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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.

Thomas M. Cagley Jr


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    SPaMCAST 679 - Team Leads In Agile, Descoping, Conversations and Essays

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 28, 2021 18:35

    As we begin counting down to the end of the year, I would like to consider the team lead's role. It is a nearly ubiquitous role in organizations, but is almost never talked about in agile frameworks. We begin our journey into the role by establishing three examples to help understand how the role is practiced and why it can generate friction if not addressed when adopting frameworks.  We also have a visit from Jon M Quigley who brings his Alpha and Omega of Product Development column to the cast.  This week we talk about the idea of descoping and its role in work entry. Done early, descoping is a tool while done after you have made commitments it makes a tool out of you.  Re-Read Saturday News  Nearly 30 hours of driving, Thanksgiving, and far too few hours with a large part of my extended family kept me from completing the re-read of Chapter 8 of Project to Product  https://amzn.to/2WzvPac (Amazon Affiliate Link). We will be back next week to talk about the problems caused by role and tool disconnection across the value chain (silos). Catch up on previous installments: Week 1: Foreword and Introduction - https://bit.ly/39gIt0A  Week 2: Age of Software - https://bit.ly/2XYvqyI  Week 3: From Project to Product - https://bit.ly/3mhwJBb  Week 4: Introducing The Flow Framework - https://bit.ly/3lqJTwd Week 5: Capturing Flow Metrics - https://bit.ly/3GjCffC  Week 6: Connecting to Business Results - https://bit.ly/3BTROqQ  Week 7: Tracking Disruptions -https://bit.ly/3neIs5h  Week 8: The Ground Truth of Enterprise Tool Networks -   https://bit.ly/3DHO5OU    Next SPaMCAST  Next week Mauricio Aguliar and Christine Green join me to discuss the state and future of Software Measurement. Mauricio, Christine, and I are all recent Past Presidents of the International Function Point Users Group (the largest international software measurement association). The conversation will be provocative and enlightening.

    SPaMCAST 678 - Prioritization Outside Span Of Control, Product Owners and User Stories, Conversations and Essays

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 21, 2021 21:37

    This week we are taking a quick journey into a discussion of prioritization outside of a team or an organization's span of control. It is easy to confuse influence and actually be able to exert control over an outcome.  Wishful thinking often can lead to frustration.  Tony TImbol also brings his “To Tell A Story” column to the cast building on the ideas that are central fro good user stores.  Check out Tony's Product Owner training events at http://tonytimbol.com/events/  This week to talk about the product owner's role in writing and maintaining user stories.  Re-Read Saturday News  This week we re-read Chapter 7 of Project to Product  https://amzn.to/2WzvPac (Amazon Affiliate Link). This week we consider Mik's first two epiphanies and introduce the topic of network value streams.   Catch up on previous installments: Week 1: Foreword and Introduction - https://bit.ly/39gIt0A  Week 2: Age of Software - https://bit.ly/2XYvqyI  Week 3: From Project to Product - https://bit.ly/3mhwJBb  Week 4: Introducing The Flow Framework - https://bit.ly/3lqJTwd Week 5: Capturing Flow Metrics - https://bit.ly/3GjCffC  Week 6: Connecting to Business Results - https://bit.ly/3BTROqQ  Week 7: Tracking Disruptions -https://bit.ly/3neIs5h  Week 8: The Ground Truth of Enterprise Tool Networks -   https://bit.ly/3DHO5OU  Next SPaMCAST  Next week an essay on the role of the team lead in Scrum. As Mellisa Greller points out, the role of the TL is often overlooked. When a role is overlooked it causes friction. Unless you are starting a campfire, friction is not a great idea.   We will also have a visit from Jon M Quigley (i know I said that last week but this week we recorded the next few Alpha and Omega of Product Development columns).

    SPaMCAST 677 - Service Level Objectives, SLOs, A conversation with Kit Merker

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 14, 2021 35:25

    Today we will speak to Kit Merker, COO of Nobl9 about Service Level Objectives (SLO). Kit provides down-to-earth advice for adopting and using SLOs to benefit teams AND organizations.  Kit's bio: Kit Merker's 20+ year career spans product management, engineering, evangelism and community-building roles at Google, Microsoft, JFrog, and the governing board of the Cloud Native Computing Foundation (CNCF). He is currently Chief Operating Officer for Nobl9, driving community and growth for service reliability for enterprise development teams. Contact information: linkedin.com/in/kitmerker (LinkedIn) kitmerker.com  (Personal Website) nobl9.com  (Company Website) @KitMerker (Twitter) Re-Read Saturday News  This week we re-read Chapter 6 of Project to Product  https://amzn.to/2WzvPac (Amazon Affiliate Link). In the chapter the author tells four stories of disruption -- they are interesting in their own right. Still, if we look for a common thread I would suggest the communication needed to manage the balance between flow items (features, defects, risks, and debts).  Catch up on previous installments: Week 1: Foreword and Introduction - https://bit.ly/39gIt0A  Week 2: Age of Software - https://bit.ly/2XYvqyI  Week 3: From Project to Product - https://bit.ly/3mhwJBb  Week 4: Introducing The Flow Framework - https://bit.ly/3lqJTwd Week 5: Capturing Flow Metrics - https://bit.ly/3GjCffC  Week 6: Connecting to Business Results - https://bit.ly/3BTROqQ  Week 8: Tracking Disruptions -https://bit.ly/3neIs5h    Next SPaMCAST  Next week an essay on the role of the team lead in Scrum. As Mellisa Greller points out, the role of the TL is often overlooked. When a role is overlooked it causes friction. Unless you are starting a campfire, friction is not a great idea.   We will also have a visit from Jon M Quigley. 

