I deviated from the plan this week and recorded a conversation with my colleague, mentor, and friend Anthony Mersino (Anthony was last on the podcast SPaMCAST 583   http://bit.ly/3aJMw51 ). Our chat, titled, “Is Your Scrum Master The Problem?” Our conversation looks at transactive memory from the point of view of teams and Scrum Masters.  Is it a boon or a train wreck?  Anthony has also published a version of the conversation at https://bit.ly/3ux0Fge 

We also have a visit from Susan Parente who brings her I’m Not A Scrumdamentalist column to the cast. I have titled this conversation, “I Have A WIP Problem”. Ok so maybe both Susan and I have a lot on our plates, but we have the tools to tackle the problem. We talk about how to get your WIP under control. 


Happy Birthday to the Software Process and Measurement Cast. SPaMCAST 583 marks the beginning of the Podcast’s 14th year!  The first podcast of year 14 features a three-way discussion between Susan Parente, Anthony Mersino, and myself. We discussed the pros and cons of hybridizing agile frameworks. Hybridizing agile approaches is a lightning rod concept in many circles. Susan, Anthony and I have different experiences and opinions on the topic. The conversation was spirited. (more…)

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This week’s Software Process and Measurement Cast features our interview Anthony Mersino, author of Emotional Intelligence for Project Managers and the newly published Agile Project Management.  Anthony and I talked about Agile, coaching and organizational change.  It is a wide ranging interview that will help any leader raise the bar!   We also talked about his new venture: Vitality Chicago.

We are having a contest! Anthony has offered a copy of his great new book to a randomly selected SPaMCAST listener, ANYWHERE IN THE WORLD.  Enter between February 22th and March 7th.  The winner will be announced on March 8th.  If you want a copy of Agile Project Management you have two options: send your name and email address to spamcastinfor@gmail.com (I will act as the broker and notify the winner at which point we can deal with other types of addresses), OR you can buy a copy.  Remember buying a copy through the Software Process and Measurement Cast helps support the podcast.

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Anthony’s bio:
Anthony C. Mersino, PMP, PMI-ACP, CSP is an Agile Transformation Coach and IT Program Manager with more than 28 years of experience.  He has delivered large-scale business solutions to clients that include Abbot Labs, IBM, Unisys, NORC, and Wolters Kluwer, and provided Agile Coaching for The Carlyle Group, Northern Trust, Bank of America, and Highland Solutions.

Anthony is the author of Agile Project Management, and Emotional Intelligence for Project Managers.  He is also the founder of Vitality Chicago, an Agile transformation consulting firm focused on helping teams THRIVE and organizations TRANSFORM.

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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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Upcoming Events

CMMI Institute Conference EMEA 2016
March 26 -27 London, UK
I will be presenting. My presentation is titled “Agile Risk Management.”


Next SPaMCast

In the next Software Process and Measurement Cast we will feature another magazine feature.  The features in next week’s podcast include columns from Gene Hughson, discussing micro-services. Jo Ann Sweeney Explaining Change and our essay on Agile Coaching.  Coaches help teams and projects deliver the most value, however many times organizations eschew coaches or conflate management and coaching.  Both actions rob teams and organizations of energy and value. We discuss why next week.

Shameless Ad for my book!

Mastering Software Project Management: Best Practices, Tools and Techniques co-authored by Murali Chematuri and myself and published by J. Ross Publishing. We have received unsolicited reviews like the following: “This book will prove that software projects should not be a tedious process, neither for you or your team.” Support SPaMCAST by buying the book here.

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