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This week we are doing something special. Right after the New Year holiday, all of the regulars from the Software Process and Measurement Cast gathered virtually to discuss the topics we felt would be important in 2016.  The panel for the discussion was comprised of Jeremy Berriault (The QA Corner), Steve Tendon (The TameFlow Approach), Kim Pries (The Software Sensei), Gene Hughson (Form Follows Function) and myself. We had a lively discussion that included the topics of women in tech, microservices, capabilities, business/IT integration and a lot more.

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Re-Read Saturday News

We continue the re-read of How to Measure Anything, Finding the Value of “Intangibles in Business” Third Edition by Douglas W. Hubbard on the Software Process and Measurement Blog. In Chapter Four, we focused on two questions. The first is getting the reader to answer what is the decision that measurement is supposed to support. The second is, what is the definition of the thing being measured in terms of observable consequences?

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This week’s Software Process and Measurement Cast features three columns.  The first is our essay on learning styles.  Learning styles are useful to consider when you are trying to change the world or just and an organization.  While opposites might attract in poetry and sitcoms, however rarely do opposite learning styles work together well in teams without empathy and a dash of coaching. Therefore, the coach and teams need to have an inventory of learning styles on the team. Models and active evaluation against a model are tools to generate knowledge about teams so they can tune how they work to maximize effectiveness.

Our second column features Gene Hughson bringing the ideas from his wonderful Form Follows Function Blog.  Gene talks about the topic of microservices. Gene challenges the idea that microservices are a silver bullet.

We anchor this week’s SPaMCAST with Steve Tendon’s column discussing the TameFlow methodology and his great new book, Hyper-Productive Knowledge Work Performance.   One of the topics Steve tackles this week is the idea of knowledge workers and why a knowledge worker is different.  The differences Steve describes are key to developing a hyper-productive environment.

Call to Action!

I have a challenge for the Software Process and Measurement Cast listeners for the next few weeks. I would like you to find one person that you think would like the podcast and introduce them to the cast. This might mean sending them the URL or teaching them how to download podcasts. If you like the podcast and think it is valuable they will be thankful to you for introducing them to the Software Process and Measurement Cast. Thank you in advance!

Re-Read Saturday News

Remember that the Re-Read Saturday of The Mythical Man-Month is in full swing.  This week we tackle the essay titled “The Second-System Effect”!  Check out the new installment at Software Process and Measurement Blog.

Upcoming Events

Software Quality and Test Management 

September 13 – 18, 2015

San Diego, California

http://qualitymanagementconference.com/

I will be speaking on the impact of cognitive biases on teams!  Let me know if you are attending! If you are still deciding on attending let me know because I have a discount code!

 

Agile Development Conference East

November 8-13, 2015

Orlando, Florida

http://adceast.techwell.com/

I will be speaking on November 12th on the topic of Agile Risk!  Let me know if you are going and we will have a SPaMCAST Meetup.

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The next Software Process and Measurement Cast features our interview with Allan Kelly.  We talked #NoProjects and having a focus of delivering a consistent flow of value.

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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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The Software Process and Measurement Cast includes three columns.  The first is our essay on managing Agile projects and teams. I often say project management is dead. That does not mean that the pressures that drive the need to manage work have gone away. In the end the “what” of project management is important because control, discipline and coordination are needed tools to deliver value; the journey toward Agile is the reframing of the “how” of project management.

This week Gene Hughson returns with an entry from his Form Follows Function column.  Gene tackles the topic of whether the application of Conway’s Law makes microservices more of an organizational approach than an architecture.   After listening, check out Gene’s Form Follows Function blog!

The third column in this SPaMCAST magazine is from the Software Sensei, Kim Pries.  Kim tackles hardcore testing.  Kim discusses the implications and uses of this aggressive type of testing in hardware, software and wetware.

A great line up!

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Reviews of the Podcast help to attract new listeners.  Can you write a review of the Software Process and Measurement Cast and post it on the podcatcher of your choice?  Whether you listen on ITunes or any other podcatcher, a review will help to grow the podcast!  Thank you in advance!

Re-Read Saturday News

We just completed the Re-Read Saturday of Eliyahu M. Goldratt and Jeff Cox’s The Goal: A Process of Ongoing Improvement which began on February 21nd. What did you think?  Did the re-read cause you to pick  The Goal back up for a refresher? Visit the Software Process and Measurement Blog and review the whole re-read.

Note: If you don’t have a copy of the book, buy one.  If you use the link below it will support the Software Process and Measurement blog and podcast.

