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The Software Process and Measurement Cast 371 features our essay on Focus and the Pomodoro technique. Focus might be just about the most important technique available for getting work done. Focus and attention are critical assets that need to be managed or we risk wasting time and energy.
We will also include Steve Tendon discussing management’s role in a learning organization from his new book, Tame The Flow. Management needs to both facilitate and participate in a learning organization. A learning organization is a critical success factor for engaging in a knowledge economy.
Finally, we will anchor the cast with a visit to the QA Corner with Jeremy Berriault. Jeremy and I discussed testing environments. Jeremy puts his stamp on the perennial discussion of whether all testing environments need to be production like.
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Re-Read Saturday News
We have just completed the re-read of The Mythical Man-Month with the essay titled “The Mythical Man-Month 20 Years Later” Check out the new installment at Software Process and Measurement Blog. One last call for votes on the next Re-Read. Please vote on the blog!
Currently, we have a tight battle between:
- Checklist Manifesto: How to Get Things Right
- How to Measure Anything: Finding the Value of Intangibles in Business –
- Slack: Getting Past Burnout, Busywork, and the Myth of Total Efficiency –
Details on 2016 Conferences that include QAI Quest and StarEast to name a few in a few weeks.
The next Software Process and Measurement Cast will our interview with Vasco Duarte. Vasco returns to the podcast to discuss his new book #NoEstimates Book. In the interview, Vasco and I discussed the underlying concepts behind #NoEstimates and how the concept has matured. If you are interested in project management, estimation and delivering value, the ideas the Vasco discusses will be both controversial and valuable.
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