    SPaMCAST 676 - Agile and Executives and scaling Agile Up, A conversation with Vincent Henderson

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 7, 2021 33:48

    Today we feature our interview with Vincent Hendersen. We talked about scaling agility up -- not the same as scaling agile. Mr. Hendersen and I discussed thinking about agile as a service to align team and portfolio. This is a most thought-provoking interview. The idea of thinking about agile teams as a subscription model shifts the whole agile paradigm. Vincent's bio: Vincent Henderson is an operations and product executive in B2B organizations that use knowledge and technology to create value. He has transformed information supply chains and content-driven businesses across 10 countries, 5 industries, and 3 decades. Vincent is a business technologist. He enjoys building rational and purposeful teams that focus on concrete, meaningful outcomes. He had his first Agile workshop about 10 years ago with Tom Cagley and Anthony Mersino. Since that watershed moment of insight, he has implemented and run Agile product development in the 4 different organizations that he has led since. As a business leader who rolls out Agile as part of his leadership practice, he has developed unique insights around how Agile fits within the broader context of business management.   Contact information: https://www.linkedin.com/in/vhenderson/ https://www.ludditesandexecutives.io/  Re-Read Saturday News  This week we re-read Chapter 5 of Project to Product  https://amzn.to/2WzvPac (Amazon Affiliate Link). As the previous chapters have highlighted, we can measure the flow items that enter and exit a value stream. There are a number of suitcase words (words that have many ideas packed in them) in that statement, such as value streams and flow items. Chapter 5 of Project to Product connects flow items and metrics to business results. The integrated view is where the real power of the model is found (but only if you bite the bullet and understand the value streams in the organization). Catch up on previous installments: Week 1: Foreword and Introduction - https://bit.ly/39gIt0A  Week 2: Age of Software - https://bit.ly/2XYvqyI  Week 3: From Project to Product - https://bit.ly/3mhwJBb  Week 4: Introducing The Flow Framework - https://bit.ly/3lqJTwd Week 5: Capturing Flow Metrics - https://bit.ly/3GjCffC  Week 6: Connecting to Business Results - https://bit.ly/3BTROqQ  Next SPaMCAST  Next week, another interview takes center stage.  We will speak to Kit Merker, COO of Nobl9 about Service Level Objectives (SLO). Kit provides down-to-earth advice for adopting and using SLOs to benefit teams AND organizations.

    SPaMCAST 675 - What is a Priority, Bad Leadership, Conversations and Essays

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 31, 2021 31:05

    This week we continue the priority theme with an essay titled, “What is a Priority?” I wish it was a simple question. Since the whole idea of priority is premised on a group of people having a shared perspective and definition this is a question that needs to be asked and answered.  We also have a visit from Susan Parente with her I'm Not A Scrumdamentalist column.  In this installment, we tackle bad leadership (I wish tackle was not used metaphorically). Upcoming Events Out of Control Work Entry Means "No Agile For You" November 4, 2021 11:00 AM - 12:30 PM EST In this webinar, we will use five common patterns of work entry to highlight team dysfunctions of poor work entry practices.  We will also explore a path forward for each work entry pattern to help improve the delivery of business value. Register Now: https://bit.ly/3q1yWnw  Re-Read Saturday News  I was busy preparing for my webinar, Out of Control Work Entry Means "No Agile For You" and did not complete Chapter 5's re-read of Project to Product.  https://amzn.to/2WzvPac (Amazon Affiliate Link). We will be back next week. Catch up on previous installments: Week 1: Foreword and Introduction - https://bit.ly/39gIt0A  Week 2: Age of Software - https://bit.ly/2XYvqyI  Week 3: From Project to Product - https://bit.ly/3mhwJBb  Week 4: Introducing The Flow Framework - https://bit.ly/3lqJTwd Week 5: Capturing Flow Metrics - https://bit.ly/3GjCffC  Next SPaMCAST  Next week we will feature our interview with Vincent Hendersen. We talked about scaling agility up -- not the same as scaling agile. Mr. Hendersen and I discussed thinking about agile as a service to align team and portfolio.

    SPaMCAST 674 - Prioritization, Test Automation, Conversations and Essays

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 24, 2021 24:32

    In the essay today, prioritization requires a steady hand and consistency. The process for prioritization should have more in common with a well-oiled basketball or futbol team than five-year-olds playing soccer in the schoolyard. How the moving parts work together is a process, but in some circles, “process” is a dirty word.   On the conversation side, Jeremy Berriault brings his QA Corner to the cast. We discuss test automation plans and strategies in agile.  Upcoming Events The Agile Online Summit!  This Week!!  Tom Henricksen delivers one of the most innovative online conferences. This year he has upped the bar again! While you can attend the Summit for free, there are a number of innovative options to learn even more from the Summit. Please join the premier Agile Online Conference from October 25th to 27th, 2021. Register at https://bit.ly/3mplqIK Re-Read Saturday News  This week, we dive into Chapter 4 of Project to Product titled Capturing Flow Metrics.  https://amzn.to/2WzvPac (Amazon Affiliate Link). Why capture flow metrics? The four components of the flow distribution reflect the investment pattern within the value stream. That pattern is a direct reflection of the value delivered by an organization. Catch up on previous installments: Week 1: Foreword and Introduction - https://bit.ly/39gIt0A  Week 2: Age of Software - https://bit.ly/2XYvqyI  Week 3: From Project to Product - https://bit.ly/3mhwJBb  Week 4: Introducing The Flow Framework - https://bit.ly/3lqJTwd Week 5: Capturing Flow Metrics - https://bit.ly/3GjCffC    Next SPaMCAST  Next week another essay, perhaps even the promised Why Pragmatic Has Become Code For Half-assed.  We will also have a visit from Susan Parente with her I Am Not A Scrumdamentalist column.

    SPaMCAST 673 - What Is Agile, Product Owners, Conversations and Essays

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 17, 2021 19:19

    Today, we feature an essay titled, So I Asked What Is Agile. A simple question that yields interesting answers. One interesting outcome was that answers fit into three categories. We explore the process and people-oriented groups this week. I will come back to the rant category later this month.   In addition to the essay, Tony Timbol brings his To Tell A Story column to the cast! In this installment, the product owner's role is under the microscope. Check out Tony's website at https://bit.ly/2Z1IrIg Upcoming Events The Agile Online Summit!  The clock is ticking - loudly!  Tom Henricksen delivers one of the most innovative online conferences. This year he has upped the bar again! While you can attend the Summit for free, there are a number of innovative options to learn even more from the Summit. Please join the premier Agile Online Conference from October 25th to 27th, 2021. Register at https://bit.ly/3mplqIK Re-Read Saturday News  This week, we are taking a break from Project to Product.  Remember to buy a copy today https://amzn.to/2WzvPac (Amazon Affiliate Link) and we will be back next week.  Previous Week's Installment: Week 1: Foreword and Introduction - https://bit.ly/39gIt0A  Week 2: Age of Software - https://bit.ly/2XYvqyI  Week 3: From Project to Product - https://bit.ly/3mhwJBb  Week 4: Introducing The Flow Framework - https://bit.ly/3lqJTwd Next SPaMCAST  Kyle Siemens returns to the podcast to talk about certifications and running a testing business. Kyle does not shy away from hard topics in a world that is certification crazy.

