Software Process and Measurement Cast

Software Process and Measurement Cast
By Thomas M. Cagley Jr
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SPaMCAST explores the varied world of software process improvement and measurement. The cast covers topics that deal with the challenges found in information technology organizations as they grow and evolve.
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Feb. 11, 2018
SPaMCAST 481 will feature our essay on the Life Cycle of A User Story.  A user story - a brief, simple requirement statement from the user’s perspective - tends to follow a loose life cycle.  That life often begins even before the word ‘user story’ gets mentioned and typically by people that don’t understand (or care to understand) the concept of a user story. We zoom in from 40,000 ft down to user stories in 500 or so words!   Read other entries on user stories by following this link: https://tcagley.wordpress.com/?s=user+story The second column this week is from Kim Pries, the Software Sensei, Kim discusses using the Extended Backus-Naur Form as a tool to extract information out of nebulous text. Last but not least, Jeremy Berriault brings his QA Corner to the cast.  In this entry, Jeremy discusses why QAs/testers should be given space to manage their own workflow. Jeremy has recently moved the QA Corner to https://qacorner.blog/ Re-Read Saturday News This week we tackled Chapter 14 of Actionable Agile Metrics for Predictability: An Introduction by Daniel S. Vacanti. Chapter 14 is titled Introduction to Forecasting.  Predictability and forecasting are intimately related! Remember to buy your copy today and read along, and we will be back next week! One note: we are on Chapter 14 today out of 17. So, after today, we have approximately four more weeks. As a result, we will have to choose another book in the next couple of weeks.  I have received some suggestions, and I have also asked the interviewees that appeared in the Software Process and Measurement Podcast in 2017 which was the most impactful book they have read. I would also like your input. What do you suggest that we read next?   Previous Installments Introduction and Game Plan Week 2: Flow, Flow Metrics, and Predictability Week 3: The Basics of Flow Metrics Week 4: An Introduction to Little’s Law Week 5: Introduction to CFDs Week 6: Workflow Metrics and CFDs Week 7: Flow Metrics and CFSs Week 8: Conservation of Flow, Part I Week 9: Conservation of Flow, Part II Week 10: Flow Debt Week 11: Introduction to Cycle Time Scatterplots Week 12: Cycle Time Histograms Week 13: Interpreting Cycle Time Scatterplots Week 14: Service Level Agreements Week 15: Pull Policies Week 16: Introduction to Forecasting Dead Tree Book https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/098643633X/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&camp=1789&creative=9325&creativeASIN=098643633X&linkCode=as2&tag=softprocandme-20&linkId=3488b22252fbe0c99b33ea226f9dcdf5 Kindle https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B013ZQ5TUQ/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&camp=1789&creative=9325&creativeASIN=B013ZQ5TUQ&linkCode=as2&tag=softprocandme-20&linkId=f5bdfb462b1cb570344bba7dff6e3c37 Get your copy and begin reading (or re-reading)! Upcoming Webinars Using Size to Drive Testing in Agile Tom Cagley & Associates and Sealights Webinar Tue, Mar 13, 2018 11:00 AM - 11:45 AM EDT Link to register will come soon! I will also be at QAI Quest, ISMA 15 and Agile West.  More information next week! Next SPaMCAST In the Software Process and Measurement Cast 482 we will feature our interview with Natalie Warnet.  We talked about the diversity of voice, thoughts and ideas and Women in Agile.  
