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SPaMCAST 502 features our interview Marcus Hammarberg.  Marcus returns to talk about his new book Salvation: The Bungsu Story (  The story provides a real-life example of how agile can save the world — or at least part of it. This is one of the most important and inspirational interviews I have done.  

Marcus’s bio:

For 15 years Marcus Hammarberg has been doing agile and lean software development and helping others do it. He has worked in many different settings, from big banks and insurance companies to start-ups and within retail. At one big insurance company, the first agile team, started by Marcus, eventually spread to a lean initiative across the business. As a consultant, Marcus helps individuals, teams, and whole organizations improve their value delivery flow.

Marcus is still a keen programmer and continues to practice and teach the concepts that helped him become a good programmer: TDD, Specification by example, functional programming and Node.

Marcus is a keynote speaker and co-author of Kanban In Action, which has been translated into 5 languages across the globe. He has blogged since 2006 at and spends his spare time playing euphonium in the Salvation Army band at Vasakåren, Stockholm.

2014-2015 Marcus moved to Indonesia with his family to work for the Salvation Army. Unexpectedly his previous experience with lean, agile and kanban was soon put to great use there too. This story is retold as it happened in his second book; Salvation: The Bungsu story

FYI Marcus first appeared on SPaMCAST 414 

Twitter: @marcusoftnet


Re-Read Saturday News

This week we are full ahead in our re-read of L. David Marquet’s Turn the Ship Around!  Today we tackle two more chapters, 26 and 27, which are titled: Combat Effectiveness and Homecoming.  

The next book in the series will be The Checklist Manifesto  (use the link and buy a copy so you can read along) by  Atul Gawande.

Current Installment:

Week 17: Combat Effectiveness and Homecoming


Previous Installments:

Week 16:  A Dangerous Passage and Looking Ahead

Week 15: A Remembrance of War and Leadership at Every Level

Week 14: Part IV and Under Way for Deployment

Week 13: Final Preparations –

Week 12: Underway for San Diego and All Present and Accounted Forhttps:/ /

Week 11: Mistakes Just Happen and We Learn

Week 10: A New Ship and We Have A Problem

Week 9: Up Scope! and ”A New Ship”

Week 8: Under Way on Nuclear Power and ”I Intend To . . .” –
Week 7: Change, In a Word and Welcome Aboard Sante Fe
Week 6: I Relieve You

Week 5: Call to Action and Whatever they tell me to do!

Week 4: Change of Course and Frustration

Week 3: Pain and Business as Usual

Week 2: Forward and Introduction

Week 1: Game Plan


SPaMCAST 503 will feature our essay “Culture: The Knife’s Edge of Change.”  I have often heard the line, culture eats change for breakfast. Culture, culture, culture – the success of every change that is considered or implemented balances on the knife edge of culture. Aligning cultures so that change is possible requires seeing the differences and then minimizing enough of those differences.

We will also have columns from Gene Hughson and Jon M. Quigley.