Software Process and Measurement Cast
Interviews, essays, facts, and tips about agile and lean agile development, process improvement, and measurement in delivery of value!
info_outline SPaMCAST 605 - Product Owners and Retrospectives, A Conversation With Jodie Kane 06/28/2020
SPaMCAST 605 - Product Owners and Retrospectives, A Conversation With Jodie Kane The Software Process and Measurement Cast 605 features our interview with Jodie Kane. Jodie and I discussed involving product owners in retrospectives. Jodie suggests the answer should not be cut and dry but rather context-driven.
info_outline SPaMCAST 604 - Continuous improvement, Definition of Quality, Essays and Discussions 06/21/2020
SPaMCAST 604 - Continuous improvement, Definition of Quality, Essays and Discussions The Software Process and Measurement Cast 604 features a presentation that I did on the need for organizations to lean into processes improvement as the current disaster abates (at least for the time being). Continuous improvement can’t be just a slogan during an economic downturn.
info_outline SPaMCAST 603 - Mobbing And Joy, An Interview With Austin Chadwick 06/14/2020
SPaMCAST 603 - Mobbing And Joy, An Interview With Austin Chadwick The Software Process and Measurement Cast 603 features my interview with Austin Chadwick. Austin and I talked mobbing, but perhaps more importantly to me, Austin talked about the impact of finding joy in everything you do. The latter was one of those serendipitous discoveries that makes the interviews for the podcast so much fun. I hope you enjoy the conversation as much as I did.
info_outline SPaMCAST 602 - Reactive Application Development, An Interview with Duncan DeVore 06/07/2020
SPaMCAST 602 - Reactive Application Development, An Interview with Duncan DeVore The Software Process and Measurement Cast 602 features my interview with Duncan DeVore, the co-author of Reactive Application Development. Duncan and I talked about reactive design patterns, adopting a reactive architecture, and how writing a book changes your outlook on life. It was a really cool discussion that covered technical and non-technical topics.
info_outline Delay! 06/01/2020
Delay! A quick update for readers and listeners: both the blog entries for Saturday and Sunday and the podcast episode scheduled for Sunday, May 31, 2020, are delayed due to issues with my month old laptop. It has decided to no longer boot (second time in one month that this issue has occurred). Since I was traveling this weekend I was not able to pull out the back-up machine until now. Rest assured, I will have things back on track beginning Tuesday.
info_outline SPaMCAST 601 - The CEO As Leader and Visionary, An Interview With Brian Weaver 05/24/2020
SPaMCAST 601 - The CEO As Leader and Visionary, An Interview With Brian Weaver The Software Process and Measurement Cast 601 features my interview with Brian Weaver. Brian is the Founder and CEO of Torch.AI. We covered a wide range of topics, including AI and agile, and the role of leadership in creating an environment where extraordinary results are possible.
info_outline SPaMCAST 600 - Team Self-selection, A Discussion WIth Sandy Mamoli 05/17/2020
SPaMCAST 600 - Team Self-selection, A Discussion WIth Sandy Mamoli SPaMCAST 600, yes 600, features my interview with Sandy Mamoli. We talked about teams and the book she co-authored, Creating Great Teams: How Self-Selection Lets People Excel. Sandy’s unique perspective as a world-class athlete and Agile Coach allows her to deliver options about forming teams you didn’t know you had!
info_outline A Special Announcement 05/14/2020
A Special Announcement Today, a special announcement: I would like to introduce you to the Patterns Video Podcast. Ben Woznicki and I have been working on this project for nearly six months and it is finally time to stop starting and start shipping (that’s an agile joke).
info_outline SPaMCAST 599 - Tameflow, The Third Way, A Conversation with Steve Tendon 05/10/2020
SPaMCAST 599 - Tameflow, The Third Way, A Conversation with Steve Tendon SPaMCAST 599 will feature my conversation with Steve Tendon. Steve and I talked about his Tameflow books, the genesis of the framework, the Theory of Constraints, and of course Herbie. Steve provides several profound pieces of wisdom for increasing value.
info_outline SPaMCAST 598 - Recognizing A Toxic Meeting Culture. Continuous Learning - Essays and Discussions 05/03/2020
SPaMCAST 598 - Recognizing A Toxic Meeting Culture. Continuous Learning - Essays and Discussions SPaMCAST 598 features our essay titled, Recognizing A Toxic Meeting Culture. Just because you are meeting remotely doesn’t mean meeting culture has been reset. Now even more than when we are all together, getting meeting culture right is critical to maximizing communication.
info_outline SPaMCAST 597 - Intentional Serendipity, A Panel Discussion with Laberge, Parente, Voris, Sweeney, and Cagley 04/26/2020
SPaMCAST 597 - Intentional Serendipity, A Panel Discussion with Laberge, Parente, Voris, Sweeney, and Cagley The SPaMCAST 597 features a special panel of leaders discussing working from home now and after the initial reaction to being remote has worn off. One of the important points that we discussed was the need to make space for intentional serendipity. The panel is composed of Paul Laberge, Susan Parente, John Voris, Jo Ann Sweeney, and your host.