Feb. 4, 2018
SPaMCAST 480 features our interview with Paul Gibbons.  Paul and I had a wide-ranging discussion that began with his wonderful book The Science of Successful Organization Change (Buy a copy now and then enjoy the re-read we held on the Software Process and Measurement Cast blog), and led us to the broader conversation: that change is hard but it is even harder if we fall prey to magical thinking. Pau’s bio: Paul Gibbons is an author, speaker, and consultant. His “beat” is helping business leaders use science and philosophy to make better strategic decisions, implement change, innovate, change culture, and create workplaces where talent flourishes. His most recent book, The Science of Organizational Change has been hailed as “the most important book on change in fifteen years.” Between writing projects, he consults, coaches, and speaks with businesses such as Microsoft, Google, HSBC, KPMG, and Comcast. Paul’s Website:  www.paulgibbons.net Email: [email protected] Facebook – Paul Gibbons (author) Twitter - @paulggibbons YouTube – Philosophyfirst LinkedIn – Paul G Gibbons Paul is a podcaster! His podcast, Think Bigger, Think Better asks the question How can contemporary philosophy and science help us make better choices, lead better lives, and create a sustainable, prosperous world? Check out Think Bigger, Think Better on Apple Podcasts or where ever you get your podcasts! Re-Read Saturday News This week we tackled Chapter 13 of Actionable Agile Metrics for Predictability: An Introduction by Daniel S. Vacanti. Chapter 13 is titled Pull Policies.  Pull policies define how work is accepted by a team and gets worked on. Pull policies are important because they affect cycle time and predictability. Remember to buy your copy today and read along, and we will be back next week! Previous Installments Introduction and Game Plan Week 2: Flow, Flow Metrics, and Predictability Week 3: The Basics of Flow Metrics Week 4: An Introduction to Little’s Law Week 5: Introduction to CFDs Week 6: Workflow Metrics and CFDs Week 7: Flow Metrics and CFSs Week 8: Conservation of Flow, Part I Week 9: Conservation of Flow, Part II Week 10: Flow Debt Week 11: Introduction to Cycle Time Scatterplots Week 12: Cycle Time Histograms Week 13: Interpreting Cycle Time Scatterplots Week 14: Service Level Agreements Week 15: Pull Policies Dead Tree Book https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/098643633X/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&camp=1789&creative=9325&creativeASIN=098643633X&linkCode=as2&tag=softprocandme-20&linkId=3488b22252fbe0c99b33ea226f9dcdf5 Kindle https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B013ZQ5TUQ/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&camp=1789&creative=9325&creativeASIN=B013ZQ5TUQ&linkCode=as2&tag=softprocandme-20&linkId=f5bdfb462b1cb570344bba7dff6e3c37 Get your copy and begin reading (or re-reading)! Upcoming Webinars February 6, 2018 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM CST AGILE best practices for STARTUPS San Antonio Software Startup Meetup Codeup 600 Navarro St, 3rd Floor · San Antonio, TX If you are in the San Antonio area, please RSVP guys and this will help the organizers plan.  I will have opening remarks on business agility and then will focus on the questions and comments from the assembly! Next SPaMCAST SPaMCAST 481 will feature our essay on the Life Cycle of A User Story.  We will focus on the implied hierarchy of user stories.  We will also have columns from Kim Pries and Jeremy Berriault.  
Jan. 28, 2018
The Software Process and Measurement Cast 479 has three columns. The first column features a recent essay on the difference between a coach and a mentor in the form of a simple checklist. Which do you need? Check out the other three entries in this theme on the Software Process and Measurement Cast blog. Our second column features Steve Tendon who brings his Tame The Flow: Hyper-Productive Knowledge-Work Performance, The TameFlow Approach and Its Application to Scrum and Kanban to the cast (buy a copy here). Chapter 20 and 21 are extremely important to understanding and applying the TameFlow approach, therefore, we are spending time with the author to get to the heart of the concepts. Anchoring the cast is Jon Quigley returning with his column, Alpha and Omega of Product Development. Jon and I discussed why employee engagement is more than an academic topic. Advertisement Thanks for all of your best wishes on the launch of Tom Cagley & Associates.  