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SPaMCAST 542 features our interview with Kevin Rush. Mr. Rush has developed an innovative approach to facilitate sprint/iteration planning.  Kittens, exploding kittens, and fat cats are used to help teams probe whether the team understands the story and if the story is broken down well enough for the team to reduce the risk of failure.  All change agents talk about making changes at the team level but many fail to change how they work, Kevin suggests that experimenting with different approaches is eating our dog food. Way too many pet metaphors, but a great discussion.

Kevin’s Bio

Kevin is a certified Scrum Master and Agility Enablement leader at Hyland Software. Before coming to Hyland he worked as an innovation consultant and coach with for-profit and nonprofit organizations throughout Northeast Ohio. A graduate from DeVry University he spent time as Technology Coordinator for several local school districts before transitioning to ministry then back to tech! When he’s not working with teams and organizations he spends his time with his beautiful wife, Sondra, and their three beautiful daughters.

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/kezrush/

Email: kezrush@gmail.com

Twitter: Kezrush

Re-Read Saturday News

I am declaring the poll for the next book in the Re-read Saturday over. The results are:

Thinking, Fast and Slow – Daniel Kahneman 64.29%

The Power of Habit – Charles Duhig 21.43%

The Stuff of Thought – Steven Pinker 14.28%  

High Output Management – Andrew S. Grove 0%

I am very surprised at the results; I added Thinking, Fast and Slow to round out the poll.  My copy of the book is 500 pages and 38 chapters long and has a copyright of 2013. Next week we will discuss our approach to the re-read and dispense with the front matter (15-page introduction).  I reference the book all of the time. My memory is that the book is crammed with ideas, I will need your help calling out the parts of the book that resonates with you.

If you do not have a favorite, dog-eared copy of Thinking, Fast and Slow please buy a copy.  Using the links in this blog entry helps support the blog and its alter-ego, The Software Process and Measurement Cast.  Buy a copy on Amazon,  Its time to get reading!  

Next SPaMCAST

SPaMCAST 543 will feature our essay on value chains.  We will tackle, Value Chains, Streams and Maps – What a Mess!  I am doing a workshop on value chains at QAI Quest 2019 (May 13 – 19 in Chicago).  Do you need a discount? Register at www.qaiQuest2019 using the code Speaker10.  Let me know and we will do a hangout with Jeremy and myself!

SPAMCAST 543 will include Gene Hughson’s Form Follows Function column.  Gene and I begin a three column set on solution architects. We start by discussing just what the heck is a solution architect is and does!