We continue showcasing our 2015 efforts with the ten most accessed blog articles written in 2015.  As with the recap of the ten most downloaded episodes of the Software Process and Measurement Cast, the blog entries that caught our reader’s eyes were widely varied.  I am thrilled that two entries from our Re-Read Saturday feature made the top ten list because the Software Process and Measurement Blog tends to get its most traffic on weekdays, which often means that Saturday and Sunday post are seen less. The inference is that the blog is being accessed primarily from work (we work very hard to keep the blog and the podcast office safe for exactly that reason). (more…)

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.

It is that time of year!  Time to celebrate what worked and what didn’t (yes I said celebrate what did not – without experimentation there is no growth). I have compiled the top ten interviews and and the top ten essays from the last year.  

Top Ten Essays 

SPaMCAST 137 – Abstractions, Tool Review Agile Board, Joseph Hurtado
SPaMCAST 135 – Metrics Minute – Value at Risk
SPaMCAST 141 – Ready For Agile, A Quiz
SPaMCAST 131 – Agile is form Venus PMOs from Mars, Part Two
SPaMCAST 149 – CMMI Readiness Checklist
SPaMCAST 127 – Agile is from Venus and PMOs from Mars Part 1, MAIN News
SPaMCAST 147 – Selfishness and Process Improvement
SPaMCAST 155 – Systems and Systems Thinking, Part 1
SPaMCAST 145 – Metrics Minute: IFPUG Function Points
SPaMCAST 143 – Do You Have Management Support?

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It is interesting that SPaMCAST 137 the top essay (and nearly the top podcast).  I believe it was popular due to Joseph’s great review.  I would like to include more reviews in 2012.  Another item that caught my eye was the meteoric rise of SPaMCAST 155 on Systems and Systems Thinking.  I need to back that up with an interview or three.  Do you have ideas on whom I should talk to?

Which of these or any of the other essays was your favorite and why?  Are there other observations you would make by looking at the list?  

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