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Next week we will begin re-reading The Mythical Man-Month. Get a copy now and start reading!

Upcoming Events

Software Quality and Test Management 

September 13 – 18, 2015

San Diego, California

http://qualitymanagementconference.com/

I will be speaking on the impact of cognitive biases on teams!  Let me know if you are attending!

 

More on other great conferences next week.

 

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The next Software Process and Measurement Cast will feature our interview with Woody Zuill.  Some people might think “that there is no Woody only Zuul” (apologies to the Ghostbusters) when it comes to topics like #NoEstimates.  However as Woody points out, it is important to peer past the “thou musts” to gain greater understanding of what you should be doing!

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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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Software Process and Measurement Cast 339 features our essay on demonstrations and a new Form Follows Function column from Gene Hughson.

Demonstrations are a tool to generate conversations about what is being delivered.  Because a demonstration occurs at the end of every sprint the team will continually be demonstrating the value they are delivering, which reinforces confidence and motivation. The act of demonstrating value provides the team with a platform for collecting feedback that will help them stay on track and focused on delivering what has the most value to the business.

Gene continues his theme of microservices.  This week we tackle, “Microservices, SOA, and EITA: Where To Draw the Line? Why to Draw the Line?” Gene says, “we recognize lines to prevent needless conflict and waste.”

Two special notes:

Jo Ann Sweeny of the Explaining Change column is running her annual Worth Working Summit.  Please visit http://www.worthworkingsummit.com/

Jeremy Berriault will be joining the SPaMCAST family.  Jeremy will be focusing on testing and the lessons testing can provide to a team and organization.

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Reviews of the Podcast help to attract new listeners.  Can you write a review of the Software Process and Measurement Cast and post it on the podcatcher of your choice?  Whether you listen on ITunes or any other podcatcher, a review will help to grow the podcast!  Thank you in advance!

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.

Note: If you don’t have a copy of the book, buy one.  If you use the link below it will support the Software Process and Measurement blog and podcast.

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I am beginning to think of which book will be next. Do you have any ideas?

Upcoming Events

CMMI Institute Global Congress
May 12-13 Seattle, WA, USA
My topic – Agile Risk Management
http://cmmiconferences.com/

DCG will also have a booth!

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The next Software Process and Measurement Cast will feature our interview with Tom Howlett.  Tom is the author of the Diary of a Scrummaster and is a Scrum Master’s Scrum Master. Tom and I talked Agile and being Agile outside of the classic software development environments.

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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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In this episode of the Software Process and Measurement Cast we feature three columns!  The first is our essay on the definitions of four critical words.  What do the words effectiveness, efficiency, frameworks and methodologies really mean?  These words get used ALL the time, however they really do have fairly specific meanings.  Meanings that, once understood and used to guide how we work, can help everyone to deliver more value and make our customers more satisfied!  The second column is from Jo Ann Sweeney with another of her stellar, Explaining Change columns.  In this segment, Jo Ann talks about content and a framework to guide the development of content.  Anchoring the Cast this week is Gene Hughson with another of his Forms Follows Function columns.  Gene extends his mini-series on microservices with a discussion of whether granularity is irrelevant.  Lots of content in this installment of the Software Process and Measurement Cast!

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Reviews of the Podcast help to attract new listeners.  Can you write a review of the Software Process and Measurement Cast and post it on the podcatcher of your choice?  Whether you listen on ITunes or any other podcatcher, a review will help to grow the podcast!  Thank you in advance!

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.

Note: If you don’t have a copy of the book, buy one.  If you use the link below it will support the Software Process and Measurement blog and podcast.

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I am beginning to think of which book will be next. Do you have any ideas?

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This week’s Software Process and Measurement Cast is a magazine feature with three columns. This week we have columns from Gene Hughson – Form Follows Function, completing a three-column arc on microservices. In Jo Ann Sweeney’s new Explaining Change column, Jo Ann tackles the concept of communication channels. The SPaMCAST essay this week is on Agile Coaching. Coaches help teams and projects deliver the most value, however many times organizations eschew coaches or conflate management and coaching.  This week we will have an external coach versus management death match!

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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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Can you tell a friend about the podcast? This week Julie Davis introduced two of her co-workers to the podcast and then emailed us at spamcastinfo@gmail.com.  Welcome and Joe and Cindy! Pictures of you and your friends listening to the podcast would be great. If your friends don’t know how to subscribe or listen to podcast, show them how you listen to the Software Process and Measurement Cast and subscribe them!  Remember to send us the name of you person you subscribed (and a picture) and I will give both you and the horde you have converted to listeners a call out on the show.

