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 661 - Jumping The Queue and Remedies, Risk Management, Hybrid Agile, Essays and Conversations 07/25/2021
SPaMCAST 661 - Jumping The Queue and Remedies, Risk Management, Hybrid Agile, Essays and Conversations 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.
info_outline SPaMCAST 660 - AIoT, Doing Business Differently, An Interview with Rob Rastovich 07/18/2021
SPaMCAST 660 - AIoT, Doing Business Differently, An Interview with Rob Rastovich 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.
info_outline SPaMCAST 659 - The Impact of Adopting ERP Packages, An Interview with Christiano Gherardini 07/11/2021
SPaMCAST 659 - The Impact of Adopting ERP Packages, An Interview with Christiano Gherardini 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.
info_outline SPaMCAST 658 - Prioritization, Testing, Agile Performance Holarchy, Essays and Conversations 07/04/2021
SPaMCAST 658 - Prioritization, Testing, Agile Performance Holarchy, Essays and Conversations 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?
info_outline SPaMCAST 657 - Teams, Value Chains, and Coaching, A Conversation With Søren Pedersen 06/27/2021
SPaMCAST 657 - Teams, Value Chains, and Coaching, A Conversation With Søren Pedersen 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.
info_outline SPaMCAST 656 - Gig Economy and Making The Market, A Conversation With Rahul Aggarwal 06/20/2021
SPaMCAST 656 - Gig Economy and Making The Market, A Conversation With Rahul Aggarwal 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.
info_outline SPaMCAST 655 - Product Pricing and Scale, A Conversation With Ajit Ghuman 06/13/2021
SPaMCAST 655 - Product Pricing and Scale, A Conversation With Ajit Ghuman 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.
info_outline SPaMCAST 654 - Monotasking, A Conversation With Staffan Nöteberg 06/06/2021
SPaMCAST 654 - Monotasking, A Conversation With Staffan Nöteberg 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.
info_outline SPaMCAST 653 - Work Entry An Introduction, Product Backlog and Projects, Conversations and Essays 05/30/2021
SPaMCAST 653 - Work Entry An Introduction, Product Backlog and Projects, Conversations and Essays 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.
info_outline SPaMCAST 652 - Intellectual Property Protection and Software, A Conversation With Rick Martin 05/23/2021
SPaMCAST 652 - Intellectual Property Protection and Software, A Conversation With Rick Martin 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.
info_outline SPaMCAST 651 - Cybersecurity: A Conversation With Dr Eric Cole 05/16/2021
SPaMCAST 651 - Cybersecurity: A Conversation With Dr Eric Cole This week Dr. Eric Cole and I talk cybersecurity and entrepreneurship. Most of you will have been on the edge of your seat while you tracked the news of the ransomware attack on the Colonial Pipeline. Security can not be an afterthought. Remember this is not a drill; this not hype.
info_outline SPaMCAST 650 - Work Entry Patterns, Many Types of User Stories, Essays and Conversations 05/09/2021
SPaMCAST 650 - Work Entry Patterns, Many Types of User Stories, Essays and Conversations Work entry, in its simplest form, is the steps needed for work to be triaged to ensure that it is the right work, that it is ready to be worked on, and the priority of the work. This week we talk about five common patterns. On Tuesday I will include the PDF in the feed to see if I can spur a discussion about other patterns.
info_outline SPaMCAST 649 - Making Shift Happen, A Conversation With Tammy Gretz 05/02/2021
SPaMCAST 649 - Making Shift Happen, A Conversation With Tammy Gretz Experimentation is a dirty word in many organizations, however, it can be a powerful tool to drive and guide change. Tammy Gretz shares how she adopted experiments in her practice and how she uses them to change the behavior and culture of people and organizations.
info_outline SPaMCAST 648 - Technical Debt, Code As A Liability, A Conversation With Alex Omeyer 04/25/2021
SPaMCAST 648 - Technical Debt, Code As A Liability, A Conversation With Alex Omeyer Alex Omeyer and I discussed defining, tracking, and measuring technical debt. Technical debt generates a liability that every organization must deal with. As Alex states, “tech debt might not be the sexiest topic” but if teams and organizations don’t address their liabilities it will be difficult to deliver the value customers need and expect.
