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SPaMCAST 665 - Organizations Culture Drive Teams, Decisions at Last Responsible Moment, Essays and Conversations

Software Process and Measurement Cast

Release Date: 08/22/2021

SPaMCAST 672 Disciplined Agile, Reinvention, A Conversation With Jonathan Lee show art SPaMCAST 672 Disciplined Agile, Reinvention, A Conversation With Jonathan Lee

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Until this week, Disciplined Agile was a topic we had not investigated on the Software Process and Measurement Cast. DA is an approach to scaling agile development.  Today, Jonathan Lee and I discuss Disciplined Agile and reinventing yourself to stay relevant in a dynamic world.  Mr. Lee’s Bio: Jonathan has over 25 years of diversified IT consulting experience working with private and public sector clients.  His latest passion is in agile coaching and delivering Disciplined Agile training to individuals and organizations that want to transform themselves to practice Business...

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SPaMCAST 671 - Is Your Scrum Master The Problem, I Have A WIP Problem, Conversations with Anthony Mersino and Susan Parente show art SPaMCAST 671 - Is Your Scrum Master The Problem, I Have A WIP Problem, Conversations with Anthony Mersino and Susan Parente

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This week we chat with my colleague, mentor, and friend Anthony Mersino. Our chat, titled, “Is Your Scrum Master The Problem?” Our conversation looks at transactive memory from the point of view of teams and Scrum Masters.  Is it a boon or a train wreck? 

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SPaMCAST 670 - Adapt, Transform Your Whole Organization, A Conversation With Luis Gonçalves show art SPaMCAST 670 - Adapt, Transform Your Whole Organization, A Conversation With Luis Gonçalves

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Luis Gonçalves and I talked about his new book introducing the ADAPT Methodology. We discussed why using a framework can help leaders stay relevant. Our conversation dovetails nicely into the Re-read Saturday focus on Project to Product. There is a lot of synergy between the ideas of Kersten and Gonçalves. 

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SPaMCAST 669 - Transactive Memory and Agile, Better Daily Scrums, Conversations and Essays show art SPaMCAST 669 - Transactive Memory and Agile, Better Daily Scrums, Conversations and Essays

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I use and observe transactive memory all the time. Used wisely, transactive memory means a team can be more than the sum of its individual members. Mess it up and you might as well put your hand in a running garbage disposal. For example, my wife remembers things like special events and then clues me in…if she is around. This week we explore when transactive memory works and when it does not.

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SPaMCAST 668 - SPaMCAST - Learning, Hybrid Work Nirvana or Trouble, A Conversation With Tom Henricksen show art SPaMCAST 668 - SPaMCAST - Learning, Hybrid Work Nirvana or Trouble, A Conversation With Tom Henricksen

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We are back from backpacking on Isle Royale. Simply awesome.  Today, we feature a discussion with Tom Henricksen.  You know Tom from the Agile Online Summit and the Dev Ops Online Summit however Tom is more than just the Summits. Today we discuss learning and then get into whether hybrid working scenarios are all they are cracked up to be. I am not sure we agreed.

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SPaMCAST 666 - Jerry Weinberg, Quality, Grandfather of Agile Summer Repost show art SPaMCAST 666 - Jerry Weinberg, Quality, Grandfather of Agile Summer Repost

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The SPaMCAST is on summer holiday for the next two weeks (SPaMCAST 666 and SPaMCAST 667. Today we are featuring an interview released on December 27, 2015, with  Gerald (Jerry) M. Weinberg. 

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Teams don’t live in a vacuum, so when the word organization gets used it reflects the influence of all sorts of organizations. Organizations facilitate teams to a greater or lesser extent. In the workplace, the employer’s organization will have the most significant impact on how teams form and perform but it is not the totality.

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The Software Process and Measurement Cast 664 features our interview with Sunny Han, CEO and Founder of Fulcrum.  Sunny and I talked about motivation, we talked agile development, and we talked about what it takes to see a vision through to reality. The ideas about engineering a communication architecture are phenomenal.  

