Software Process and Measurement Cast
Interviews, essays, facts and tips about process improvement and measurement in the Information Technology arena!
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.
info_outline SPaMCAST 579 - Fear-driven Agile Hybrids, When Testing Frameworks Don’t Work, Essays and Discussions 12/29/2019
SPaMCAST 579 - Fear-driven Agile Hybrids, When Testing Frameworks Don’t Work, Essays and Discussions SPaMCAST 579 features our essay on fear-driven agile hybrids. Most hybridization issues stem from techniques that conflict with the framework and/or agile principles due to clashes with culture or lack of knowledge. Blindly making changes will never reflect what the environment’s context demands.
info_outline SPaMCAST 578 - Business Agility Institute and HR Guilds, An Interview WIth Evan Leybourn 12/22/2019
SPaMCAST 578 - Business Agility Institute and HR Guilds, An Interview WIth Evan Leybourn SPaMCAST 578 features our interview with Evan Leybourn. Evan and I discussed HR Guilds and news from the Business Agility Institute. Evan last visited the podcast on SPaMCAST 478 as the Business Agility Institute was just being formed. Two years later it is going strong and helping change how business is done.
info_outline SPaMCAST 577 - Backlog Prioritization and Agile Myths, Essays and Discussions 12/15/2019
SPaMCAST 577 - Backlog Prioritization and Agile Myths, Essays and Discussions SPaMCAST 577 features our essay on approaches to backlog prioritization. Today we will share some background and a simple approach because sometimes a straightforward approach will fit the bill!
info_outline SPaMCAST 576 - Learning and Experimentation, A Conversation With Kim Pries 12/08/2019
SPaMCAST 576 - Learning and Experimentation, A Conversation With Kim Pries SPaMCAST 576 features a discussion on learning and experimentation with Kim Pries. Kim has coded, tested, lead, and is an author. He has also delivered pointed advice as the Software Sensei. Today we discussed the relationship between learning and experimentation which is at the heart of growing as you practice software development.
info_outline SPaMCAST 575 - Messing Up Agile Hybrids, Deming and Book Club, Essays and Discussions 12/01/2019
SPaMCAST 575 - Messing Up Agile Hybrids, Deming and Book Club, Essays and Discussions SPaMCAST 575 features our essay on the lightning-rod issue: hybridizing agile methods and techniques. We can all agree that fitting a model to an observed reality requires the flexibility to hybridize. Why do we it so wrong so often?
info_outline SPaMCAST 574 - Solutions Architect, An Interview with Ian Reynolds 11/24/2019
SPaMCAST 574 - Solutions Architect, An Interview with Ian Reynolds SPaMCAST 574 features our interview with Ian Reynolds, chief Solutions Architect at Zibtek We answered the question, What is a solution architect? The discussion coved ideas across starts-ups, medium, and large-sized businesses. Ian paints the solutions architect as an action hero whose raison d'être is to deliver business value.
info_outline SPaMCAST 573 - Backlog Prioritization Workflow, Real-life Application Architect, Essays and Discussions 11/17/2019
SPaMCAST 573 - Backlog Prioritization Workflow, Real-life Application Architect, Essays and Discussions SPaMCAST 573 features our essay using a workflow to prioritize a backlog. Items on any backlog proliferate. Product backlogs used in agile and lean development approaches are no different. Many outsiders have the mistaken notion that once on the list that that is the end of the story -- let’s dissuade them of this idea.
info_outline SPaMCAST 572 - Testability, A Conversation with Michael Larsen 11/10/2019
SPaMCAST 572 - Testability, A Conversation with Michael Larsen SPaMCAST 572 features our interview with Michael Larsen. Mr. Larsen and I battled fires, Santa Ana winds, and power cuts to have a great conversation on testability. Anyone that has participated in delivering software EVER has wrestled with a discussion of whether a story or requirement can be proved. Michael brings fresh and actionable insights into how to assure testability.
info_outline SPaMCAST 571 - The Art of Saying No, Jiu-Jitsu and Teams, Essays and Conversations 11/03/2019
SPaMCAST 571 - The Art of Saying No, Jiu-Jitsu and Teams, Essays and Conversations SPaMCAST 571 features our essay titled the Art of Saying No. I recently presented a workshop on saying no -- a simple word that is very difficult to say. During the session, three specific reasons why participants could not say no generated a huge debate. Feel free to share your opinion.
info_outline SPaMCAST 570 - Sprint Goals, Values, Essays and Discussions 10/28/2019
SPaMCAST 570 - Sprint Goals, Values, Essays and Discussions SPaMCAST 570 features our essay on the components of good sprint goals. Sprint goals provide direction and energy, and they communicate with the outside world. We provide a structure to keep goals simple and impactful.
info_outline SPaMCAST 569 - 5 Types of Meetings, QAs and Daily Scrums, Essays and Conversations 10/20/2019
SPaMCAST 569 - 5 Types of Meetings, QAs and Daily Scrums, Essays and Conversations SPaMCAST 569 features our essay on the five types of meetings. Meetings are the most important event in any organization — well that is what it seems like. Let's put a name on the five most common types in software-centric organizations.
info_outline SPaMCAST 568 - Agile Mindset, Passion, and Experimentation, An Interview With Sandeep Koorse 10/13/2019
SPaMCAST 568 - Agile Mindset, Passion, and Experimentation, An Interview With Sandeep Koorse This week in SPaMCAST 567 [568 OR 567?] marks the return of Sandeep Koorse. Sandeep brings deep insight into the Agile mindset, passion, and experimentation. All three are required for a healthy team. Sandeep last appeared as part of SPaMCAST 511.
info_outline SPaMCAST 567 - Herding, Not A Solution To Work Entry, Solutions Architect and Risk Mitigation, Essays and Discussions 10/06/2019
SPaMCAST 567 - Herding, Not A Solution To Work Entry, Solutions Architect and Risk Mitigation, Essays and Discussions This week in SPaMCAST 567 we discuss the impact of herding on work entry. Herding in decision making effectively takes “no” off the table, leading to uncontrolled work entry. This type of behavior is response-driven and dangerous.
info_outline SPaMCAST 566 - Information Security, Ransomware, and The Role Of The CISO, An Interview With Christopher Gerg 09/29/2019
SPaMCAST 566 - Information Security, Ransomware, and The Role Of The CISO, An Interview With Christopher Gerg SPaMCAST 566 features our interview with Christopher Gerg. Security issues can range from clicking on the wrong thing in emails to ransomware and is painful and costly. Security might be everybody’s responsibility however someone needs to lead the charge. Our conversation covered the role of the CISO in today’s organization, security in software development, and cybersecurity in the real world.
info_outline SPaMCAST 565 - Three Ways Ways To Mess Up Sprint Goals, Product Roadmaps, Essays and Discussions 09/22/2019
SPaMCAST 565 - Three Ways Ways To Mess Up Sprint Goals, Product Roadmaps, Essays and Discussions SPaMCAST 565 tackles three ways to mess up sprint goals. Sprint goals are a statement of the value that teams strive to deliver. It is possible to complete all of the stories or work items only to realize that the team has lost sight of the goal.