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SPaMCAST 525 continues our conversation about story points.  Many teams find that story points are only a partially useful tool to facilitate the flow of work within a team. Today we will highlight a behavioral fix and talk RATS.

We will also have a visit from Jeremy Berriault with a discussion from the QA Corner.  Jeremey and I talked about how the concept of a minimum viable product (MVP) impacts testing.  Check out Mr. Berriault’s blog at

Re-Read Saturday News
We are re-reading Bad Blood, Secrets and Lies in a Silicon Valley Startup by John Carreyrou (published by Alfred A. Knopf, 2018 – Buy a copy and read along).  Chapter 10 focuses on what when Hollywood makes a movie from Bad Blood will be a titanic battle between the indomitable Elizabeth and a career military officer, but what is really a struggle between right and wrong.

Week 8 – Who is LTC Shoemaker

Previous Entries:
Week 1 – Approach and Introduction   

Week 2 — A Purposeful Life and Gluebot

Week 3 — Apple Envy, Goodbye East Paly and Childhood Neighbors

Week 4 — A Reflection

Week 5 — Sunny

Week 6 – The miniLab –

Week 7 – Wellness Play


SPaMCAST 526 will feature an interview with Freddie Clark.  Mr. Clark is a tester and Scrum Master by day and video game entrepreneur in the evening.  We had a fun conversation about using Scrum in both environments, highlighting where they are the same and where they differ. Note: Freddie and I work together in our day jobs –I think the knowledge we have of each other helped the interview look more deeply at certain issues rather than keeping the discussion at surface levels.