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 673 - What Is Agile, Product Owners, Conversations and Essays 10/17/2021
SPaMCAST 673 - What Is Agile, Product Owners, Conversations and Essays Today, we feature an essay titled, So I Asked What Is Agile. A simple question that yields interesting answers. One interesting outcome was that answers fit into three categories. We explore the process and people-oriented groups this week. I will come back to the rant category later this month.
info_outline SPaMCAST 672 Disciplined Agile, Reinvention, A Conversation With Jonathan Lee 10/10/2021
SPaMCAST 672 Disciplined Agile, Reinvention, A Conversation With Jonathan Lee 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 Agility. Jonathan is a Certified Disciplined Agile Instructor (CDAI). Jonathan has volunteered at PMI Chicagoland Chapter for many years serving on the board including serving as the Chapter President for 3 years in the past. Jonathan is a frequent speaker at PMI chapters in North America. Email: LinkedIn: Upcoming Events The Agile Online Summit! The clock is ticking! Tom Henricksen delivers one of the most innovative online conferences. This year he has upped the bar again! While you can attend the Summit for free, there are a number of innovative options to learn even more from the Summit. Please join the premier Agile Online Conference from October 25th to 27th, 2021, Register at Re-Read Saturday News One of the most influential books in my career was Peopleware by Tom DeMarco and Tim Lister. One concept in the book was the concept of flow state, being fully in the zone so that a problem or piece of work can be focused on and delivered. Flow maximizes the amount of value delivered. Demarco and Lister’s introduction to flow paved the way for my interest in The Flow Framework. Chapter 3 of Project to Product introduces the Flow Framework. Buy a copy today This Week’s Installment: Week 1: - Week 2: - Week 3: - Week 4: - https://bit.ly/3lqJTwd Next SPaMCAST Next week we have an essay titled, What is Agile? There are a few things that just need to be said. For example, just because you are doing ceremonies doesn’t make you agile and might just make you fragile. In addition, Tony Timbol brings his To Tell A Story column to the cast! In this installment, the product owner’s role is under the microscope.
info_outline SPaMCAST 671 - Is Your Scrum Master The Problem, I Have A WIP Problem, Conversations with Anthony Mersino and Susan Parente 10/03/2021
SPaMCAST 671 - Is Your Scrum Master The Problem, I Have A WIP Problem, Conversations with Anthony Mersino and Susan Parente 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?
info_outline SPaMCAST 670 - Adapt, Transform Your Whole Organization, A Conversation With Luis Gonçalves 09/26/2021
SPaMCAST 670 - Adapt, Transform Your Whole Organization, A Conversation With Luis Gonçalves 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.
info_outline SPaMCAST 669 - Transactive Memory and Agile, Better Daily Scrums, Conversations and Essays 09/19/2021
SPaMCAST 669 - Transactive Memory and Agile, Better Daily Scrums, Conversations and Essays 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.
info_outline SPaMCAST 668 - SPaMCAST - Learning, Hybrid Work Nirvana or Trouble, A Conversation With Tom Henricksen 09/12/2021
SPaMCAST 668 - SPaMCAST - Learning, Hybrid Work Nirvana or Trouble, A Conversation With Tom Henricksen 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.
info_outline SPaMCAST 666 - Jerry Weinberg, Quality, Grandfather of Agile Summer Repost 08/29/2021
SPaMCAST 666 - Jerry Weinberg, Quality, Grandfather of Agile Summer Repost 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.
info_outline SPaMCAST 665 - Organizations Culture Drive Teams, Decisions at Last Responsible Moment, Essays and Conversations 08/22/2021
SPaMCAST 665 - Organizations Culture Drive Teams, Decisions at Last Responsible Moment, Essays and Conversations 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.
info_outline SPaMCAST 664 - Vision and Leading, A Conversation With Sunny Han 08/15/2021
SPaMCAST 664 - Vision and Leading, A Conversation With Sunny Han 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.
info_outline SPaMCAST 663 - Prioritizing Badly, Freestyling User Stories, Essays and Conversations 08/08/2021
SPaMCAST 663 - Prioritizing Badly, Freestyling User Stories, Essays and Conversations 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
info_outline SPaMCAST 662 - Backing Up SaaS Application, RIsk Mitigation, An Interview with Mike Potter 08/01/2021
SPaMCAST 662 - Backing Up SaaS Application, RIsk Mitigation, An Interview with Mike Potter 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.
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).