Software Process and Measurement Cast 380 features our interview with Kim Robertson. Kim and I talked about big picture configuration management. Without good configuration managements work, products, and programs often go wildly astray. Kim describes the a process that is as old a dirt . . . but WORKS and delivers value. We also discussed the book Kim co-authored with Jon Quigley (Jon was interviewed in SPaMCAST 346) Configuration Management: Theory, Practice, and Application. (more…)
February 7, 2016
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February 6, 2016
Chapter 8 of How to Measure Anything, Finding the Value of “Intangibles in Business” Third Edition, begins the third section of the book. Part III is focused on Measurement Methods. Chapter 8 is titled, The Transition: From What to Measure to How to Measure. This is where you roll up your sleeves, crack your knuckles and get to work. Whenever you are beginning something new, the question of where to start emerges. If I were to summarize the chapter in three sentences I would say: (more…)
February 4, 2016
In the Harvard Business Review article The Irresistible Power of Storytelling as a Strategic Business Tool by Harrison Monarth (March 11, 2014), Keith Quesenberry, a researcher from Johns Hopkins, notes “People are attracted to stories because we’re social creatures and we relate to other people.” The power of storytelling is that it helps us understand each other and develop empathy. Storytelling is a tool that is useful in many scenarios; for presentations, but also to help people frame their thoughts and for gathering information. A story provides both a deeper and more nuanced connection with information than most lists of PowerPoint bullets or even structured requirements documents. Here are just a few scenarios (other than presentations) where stories can be useful: (more…)
February 2, 2016
Stories are a tool to help structure information so that audiences can easily consume them. They help presenters make sure their message stays front and center so it can be heard. While many presentations and stories in the corporate environment use the metaphor of a journey, some are best represented in other ways. Other patterns are useful both to fit other circumstances or as a tool to inject a bit of variety into presentation heavy meetings. (Just how many journeys can you take in any one meeting?) (more…)
January 31, 2016
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Software Process and Measurement Cast 379 features our short essay on the relationship between done and value. The essay is in response to a question from Anteneh Berhane. Anteneh called me to ask one of the hardest questions I had ever been asked: Why doesn’t the definition of done include value?
We will also have an entry of Jeremy Berriault’s QA Corner. Jeremy and I discussed test data, and why having a suite of test data that many projects can use is important for efficiency. One question is who should bite the bullet and build the first iteration of any test data library?
Steve Tendon completes this cast with a discussion of the next chapter in his book, Tame The Flow: Hyper-Productive Knowledge-Work Performance, The TameFlow Approach and Its Application to Scrum and Kanban. Chapter 7 is titled “Budgeting is Harmful.” Steve hits classic budgeting head on, and provides options that improve flexibility and innovation.
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January 30, 2016
Chapter 7 of How to Measure Anything, Finding the Value of “Intangibles in Business” Third Edition, is titled: Quantifying The Value of Information. Chapter 7 continues to build on the concepts of quantification and estimation presented in previous chapters. Chapter 7 and the idea that we can quantify the value of information is the centerpiece to Hubbard’s premise that we measure because measurement has value. Chapter 7 defines how to quantify the value of information.