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 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 Wood, CEO RoleModel Software 03/21/2021
SPaMCAST 643 - Software Craftsmanship, An Interview With Caleb Wood, 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:
info_outline SPaMCAST 631 - Hackable and Ethical Hackers, A Conversation with Ted Harrington 12/27/2020
SPaMCAST 631 - Hackable and Ethical Hackers, A Conversation with Ted Harrington This week’s Software Process and Measurement Cast features our interview with Ted Harrington, author of HACKABLE: How to Do Application Security Right. Application security requires planning, coding, and testing. It is not something that you can easily remedy after the fact - it needs to be part of the conversation before you write one line of code. Ted provides insights for developers, C-level executives, and product owners.
info_outline SPaMCAST 630 - It's All About the People, A Panel Discussion with Laberge, Parente, Voris, Sweeney, and Cagley 12/20/2020
SPaMCAST 630 - It's All About the People, A Panel Discussion with Laberge, Parente, Voris, Sweeney, and Cagley In March 2020, as our world was shrinking and words like 'lockdown' and 'zoom-bombing' were becoming a reality, we recorded and aired SPaMCAST 597. Paul Laberge, Susan Parente, Jo Ann Sweeney, John Voris, and I talked about how we could create or preserve interactions leading to serendipity. Remote working was new for many people. This week we discuss what went well and what have we learned from nearly a year of working remotely.
info_outline SPaMCAST 629 - Agile Metrics In Action- A Conversation With Christopher W H Davis 12/13/2020
SPaMCAST 629 - Agile Metrics In Action- A Conversation With Christopher W H Davis This week we are staying with metrics and Manning Publications for a chat with Christopher W H Davis, author of Agile Metrics in Action, How to Measure and Improve Team Performance. Why more metrics? Well first, the M in SPaMCAST is for metrics. Secondly, metrics are important tools for teams and organizations when used wisely. Many in the agile world hear the term metric or measure and run screaming from the room. I asked Chris if he thought combining 'metics' and 'agile' was an oxymoron - he thinks not.
info_outline SPaMCAST 628 - Software Development Metrics - A Conversation With Dave Nicolette 12/06/2020
SPaMCAST 628 - Software Development Metrics - A Conversation With Dave Nicolette This week Dave Nicolette, author of Software Development Metrics from Manning Publications, and I talk about pragmatically using metrics. Dave and I talked about the value teams get from measurement regardless of the approach you are taking to deliver value. Measurement is feedback and measurement is leadership for guiding and improving how work is done.
info_outline SPaMCAST 627 - Collaboration, Fit for Use, Essays and Conversations 11/29/2020
SPaMCAST 627 - Collaboration, Fit for Use, Essays and Conversations The Software Process and Measurement Cast 627 features our essay on collaboration. Collaboration is a word that gets thrown around A LOT in team-oriented environments. I am not sure everyone means the same thing when they use the term.
info_outline SPaMCAST 626 - Custom Software Development, Entrepreneurship, Leadership, A Conversation With Jacob Glenn 11/22/2020
SPaMCAST 626 - Custom Software Development, Entrepreneurship, Leadership, A Conversation With Jacob Glenn The Software Process and Measurement Cast 626 features our interview with Jacob Glenn. Jacob and I began talking about custom software development and then branched into entrepreneurship and leadership. Finding and enabling people are critical skills for building solutions.
info_outline SPaMCAST 625 - Finding Great Developers, GitCommit Bounties, A Conversation With Drew Angell 11/15/2020
SPaMCAST 625 - Finding Great Developers, GitCommit Bounties, A Conversation With Drew Angell The Software Process and Measurement Cast 625 features our interview with Drew Angell. Drew and I talk about web development, software development excellence, and how to find great developers. Being good is more than just excellence in coding -- listening and problem-solving are also needed which has led Drew to experiment with using GitCommit bounties to get great developers to self-identify.
info_outline SPaMCAST 624 - Grateful and Servant Leadership Combined, Our Stories Aren’t Getting Done!, Essays and Conversations 11/08/2020
SPaMCAST 624 - Grateful and Servant Leadership Combined, Our Stories Aren’t Getting Done!, Essays and Conversations Software Process and Measurement Cast 624 is structured a little differently. We begin with the conclusion of a three-column arc on grateful leadership from Susan Parente. Susan and I discuss how servant leadership, commonly practiced by agilists, can combine with grateful leadership to be even more powerful.
info_outline SPaMCAST 623 - Five Lines of Code, Refactoring, A Conversation with Christian Clausen 11/01/2020
SPaMCAST 623 - Five Lines of Code, Refactoring, A Conversation with Christian Clausen The Software Process and Measurement Cast 623 features my interview with Christian “Dr. Lambda” Clausen, author of Five Lines of Code from Manning Publications. Dr. Lambda delivers advice on why refactoring is a necessity and how to refactor effectively. Clean code is not an option, refactoring is a requirement for being good at coding.
info_outline SPaMCAST 622 - Cyber Threats, Ransomware, and The Cloud, A Conversation with Brian Gill 10/25/2020
SPaMCAST 622 - Cyber Threats, Ransomware, and The Cloud, A Conversation with Brian Gill The Software Process and Measurement Cast 622 features my interview with Brian Gill, CEO at Gillware. Brian is a serial entrepreneur in the software and cyber world. We discussed the importance of cybersecurity, real backups, having disaster recovery plans, and the fact that just having data in the cloud is not a security strategy.
info_outline SPaMCAST 621 - Why An Agile Coach Code of Ethics, Keeping Grateful Leadership Fresh, Conversations and Essays 10/18/2020
SPaMCAST 621 - Why An Agile Coach Code of Ethics, Keeping Grateful Leadership Fresh, Conversations and Essays The Software Process and Measurement Cast 621 features our essay on why agile coaches need a code of ethics. Agile is practiced in nearly every culture. Each culture has its own definition of duty and of right and wrong. Coaches help to establish and address the client’s needs by leveraging approaches that align with the values and principles of the Agile Manifesto. It's time for coaching to grow up and be a profession.