    SPaMCAST 672 Disciplined Agile, Reinvention, A Conversation With Jonathan Lee

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 10, 2021 31:54


    Until this week, Disciplined Agile was a topic we had not investigated on the Software Process and Measurement Cast. DA is an approach to scaling agile development.  Today, Jonathan Lee and I discuss Disciplined Agile and reinventing yourself to stay relevant in a dynamic world.  Mr. Lee's Bio: Jonathan has over 25 years of diversified IT consulting experience working with private and public sector clients.  His latest passion is in agile coaching and delivering Disciplined Agile training to individuals and organizations that want to transform themselves to practice Business Agility.  Jonathan is a Certified Disciplined Agile Instructor (CDAI). Jonathan has volunteered at PMI Chicagoland Chapter for many years serving on the board including serving as the Chapter President for 3 years in the past.  Jonathan is a frequent speaker at PMI chapters in North America. Email: Jlee@VitalityChicago.com LinkedIn: linkedin.com/in/jonathanleepmp Upcoming Events The Agile Online Summit!  The clock is ticking!  Tom Henricksen delivers one of the most innovative online conferences. This year he has upped the bar again! While you can attend the Summit for free, there are a number of innovative options to learn even more from the Summit. Please join the premier Agile Online Conference from October 25th to 27th, 2021, Register at https://bit.ly/3mplqIK Re-Read Saturday News  One of the most influential books in my career was Peopleware by Tom DeMarco and Tim Lister. One concept in the book was the concept of flow state, being fully in the zone so that a problem or piece of work can be focused on and delivered. Flow maximizes the amount of value delivered. Demarco and Lister's introduction to flow paved the way for my interest in The Flow Framework. Chapter 3 of Project to Product introduces the Flow Framework. Buy a copy today https://amzn.to/2WzvPac This Week's Installment: Week 1: Foreword and Introduction - https://bit.ly/39gIt0A  Week 2: Age of Software - https://bit.ly/2XYvqyI  Week 3: From Project to Product - https://bit.ly/3mhwJBb  Week 4: Introducing The Flow Framework - https://bit.ly/3lqJTwd   Next SPaMCAST  Next week we have an essay titled, What is Agile? There are a few things that just need to be said. For example, just because you are doing ceremonies doesn't make you agile and might just make you fragile. In addition, Tony Timbol brings his To Tell A Story column to the cast! In this installment, the product owner's role is under the microscope. 


    SPaMCAST 671 - Is Your Scrum Master The Problem, I Have A WIP Problem, Conversations with Anthony Mersino and Susan Parente

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 3, 2021 43:14


    I deviated from the plan this week and recorded a conversation with my colleague, mentor, and friend Anthony Mersino (Anthony was last on the podcast SPaMCAST 583   http://bit.ly/3aJMw51 ). Our chat, titled, “Is Your Scrum Master The Problem?” Our conversation looks at transactive memory from the point of view of teams and Scrum Masters.  Is it a boon or a train wreck?  Anthony has also published a version of the conversation at https://bit.ly/3ux0Fge  We also have a visit from Susan Parente who brings her I'm Not A Scrumdamentalist column to the cast. I have titled this conversation, “I Have A WIP Problem”. Ok so maybe both Susan and I have a lot on our plates, but we have the tools to tackle the problem. We talk about how to get your WIP under control.  Upcoming Events The Agile Online Summit!  Tom Henricksen delivers one of the most innovative online conferences. This year he has upped the bar again! While you can attend the Summit for free, there are a number of innovative options to learn even more from the Summit, the early bird pricing on those options is nearly gone. Please join the premier Agile Online Conference from October 25th to 27th, 2021, Register at https://bit.ly/3mplqIK   Re-Read Saturday News  In Chapter 1, The Age of Software, Kersten established that we were at or just past a turning point; those that do not embrace change will face grave difficulties surviving to the next cycle. As a consultant, I work with companies wrestling with trying to transform. Not all succeed for a variety of reasons. In this chapter, the author highlights and compares the lessons derived from his visit to the BMW plant, his study of the development of the Boeing Dreamliner, and the transformation failures at Nokia and a large bank. Buy a copy today https://amzn.to/2WztOuE  This Week's Installment: Week 1: Foreword and Introduction - https://bit.ly/39gIt0A  Week 2: Age of Software - https://bit.ly/2XYvqyI  Week 3: From Project to Product - https://bit.ly/3mhwJBb  Next SPaMCAST  Next week, Jonathan Lee and I discuss Disciplined Agile. DA is an approach to scaling agile development.  We will discuss how DA is different from other approaches and when Johnathan would recommend using DA.  


    SPaMCAST 670 - Adapt, Transform Your Whole Organization, A Conversation With Luis Gonçalves

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 26, 2021 38:18

    Luis Gonçalves and I talked about his new book introducing the ADAPT Methodology. We discussed why using a framework can help leaders stay relevant. Our conversation dovetails nicely into the Re-read Saturday focus on Project to Product. There is a lot of synergy between the ideas of Kersten and Gonçalves.  Luis's Bio: Luis Gonçalves is an Entrepreneur, Best Seller Author, and International Keynote Speaker.   When consulting he works exclusively with Entrepreneurs, Founders, and Senior Leaders on the implementation of his game-changing "ADAPT Methodology".  By following the "ADAPT Methodology" Executive Leaders will be able to assess the 5 main pillars of their organization by identifying gaps that are required for them to succeed as a modern and digital leaders.   He has been successfully involved in the software industry since 2003 and his company blog https://www.adaptmethodology.com/ is considered a ‘must-read' for everyone in the software development industry. Upcoming Events The Agile Online Summit!  Tom Henricksen delivers one of the most innovative online conferences. This year he has upped the bar again! While you can attend the Summit for free, there are a number of innovative options to learn even more from the Summit, the early bird pricing on those options is nearly gone. Please join the premier Agile Online Conference from October 25th to 27th, 2021, Register at https://bit.ly/3mplqIK   Re-Read Saturday News  Chapter 1 begins Part 1 of Project to Product (there are 3 parts to the book). This part of the book introduces the Flow Framework, the core of the book. The graphic showing the whole model is the first thing you see when you open this part of the book which anchors the importance of the model for the rest of the book. Buy a copy today This Week's Installment: Week 1: Foreword and Introduction - https://bit.ly/39gIt0A  Week 2: Age of Software - https://bit.ly/2XYvqyI  Next SPaMCAST  Next week, an essay titled, What is Agile. There are a few things that just need to be said. For example, just because you are doing ceremonies doesn't make you agile and might just make you fragile. In addition, Susan Parente will bring her I'm Not A Scrumdamentalist column to the podcast.

    SPaMCAST 669 - Transactive Memory and Agile, Better Daily Scrums, Conversations and Essays

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 19, 2021 25:00


    As a coach, I use and observe transactive memory all the time. Used wisely, transactive memory means a team can be more than the sum of its individual members. Mess it up and you might as well put your hand in a running garbage disposal. For example, my wife remembers things like special events and then clues me in…if she is around. This year I missed an important birthday.  Coaches and Scrum Masters often act as the official process memory for teams until they move on . . . you can guess what happens next. This week we explore when transactive memory works and when it does not. Also, Jeremy Berriault and I discuss helping improve Daily Scrums in his QA Corner column. Note: I have been made aware that SPaMCAST 667 is missing in action. I am trying to track the issue down. Upcoming Events The Agile Online Summit!  Tom Henricksen delivers one of the most innovative online conferences.  This year he has upped the bar again!  Please join the premier Agile Online Conference from October 25th to 27th, 2021, Register at https://bit.ly/3mplqIK Re-Read Saturday News  This week we begin our re-read of Mik Kersten's Project to Product. I am reading from my Kindle version published by IT Revolution (buy a copy). Today we are tackling the front matter which includes the Foreword by Gene Kim (author of the DevOps Handbook) and the Introduction, which is titled the Turning Point. In past re-reads, I have argued strongly that jumping immediately to the core of a book is a mistake, I again urge you not to make that mistake. Buy a copy today https://amzn.to/3nHC5YK  This Week's Installment: Week 1: Foreword and Introduction - https://bit.ly/39gIt0A  Next SPaMCAST  Next week we discuss the ADAPT Methodology with Luis Gonçalves. We discussed how using a framework can help leaders stay relevant. Based on the discussion of long-wave economic models in this week's Re-read Saturday, Mr. Gonçalves' ideas provide a useful framework for building a more robust change model as we approach a more competitive part of the long-term cycle.  It is exciting to see the explosion of new ideas synthesizing practical experience and theory coming to market. A Luis points out, perhaps the lockdowns during the pandemic have a silver lining.   


    SPaMCAST 668 - SPaMCAST - Learning, Hybrid Work Nirvana or Trouble, A Conversation With Tom Henricksen

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 12, 2021 24:27

    We are back from backpacking on Isle Royale. Simply awesome.  Today, we feature a discussion with Tom Henricksen.  You know Tom from the Agile Online Summit and the Dev Ops Online Summit however Tom is more than just the Summits. Today we discuss learning and then get into whether hybrid working scenarios are all they are cracked up to be. I am not sure we agreed. Tom Henricksen is a technology professional with over 20 years of technical experience. He has worked as a developer, Team Lead, Scrum Master, and Manager. Tom is the founder of the Agile Online Summit! Use this link: https://agileonlinesummit.shop/?utm_source=aftomas  Upcoming Events The Agile Online Summit!  Tom Henricksen delivers one of the most innovative online conferences.  This year he has upped the bar again!  Please join the premier Agile Online Conference from October 25th to 27th, 2021, Register at https://bit.ly/3mplqIK Re-Read Saturday News  Next week we will begin to read Mik Kersten's Project to Product. I will be reading from the Kindle version of the book published by IT Revolution.  The book includes a foreword, introduction, nine numbered chapters, a conclusion, and resources (we will not re-read this section). This works out to be 342 numbered pages for the Kindle Version. I have read this book twice, most recently during a book club (I hang around with geeks), and actively leverage the ideas from the book in my practice. Buy a copy today Whether you are just beginning fall or spring, I look forward to reflecting on Project to Product with you starting next Saturday. Upcoming Events The Agile Online Summit!  Tom Henricksen delivers one of the most innovative online conferences.  This year he has upped the bar again!  Please join the Premier Agile Online Conference from October 25th to 27th, 2021, Register at https://bit.ly/3mplqIK Next SPaMCAST  Next week we discuss transactive memory.  My wife remembers things like special events and then clues me in…if she is around. Coaches and Scrum Masters often act as the official process memory for teams until they don't. When they move on, the team more often than not forget and revert back to other ways of working. Transactive memory is efficient, a team is more than the accumulation of memories they all share, but has risks. I missed calling my father's on his birthday this year - a failure in so many ways but also a failure of transactive memory. Jeremy Berriault will also bring his QA Corner to the podcast.   

    SPaMCAST 666 - Jerry Weinberg, Quality, Grandfather of Agile Summer Repost

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 29, 2021 58:41


    The SPaMCAST is on summer holiday for the next two weeks (SPaMCAST 666 and SPaMCAST 667. Today we are featuring an interview released on December 27, 2015, with  Gerald (Jerry) M. Weinberg.  Gerald Weinberg is the author of more than 100 books, including the best-selling Secrets of Consulting, other non-fiction series, and the ever-popular Women of Power novels. He is a principal in the international consulting firm of Weinberg and Weinberg. The festschrift, The Gift of Time (Fiona Charles, ed.) honors his work for his 75th birthday. A website for Jerry's fans may be found at http://www.geraldmweinberg.com .  A talk with Jerry was always profound, and I must admit that Jerry's humor caused me to laugh more times than I can count during our conversation. Mr. Weinberg died on August 7, 2018, I wish I had interviewed him more times for the podcast.  Re-Read Saturday News  The poll for the next book in the series has begun! Note there are two books in the list I have not read. I am planning to read them and have been highly recommended. Therefore I would be happy to read them with you rather than re-read them with you. I will close the poll when I leave radio silence on August 28th'ish.  This week we highlight our re-read of the Goal by Ely Goldratt.  Check out the reposting of one of the most popular entities and then grab your copy and read along will all of the entries.  Upcoming Events The Agile Online Summit!  Tom Henricksen delivers one of the most innovative online conferences.  This year he has upped the bar again!  Please join the Premier Agile Online Conference from October 25th to 27th, 2021, Register at https://bit.ly/3mplqIK Next SPaMCAST  Next week, the SPaMCAST will be the second week of our summer holiday.  We will feature another interview from the archives.  Show 37 was my first interview with Ed Yourdon. I have titled the interview, “Collaborate or Die!”  A bit over the top you say, well Denis Waitley once said, “online or in the bread line."  I think I was right. Ed died in January 2016 as he was pursuing his love of photography. 


    SPaMCAST 665 - SPaMCAST - Organizations Culture Drive Teams, Decisions at Last Responsible Moment, Essays and Conversations

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 22, 2021 19:15

    The Software Process and Measurement Cast 665 features our essay on the organizational aspects that impact teams. Teams don't live in a vacuum, so when the word organization gets used it reflects the influence of all sorts of organizations. Organizations facilitate teams to a greater or lesser extent. In the workplace, the employer's organization will have the most significant impact on how teams form and perform but it is not the totality. Other influences can affect the structure and performance of teams.  We will also have a visit from Jon M Quigley who will bring his Alpha and Omega of Product Development column to the podcast. In this installment, Jon and I discussed the idea of making decisions at the last responsible moment. We decided on the topic just before we began recording (just kidding).  The SPaMCAST will be on summer holiday for the next two weeks. We will be re-releasing two favorite episodes from the archives to tide you over.  Re-Read Saturday News  This week concluded our re-read of  Monotasking by Staffan Nöteberg with the Afterword and some final thoughts. This book received my highest accolade for non-fiction books, “Very Useful.” I will have to read the book again in a year or so to see what nuances I missed. I think putting the ideas in the book to use every week drove the ideas home and exposed where I had misinterpreted the book during my first read.    In this week's experiment, I was able to move the phone further from the bed (I need to buy an alarm clock to move it outside of the room). Did I sleep more? I am not sure, but I am sure I was able not to look at the phone until I got up for the day which is a step.  I also was able to make sure I used my standing desk more which helped my energy level near the end of the day (and made my feet sore -- shoes maybe?).     The poll for the next book in the series has begun! Note there are two books in the list I have not read yet that I am going to read and have been highly recommended. Therefore I would be happy to read them with you rather than re-read them with you. I will close the poll when I leave radio silence on August 28th'ish.  https://poll.fm/10902769  Mik Kersten - Project to Product Charles Duhigg - The Power of Habit Tony Bouzón - The Mind Map Book Chris Voss - Never Split The Difference Douglas Squirrel and Jeffrey Fredrick - Agile Conversations Karin Tenelius and Lisa Gill - Moose Heads on the Table This week's Re-read entry:  Week 10 - Afterword and Afterthoughts - https://bit.ly/3gmWP3v   Previous Entries in  Monotasking by Staffan Nöteberg Week 1 – Logistics, Game Plan, and Preface – https://bit.ly/3x1oVap  Week 2 – Introduction – https://bit.ly/2TXVfwt  Week 3 – Monotasking In A Nutshell – https://bit.ly/3gGMb72  Week 4 – Cut Down on Things to Do – https://bit.ly/3wt1ENL  Week 5 – Focus on One Task – https://bit.ly/3hK2XDU  Week 6 – Never Procrastinate –  https://bit.ly/2UXPDDp  Week 7 – Progress Incrementally – https://bit.ly/3lk8Fi0  Week 8 – Simplify Cooperation – https://bit.ly/3yAVQne  Week 9 - Recharge Creative Thinking - https://bit.ly/3g3h0TQ    Upcoming Events The Agile Online Summit!  The Premier Agile Online Conference! October 25th to 27th, 2021, Live and recorded https://bit.ly/3mplqIK Next SPaMCAST  Next week, the SPaMCAST will be on summer holiday.  In lieu of new content, we will present an interview released on December 27, 2015, with  Gerald (Jerry) M. Weinberg. We discussed quality and how quality is related to value.  A talk with Jerry is always profound; however, I must admit that Jerry's humor caused me to laugh more times than I can count during our conversation. Mr. Weinberg died on August 7, 2018, I wish I had interviewed him more times for the podcast. 

    SPaMCAST 664 - Vision and Leading, A Conversation With Sunny Han

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 15, 2021 34:44

    The Software Process and Measurement Cast 664 features our interview with Sunny Han, CEO and Founder of Fulcrum.  Sunny and I talked about motivation, we talked agile development, and we talked about what it takes to see a vision through to reality. The ideas about engineering a communication architecture are phenomenal.   Sunny Han is the CEO and Founder of Fulcrum, a manufacturing ERP platform dedicated to helping manufacturers build a better future. He led Fulcrum to raise a $3.1M seed round of venture capital in 2020. Sunny is dedicated to delivering a connected future where frictionless manufacturing production and supply chains lead to faster and better product innovations. “There's no future of innovation that doesn't include innovation in manufacturing.” LinkedIn: linkedin.com/in/yusunnyhan Website: fulcrumpro.com  Email: sunny@fulcrumpro.com Twitter: sunnythehan Re-Read Saturday News  This week we focus on Chapter 7 of  Monotasking by Staffan Nöteberg.  This chapter is titled “Recharge Creative Thinking.” This chapter really is about the self-care needed to be both effective and creative. There are a number of ideas in this chapter that if you're not familiar with them are frankly just really good ideas. Many of the ideas in this chapter I have been using for years and some of the inferred issues I am still working on. As my experiment for this week, I would love to say that I am going to sleep more. What I will do is to move my phone away from the bed so I can't get to it easily after I lay down.  I will also work to have an equal mix of sitting and standing. Next week we will complete our re-read of Monotasking covering the Afterword from the book and some closing notes from me. We'll also start the poll to pick the next book in the series. The entries for the weeks of August 28th and September 5th will feature reprints. I am going backpacking and turning off all communication devices.  As we prepare for the next book, is there a book you think we should “re-read”?  If you have ideas please let me know and I will add them to the list of current possibles:   Mik Kersten - Project to Product Charles Duhigg - The Power of Habit Tony Bouzón - The Mind Map Book Chris Voss - Never Split The Difference Douglas Squirrel and Jeffrey Fredrick - Agile Conversations   This week's Re-read entry:  Week 9 - Recharge Creative Thinking -  Previous Entries in  Monotasking by Staffan Nöteberg Week 1 – Logistics, Game Plan, and Preface – https://bit.ly/3x1oVap  Week 2 – Introduction – https://bit.ly/2TXVfwt  Week 3 – Monotasking In A Nutshell – https://bit.ly/3gGMb72  Week 4 – Cut Down on Things to Do – https://bit.ly/3wt1ENL  Week 5 – Focus on One Task – https://bit.ly/3hK2XDU  Week 6 – Never Procrastinate –  https://bit.ly/2UXPDDp  Week 7 – Progress Incrementally – https://bit.ly/3lk8Fi0  Week 8 – Simplify Cooperation – https://bit.ly/3yAVQne  Next SPaMCAST  Next week we dive into one of the aspects of the attributes of Teams. Teams don't live in a vacuum. Every team is an intersection of boundaries of all sorts of organizations. Organizations facilitate teams to a greater or lesser extent. In the workplace, the employer's organization will have the most significant impact on how teams form and perform but it is not the totality. Other influences can affect the structure and performance of teams. We will also have a visit from Jon M Quigley who will bring his Alpha and Omega of Product Development column to the podcast. 

