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The Software Process and Measurement Cast 475 features the majority of the SPaMCAST Crew in a round robin discussion.  The recording session covered three topics; however, today we tackle the first topic: Whether agile can be used in other parts of the business.  We will return to the next two topics in February!  Six people with strong opinions. It is a pretty amazing discussion.

Voices you often hear on the SPaMCAST include this cast of incredible minds:

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This week we take a break from our re-read of Actionable Agile Metrics for Predictability: An Introduction by Daniel S. Vacanti. Remember to buy your copy today and read along, and we will be back next week! (more…)

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With 2018 on the horizon I want to spend a few moments to showcase the most popular podcasts and blog entries published in 2017.

For those of you who read the blog and don’t listen to the podcast, a quick reminder — the Software Process and Measurement Podcast explores the varied world of software process improvement and measurement, providing solutions and advice on how to improve value delivery effectiveness. SPaMCAST combines essays, commentaries, interviews, question and answer sessions, and your feedback to serve up ideas, options, opinions, and advice that can be applied in the real world. In a nutshell, the cast provides advice for and from practitioners, methodologists, pundits, and consultants!

The podcast is published every Sunday, 52 times a year (except when we have equipment failure). We publish two types of podcasts. The first type features an interview, and the second is more of a magazine and includes an essay from the blog and two or three columns from a great group of contributors. The current cast of incredible minds include:

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This week we begin our read of Holacracy with a few logistics and a review of the introduction.  We have a short entry this week that will give you time to buy a copy today and read along!  If you have not listened to my interview with Jeff Dalton on Software Process and Measurement Cast 433, I would suggest a quick listen. Jeff has practical experience with using the concepts of Holacracy in his company and as a tool in his consultancy.   (more…)

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With 2017 just beginning I want to spend a few moments to showcase the most popular podcasts and blog entries published in 2016. (more…)

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The Software Process and Measurement Cast 390 features our interview with Vinay Patankar.  We discussed his start up Process Street and the path Vinay and his partner took in order to embrace agile because it delivered value, not just because it was cool.  We also discussed how Agile fits or helps in a lean start-up and the lessons Vinay wants to pass on to others.

Vinay’s Bio:

Vinay Patankar is the co-founder and CEO of Process Street, the simplest way to manage your teams recurring processes and workflows. Easily set up new clients, onboard employees and manage content publishing with Process Street.

Process Street is a venture-backed SaaS company and AngelPad alum with numerous fortune 500 clients.

When not running Process Street, Vinay loves to travel and spent 4 years as a digital nomad roaming the globe running different internet businesses. He enjoys food, fitness and talking shop.

Twitter: @vinayp10

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We continue the read Commitment – Novel About Managing Project Risk by Maassen, Matts, and Geary.  Buy your copy today and read along (use the link to support the podcast). This week we tackle Chapters Three which explores visualization, knowledge options and focusing on outcomes. Visit the Software Process and Measurement Blog to catchup on past installments of Re-Read Saturday.

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I will be at the QAI Quest 2016 in Chicago beginning April 18th through April 22nd.  I will be teaching a full day class on Agile Estimation on April 18 and presenting Budgeting, Estimating, Planning and #NoEstimates: They ALL Make Sense for Agile Testing! on Wednesday, April 20th.  Register now!

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The next three weeks will feature mix tapes with the “if you could fix two things” questions from the top downloads of 2007/08, 2009 and 2010.  I will be doing a bit of vacationing and all the while researching, writing content and editing new interviews for the sprint to episode 400 and beyond.

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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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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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Many blogs and podcasts annually showcase their best columns or shows. We at the Software Process and Measurement Cast are happy to share the ten most downloaded episodes from 2015’ish (from December 2014 through November 2015). Were these the ten best episodes?  It is really hard to tell, I think all 52 podcasts provided great content and there is not one of them I would not do again in a heartbeat. 

The 10 most downloaded podcasts of 2015 were:

SPaMCAST 332 – Shirly Ronen-Harel, The Coaching Booster

SPaMCAST 323 – Five Factors Leading to Failing With Agile, Gene Hughson, Jo Ann Sweeney

SPaMCAST 338 – Stephen Parry, Adaptive Organizations, Lean and Agile Thinking

SPaMCAST 321 -11 Reasons For Agile Success, Communication, and Cloud Development

SPaMCAST 357 – Mind Mapping, Who Needs Architects, TameFlow Chapter 4

SPaMCAST 334 – Mario Lucero, All About Agile Coaching

SPaMCAST 324 – Software Non-Functional Assessment Process, SNAP

SPaMCAST 354 – Allan Kelly, #NoProjects

SPaMCAST 351 – Distributed Agile, Illusion of Control, QA Corner

SPaMCAST 319 – Requirements, Communications, Fixing IT

We are nearing the end of the 9th year of podcasting essays, interviews, and columns. Every year I am amazed by what I learn from interviewees, columnists, and listeners. I hope you get as much from the podcast as I do. Based on my observations and conversations with a wide range of practitioners, I believe the use of Agile, lean and Kanban still are expanding and evolving. Older frameworks continue to both adapt and incorporate newer frameworks or fade in relevance.  Which means that in order to stay relevant all of us must continue to learn and adapt. I hope the podcast and the blog can help all of us stay on the front lines of leading change in the world of software development. 

Software Process and Measurement Cast crew will continue to scan the edges of acceptable development methods to try to identify the next new wave of change, and I can guarantee that there will be a next wave of change. However, more eyes are better than fewer, we need you to let us know what new trends you are seeing and topics you would like us to explore so that everyone that reads the blog or listens to the podcast can benefit.

One interesting avenue I thought to mine for new trends was to ask the reading habits of the 20+ interviewees from this year.  I asked each of my interviewees “What was the most important book you read in 2015?” I got a wide variety of answers that included:

  • Lisa Crispin and Janet Gregory’s More Agile Testing 
  • Jeff Patton’s User Story Mapping
  • Jason Little’s Lean Change Management
  • Boehm and Turner’s Balancing Agility and Discipline
  • Fred Brooks’ Mythical Man Month
  • Douglas W. Hubbard’s How to Measure Anything
  • The Bible
  • Jimmy Janlen’s Toolbox for the Agile Coach – Visualization Examples
  • McChrystal’s Team of Teams: New Rules of Engagement for a Complex World
  • Nassim Nicholas Taleb’s Antifragile
  • Ben Linders and Luis Gonçalves’s Getting Value out of Agile Retrospectives
  • Craig Larman’s Agile and Iterative Development – A manager’s guide
  • Sendhil Mullainathan’s Scarcity: The New Science of Having Less and How It Defines Our Lives
  • Walter Isaacson’s Steve Jobs
  • David McCullough’s The Wright Brothers
  • Tim Kelley’s True Purpose
  • Fredric Laloux’s Reinventing Organizations

While not everyone responded, it is safe to say that the list was varied and eclectic. A few of the authors on the list have been on the podcast (some more than once) and others either are currently being read on Re-Read Saturday or have recently been completed. Quite a few are now on my to-do reading list along with a mixture of science fiction.

Please reach out say thank you to all of the interviewees and columnists that participated on the Software Process and Measurement Cast. They shared their knowledge, wisdom and humor making 2015 a wonderful learning event.