info_outline SPaMCAST 596 - Sharpening The Saw, An Interview With Tom Henricksen 04/19/2020
SPaMCAST 596 - Sharpening The Saw, An Interview With Tom Henricksen The SPaMCAST 596 features our interview with Tom Henricksen. Tom brings the industry the DevOps and the Agile Online Summits and is an active thought leader in the agile community. We talked about how events like his Summits foster learning and sharpening the saw. Tom suggests that tuning your skills and capabilities has never been more important as the economy struggles to get going again.
info_outline SPaMCAST 595 - Unit Testing Principles, An Interview with Vladimir Khorikov 04/12/2020
SPaMCAST 595 - Unit Testing Principles, An Interview with Vladimir Khorikov The SPaMCAST 595 features our interview with Vladimir Khorikov. Vladimir and I geeked out on unit testing and his new book, Unit Testing Principles, Practices, and Patterns. Our conversations covered the gamut with a discussion of writing from first principles, understanding and tuning the signal-to-noise ratio in unit testing, and tests that are better at proving the negative than the positive.
info_outline DevOps Online Summit 2020 Promo! 04/08/2020
DevOps Online Summit 2020 Promo! The DevOps Online Summit 2020 is an online event for DevOps professionals. We will have interviews with DevOps leaders and Ask Me Anything sessions. So wherever you are in the world you can attend these online sessions. It will start Monday, April 20, 2020, and run through Friday, April 24, 2020.
info_outline SPaMCAST 594 - Behold the Cryptopreneurs, An interview with Dennis Lewis 04/05/2020
SPaMCAST 594 - Behold the Cryptopreneurs, An interview with Dennis Lewis The SPaMCAST 594 features our interview with Dennis Lewis. Mr. Lewis, author of Behold the Cryptopreneurs, and I talked about how blockchain and cryptocurrencies are changing all types of software development. Dennis provides great advice for technologists and entrepreneurs that is immediately actionable (without violating social distancing).
info_outline SPaMCAST 593 - Be Happy and Thrive, An Interview With Scott Crabtree 03/29/2020
SPaMCAST 593 - Be Happy and Thrive, An Interview With Scott Crabtree The SPaMCAST 593 features my interview with Scott Crabtree. Happiness at work might sound squishy, but happiness has rigorous science behind it. Simply put, happiness yields better outcomes both in terms of value delivered and our own perception of our value.
info_outline SPaMCAST 592 - Human-Centered Design and Women In Agile, An Interview with Shelisa Bainbridge 03/22/2020
SPaMCAST 592 - Human-Centered Design and Women In Agile, An Interview with Shelisa Bainbridge The SPaMCAST 592 features my interview with Shelisa Bainbridge. We talked about human-centered design and the impact of design on the development process. This approach is core to understanding what the customer wants in a way that influences every line of code. We also talked about how organizations adopt agile and women in agile.
info_outline SPaMCAST 591 - Advice For Remote Teams, A Discussion with Dalton, McDonough, Koorse, Hurney, and Cagley 03/19/2020
SPaMCAST 591 - Advice For Remote Teams, A Discussion with Dalton, McDonough, Koorse, Hurney, and Cagley The SPaMCAST 591 is a very special podcast. On the 18th of March, I convened a panel of luminaries to discuss how they were supporting and working with remote teams. I recorded both the audio and video, today I am releasing the audio version. The panel for this show was
info_outline SPaMCAST 590 - Future of Testing, An Interview with Nancy Kastl 03/15/2020
SPaMCAST 590 - Future of Testing, An Interview with Nancy Kastl The SPaMCAST 590 features my interview with Nancy Kastl. Nancy and I discussed testing and the future of the testing profession. The future of testing is not cut and dry; in the short run more automation and in the long-term more codeless testing and AI might replace entry-level testers. An eye-opening interview!
info_outline SPaMCAST 589 - Using Clean Language Questions To Refine Requirements, Virtual Agile, Essays and Discussions 03/08/2020
SPaMCAST 589 - Using Clean Language Questions To Refine Requirements, Virtual Agile, Essays and Discussions The SPaMCAST 589 features our essay on using clean language to refine requirements. As product managers, product owners, and stakeholders interact with the world and then describe a set of wants and needs they use metaphors. Clean language helps us unpack those metaphors.