Our goal is to work with organizations and teams to unlock their inherent greatness. As experienced thought leaders, we have studied a wide range of organizations to uncover what makes them the best at what they do. By delivering training, guidance, and coaching we can help make the transformation of your organization and team a success - and prove it.  Lets talk! Email: [email protected]: 01 (440) 668-5717   Re-Read Saturday News This week we tackled Chapter 12 of Actionable Agile Metrics for Predictability: An Introduction by Daniel S. Vacanti. Chapter 12 is titled Service Level Agreements. Service Level Agreements (SLA) are an agreement to perform within certain limits based on past performance.  SLAs can be derived based on data visualization. Remember to buy your copy today and read along, and we will be back next week! Previous InstallmentsIntroduction and Game Plan Week 2: Flow, Flow Metrics, and Predictability Week 3: The Basics of Flow Metrics Week 4: An Introduction to Little’s Law Week 5: Introduction to CFDs Week 6: Workflow Metrics and CFDs Week 7: Flow Metrics and CFSs Week 8: Conservation of Flow, Part I Week 9: Conservation of Flow, Part II Week 10: Flow Debt Week 11: Introduction to Cycle Time Scatterplots Week 12: Cycle Time Histograms Week 13: Interpreting Cycle Time Scatterplots Week 14: Service Level Agreements Dead Tree Book https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/098643633X/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&camp=1789&creative=9325&creativeASIN=098643633X&linkCode=as2&tag=softprocandme-20&linkId=3488b22252fbe0c99b33ea226f9dcdf5 Kindle https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B013ZQ5TUQ/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&camp=1789&creative=9325&creativeASIN=B013ZQ5TUQ&linkCode=as2&tag=softprocandme-20&linkId=f5bdfb462b1cb570344bba7dff6e3c37   Get your copy and begin reading (or re-reading)!   Upcoming Webinars February 2nd, 2018 - 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. (CST) Agile Leadership for Agile Transformation or Fail! The International Institute for Software Testing Organizational change will be difficult at best without proper leadership. There are four leadership concepts that can double the chances that your agile transformation will be effective and stay that way! Register   February 6, 2018 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM CST AGILE best practices for STARTUPS San Antonio Software Startup Meetup Codeup 600 Navarro St, 3rd Floor · San Antonio, TX If you are in the San Antonio area, please RSVP guys and this will help the organizers plan.  I will have opening remarks on business agility and then will focus on the questions and comments from the assembly! Next SPaMCASTSPaMCAST 480 will feature our interview with Paul Gibbons.  Paul and I had a wide-ranging discussion that began with his wonderful book The Science of Successful Organization Change, and led us to the broader conversation: that change is hard but it is even harder if we fall prey to magical thinking.  
Jan. 21, 2018
The Software Process and Measurement Cast 478 features our interview with Evan Leybourn.  Evan is back to discuss his new venture, The Business Agility Institute. Agile is not just for software anymore! Bio Evan is the Founder and CEO of the Business Agility Institute; an international membership body to both champion and supports the next-generation of organizations. Companies that are agile, innovative and dynamic - perfectly designed to thrive in today’s unpredictable markets. We connect leaders across industries and regions to share their experiences and insights with each other. Our flagship event, the Business Agility Conference will run in New York from March 14th. Evan is also the author of Directing the Agile Organisation and will soon be publishing his next book on #noprojects. Business Agility Institute: http://businessagility.institute/ Business Agility Conference: http://businessagilityconference.com/ Directing the Agile Organisation: http://amzn.to/2D7SStK   Re-Read Saturday News