info_outline SPaMCAST 647 - Fixing Work Entry, Hybrid-Agile, Essays and Conversations 04/18/2021
SPaMCAST 647 - Fixing Work Entry, Hybrid-Agile, Essays and Conversations The majority of work entry problems are caused by eight problems. The eight problems often occur in clusters and are a reflection of organizational culture. Fixing any problem starts with recognizing that problem.
info_outline SPaMCAST 646 - Reduce Cost and Risk With Off-Premise Infrastructure, A Conversation with Albert Ahdoot 04/11/2021
SPaMCAST 646 - Reduce Cost and Risk With Off-Premise Infrastructure, A Conversation with Albert Ahdoot In the Software Process and Measurement Cast 646, Albert Ahdoot and I focus on discussing the impact of strong off-premise infrastructure on the delivery of value, the impact on the bottom line, and the mitigation of risk.
info_outline SPaMCAST 645 - Getting A Handle on Data Security, A Conversation with Paul Katzoff 04/04/2021
SPaMCAST 645 - Getting A Handle on Data Security, A Conversation with Paul Katzoff The headlines of 3 and 4 April 2021 are stark - the data of 533 million Facebook users available on the web (change your password now). You have 533 MILLION reasons to take Paul Katzoff’s message on data security to heart.
info_outline SPaMCAST 644 - Teams Are Important,Static and Dynamic Testing, Essays and Discussions 03/28/2021
SPaMCAST 644 - Teams Are Important,Static and Dynamic Testing, Essays and Discussions At the core of agile is the belief that the team is the fundamental building block of work. Because they are so important, organizations put tons of effort into helping and guiding teams. The problem is not that teams aren’t important or that we aren’t working hard to make them better, teams are still chronically messed up.
info_outline SPaMCAST 643 - Software Craftsmanship, An Interview With Caleb Woods, CEO RoleModel Software 03/21/2021
SPaMCAST 643 - Software Craftsmanship, An Interview With Caleb Woods, CEO RoleModel Software This week, Caleb Woods, CEO and Senior Software Craftsman at RoleModel Software joins the podcast. Caleb and I talk about the role of craftsmanship in developing and maintaining software (or really anything else).
info_outline SPaMCAST 642 - Scrum Master, Your Next CEO - A Conversation With Vasco Duarte 03/14/2021
SPaMCAST 642 - Scrum Master, Your Next CEO - A Conversation With Vasco Duarte Vasco Duarte returns to the podcast to discuss the Scrum Master. Scrum Masters are the face of agile in many organizations. Helping team facilitators get the role right benefits not only the agile community but every business they are involved with!
info_outline SPaMCAST 641 - The Agile Coaching Code of Ethics, A Conversation With Shane Hastie and Craig Smith 03/07/2021
SPaMCAST 641 - The Agile Coaching Code of Ethics, A Conversation With Shane Hastie and Craig Smith In the podcast this week, we discuss the Agile Coaching Code of Ethics and the process of building an ethical foundation. Shane Hastie and Craig Smith have been leading the effort to craft a useful Agile Coaching Code of Ethics for the past year. These two thought leaders have helped to pull together a diverse group of coaches, and then guide that herd of cats in order to create a new force to guide agile coaches of all stripes.
info_outline SPaMCAST 640 - Communities of Practice Goals, User Stories, Essays and Conversations 02/28/2021
SPaMCAST 640 - Communities of Practice Goals, User Stories, Essays and Conversations The idea of Communities of Practice is thrown around a lot in organizations, often without thinking about the goals of a CoP. Why? Organizations are increasingly becoming more diverse and distributed, while at the same time pursuing mechanisms to increase collaboration between groups and consistency of knowledge and practice.
info_outline SPaMCAST 639 - Chaos Engineering, A Conversation With Mikolaj Pawlikowski 02/21/2021
SPaMCAST 639 - Chaos Engineering, A Conversation With Mikolaj Pawlikowski 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!
info_outline SPaMCAST 638 - Cybersecurity and IoT, A Conversation With Paul Clayson 02/14/2021
SPaMCAST 638 - Cybersecurity and IoT, A Conversation With Paul Clayson This week we connect with Paul Clayson to talk about cybersecurity in the IoT space. When you are dealing with extreme constraints being secure is complicated and doing nothing is a really bad option. Paul also weighs in on the CMMC (new security model) and serial entrepreneurism.
info_outline SPaMCAST 637 - Process Improvement Disconnected, Cost of Poor Quality, Essays and Conversation 02/07/2021
SPaMCAST 637 - Process Improvement Disconnected, Cost of Poor Quality, Essays and Conversation 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.