    SPaMCAST 663 - Prioritizing Badly, Freestyling User Stories, Essays and Conversations

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 8, 2021 22:48

    This week we explore the impact of process (it really isn't a bad word) problems in prioritization. Prioritization requires a steady hand and consistency. The process for prioritization should have more in common with a well-oiled basketball or futbol team than five-year-olds playing soccer in the schoolyard. How the moving parts work together is a process We also have a visit from Tony Timbol discussing freestyling user story formats in his To Tell A Story column. Re-Read Saturday News  This week we focus on Chapter 6 of  Monotasking by Staffan Nöteberg.  This chapter is titled “Simplify Cooperation.” Cooperation requires communication. Messing communication up is a problem, a problem that is the responsibility of every person involved in trying to communicate.  Last week's experiment focused on evaluating each task as I put it on my short list for operacy.  One of the outcomes was that I broke work into smaller chunks which were simpler and more practical. I also found parts of the work that I did not have to do in order to satisfy the goal of the task (the agile definition of simplicity).  I am contemplating how to build the idea of operacy into how I approach and talk about user stories. This week, I am going to focus on using more deliberative communication as a way to help guide conversations. This Week Week 8 - Simplify Cooperation - https://bit.ly/3yAVQne  Previous Entries in  Monotasking by Staffan Nöteberg Week 1 - Logistics, Game Plan, and Preface - https://bit.ly/3x1oVap  Week 2 - Introduction - https://bit.ly/2TXVfwt  Week 3 - Monotasking In A Nutshell - https://bit.ly/3gGMb72  Week 4 - Cut Down on Things to Do - https://bit.ly/3wt1ENL  Week 5 - Focus on One Task - https://bit.ly/3hK2XDU  Week 6 - Never Procrastinate -  https://bit.ly/2UXPDDp  Week 7 - Progress Incrementally - https://bit.ly/3lk8Fi0  Next SPaMCAST  We talk with Sunny Han, CEO and Founder of Fulcrum.  Sunny and I talked about entrepreneurship and building an ERP system from scratch. That sounds way too tame -- we talked motivation, we talked agile development, and we talked about what it takes to see a vision through to reality. 

    SPaMCAST 662 - Backing Up SaaS Application, RIsk Mitigation, An Interview with Mike Potter

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 1, 2021 37:49

    In this week's podcast, we speak with Mike Potter, CEO of Rewind.  Mike and I talk about the need to backup SaaS applications, remote and hybrid working, and entrepreneurship. This interview opened my eyes to the risks we all face by trusting SaaS application companies to back up our data. Mike also highlights in his answers how humanity in the workplace can help create special results.   Bio - A self-proclaimed serial entrepreneur, Mike Potter is the co-founder of Rewind, a company that backs up and protects SaaS data. While studying Mechanical Engineering at McMaster University, Mike began his start-up career as the founder of InTheHack.com, one of the most popular sporting websites in Canada. Since founding Rewind in 2015, Mike has focused on building a company culture that values and respects employees. “I'm a big believer in building strong teams, hiring great people, and giving them the freedom to do their best work”, he adds. When Mike isn't building companies or products, he can usually be found constructing LEGOs with his kids or walking his dogs. Email: mike@rewind.io Web: https://rewind.io  Twitter: @mikepotter   Upcoming Events Using the TMMi accelerates the value of DevOps Fri, August 6, 2021  -- This Friday! 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM EDT This is a free TMMi America Webinar featuring Rex Black  (SPaMCAST is a proud media sponsor of the TMMi America ) Register at https://bit.ly/3AOlvdC   About this event In this webinar, we will address how DevOps testing benefits through TMMi How TMMi's higher Process Areas drive defect prevention, Shift Left, and CI/CD build and test pipelines Address the benefits of how DevOps Organization benefits from using the TMMi. Leveraging TMMi to focus DevOps test process improvements Re-Read Saturday News  This week we focus on Chapter 5 of  Monotasking by Staffan Nöteberg.  This chapter focuses on incrementalism.  How are you breaking work down? An update on my continued experiment using Monotasking. This week I have succeeded in turning off all my interruptions (Slack, Text, Teams, Twitter, email, and others) as I am doing my monotasking sessions, a type of incrementalism . . . at least in the morning. I do pop many of those apps back on briefly at the end of each panorama session to make sure no emergencies have occurred. Afternoons are tough due to meetings and other hardscape activities, therefore I moved as many of my focus activities earlier in the day (as a morning person, this suits me) when I can quietly timebox.   This Week Week 7 - Progress Incrementally - https://bit.ly/3lk8Fi0    Previous Entries in  Monotasking by Staffan Nöteberg Week 1 - Logistics, Game Plan, and Preface - https://bit.ly/3x1oVap  Week 2 - Introduction - https://bit.ly/2TXVfwt  Week 3 - Monotasking In A Nutshell - https://bit.ly/3gGMb72  Week 4 - Cut Down on Things to Do - https://bit.ly/3wt1ENL  Week 5 - Focus on One Task - https://bit.ly/3hK2XDU  Week 6 - Never Procrastinate -  https://bit.ly/2UXPDDp  Next SPaMCAST  Next week we present our essay spinning deeper into the nether regions of poor prioritization. Knowing the potential issues that can occur in prioritization is the first step toward fixing them. We also have a visit from Tony Timbol who brings his To Tell A Story column to the podcast.

