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I am on vacation for two weeks and could not leave you without some Monday morning mind candy, therefore, we are doing two very special shows this week and next.  This week I have included the responses to the “if you could fix any two (or sometimes just one) things” question I ask at the end every interview from the three most downloaded interviews of 2013.  The top three and one extra were::

SPaMCAST 224 featured Mike Burrows. Mike focused his wishes on:

  1. Changes agents need to take their role as change agents seriously.
  2. Delay is expensive.


SPaMCAST 246 featured Tobias Mayer. Tobias focused his wish on:

  1. People, not management or consultants, need to own scrum. (One wish was enough for Tobias)


SPaMCAST 270 featured Alan Shalloway.  Alan focused his two wishes on:

  1. Everyone needs to acknowledge there are laws of software development.
  2. Assuming that everyone involved in delivering software is highly motivated.


And just because I could . . . a bit of lagniappe, SPaMCAST 138 Featured Jo Ann Sweeney. Jo Ann focused her wishes on:

  1. Reminding the listeners that change often starts before IT starts a project there we need to listen carefully to the stakeholders.
  2. Project teams should care about end users.


If these excerpts tickled your fancy listen to the whole interview by clicking on the links shown above.

Next week the best excerpts from 2014!

Listen to the SPaMCAST 310

Software Process and Measurement Cast 310 features our interview with Mike Burrows. This is Mike’s second visit to the Software Process and Measurement Cast.  In this visit we discussed his new book, Kanban from the Inside (Kindle).  The book lays out why Kanban is a management method built on a set of values rather than just a set of techniques. Mike explains why Kanban leads to better outcomes for projects, managers, organizations and customers!

Mike is the UK Director and Principal Consultant at David J Anderson and Associates. In a career spanning the aerospace, banking, energy and government sectors, Mike has been a global development manager, IT director and software developer. He speaks regularly at Lean/Kanban-related events in several countries and his book Kanban from the Inside (Kindle)was published in September.

Mike’s email is
Twitter: and @KanbanInside
Blog is

Kanban conference:
Kanban conference series:


SPaMCAST 311 features our essay on backlog grooming. Backlog grooming is an important technique that can be used in any Agile or Lean methodology. At one point the need for backlog grooming was debated, however most practitioners now find the practice useful. The simplest definition of backlog grooming is the preparation of the user stories or requirements to ensure they are ready to be worked on. The act of grooming and preparation can cover a wide range of specific activities and can be performed at any time). In the next podcast we get into the nuts and bolts of making your backlog better!

Upcoming Events

DCG Webinars:

Agile Risk Management – It Is Still Important! October 24, 2014 11:230 EDT
Has the adoption of Agile techniques magically erased risk from software projects? Or, have we just changed how we recognize and manage risk?  Or, more frighteningly, by changing the project environment through adopting Agile techniques, have we tricked ourselves into thinking that risk has been abolished?


Upcoming Conferences:

I will be presenting at the North East Quality Council 60th Conference October 21st and 22nd in Springfield, MA.

More on all of these great events in the near future! I look forward to seeing all SPaMCAST readers and listeners that attend these great events!

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Happy New Year!

Happy New Year!

It is that time of year, part 2! Today we celebrate the ten top interviews from 20013.  I learned something from every interview I did this year.  They all contain nuggets of pure gold that changed how I worked, and in some cases changed how I lived my life. While all of the interviews were great, today I want to share the top ten downloaded interviews from the 2013 ‘ish.  The top ten most downloaded interviews were:

SPaMCAST 254 – Matt Heusser, Agile Testing, Test Professionalism
SPaMCAST 220 – Stephen Parry, Adaptive Thinking, Command and Control
SPaMCAST 264 – Alexei Zheglov, Lean and More
SPaMCAST 250 – Ben Linders, Success With Agile
SPaMCAST 246 – Tobias Mayer, The People’s Scrum
SPaMCAST 224 – Mike Burrows, Kanban Values
SPaMCAST 236 – Taylor, Rosenhead, James, Strategies for Project Sponsorship
SPaMCAST 248 – Pat O’Toole, Project Improvement, Process Improvement
SPaMCAST 258 – Steve Tendon, Hyper-productivity
SPaMCAST 256 – Kenny Rubin, Scrum, Economic Frameworks for Agile

Click on the link to listen to any that may have missed or just to treat yourself to another listen.

Any trends?  The only trend I see is that SPaMCAST listeners love an eclectic mix of new ideas regardless of framework or methodology.  The top ten downloaded interviews in 2013 were a cross section of tips for immediate consumption and also about building base knowledge about how work is and can be done.

I hope your holiday season met your expectations and that you have set your goals for 2014 astronomically high. The one thing I know about my listeners is that they are all overachievers.  Let me know how the Software Process and Measurement Cast can help you meet those goals!

Notes:  I complied download statistics for podcast released between 1 December 2012 and 30 November 2013.  SPaMCAST specials, for example the downloadable copy of the SNAP Counting Manual, were not included.