Jan. 14, 2018
The Software Process and Measurement Cast 477 features our essay on silence.  Silence is a powerful tool to guide conversations and mine information from the stream of consciousness that flows around us. If silence was just a tool to improve our connections with people and to improve listening, it would be worth practicing. But, silence is also a tool to peer deeper into our minds. Silence improves relaxation and helps individuals to focus.  Trust me the podcast is not 30 minutes of silence! We will also have a column from Kim Pries, the Software Sensi.  Kim brings us part one of his essay, Muddling Through.  The essay is based on the article, “The Science of "Muddling Through" by Charles E. Lindblom.  The article was originally published in 1959 but has an important message that resonates now. Gene Hughson of Form Follows Function anchors the cast.  He discusses his great article, “What Makes a Monolith Monolithic?” Gene suggests that the problem with the term “monolith” is that, while it’s a powerfully evocative term, it isn’t a simple one to define.   Re-Read Saturday News This week we tackled Chapter 10a of Actionable Agile Metrics for Predictability: An Introduction by Daniel S. Vacanti. Histograms are another powerful way of visualizing data Remember to buy your copy today and read along, and we will be back next week!  The link: Week 12: Cycle Time Histograms Previous Installments Introduction and Game Plan Week 2: Flow, Flow Metrics, and Predictability Week 3: The Basics of Flow Metrics Week 4: An Introduction to Little’s Law Week 5: Introduction to CFDs Week 6: Workflow Metrics and CFDs Week 7: Flow Metrics and CFSs Week 8: Conservation of Flow, Part I Week 9: Conservation of Flow, Part II Week 10: Flow Debt Week 11: Introduction to Cycle Time Scatterplots Week 12: Cycle Time Histograms   Dead Tree Book https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/098643633X/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&camp=1789&creative=9325&creativeASIN=098643633X&linkCode=as2&tag=softprocandme-20&linkId=3488b22252fbe0c99b33ea226f9dcdf5 Kindle https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B013ZQ5TUQ/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&camp=1789&creative=9325&creativeASIN=B013ZQ5TUQ&linkCode=as2&tag=softprocandme-20&linkId=f5bdfb462b1cb570344bba7dff6e3c37 Get your copy and begin reading (or re-reading)!   Upcoming Webinars January 25, 2018 11 AM EST - 12:30 EST Agile: Leadership Required ITMPI In this webinar, you will learn about the four leadership concepts that can double the chances that your agile transformation will be effective. February 2nd, 2018 - 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. (CST) Agile Leadership for Agile Transformation or Fail! The International Institute for Software Testing Organizational change will be difficult at best without proper leadership. There are four leadership concepts that can double the chances that your agile transformation will be effective and stay that way! Register February 6, 2018 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM CST AGILE best practices for STARTUPS San Antonio Software Startup Meetup Codeup 600 Navarro St, 3rd Floor · San Antonio, TX If you are in the San Antonio area, please RSVP guys and this will help the organizers plan.  I will have opening remarks on business agility and then will focus on the questions and comments from the assembly! More next week!   Next SPaMCAST SPaMCAST 478 will feature our interview with Evan Leybourn.  Evan is back to discuss his new venture, The Business Agility Institute. Agile is not just for software anymore!
Jan. 7, 2018