    SPaMCAST 661 - Jumping The Queue and Remedies, Risk Management, Hybrid Agile, Essays and Conversations

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 25, 2021 28:08

    Over the past few months, I have been in traffic jams on the highway several times when traveling to our weekly hike.  In more than one instance someone has decided to pull over and drive on the berm.  In more than a few cases the outcome of this technique for getting things done ends poorly. Despite the unpredictable outcome, jumping the queue is practiced by many in traffic and even more when funneling work to teams. The consequences when working on information technology products are far more predictable than driving, and they are ALWAYS bad. Let's fix some of the problems leading to queue jumping. We also have a visit from Susan Parente, who brings her I Am Not A Scrumdamentalist column to the cast.  We discuss risk management when using hybrid agile approaches.  Contact Susan on LinkedIn linkedin.com/in/susanparente or at Parente@s3-tec.com Upcoming Events Using the TMMi accelerates the value of DevOps Fri, August 6, 2021 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM EDT   This is a free TMMi America Webinar featuring Rex Black  (SPaMCAST is a proud media sponsor of the TMMi America ) Register at https://bit.ly/3AOlvdC About this event In this webinar, we will address how DevOps testing benefits through TMMi How TMMi's higher Process Areas drive defect prevention, Shift Left, and CI/CD build and test pipelines Address the benefits of how DevOps Organization benefits from using the TMMi. Leveraging TMMi to focus DevOps test process improvements   Re-Read Saturday News  This week we focus on Chapter 4 of  Monotasking by Staffan Nöteberg.  The chapter this week is titled, Never Procrastinate. If you have not read the entry, do it NOW :)  An update on my continued experiment using Monotasking. My intent was to carve (not crave - I caught the spelling error a little late this week, it was not procrastination) out an hour in which I could turn off Teams, Slack, email, and text to allow for focus. Frankly, I failed. I was able to achieve a quiet zone only one day during business hours.  I regularly turn off all notifications when writing before my day begins, but during the “work” day being unreachable is more difficult.  I am still looking for the right formula of schedule blocking and advanced notification to make this work.  Previous Entries in  Monotasking by Staffan Nöteberg Week 1 - Logistics, Game Plan, and Preface - https://bit.ly/3x1oVap  Week 2 - Introduction - https://bit.ly/2TXVfwt  Week 3 - Monotasking In A Nutshell - https://bit.ly/3gGMb72  Week 4 - Cut Down on Things to Do - https://bit.ly/3wt1ENL  Week 5 - Focus on One Task - https://bit.ly/3hK2XDU  Next SPaMCAST  Next, we feature our interview with Mike Potter, CEO of Rewind.  We talked about the need to backup SaaS applications, remote and hybrid working, and entrepreneurship. This interview opened my eyes to the risks we all face by trusting SaaS application companies to back up our data. 

    SPaMCAST 660 - AIoT, Doing Business Differently, An Interview with Rob Rastovich

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 18, 2021 40:51

    In this week's Software Process and Measurement Cast, I speak with Rob Rastovich, CTO of ThingLogix. We talked about meeting customer needs through developing solutions using the AIoT (not a typo).  This is a seachange for both businesses and developers who will need to reskill and rethink what is possible.  Rob has been actively involved in technology for nearly 30 years, from building a top 10 e-commerce site in a time when e-commerce was still in its infancy to establishing what is now known as Amazon's AWS IoT.  As CTO of ThingLogix, Rob is the chief architect behind the company's groundbreaking IoT platform that eliminates the need for code. ThingLogix uses AI to power digital transformation across industry, commerce, and government globally.  Web: https://www.thinglogix.com/ LinkedIn: linkedin.com/in/rob-rastovich-1560532  Upcoming Events Using the TMMi accelerates the value of DevOps Fri, August 6, 2021 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM EDT This is a free TMMi America Webinar featuring Rex Black  (SPaMCAST is a proud media sponsor of the TMMi America ) Register at https://bit.ly/3AOlvdC About this event In this webinar, we will address how DevOps testing benefits through TMMi How TMMi's higher Process Areas drive defect prevention, Shift Left, and CI/CD build and test pipelines Address the benefits of how DevOps Organization benefits from using the TMMi. Leveraging TMMi to focus DevOps test process improvements Re-Read Saturday News  This week we focus on Chapter 3 of  Monotasking by Staffan Nöteberg.  The chapter this week is titled, Focus on One Task Now.  An update on the continued experiment using Monotasking. In Chapter 2, Staffan describes how to create a short list of five items and then to push everything else to the “grass catcher” list. I have been working on using this approach this week with a special focus on capturing the date an item was added to the list and the stakeholder for the item. In the past, I trimmed my list on a quarterly basis. I use the dramatic approach of starting a new list saving only those items on my short list. This week I tried Staffan's weekly approach, trimming off a few older items on a weekly basis. The date added is useful but what I found more useful was asking myself the question, “am I really going to do this or is this an aspirational item?” Cue the chainsaw; even though I started a new list on July 1st I was able to remove several items from my new grass catcher list. This Week Week 5 - Focus on One Task - https://bit.ly/3hK2XDU    Previous Monotasking by Staffan Nöteberg Entries Week 1 - Logistics, Game Plan, and Preface - https://bit.ly/3x1oVap  Week 2 - Introduction - https://bit.ly/2TXVfwt  Week 3 - Monotasking In A Nutshell - https://bit.ly/3gGMb72  Week 4 - Cut Down on Things to Do - https://bit.ly/3wt1ENL  Next SPaMCAST Over the past few months, I have been in traffic jams on the highway several times when traveling to our weekly hike.  In more than one instance someone has decided to pull over and drive on the berm.  In more than a few cases the outcome of this technique for getting things done ends poorly. Despite the unpredictable outcome, jumping the queue is practiced by many in traffic and even more when funneling work to teams. The consequences when working on information technology products are far more predictable than driving, and they are ALWAYS bad. We will also have a visit from Susan Parente, who brings her I Am Not A Scrumdamentalist column to the cast.  We discuss risk management when using hybrid agile approaches.