info_outline SPaMCAST 636 - User Stories, Entrepreneurship, Agile Ready, A Conversation With Tony Timbol 01/31/2021
SPaMCAST 636 - User Stories, Entrepreneurship, Agile Ready, A Conversation With Tony Timbol Tony Timbol of Agile Ready joins the Software Process and Measurement Cast this week. Tony and I have worked together in a past life, so we had a bit of fun poking at each other as we talked about user stories, Tony's new product, Agile Ready, and entrepreneurship. Tony delivers a number of great tips, some of which I already have put to use.
info_outline SPaMCAST 635 - Practical Ways to Manage, A Conversation with Johanna Rothman 01/24/2021
SPaMCAST 635 - Practical Ways to Manage, A Conversation with Johanna Rothman Cue the music . . . Happy Birthday, Software Process and Measurement Cast! Today we begin year 15 with a visit from Johanna Rothman. We talked about her THREE new books: Practical Ways to Manage Yourself: Modern Management Made Easy, Book 1 Practical Ways to Lead & Serve (Manage) Others: Modern Management Made Easy, Book 2 - Practical Ways to Lead an Innovative Organization: Modern Management Made Easy, Book 3 - We of course covered more ground. For example about 2/3rds of the way through we talked about why the word experiment is a dirty word in most organizations. This is a longer interview, but when I grow up I want to be just like Johanna (I am serious). Here is her bio: Johanna Rothman, known as the “Pragmatic Manager,” offers frank advice for your tough problems. She helps leaders and teams do reasonable things that work. Equipped with that knowledge, they can decide how to adapt their product development. With her trademark practicality and humor, Johanna is the author of 18 books about many aspects of product development. Her most recent books are the Modern Management Made Easy series, From Chaos to Successful Distributed Agile Teams (with Mark Kilby) and Create Your Successful Agile Project: Collaborate, Measure, Estimate, Deliver. See all her books, blog, and other resources at jrothman.com and createadaptablelife.com. The Software Process and Measurement Cast is a proud media sponsor of the DevOps Online Summit. Not to put too fine a point on it, one of the best ways to get your message heard is to speak. The crew at the DevOps Online Summit provides a phenomenal platform to network with fellow practitioners from all over the world. Start the journey to speaking at the DevOps Online Summit 2021 by submitting at Re-Read Saturday News Today we take on Chapter 7 of by Jeff Dalton. In three more weeks, we will begin (it is time to buy a copy). This week’s installment can be found at www.tomcagley.com/blog Previous installments: Week 1: - Week 2: - Week 3: - Week 4: - Week 5: - Week 6: - Week 7: - Week 8: - Next SPaMCAST User Stories and Tony Timbol will take center stage. User stories are ubiquitous in agile. Getting them right is really important. Tony gives us some ideas to move the ball forward.
info_outline SPaMCAST 634 - Organizing For Analytics In The Real World, An Interview with Rick Hall 01/17/2021
SPaMCAST 634 - Organizing For Analytics In The Real World, An Interview with Rick Hall In this edition of the Software Process and Measurement Cast, I talk with Rick Hall, CEO of Aginity. Rick and I talked about analytics, which has been Rick’s lifelong passion. Rick provides insights on how analytics fits in a modern organization and how to staff that group. We also discussed serial entrepreneurship. His advice is, if you don’t have passion for the idea, don’t try it.
info_outline SPaMCAST 633 - Disruption of Healthcare With Empathy, A Conversation With Unmesh Srivastava 01/10/2021
SPaMCAST 633 - Disruption of Healthcare With Empathy, A Conversation With Unmesh Srivastava The Podcast this week features my interview with Unmesh Srivastava. We talked about organizational culture and disrupting health care through development that is customer-focused. We also spent time discussing the need for empathy in order to find critical business needs. Unmesh points out that many times technologists think with their technology before they think with their hearts.
info_outline SPaMCAST 632- What Is Working, Working From Home. A Conversation with Dalton, McDonough, Koorse, Hurney, and Cagley 01/03/2021
SPaMCAST 632- What Is Working, Working From Home. A Conversation with Dalton, McDonough, Koorse, Hurney, and Cagley Software Process and Measurement Cast 632 reprises a panel from the 18th of March 2020 just as things were getting interesting on the working from the home front. Today we discuss what they have learned working with and supporting remote teams versus how it was supposed to work. The panel is: