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The Software Process and Measurement Cast 423 builds  on our interview from last week with Philip Lew.  This week we lead with a discussion of measuring quality.  Quality is related to risk, productivity and customer satisfaction.  

Next Jeremy Berriault brings his QA Corner to the Cast to discuss the impact of certifications in software testing.  Want a bit of foreshadowing?  The answer is not cut and dry. Visit Jermey’s new blog at

The Software Sensei, Kim Pries , answers a question he was recently asked by one his students, “why do we have so many computer languages?” This a question I have often asked, usually when I have to learn the basics of a new language. Reach out to Kim on LinkedIn.

Jon M Quigley, brings his column, the Alpha and Omega of Product Development to the cast.  In this installment, the 2nd in a 3 part series on configuration management, Jon continues the cycle of configuration management which begins with requirements and travels across the whole lifecycle. One of the places you can find Jon is at Value Transformation LLC.

Re-Read Saturday News

In this week’s re-read of The Five Dysfunctions of a Team  by Patrick Lencioni (Jossey-Bass, Copyright 2002, 33rd printing), we talk about two sections, An Overview of the Model and Team Assessment. There are two more weeks left before moving to the next book. If you are new to the re-read series buy a copy and  go back to week one and read along!

I am running a poll to decide between Carol Dweck’s Mindset, Thinking Fast and Slow (Daniel Kahneman) and Flow (Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi).  I have also had suggestions (in the other category) for Originals: How Non-Conformists Move the World (Adam Grant) and Management Lessons from Taiichi Ohno: What Every Leader Can Learn from the Man by Takehiko Harada.  I would like your opinion! 

Takeaways from this week include: (more…)

Tattoo artists are a profession that requires certification.

Tattoo artists are a profession that requires certification.

In a recent conversation on the Post-Agile Age with Ira Weinstein, Scrum master, architect and more, I pointed out that the end of Agile as movement did not mean that people would stop doing stand-ups, test driven development or even retrospectives, but rather the basis for adoption was no longer driven by the values and principles espoused by the Agile Manifesto. This change in the reason why people are adopting Agile changes the practices that get adopted and the value derived through Agile practices.  The discussion of a Post-Agile Age is not an esoteric exercise.  During our discussion, we examined the impact of the development of more and stronger prescriptive norms that define what is or more accurately what isn’t Agile. (more…)

XP Explained Cover

This week the re-read of Kent Beck and Cynthia Andres’s Extreme Programing Explained, Second Edition (2005) tackles Chapters 20 and 21.  Chapter 20 is a discussion of applying XP.  The short version is that there is no one perfect way to apply XP, which dovetails nicely with Chapter 21 which addresses the concept of purity and certification.  IF there is no one perfect way to apply XP, there can’t be a litmus test for XP purity. (more…)