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In this episode of the Software Process and Measurement Cast we feature three columns! The first is our essay on the Agile release plans. Even after 12 years or more with Agile we are still asked what we will deliver, when a features will be delivered and how much the project will cost. Agile release plans are a tool to answer those questions. Our second column this week is from the Software Sensei, Kim Pries. Kim asks why is baselining so important. Kim posits that if we do not baseline, we cannot tell whether a change is negative, positive, or indifferent—we simply do NOT know. Finally Jo Ann Sweeney will complete the communication cycle in her Explaining Change column by discussing delivery with a special focus on social media.
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Re-Read Saturday News
The Re-Read Saturday focus on Eliyahu M. Goldratt and Jeff Cox’s The Goal: A Process of Ongoing Improvement began on February 21nd. The Goal has been hugely influential because it introduced the Theory of Constraints, which is central to lean thinking. The book is written as a business novel. Visit the Software Process and Measurement Blog and catch up on the re-read.
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DCG will also have a booth!
The next Software Process and Measurement Cast will feature our interview with Stephen Parry. Stephen is a returning interviewee. We discussed adaptable organizations. Stephen recently wrote: “Organizations which are able to embrace and implement the principles of Lean Thinking are inevitably known for three things: vision, imagination and – most importantly of all – implicit trust in their own people.” We discussed why trust, vision and imagination have to be more than just words in a vision or mission statement to get value out of lean and Agile.
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