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Interviews, essays, facts and tips about process improvement and measurement in the Information Technology arena!
 
Podcasts sobre desarrollo y gestión ágil de proyectos y organizaciones de software. Parte de la plataforma de conocimiento abierto de Scrum Manager (http://www.scrummanager.net)
 
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SPaMCAST 539 features our essay titled, Assessment and Continuous Process Improvement. Assessments and continuous process improvement are intertwined. Assessments being both a source of ideas and a tool to validate change and other experiments. Other essays that have appeared on the SPaMCAST blog on agile assessments include: Assessment and Con ...…
 
SPaMCAST 538 features our interview with Ben Linders. Ben and I talk about his new agile assessment game. Ben’s game and the book that supports the game provide teams and individuals with a tool for introspection and process improvement. This is not Ben’s first visit to the podcast. Ben’s last visit was in November 2017 (SPaMCAST 470) to discus ...…
 
SPaMCAST 537 features our essay on the use of assessments for agile efforts. Assessments come under a wide variety of names: appraisals, health checks, audits or even assessments. These terms are commonly conflated. Assessments are a tool to prove a point. The essay in the cast explores the myriad types and reasons for assessments. Rounding out ...…
 
SPaMCAST 536 features our interview with Dave Sohmer. Dave is an executive that has led two separate major agile transformations. Mr. Sohmer provides an executive's perspective on the impact of adopting agile in two major financial institutions. The two very different companies took to two very different approaches to agile. Bio: Dave Sohmer is ...…
 
SPaMCAST 535 features our essay spawned when I was asked to help a Scrum Master who said: “I messed up a scrum team, should I do kanban?” There is not a straightforward answer because regardless of the path forward there are people issues that need to be dealt with first. Also in this podcast, we have a visit from Susan Parente and her ‘I am no ...…
 
SPaMCAST 534 features our interview with Al Shalloway. Al returns to the SPaMCAST after far too long. This week we discuss the trials and tribulations of scaling agile, and his passion about getting knowledge transfer right! I hope you have as good of a time listening to this interview as I had creating it. Bio Al Shalloway is the founder and C ...…
 
SPaMCAST 533 features our essay titled, Can Agile (SAFe) Be Interfaced With Waterfall? The long answer is yes, but the short answer is yes, but try to find a way to avoid the self-inflicted complexity. If you can’t avoid mixing and matching frameworks, there are paths to success you can leverage. Other essays in our series on interfacing SAFe a ...…
 
SPaMCAST features our interview with Julia Wester. Julia returns to the cast to discuss spectrum thinking. Specturn thinking is an important tool in system thinking and required to address complexity. Even though using binary thinking is rarely the most effective path, it is rare to use spectrum thinking to address problems. Julia provides a pa ...…
 
SPaMCAST 531 features our essay on Balancing Control and Self-Organization to Avoid Heat Death. Control and self-organization represent a classic Goldilocks and the Three Bears problem. We discuss whether there is a solution. Interested in more on this topic? Other blog entries include: Balancing Control and Self-Organization to Avoid Heat Deat ...…
 
On January 18, 2007 show zero was posted. Show zero established the RSS feed and let me get some of the bugs out of our workflow. We begin year 13 next week. Thank you for being part of the Software Process and Measurement Cast. SPaMCAST 530 features our interview with Justin McPherson. Justin and I talked about the role of the enterprise archi ...…
 
SPaMCAST 529 features our essay titled Habit and Commitment. We are still early enough in the year to be pursuing new beginnings and the New Year resolutions you made a few weeks ago. Commitment and habits can be positively interrelated. Commitment is being dedicated to a cause or activity. Habits reflect a more or less fixed routine. We also h ...…
 
SPaMCAST 528 features our interview with Allan Kelly. Allan makes his third appearance on the cast to talk about his book Continuous Digital (buy a copy!) and the state of agile. A great way to start the year! Allan’s Bio: Allan Kelly helps companies large and small enhance their agility and boost their digital offering. Past clients include Vi ...…
 
