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Happy Saturday! Next week begins the poll for the next book. 

Chapter 31 begins by reminding the reader of the idea that people tend to be risk-averse in the domain of gains and risk-seeking in the domain of losses. Stated less academically, people will accept less for an outcome from a sure bet than if the same bet was is less than certain. On the loss side, most people will avoid a certain loss to take a gamble on an outcome that has some chance at a positive outcome even when the probability is low and the loss will be higher. As Kahneman has pointed out in earlier chapters, people are not perfect logisticians when it comes to making decisions.  (more…)

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This week in SPaMCAST 567  we discuss the impact of herding on work entry.  Herding in decision making effectively takes “no” off the table, leading to uncontrolled work entry. This type of behavior is response-driven and dangerous.

We will also have a visit from Gene Hughson to complete his three-part discussion of the solution architect. Today we discuss the solution architect as risk mitigation.  (more…)

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The availability heuristic, introduced in Chapter 12,  states that we make judgments about an attribute based on how easy or hard it is to retrieve information about the attribute. In Chapter 13, Kahneman dives deeper into how the availability heuristic functions and provides some hints on how it can be used. (more…)

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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. (more…)

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SPaMCAST 527, is our last podcast of 2018.  We say goodbye to 2018 by talking about user story maps.  User story maps are both versatile and an underused tool. Perhaps something that we can address in 2019?

We also have a visit from Susan Parente.  Susan brings her Not a Scrumdamentalist column to the cast to discuss agile risk management.  Risk management is a requirement for any form of work. Why do some in the agile community feel it is not needed?  

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).  This week we move through three chapters. These three chapters continue to show the same pattern of abuse of the truth and employees that we have seen in other chapters. Arguably, conflating Theranos’s mission with a religion (chapter 14) might take the story to a new level of crazy but it is only that, a new level.

Week 10 – Chiat\Day, Going Live and Unicornhttps://bit.ly/2SrRpGv (more…)

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SPaMCAST 524 features the return of Matt Heusser.  Matt and I talk about the nuts and bolts of being a tester in today’s software environment including agile testing.  Matt and I covered difficult areas that anyone that is interested in quality and risk needs to think about.

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The Managing Director of Excelon Development and a member of the board of directors for the Association for Software Testing, Matt Heusser leads test training and change efforts while making as many contributions as he can to active projects. Learn more about Matt at www.xndev.com follow him on twitter at @mheusser or check out the testing show podcast on iTunes or online at https://www.qualitestgroup.com/resources/the-testing-show/   

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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 9, titled Wellness Play, continues the focus on overpromising and the toxicity overpromising generates inside and outside Theranos.

Week 7 – Wellness Playhttps://bit.ly/2rqUYk6 (more…)

Two sets of rules reduce risk!

Coaching requires intervention. Intervention involves taking a risk, even if the intervention is as passive as ignoring something. Managing the risk of intervention is important for every person involved in a coaching experience so that everyone maximizes the value to the coaching transaction. There are two categories to consider when managing the risk of a coaching.  All coaches must address positioning/contracting and develop a rationale for intervention to reduce risk. (more…)

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SPaMCAST 464 features our interview with Beth Leonard.  Beth and I talked about innovative thinking, risk-based reviews, the CMMI and making the software development process more effective and efficient. Beth is an incredible person for her innovative thinking in the software development world…and more!

Ms. Beth Leonard is an executive with over 20 years of IT/IS management, quality assurance, and process improvement experience across the government contracting industry. She is an ITIL Expert, ISO Internal and External Auditor (ISO standards: 9001, 19011, 20000, 27001), A2LA accredited ISO/IEC 17020:2012 assessor, Black Belt Six Sigma, and PMP, and is an expert in CMMI-DEV, CMMI-SVC, and NIST 800.53 security controls. She has previously held positions in multiple areas of program/project, security, service management (e.g., ITIL), and is passionate about increasing customer satisfaction, implementing realistic best practices across organizations, and mentorship.

Beth is an award-winning speaker in her field; frequently invited to both local and international-level industry events to speak about such topics as customer satisfaction, organizational metrics development, CMMI, ISO, management reviews and techniques, as well as quality assurance.

On a personal level, she is the mom of two boys, loves paddle boarding and aerial yoga, and has a blog about Living with Neuroendocrine Cancer.

Website:https://www.attain.com/

Twitter: @guruofprocess

Linkedin; https://www.linkedin.com/in/beth-leonard/

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The Science of Successful Organizational Change

The Science of Successful Organizational Change

 

This week Steven dives into Part 2 of Paul Gibbons’ book The Science of Successful Organizational Change.  In today’s entry, we cover the introduction to Part 2 in which Gibbon’s takes us down the path of strategy and uncertainty.  Remember to use the link in the essay to buy a copy of the book to support the author, the podcast, and the blog!   – Tom

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This week we enter Part II of Paul Gibbons book “The Science of Successful Organizational Change” (get your copy).  Unlike Part I which consisted chapter 2, Part II consists of chapters 3 through 5.

Part II Change Strategy

Gibbons explains the difference between strategy and tactics – “strategy properly focuses on goals and not how to deliver those goals” (p. 71) (more…)

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The Software Process and Measurement Cast 422 features our interview with Phil Lew.  Phil and I talked about the topic of Agile risk management.  We explored how risk can be managed in Agile projects and the barriers to effective risk management.  As important as the mechanics of Agile risk management are, Philip and I also explored the relationship between quality and risk, which may be more important in the long run.

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