With 2018 on the horizon I want to spend a few moments to showcase the most popular podcasts and blog entries published in 2017.

For those of you who read the blog and don’t listen to the podcast, a quick reminder — the Software Process and Measurement Podcast explores the varied world of software process improvement and measurement, providing solutions and advice on how to improve value delivery effectiveness. SPaMCAST combines essays, commentaries, interviews, question and answer sessions, and your feedback to serve up ideas, options, opinions, and advice that can be applied in the real world. In a nutshell, the cast provides advice for and from practitioners, methodologists, pundits, and consultants!

The podcast is published every Sunday, 52 times a year (except when we have equipment failure). We publish two types of podcasts. The first type features an interview, and the second is more of a magazine and includes an essay from the blog and two or three columns from a great group of contributors. The current cast of incredible minds include:

Are you interested in participating? Pitch me! The more voices the better!

The six top downloaded (we had a tie for 5th place) interview podcasts of 2017 were:

SPaMCAST 420 – John Hunter, Building Organizational Capability
SPaMCAST 424 – Penny Pullan, Virtual Leadership
SPaMCAST 422 – Philip Lew, Agile Risk Management and Quality
SPaMCAST  429 – Ryan Ripley, Agile Certifications Good and Bad Influences
SPaMCAST  435 – Allan Kelly, #NoProjects, Value
SPaMCAST  433 – Jeff Dalton, Holacracy is the Future

An interesting mix of people populated the top interviews. The concepts discussed ranged across the spectrum with from Deming to Holacracy. Big concepts with a wide range of participants.  

The five top downloaded magazine podcasts of 2017 were:

SPaMCAST 427 – Onward to Post-Agile Age, Product Owner in Testing, Requirements and Configuration Management
SPaMCAST 426 –  SPaMCAST Round Table, Quality, Agile and Security
SPaMCAST 434 – Big Bang or Not, Human Side of Flow, Fermi Questions
SPaMCAST  432- Leadership Types, On-Boarding, Surprises in QA, Holy Trinity
SPaMCAST  436 – Incrementalism, UAT and Agile, Systems Thinking

The five top magazine podcast, again this year, included an appearance by EVERYONE of the SPaMCASTs columnists. This year is the first year where the magazine casts typically surpassed the number of downloads for the interview casts. I think that the listeners of the podcast get significant value for hearing many voices!  I hope to add a few more diverse voices to the mix in 2018.

In mid-January, we will celebrate the completion of 11 years of podcasting essays, interviews, and columns. I look forward to continuing SPaMCAST year 12 and beyond.

Software Process and Measurement Cast Blog  

A brief review of the cadence for the blog. I publish material on the blog four days a week and over those four days, we have three types of entries. The first type of entry are essays focused on software process and measurement. These types of entries are published on Tuesday and Thursday and generally relate to a four essay theme. The second type of entries are those that fall into the Re-Read Saturday category. I am currently re-reading  Daniel S. Vacanti’s Actionable Agile Metrics for Predictability: An Introduction (buy a copy today). This essay is published on Saturday (hence the name). The final type of entry on the blog is the announcement podcast posting which posts on Sunday. The top five new entries on the blog in 2017 were:  

  1. Mindset: The New Psychology of Success: Re-Read Week 5, Chapter 5: Business: Mindset and Leadership
  2. The 8 Leading Attributes of Trust, Leadership’s Most Important Tool
  3. Product Owner Role Compared to the Sponsors Role
  4. The Pros for Big Bang Change Implementation
  5. Impact of Six Additional Leadership Styles on Adopting and Sustaining Agile

Every year I am amazed by what I learn from interviewees, columnists, the research for the essays and discussions with listeners. Based on my observations and conversations with a wide range of practitioners, I believe the use of Agile, lean and Kanban still are expanding and evolving, even as Agile as a movement fades. Older frameworks continue to both adapt and incorporate newer frameworks or they fade in relevance. Which means that in order to stay relevant all of us must continue to learn and adapt. I hope the podcast and the blog can help all of us stay on the front lines of leading change in the world of software development. The Software Process and Measurement Cast crew will continue to scan the edges of acceptable development methods to try to identify the next new wave of change. However, we need you to let us know what new trends you are seeing and topics you would like us to explore so that everyone that reads the blog or listens to the podcast can benefit.

We have a lot of plans in 2018 that covers the podcast and blog. Kelly Clarkson sang, “what doesn’t kill you, makes you stronger, stronger,” 2018 will incredible!

PS – Next week we will be back to the re-read of Actionable Agile Metrics for Predictability: An Introduction.