The Software Process and Measurement Cast 476 features our interview with Kyle Siemens.  Kyle is CEO at Brightest. We discussed the case for certifications. The whole concept of certifications is a lightning rod for the excesses of agile and the Agile (big A) industry.  Mr. Siemens makes a strong argument for certification when done properly. Kyle’s Bio Kyle Siemens is an energetic, loyal and hard-working Canadian from Winnipeg, Manitoba. After completing my Bachelor's degree at the University of Manitoba in German literature and mathematics, I moved to Berlin in 2006 with a DAAD scholarship and got my Masters in communication and languages. After working several years at various agencies (running campaigns for national and international brands), I stumbled upon an incredible path by chance, which led me to where I am today - Online Marketing Volunteer of the TMMi Foundation and CEO of a global ISTQB exam provider called Brightest: www.brightest.org. Reach out to Kyle on LinkedIn Re-Read Saturday News This week we tackled Chapter 10 of Actionable Agile Metrics for Predictability: An Introduction by Daniel S. Vacanti. Today we begin Part 3 with Chapter 10 which is titled, Introduction to Cycle Time Scatterplots. Scatterplots take us beyond the analysis of average cycle time (or even approximate average cycle time).  Scatterplots provide a visual representation of the data so we can begin to use the data to predict the future.  Remember to buy your copy today and read along, and we will be back next week! Previous Installments Introduction and Game Plan Week 2: Flow, Flow Metrics, and Predictability Week 3: The Basics of Flow Metrics Week 4: An Introduction to Little’s Law Week 5: Introduction to CFDs Week 6: Workflow Metrics and CFDs Week 7: Flow Metrics and CFSs Week 8: Conservation of Flow, Part I Week 9: Conservation of Flow, Part II Week 10: Flow Debt Week 11: Introduction to Cycle Time Scatterplots Support the author (and the blog), buy a copy of Actionable Agile Metrics for Predictability: An Introduction by Daniel S. Vacanti Dead Tree Book https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/098643633X/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&camp=1789&creative=9325&creativeASIN=098643633X&linkCode=as2&tag=softprocandme-20&linkId=3488b22252fbe0c99b33ea226f9dcdf5 Kindle https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B013ZQ5TUQ/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&camp=1789&creative=9325&creativeASIN=B013ZQ5TUQ&linkCode=as2&tag=softprocandme-20&linkId=f5bdfb462b1cb570344bba7dff6e3c37 Get your copy and begin reading (or re-reading)! Upcoming Webinars January 25, 2018 11 AM EST - 12:30 EST Agile: Leadership Required In this webinar, you will learn about the four leadership concepts that can double the chances that your agile transformation will be effective. Next SPaMCAST SPaMCAST 477 features our essay on silence.  Silence is a powerful tool to guide conversations and mine information from the stream of consciousness that flows around us. If silence was just a tool to improve our connections with people and to improve listening, it would be worth practicing. But, silence is also a tool to peer deeper into our minds. Silence improves relaxation and helps individuals to focus. We will also have columns from Kim Pries the Software Sensi and Gene Hughson of Form Follows Function.
Dec. 31, 2017
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: Gene Hughson (Architecture) Jeremy Berriault (Quality Assurance) Kim Pries (Software Development) Steve Tendon (Lean and Kanban) Jon Quigley (Product Development) - not on this week’s cast Steven Adams (Agile Practitioner) Re-Read Saturday News 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! Dead Tree Book https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/098643633X/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&camp=1789&creative=9325&creativeASIN=098643633X&linkCode=as2&tag=softprocandme-20&linkId=3488b22252fbe0c99b33ea226f9dcdf5 Kindle https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B013ZQ5TUQ/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&camp=1789&creative=9325&creativeASIN=B013ZQ5TUQ&linkCode=as2&tag=softprocandme-20&linkId=f5bdfb462b1cb570344bba7dff6e3c37 Get your copy and begin reading (or re-reading)! Upcoming Webinars January 25, 2018 11 AM EST - 12:30 EST Agile: Leadership Required In this webinar, you will learn about the four leadership concepts that can double the chances that your agile transformation will be effective. Next SPaMCAST SPaMCAST 476 features our interview with Kyle Siemens.  Kyle is CEO at Brightest.  We discussed the case for certifications. The whole concept of certifications is a lightning rod for the excesses of agile and the Agile (big A) industry.  Mr. Siemens makes a strong argument for certification when done properly.  
