The Software Process and Measurement Cast 419 features our essay on eight quick hints on dealing with stand-up meetings on distributed teams. Distributed Agile teams require a different level of care and feeding than a co-located team in order to ensure that they are as effective as possible. Remember an update on the old adage: distributed teams, you can’t live with them and you can’t live without them.
We also have a column from the Software Sensei, Kim Pries. In this installment, Kim talks about the Fullan Change Model. In the Fullan Change Model, all change stems from a moral purpose. Reach out to Kim on LinkedIn.
Jon M Quigley brings the next installment of his Alpha and Omega of Product Development to the podcast. In this installment, Jon begins a 3 part series on configuration management. Configuration management might not be glamorous but it is hugely important to getting work done with quality. One of the places you can find Jon is at Value Transformation LLC.
Anchoring the cast this week is Jeremy Berriault and his QA Corner. Jeremy explored exploratory testing in this installment of the QA Corner. Also, Jeremy has a new blog! Check out the QA Corner!
Re-Read Saturday News
The read/re-read of The Five Dysfunctions of a Team by Patrick Lencioni (published by Jossey-Bass) continues on the Blog. Lencioni’s model of team dysfunctions is illustrated through a set of crises used to illustrate the common problems that make teams into dysfunctional collections of individuals. The current entry features the sections titled Leaks through Plowing On.
Takeaways from this week include:
- Partial information leads to misinterpretations.
- Executives need to be ultimately loyal to the executive team rather than their siloed organizations.
- Productive conflict requires facilitation to learn.
Visit the Software Process and Measurement Cast blog to participate in this and previous re-reads.
The Software Process and Measurement Cast 420 will feature our interview with John Hunter. John returns to the podcast to discuss building capability in the organization and understanding the impact of variation. We also talked Deming and why people tack the word improvement on almost anything!
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