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.

Note: If you don’t have a copy of the book, buy one.  If you use the link below it will support the Software Process and Measurement blog and podcast.

Dead Tree Version or Kindle Version 

Upcoming Events

CMMI Institute Conference EMEA 2015
March 26 -27 London, UK
I will be presenting “Agile Risk Management.”
http://cmmi.unicom.co.uk/

International Conference on Software Quality and Test Management
Washington D.C. May 31 – June 5, 2015
Wednesday June 3, 2015
http://qualitymanagementconference.com/
I will be presenting a new and improved version of “The Impact of Cognitive Biases on Test and Project Teams.”

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In the next Software Process and Measurement Cast we will feature our interview with Shirly Ronen-Harel. We began by talking about the book she co-authored (or is co-authoring) The Coaching Booster, which is 80% complete on LeanPub. We branched out into other topics including coaching, lean, Agile and using lean and Agile in startups. This was an incredibly content-rich podcast.  Have your notepad ready when you listen because Shirly provides ideas and advice that can change how you work!

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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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This week’s Software Process and Measurement Cast features our essay on the ubiquitous stand-up meeting. The stand-up meeting has become a feature of Agile and non-Agile project alike. The technique can be a powerful force to improve team effectiveness and cohesion, or it a can really make a mess out of things! We explore how to get more of the former and less of the later

We also have a new Form Follows Function column from Gene Hughson. This column is the second of a three column arc on micro-services and architecture.  This installment is titled “Who Needs Architects? – Navigating the Fractals.” Check out Gene’s blog at Form Follows Function.

We also continue with Jo Ann Sweeney’s column Explaining Communication. In this installment Jo Ann addresses communication objectives and why setting and understanding those objectives BEFORE you start the communication process is a big deal if you are interested in being effective! Visit Jo Ann’s website at http://www.sweeneycomms.com and let her know what you think of her new column.

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In the next Software Process and Measurement Cast we will feature our interview with Alex Papadimoulis. Alex is returning to the Software Process and Measurement Cast to discuss Release. Release is card game about making software inspired by development strategies like Lean, Agile, and DevOps, and classic trick -taking card games. We also circled back to talk about continuous delivery and DevOps; a bit of lagniappe to add to a great interview.

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We are just completed a re-read John Kotter’s classic Leading Change on the Software Process and Measurement Blog (www.tcagley.wordpress.com) and are in process of choosing the next book for Re-read Saturday. Please go to the poll and cast your vote by February 15!

Vote now at Software Process and Measurement Blog!

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Mastering Software Project Management: Best Practices, Tools and Techniques as 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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SPaMCAST 323 features our essay, “Five Factors Leading to Failing With Agile.” Not all Agile implementations succeed.  There are five categories of behaviors that lead Agile implementations toward failure. Failure due to these behaviors is avoidable if an organization recognizes them before the damage is done AND has the will to solve them. Forewarned is forearmed!

We also have a new Form Follows Function column from Gene Hughson. This column begins a three column arc on micro-services and architecture.  We begin with a “Microservice Principles and Enterprise IT Architecture.”  Check out Gene’s blog at Form Follows Function.

We also have a new Explaining Communication column from Jo Ann Sweeney.  In this installment of Jo Ann’s column she discusses determining relevant and helpful objectives for communication activities as a precursor to getting value from project communication.

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We are in the middle of a re-read of John Kotter’s classic Leading Change on the Software Process and Measurement Blog.  Are you participating in the re-read? Please feel free to jump in and add your thoughts and comments!

After we finish the current re-read will need to decide which book will be next.  We are building a list of the books that have had the most influence on readers of the blog and listeners to the podcast.  Can you answer the question?

What are the two books that have most influenced you career (business, technical or philosophical)?  Send the titles to spamcastinfo@gmail.com.

First, we will compile a list and publish it on the blog.  Second, we will use the list to drive future  “Re-read” Saturdays. Re-read Saturday is an exciting new feature that began on the Software Process and Measurement blog on November 8th.  Feel free to choose you platform; send an email, leave a message on the blog, Facebook or just tweet the list (use hashtag #SPaMCAST)!

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The next Software Process and Measurement Cast will feature our interview with Charley Tichenor and Talmon Ben-Cnaan on the Software Non-functional Assessment Process (SNAP).  SNAP is a standard process for measuring non-functional size.  As any developer knows, non-functional size can eclipse the functional requirements and therefore a tool that shines a light on that part of software development is useful for analyzing, planning and estimating work.

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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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