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SPaMCAST 663 - Prioritizing Badly, Freestyling User Stories, Essays and Conversations show art SPaMCAST 663 - Prioritizing Badly, Freestyling User Stories, Essays and Conversations

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This week we explore the impact of process (it really isn’t a bad word) problems in prioritization. Prioritization requires a steady hand and consistency. The process for prioritization should have more in common with a well-oiled basketball or futbol team than five-year-olds playing soccer in the schoolyard. How the moving parts work together is a process

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SPaMCAST 662 - Backing Up SaaS Application, RIsk Mitigation, An Interview with Mike Potter show art SPaMCAST 662 - Backing Up SaaS Application, RIsk Mitigation, An Interview with Mike Potter

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In this week’s podcast, we speak with Mike Potter, CEO of Rewind.  Mike and I talk about the need to backup SaaS applications, remote and hybrid working, and entrepreneurship. This interview opened my eyes to the risks we all face by trusting SaaS application companies to back up our data. Mike also highlights in his answers how humanity in the workplace can help create special results.  

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More Episodes

The Software Process and Measurement Cast 665 features our essay on the organizational aspects that impact teams. Teams don’t live in a vacuum, so when the word organization gets used it reflects the influence of all sorts of organizations. Organizations facilitate teams to a greater or lesser extent. In the workplace, the employer’s organization will have the most significant impact on how teams form and perform but it is not the totality. Other influences can affect the structure and performance of teams. 

We will also have a visit from Jon M Quigley who will bring his Alpha and Omega of Product Development column to the podcast. In this installment, Jon and I discussed the idea of making decisions at the last responsible moment. We decided on the topic just before we began recording (just kidding). 

The SPaMCAST will be on summer holiday for the next two weeks. We will be re-releasing two favorite episodes from the archives to tide you over. 

Re-Read Saturday News 

This week concluded our re-read of  Monotasking by Staffan Nöteberg with the Afterword and some final thoughts. This book received my highest accolade for non-fiction books, “Very Useful.” I will have to read the book again in a year or so to see what nuances I missed. I think putting the ideas in the book to use every week drove the ideas home and exposed where I had misinterpreted the book during my first read. 

 

In this week’s experiment, I was able to move the phone further from the bed (I need to buy an alarm clock to move it outside of the room). Did I sleep more? I am not sure, but I am sure I was able not to look at the phone until I got up for the day which is a step.  I also was able to make sure I used my standing desk more which helped my energy level near the end of the day (and made my feet sore -- shoes maybe?).  

 

The poll for the next book in the series has begun! Note there are two books in the list I have not read yet that I am going to read and have been highly recommended. Therefore I would be happy to read them with you rather than re-read them with you. I will close the poll when I leave radio silence on August 28th’ish. 

https://poll.fm/10902769 

Mik Kersten - Project to Product

Charles Duhigg - The Power of Habit

Tony Bouzón - The Mind Map Book

Chris Voss - Never Split The Difference

Douglas Squirrel and Jeffrey Fredrick - Agile Conversations

Karin Tenelius and Lisa Gill - Moose Heads on the Table

This week’s Re-read entry: 

Week 10 - Afterword and Afterthoughts - https://bit.ly/3gmWP3v  

Previous Entries in  Monotasking by Staffan Nöteberg

Week 1 – Logistics, Game Plan, and Preface https://bit.ly/3x1oVap 

Week 2 – Introduction https://bit.ly/2TXVfwt 

Week 3 – Monotasking In A Nutshell https://bit.ly/3gGMb72 

Week 4 – Cut Down on Things to Do https://bit.ly/3wt1ENL 

Week 5 – Focus on One Task https://bit.ly/3hK2XDU 

Week 6 – Never Procrastinate –  https://bit.ly/2UXPDDp 

Week 7 – Progress Incrementally https://bit.ly/3lk8Fi0 

Week 8 – Simplify Cooperation https://bit.ly/3yAVQne 

Week 9 - Recharge Creative Thinking - https://bit.ly/3g3h0TQ 

 

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Next SPaMCAST 

Next week, the SPaMCAST will be on summer holiday.  In lieu of new content, we will present an interview released on December 27, 2015, with  Gerald (Jerry) M. Weinberg. We discussed quality and how quality is related to value.  A talk with Jerry is always profound; however, I must admit that Jerry’s humor caused me to laugh more times than I can count during our conversation. Mr. Weinberg died on August 7, 2018, I wish I had interviewed him more times for the podcast.