Cast

Despite the unpredictable outcome, jumping the queue is practiced by many in traffic and even more when funneling work to teams. The consequences when working on information technology products are far more predictable than driving, and they are ALWAYS bad. Let’s fix some of the problems leading to queue jumping.

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In this week’s Software Process and Measurement Cast, I speak with Rob Rastovich, CTO of ThingLogix. We talked about meeting customer needs through developing solutions using the AIoT (not a typo). This is a seachange for both businesses and developers who will need to reskill and rethink what is possible.

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In this episode, we feature our interview with Christiano Gherardini. Chris and I talk about the impact of using Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) packages on businesses and as importantly, the impact of packages and consultants as a tool to influence the direction of software development in a firm. 

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The Software Process and Measurement Cast features an essay on prioritization. There is often a difference between assigned priority and the real priority based on when teams start and complete a piece of work. This essay is part of the overall conversation on controlling work entry and answering the question: Are we working on the most important thing?

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In this podcast, I talk with Søren Pedersen.  We talk about teams, value streams, and leveraging agile to improve how teams deliver value.  We started with the definition of a team and then got into the practical nitty-gritty of defining value streams and coaching teams. 

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In Software Process and Measurement Cast 656 we stay with an agile product and entrepreneurship theme with a conversation with Rahul Aggarwal. We discussed building a business and products to support the gig economy and entrepreneurship. Rahul provides excellent advice on recognizing market needs, experimenting, pivoting when necessary, and building a business. 

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This week we dive into what is often viewed as arcane science by the development community, pricing. One critical part of the conversation focuses on whether there is an ideal pattern for product and development to work together? If not, what are the consequences? Our conversation just skims the surface of Ajit Ghuman’s new book Priced to Scale which hit the book stands in April. 

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This week is a doubleheader (baseball term for two games played by the same teams on the same day against each other). We begin our re-read of  Monotasking by Staffan Nöteberg and we have my interview with Staffan. Several years ago I read Staffan’s book on Pomodoro which changed how I work.  Monotasking might be even more useful and impactful.  We discussed how to apply the ideas in the book to improve focus, productivity, and quality of life.

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Work Entry: An Introduction, focuses on what work entry is and why it is the single most important part of determining whether a team is dependable, predictable, and even remotely agile.

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Intellectual property protection impacts almost everyone whether they are aware of it or not.  Trademarks, copyrights, patents, and trade secrets are all part of a wide-ranging discussion of IP protection in the software environment. Rick provides great insight into a rapidly evolving field. 

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More Episodes

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 or continuous improvement would be discussed earnestly at every staff meetings at every level of an organization, and at every meeting. It isn’t.

Jon M. Quigley returns with an installment of the Alpha and Omega of Product Development.  Jon and I completed an arc on product quality with a discussion of the cost of poor quality. 

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Re-Read Saturday News 

On November 28, 2020, we began the reread of Great Big Agile, An OS for Agile Leaders by Jeff Dalton. Since jumping over quite a few chapters last week I have received a few emails asking what was up. For the record, I have not had any significant traumas falling during my daily runs and walks (I was asked – I think tongue in cheek). During the re-read, we primarily focused on the chapters that revolve around the Agile Performance Holarchy (APH). I chose not to focus on the almost encyclopedic listing of techniques that is an important feature of the book, but not most groundbreaking. The listing of techniques is useful even if not using agile methods. For example practices such as continuous integration or arc of conversation aren’t dependent on using a specific framework.

Next week, we will begin Fixing Your Scrum: Practical Solutions to Common Scrum Problems (it is time to buy a copy).

This week’s installment can be found at www.tomcagley.com/blog

Previous installments:

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

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

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

Week 4: Performance Circle: Providing - http://bit.ly/3mNJJN7 

Week 5: Performance Circle: Envisioning - https://bit.ly/2JEVXdt 

Week 6: Performance Circle: Crafting - https://bit.ly/3ntsX69 

Week 7: Performance Circle: Affirming - http://bit.ly/35OvFgC 

Week 8: Performance Circle: Teaming - http://bit.ly/366CYk0 

Week 9: Using The Agile Performance Holarchy http://bit.ly/3aqs75U 

Week 10: Final Thoughts - http://bit.ly/3oTd9KR 

Next SPaMCAST

In the next podcast, I talk to Paul Clayson.  We talked about serial entrepreneurism and cybersecurity in the IoT space. Cybersecurity in the IoT space is complicated not only by the sheer number of devices and but also by available storage and processing constraints.  It is hard, and Paul provides penetrating advice!