SPaMCAST 527, is our last podcast of 2018. We say goodbye to 2018 by talking about user story maps. User story maps are both versatile and an underused tool. Perhaps something that we can address in 2019? We also have a visit from Susan Parente. Susan brings her Not a Scrumdamentalist column to the cast to discuss agile risk management. Risk ma ...…
 
SPaMCAST 526 features an interview with Freddie Clark. Mr. Clark is a tester and Scrum Master by day and video game entrepreneur in the evening. We had an in-depth conversation about using Scrum and other agile techniques in a lean startup environment. It is not the same as the standard corporate environment. Freddie’s Bio Freddie hails from Cl ...…
 
SPaMCAST 525 continues our conversation about story points. Many teams find that story points are only a partially useful tool to facilitate the flow of work within a team. Today we will highlight a behavioral fix and talk RATS. We will also have a visit from Jeremy Berriault with a discussion from the QA Corner. Jeremey and I talked about how ...…
 
SPaMCAST 524 features the return of Matt Heusser. Matt and I talk about the nuts and bolts of being a tester in today’s software environment including agile testing. Matt and I had covered difficult areas that anyone that is interested in quality and risk needs to think about. Matt’s bio: The Managing Director of Excelon Development and a membe ...…
 
SPaMCAST 523 features our essay on story points. Story points were a tool designed to give teams a rough understanding of their flow of work. It was a great idea at the time, but that time has passed. Unfortunately, story points now are being used improperly creating more problems than they solve. In addition, Jon M Quigley brings his Alpha and ...…
 
The Software Process and Measurement Cast 522 features the return of Jeff Anderson. Jeff returns to discuss scaling agile and getting to a minimum viable product. Many teams and organizations struggle with the concepts of scaling and getting to an MVP, Jeff provides advice for not going crazy! Jeff’s Bio Jeff is the President of Agile by Design ...…
 
SPaMCAST 521 features our essay on user stories and legacy code. A common question is how user stories can be developed for legacy code or for problems that crop up in production. The implication is that creating user stories is too hard when dealing with legacy code changes or too slow when dealing with production problems. User stories are a ...…
 
SPaMCAST 520 features our interview with Doc Norton. We talked about his new book Escape Velocity, measurement, and why velocity isn’t generally a good measure for teams. By the time teams get to a point where story point velocity is consistent and predictable, they will have better tools that have fewer negative side effects. Doc’s Bio Doc Nor ...…
 
SPaMCAST 519 features our essay on a code of ethics for agile coaches. A code of ethics is a compilation of ethical principles brought together into a framework. Most professions have a code of ethics that guide their behaviors, typically guided by an association that provides credentials. I think it is time to discuss a code of ethics for agil ...…
 
SPaMCAST 518 features our interview with Rebecca Staton-Reinstein. We discussed leadership, the difference between leadership and management, coaching versus mentoring and who should own your improvement program. Rebecca and I have known each other for years and I have always enjoyed her wisdom and pragmatic advice. She really delivers the good ...…
 
SPaMCAST 517 is very different from my original plan -- and pretty cool if I do say so my self. This week I spoke at ISMA 16 in Sao Paulo, Brazil. I was originally scheduled to open the session, however, the translators were two hours late. The Portuguese speaking speakers were moved earlier so that the conference could get started. During my w ...…
 
SPaMCAST 516 features our interview with Nishi Grover Garg. Nishi and I started by discussing the major differences in agile and non-agile testing and ended with a discussion of agile pods. This is a wonderfully idea-rich interview. Note: I am recording part of this episode remotely from a hotel in Brazil! Nishi’s Bio: Nishi is a Consulting Agi ...…
 
SPaMCAST 515 features our essay on transformation and agile metrics. Whether you like the word transformation or not, many in the process improvement and agile communities help to facilitate change. Involvement in any non-trivial change effort requires resources, people, support and the expenditure of political capital. Metrics are tools for ge ...…
 
