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The Software Process and Measurement Cast 610 features our essay, An Agile Team In a Waterfall Company – Organizing Around The Product Flow. Focusing on getting features and support for a product to market changes how teams and groups organize to solve business problems.  This is a standalone essay that can be read as part of a larger theme covering the trials faced by an agile team in a waterfall company.  The four separate essays can be found at: 

  1. An Agile Team In A Waterfall Company – 
  2. Postponing Commitment – 
  3. Values, Principles, and Behaviours – 
  4. Organizing Around The Product Flow – 

We also have a visit from Susan Parente with a discussion that I have named, Agile or Traditional, Pick One!  Many organizations have to make accommodations for mandated classic project management approaches. Susan provides excellent advice for making these types of scenarios work. 

Re-Read Saturday News 

This week we tackle Chapters 7 and 8  of Tame your Work Flow. These two chapters are a case study that knits together operational and financial throughput.

Remember to buy a copy of Tame your Work Flow to support the authors and blog!  

Week 1: Logistics and Front Matter

Week 2: Prologue (The Story of Herbie) –

Week 3: Explicit Mental Models 

Week 4: Flow Efficiency, Little’s Law and Economic Impact 

Week 5: Flawed Mental Models  

Week 6: Where To Focus Improvement Efforts 

Week 7: Introduction to Throughput Accounting and Culture 

Week 8: Accounting F(r)iction and  Show Me the Money 


The Software Process and Measurement Cast 611 will feature our interview with Jeff Smith. Jeff discussed his new book, Operations Anti-Patterns: DevOps Solutions.  The conversation was the most clear-eyed and penetrating conversation on DevOps I have had on the podcast.