info_outline SPaMCAST 588 - Project Management: It's All Bollocks, An interview with Susie Palmer-Trew and Peter Taylor 03/01/2020
SPaMCAST 588 - Project Management: It's All Bollocks, An interview with Susie Palmer-Trew and Peter Taylor The SPaMCAST 588 features our interview with Susie Palmer-Trew and Peter Taylor. We discussed their new book Project Management: It's All Bollocks! It was great to meet Susie and renew our conversation with Peter. We talked about the assumptions that the profession of project management makes and why we should challenge those assumptions. The episode has the subtitle (you will discover it ½ way through the interview)
info_outline SPaMCAST 587 - Fixing Your Scrum, An Interview with Todd Miller and Ryan Ripley 02/23/2020
SPaMCAST 587 - Fixing Your Scrum, An Interview with Todd Miller and Ryan Ripley For SPaMCAST 587 we are going to break cadence and feature another interview. Ryan Ripley, Todd Miller and I discussed their new book Fixing Your Scrum: Practical Solutions to Common Scrum Problems. We discussed how to define broken scrum processes. Ryan and Todd make the point that Scrum is so much more than a checklist of practices to follow, yet that's exactly how many organizations practice it.
info_outline SPaMCAST 586 - Great Big Agile and The Agile Performance Holarchy, An Interview with Jeff Dalton 02/16/2020
SPaMCAST 586 - Great Big Agile and The Agile Performance Holarchy, An Interview with Jeff Dalton The SPaMCAST 586 features our interview with Jeff Dalton. We talked about his book Great Big Agile and the Agile Performance Holarchy. One of the topics we explored in this podcast is the relationship between being a professional musician and a software developer. Jeff brings his wisdom and humor to the podcast again to help listeners learn from high-performance agile organizations!
info_outline SPaMCAST 585 - Most Agile Transformations Ignore Technical Skills, A Conversation with Susan Parente and Jon M Quigley 02/09/2020
SPaMCAST 585 - Most Agile Transformations Ignore Technical Skills, A Conversation with Susan Parente and Jon M Quigley The SPaMCAST 585 features an intimate conversation between Jon M Quigley, Susan Parente, and myself. We discussed experimentation, learning, and a deep dive into whether agile transformations do enough to prepare technical teams to get the maximum value from agile.
info_outline SPaMCAST 584 - The Art of Agile Product Ownership, An Interview with Allan Kelly 02/02/2020
SPaMCAST 584 - The Art of Agile Product Ownership, An Interview with Allan Kelly SPaMCAST 584, the first interview of our 14th year of the SPaMCAST, features our interview with Allan Kelly. We discussed his new book, The Art of Agile Product Ownership: A Guide for Product Managers, Business Analysts, and Entrepreneurs. The role of a product owner is hard and often misunderstood. Allan offers practical advice on sorting the role out.
info_outline SPaMCAST 583 - Pros and Cons of Hybridizing Agile Frameworks, A Discussion With Anthony Mersino and Susan Parente 01/26/2020
SPaMCAST 583 - Pros and Cons of Hybridizing Agile Frameworks, A Discussion With Anthony Mersino and Susan Parente Happy Birthday to the Software Process and Measurement Cast. SPaMCAST 583 marks the beginning of the Podcast’s 14th year! The first podcast of year 14 features a three-way discussion between Susan Parente, Anthony Mersino, and myself. We discussed the pros and cons of hybridizing agile frameworks. Hybridizing agile approaches is a lightning rod concept in many circles. Susan, Anthony and I have different experiences and opinions on the topic. The conversation was spirited.
info_outline SPaMCAST 582 - IMPACT, 21st Century Change Management, An interview with Paul Gibbons 01/19/2020
SPaMCAST 582 - IMPACT, 21st Century Change Management, An interview with Paul Gibbons SPaMCAST 582 features our interview with Paul Gibbons. We discussed his book IMPACT: 21st Century Change Management, Behavioral Science, Digital Transformation, and the Future of Work. The interview started by exploring the high-level factors that influence change and then spun down into areas such as the future of work, biases, and de-biasing. Organization Change which we discussed on SPaMCAST 480. The ideas that Paul shares are thought-provoking and will improve how you think about change.
info_outline SPaMCAST 581 - Technical Skills, Experimentation, Responsibility, A Discussion with Kim Pries and Jeremy Berriault 01/12/2020
SPaMCAST 581 - Technical Skills, Experimentation, Responsibility, A Discussion with Kim Pries and Jeremy Berriault SPaMCAST 581 features a discussion on whether most agile transformations have provided teams with the technical skills to be successful with agile. Kim Pries, the Software Sensei, Jeremy Berriault, QA Corner, and I had a wide-ranging discussion covering experimentation, learning and both personal and management responsibility.
info_outline SPaMCAST 580 - The Future of the Workplace, An Interview With Bill Fox 01/05/2020
SPaMCAST 580 - The Future of the Workplace, An Interview With Bill Fox SPaMCAST 580 features our interview with Bill Fox. Bill and I discussed his new book The Future of the Workplace - https://amzn.to/2Q8z9Df. Bill has compiled a huge amount of wisdom from his amazing interviews that translated into his new book. Bill and I spent time in this interview exploring the journey to the new book and Bill’s philosophies. Our discussion highlights the benefits of a deep humanist view of leadership.