SPaMCAST 514 features our interview with John Clapham. John and I talked DevOps, people, agile, and how all those pieces fit together coherently or not. John even quoted Bill and Ted’s Excellent Adventure. This is a big, fun, informative interview! John Clapham is an experienced coach, trainer, and consultant, specializing in DevOps and Agile. ...…
 
SPaMCAST 513 features a second essay on reciprocity. One of the hardest lessons I have had to learn is that some people on a team are passengers and others play different, more involved, roles. Being a passenger long-term on a team or in an organization is a form of rent-seeking and is not valued highly by others. We also have columns from Susa ...…
 
SPaMCAST 512 marks the return of Jeff Dalton. Jeff and I talked about the CMMI Version 2.0 and the Agile Performance Holarchy. The CMMI is often maligned as promoting anti-agile behaviors. Jeff makes the case that Version 2.0 promotes agile. We dive into the Agile Performance Holarchy during the second half of the interview. The Agile Performan ...…
 
SPaMCAST 511 features our essay on reciprocity. Reciprocal agreements are part of working and playing well with others that we begin learning on the playground and then bring to the office with us. There are many types of reciprocal agreements in a typical agile project. Entries in the Reciprocity theme: Reciprocity and Reciprocal Agreements In ...…
 
We are doing something special in SPaMCAST 510. Over the past couple of years we have talked to Steve Tendon and Wolfram Müller about their book, Hyper-Productive Knowledge Work Performance, The TameFlow Approach and Its Application to Scrum and Kanban. Today as part of our conversation Steve and Wolfram shine a light on some of the finer point ...…
 
SPaMCAST 509 will feature our essay discussing if you can demonstrate incomplete work. My knee-jerk reaction is no...or maybe heck no, but knee-jerk reactions are not always right. Blog entries in the what happens to incomplete work theme: Frequently Asked Questions: The Sprint Is Over, What Do I Do With Incomplete Stories? https://bit.ly/2P9mm ...…
 
SPaMCAST 508 features our interview with Vasco Duarte! Vasco and I discuss vision and product owners. The product owner role is crucial. To be effective, the product owner must be able to articulate a vision for the product they champion. Vasco Duarte’s Bio in his own words: I want to transform product development organizations into product bus ...…
 
SPaMCAST 507 opens with our essay on consensus decision making. Consensus decision-making techniques are used by almost every team. The process of getting to a decision or solution that the whole team can at least live will make sure that everyone on the team has a seat at the table and that team builds both majority and minority views into the ...…
 
SPaMCAST 506 - Distributed Agile Teams, an Interview With Mark KilbySPaMCAST 506 features our interview with Mark Kilby. Mark and I explored distributed agile teams. Agile in distributed environments is doable, but it isn’t easy. Mark provides guidance and advice. Mark recently co-authored From Chaos to Successful Distributed Agile Teams with J ...…
 
SPaMCAST 505 features our recent essay titled, Coaching: Six Modes of Operation. On the surface, coaching is a fairly simple role. A coach has six basic modes of operation. But…if you peel back the layers just a little bit you will find that coaching is part art and part science. In the second spot of this week's magazine have the penultimate s ...…
 
SPaMCAST 504 features our interview with Gerie Owen. Gerie and I discussed continuous testing, DevOps, and testing in an agile culture! We worked through big ideas that can have a big impact on how you work and deliver value immediately. Gerie Owen is the VP of Knowledge and Innovation at QualiTest. Gerie Owen represents the QualiTest team at t ...…
 
SPaMCAST 503 features our essay “Culture: The Knife’s Edge of Change.” I have often heard the line, culture eats change for breakfast. Culture, culture, culture – the success of every change that is considered or implemented balances on the knife edge of culture. Aligning cultures so that change is possible requires seeing the differences and t ...…
 