Dec. 24, 2017
The Software Process and Measurement Cast 474 features our interview with Tom Henricksen.  Tom recently organized and executed the Agile Online Summit that I participated in.  We get the behind the scene story about how the Summit came together and how it enhanced the Agile community! Tom’s Bio Tom Henricksen is a speaker and career coach who leads others to turn their dreams into plans. Throughout Tom’s career, he has learned firsthand how hard it can be to find a good career match. As a result of his trials, he’s created a simple process designed to help find a career that inspires passion, encourages optimal performance, and results in profit. Website: http://myitcareercoach.com/ Online Agile Summit: https://www.agileonlinesummit.com/ Twitter: @TomHenricksen Facebook: Facebook profile LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/tomhenricksen Re-Read Saturday News Chapter 9 of Daniel S. Vacanti’s Actionable  Actionable Agile Metrics for Predictability: An Introduction (buy a copy today) is titled, “Flow Debt.”  In this chapter, we use the approximate average cycle time to guide teams and other stakeholders to asking good questions so that the flow of value can be improved!  Buy your copy today and read along! Catch up on the all the installments of Actionable Agile Metrics for Predictability: An Introduction Introduction and Game Plan Week 2: Flow, Flow Metrics, and Predictability Week 3: The Basics of Flow Metrics Week 4: An Introduction to Little’s Law Week 5: Introduction to CFDs Week 6: Flow Metrics and CFDs Week 7: Interpreting CFDs Week 8: Conservation of Flow, Part I Week 9: Conservation of Flow, Part II Week 10: Flow Debt Dead Tree Book https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/098643633X/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&camp=1789&creative=9325&creativeASIN=098643633X&linkCode=as2&tag=softprocandme-20&linkId=3488b22252fbe0c99b33ea226f9dcdf5 Kindle https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B013ZQ5TUQ/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&camp=1789&creative=9325&creativeASIN=B013ZQ5TUQ&linkCode=as2&tag=softprocandme-20&linkId=f5bdfb462b1cb570344bba7dff6e3c37 Get your copy and begin reading (or re-reading)! A Call To Action I still need a few more leaders of Agile PMOs for a special podcast and for background interviews.  Please contact me to discuss the topic at [email protected] if you are interested in telling me your story! Next SPaMCAST SPaMCAST 475 features the majority of the SPaMCAST Crew in a round robin discussion.  Six people with strong opinions, three tough topics and lots of note-taking  This is one of my favorite moments of the podcast year.  Topics included the extensibility of Agile to other parts of the business, why do software development leaders spend so much time telling developers how to do their job and what is keeping us from consistently delivering quality. Pretty amazing!    
Dec. 17, 2017
SPaMCAST 473 features our essay on 6 Important Flow Metrics!  Getting the most value out of a process is important to any leader.  Balancing getting the most value with getting value sooner complicates the discussion.  In some cases, getting some value sooner is worth more than the same value delivered later.  Guiding the delivery of value is more complicated than a rank ordering a list of user stories and then magically hoping that everything will happen in the most effective and efficient manner possible.  Measurement is an important tool to help teams and organizations ask the right questions.  The 6 flow metrics provide process transparency into organizations that leverage continuous flow, scrumban, and/or Scrum as the basis for their Agile implementations. We will also complete our discussion of part 3 (3 of 3) of chapter 20 of Tame The Flow: Hyper-Productive Knowledge-Work Performance, The TameFlow Approach and Its Application to Scrum and Kanban  (buy a copy here). Re-Read Saturday News This week,  we tackle Chapter 8 of Actionable Agile Metrics for Predictability: An Introduction by Daniel S. Vacanti. Chapter 8 is titled, Conversion of Flow Part II.  Remember that requirement in Little’s Law.that work that enters the process, completes and leaves.  We do a deeper dive on why that is important.  Buy your copy today and read along! Catch up on the all the installments of Actionable Agile Metrics for Predictability: An Introduction Introduction and Game Plan Week 2: Flow, Flow Metrics, and Predictability Week 3: The Basics of Flow Metrics Week 4: An Introduction to Little’s Law Week 5: Introduction to CFDs Week 6: Flow Metrics and CFDs Week 7: Interpreting CFDs Week 8: Conservation of Flow, Part I Week 9: Conservation of Flow, Part II   Buy a Copy! Dead Tree Book https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/098643633X/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&camp=1789&creative=9325&creativeASIN=098643633X&linkCode=as2&tag=softprocandme-20&linkId=3488b22252fbe0c99b33ea226f9dcdf5 Kindle https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B013ZQ5TUQ/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&camp=1789&creative=9325&creativeASIN=B013ZQ5TUQ&linkCode=as2&tag=softprocandme-20&linkId=f5bdfb462b1cb570344bba7dff6e3c37 Get your copy and begin reading (or re-reading)!   A Call To Action I still need a few more leaders of Agile PMOs for a special podcast and for background interviews.  Please contact me to discuss the topic at [email protected] if you are interested in telling me your story! Next SPaMCAST SPaMCAST 474 features our interview with Tom Henricksen.  Tom recently organized and executed the Agile Online Summit that I participated in.  We get the behind the scene story about how the Summit came together and how it enhanced the Agile community!  