SPaMCAST 502 features our interview Marcus Hammarberg. Marcus returns to talk about his new book Salvation: The Bungsu Story (https://amzn.to/2u1ndYs). The story provides a real-life example of how agile can save the world — or at least part of it. This is one of the most important and inspirational interviews I have done. Marcus’s bio: For 15 ...…
 
SPaMCAST 501 features our essay on Agile Metrics. Progress is easy to visualize when we use the yardstick of calendar time. My wife and I spent 17 days in Europe. There are 177 shopping days until Christmas (as of July 1, 2018) — I expect presents this year. How long it takes to deliver a piece of work, in days, is something nearly every human ...…
 
Show 500! SPaMCAST 001 went live on Sunday January 28, 2007 at 9:28 PM - it has been a great journey from then to now! The first interview was a two-parter with Will McKnight. Give it a listen at https://bit.ly/2lryNaC. Show 500, SPaMCAST 500, Episode 500, #500 (I will probably say that 500 more times this week) features our interview with Marc ...…
 
SPaMCAST 499 will feature our essay on trust and coaching. Coaches are among most effective tools used to help teams improve. In SPaMCAST 496 – Sam Laing I highlighted the need for trust between a coach and the team or person they are coaching. Without trust, a coach will not be very effective. Two powerful and related tools! In the rocker as t ...…
 
SPaMCAST 498 features our interview John Kordyback. Agile is more than just Scrum or a bunch values. Agile has a technical side that can’t be ignored. This week, John and I have a wide-ranging conversation covering the technical side of agile, the impact of tools on principles, and the difference in agile approaches for systems of engagement an ...…
 
SPaMCAST 497 features our essay on micromanagement. Micromanagement is a bane to employees that fall under a micromanager’s control. If you ask any manager if they think micromanagement is useful they will tell you no. The problem is that many managers still do it and then rationalize the behavior. We also welcome back Dr. Susan Parente, with h ...…
 
SPaMCAST 496 features our interview with Sam Laing. Sam and I talked about coaching agile teams. The goal of coaching is to help people unleash their inner power. We also touch on the difference between coaching and mentoring. They are different and require different approaches but both are useful! Sam’s Bio - Sam writes: Samantha Laing (@samla ...…
 
SPaMCAST 495 features our essay titled, The Definition of Done: Simplicity and Complexity Revisited. The Definition of Done is an important agile technique to help teams plan and execute work. The simplest definition of the Definition of Done is the criteria that a work product must meet to be considered to be complete. While the concept is sim ...…
 
SPaMCAST 494 features our interview with Alan Mallory. We discussed his book The Family That Conquered Everest (https://amzn.to/2Iiz3Tc). The book provides strong lessons on leadership and teamwork in an environment where failure can lead to death or worse! Danger, mountaineering, and leadership in a single interview; a first for the Software P ...…
 
SPaMCAST 493 features our essay titled Thoughts on Kaizen. The punchline is that the goal of continuous improvement is to help teams to eliminate waste (Muda, Muri, Mura), while improving an organization’s capability to deliver value. Our second column features Jeremy Berriault. In this installment of the QA Corner (https://qacorner.blog/). Jer ...…
 
Software Process and Measurement Cast 492 features our recent interview with Murali Chemuturi. Murali and I discussed his new book tilted Software Design: A Comprehensive Guide to Software Development Projects (Link https://amzn.to/2qMAgKW). Murali makes a strong case that design can’t be purely emergent. Design impacts usability, security and ...…
 
Software Process and Measurement Cast 491 features our essay titled, Can “Done” Be Allowed To Break Production? The most succinct answer to the question is always no, the story is not done. The reason is that the story is not implementable, and unless the goal of the story is to blow up production and anger customers it can’t be considered to b ...…
 
Software Process and Measurement Cast 490 features a return visit from Michael West. Michael West is the author of Return On Process (ROP): Getting Real Performance Results from Process Improvement and Real Process Improvement Using the CMMI! [LINKS] Michael and I talked process improvement and how process improvement translates to the bottom l ...…
 
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