Dec. 10, 2017
SPaMCAST 472 features our interview with Mike Harris.  We discussed his new book, The Business Value of Software. We discussed the definition of value and why value matters! In reality, software development, enhancements, and maintenance that don’t deliver value are a waste. Therefore it behooves all of us to understand value, how to recognize it, and how to measure it! Mike’s Bio Michael Harris brings a wide range of perspectives on IT, specifically in the area of delivering business value, to this book.  His international career has taken him from production management, through R&D, project management and academia to consulting before planting him firmly in charge of a large software engineering group for a public company.  It has been over ten years since he decided that he liked one of his former vendors so much that he would buy the company; and last year, he decided it was time to change the name of the company to reflect his passion.  In 2016, the David Consulting Group became DCG Software Value.  Mike is a Chartered Engineer (CEng.) and Member of the Institution of Engineering and Technology (MIET) in the United Kingdom and a Member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (MIEE) in the United States of America.  He is a SAFE Program Consultant and Certified Scrum Master.   With their much-loved, high-achieving kids all grown up and pursuing their independent lives, Mike lives with his high school sweetheart, Jane, outside Philadelphia, in southern Colorado and on the coast of northern England as time, work and whim permit.   Contact Information: Email: [email protected] Web: www.premiosgroup.com Transparency Note:  Michael Harris is the President and CEO of the Premios Group.  I am part of the Premios Group.  The focus of the interview was Mike’s new book and followed the pattern I have used for all authors appearing on the cast.   Re-Read Saturday News This week, we tackle Chapter 7 of Actionable Agile Metrics for Predictability: An Introduction by Daniel S. Vacanti.  The chapter is titled,  Conservation of Flow Part I.  The flow of work into and out of a process is incredibly important for establishing predictability.  Chapter 7 explains the concept of conservation of flow mentioned (almost in passing in Chapter 6). Buy your copy today and read along! Catch up on the all the installments of Actionable Agile Metrics for Predictability: An Introduction Introduction and Game Plan Week 2: Flow, Flow Metrics, and Predictability Week 3: The Basics of Flow Metrics Week 4: An Introduction to Little’s Law Week 5: Introduction to CFDs Week 6: Flow Metrics and CFDs Week 7: Interpreting CFDs Week 8: Conservation of Flow Part I Dead Tree Book https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/098643633X/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&camp=1789&creative=9325&creativeASIN=098643633X&linkCode=as2&tag=softprocandme-20&linkId=3488b22252fbe0c99b33ea226f9dcdf5 Kindle https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B013ZQ5TUQ/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&camp=1789&creative=9325&creativeASIN=B013ZQ5TUQ&linkCode=as2&tag=softprocandme-20&linkId=f5bdfb462b1cb570344bba7dff6e3c37 Get your copy and begin reading (or re-reading)! A Call To Action I still need a few more leaders of Agile PMOs for a special podcast and for background interviews.  Please contact me to discuss the topic at [email protected] if you are interested in telling me your story! Next SPaMCAST SPaMCAST 472 will feature our essay on 6 Important Flow Metrics!  Getting the most value out of a process is important to any leader.  Balancing getting the most value with getting value sooner complicates the discussion.  In some cases, getting some value sooner is worth more than the same value delivered later.  Guiding the delivery of value is more complicated than a rank ordering a list of user stories and then magically hoping that everything will happen in the most effective and efficient manner possible.  Measurement is an important tool to help team and organizations ask the right questions.  The 6 flow metrics provide process transparency into organizations that leverage continuous flow, scrumban, and/or Scrum as the basis for their Agile implementations. We will also complete our discussion of part 3 (3 of 3) of our discussion of chapter 20 of Tame The Flow: Hyper-Productive Knowledge-Work Performance, The TameFlow Approach and Its Application to Scrum and Kanban  (buy a copy here). We will also have a column from the Software Sensei, Kim Pries.   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, for you or your team.” Support SPaMCAST by buying the book here. Available in English and Chinese.