    SPaMCAST 659 - The Impact of Adopting ERP Packages, An Interview with Christiano Gherardini

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 11, 2021 30:16

    In this episode, we feature our interview with Christiano Gherardini. Chris and I talk about the impact of using Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) packages on businesses and as importantly, the impact of packages and consultants as a tool to influence the direction of software development in a firm.  Christiano Gherardini is the President/Owner at Turnkey Technologies Inc. Turnkey offers end-to-end professional services including design, project management, implementation, application maintenance, integration services, development, analytics, training, and support services for Microsoft Dynamics solutions. https://www.turnkeytec.com/ linkedin.com/in/christiano-gherardini-73513019    Upcoming Events Making Shift Happen July 13 at 12 CDT (1 PM EDT) I will be facilitating a panel for the GIC HIMSS (Greater IL Chapter of HIMSS) discussing Agile Transformation. Our panelists will discuss their personal experiences going through agile transitions and offer some tips for moving your organization towards Agile.   Panelists include  Susan Feeley  Eric Shelley  Sandeep Koorse  Tony Timbol  Lisa Hallberg M.S.  Using the TMMi accelerates the value of DevOps Fri, August 6, 2021 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM EDT This is a free TMMi America Webinar featuring Rex Black  (SPaMCAST is a proud media sponsor of the TMMi America ) Register at https://bit.ly/3AOlvdC About this event In this webinar, we will address how DevOps testing benefits through TMMi How TMMi's higher Process Areas drive defect prevention, Shift Left, and CI/CD build and test pipelines Address the benefits of how DevOps Organization benefits from using the TMMi. Leveraging TMMi to focus DevOps test process improvements Re-Read Saturday News  Finally, we have reached Chapter 2 of Monotasking by Staffan Nöteberg, titled, Cut Down On Tasks To Do.  I think it is ironic that a failure in my ability to control WIP in my personal life led to a two-week delay in delivering the re-read of this chapter. All the hand wringing aside, the delay has allowed me to reflect more on the chapter and to hone my use of the short list and panorama cues and sessions. Long swaths of meetings still give me trouble but getting the short list down to tasks that I missed in my first read of Chapter 2 has made a ton (imperial or metric) of difference.   This Week Week 4 - Cut Down on Things to Do - https://bit.ly/3wt1ENL    Previous Monotasking by Staffan Nöteberg Entries Week 1 - Logistics, Game Plan, and Preface - https://bit.ly/3x1oVap  Week 2 - Introduction - https://bit.ly/2TXVfwt  Week 3 - Monotasking In A Nutshell - https://bit.ly/3gGMb72    Next SPaMCAST In the Software Process and Measurement Cast, I speak with Rob Rastovich, CTO of ThingLogix. We will talk about AIoT (not a typo), and how applications and developers must evolve. Skynet or Deep Thought?

    SPaMCAST 658 - Prioritization, Testing, Agile Performance Holarchy, Essays and Conversations

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 4, 2021 23:21

    The Software Process and Measurement Cast features an essay on prioritization. We prioritize in order to establish what to work on and when to do it. There is often a difference between assigned priority and the real priority based on when teams start and complete a piece of work. This essay is part of the overall conversation on controlling work entry and answering the question: Are we working on the most important thing? We also have a visit to the QA Corner with Jeremy Berriault. Mr. Berriault and I discussed how testing is integrated into the Agile Performance Holarchy. Re-Read Saturday News  June and early July are a busy period, this year more so (several birthdays, an anniversary, and family visits). That is a long way around to rationalizing why I am not delivering chapter 2 of Monotasking by Staffan Nöteberg.  I am still working with shortlists (chapter 2 has helped my implementation approach.  Meetings (part of the busyness fallacy discussed in Chapter 2) are making using the techniques of panorama cues and panorama sessions difficult once back-to-back meetings begin. We will be back with new content next week with two articles on prioritization and Chapter 2 of Monotasking on Saturday.   This week we revisit another favorite from the Re-read archive, the Conclusion of Carol Dweck's Mindset: The New Psychology of Success.    This Week The Conclusion of Carol Dweck's Mindset: The New Psychology of Success - https://bit.ly/3xkWi8O     Previous Monotasking by Staffan Nöteberg Entries Week 1 - Logistics, Game Plan, and Preface - https://bit.ly/3x1oVap  Week 2 - Introduction - https://bit.ly/2TXVfwt  Week 2 - Monotasking In A Nutshell - https://bit.ly/3gGMb72    Next SPaMCAST The next Software Process and Measurement Cast will feature my interview with Christiano Gherardini: President, Owner & CEO at Turnkey Technologies. Christiano and I talked about the impact of using Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) packages on businesses and software development organizations. 

    SPaMCAST 657 - Teams, Value Chains, and Coaching, A Conversation With Søren Pedersen

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 27, 2021 29:52

    In this podcast, I talk with Søren Pedersen.  We talk about teams, value streams, and leveraging agile to improve how teams deliver value.  We started with the definition of a team and then got into the practical nitty-gritty of defining value streams and coaching teams.  Bio: SØREN PEDERSEN is a co-founder of BuildingBetterSoftware, a strategic leadership consultant, and an international speaker. With more than fifteen years of software development experience, Søren knows how to help businesses meet their digital transformation goals. Using Agile methodologies, he helps leaders achieve organizational efficiency, alignment, and performance improvement while building team empowerment so that they feel confident in engaging with leadership, find managerial balance, and can focus on building better software.  Søren has spoken at DevOps Days London, is a contributor for The DevOps Institute, and is a Certified Scrum Master and Product Owner. Website: www.BuildingBetterSoftware.com Email: sp@BuildingBetterSoftware.com  Twitter: @perdersen_on_sw  LinkedIn: linkedin.com/in/pedersen-on-software  Re-Read Saturday News  This week...I am hiking in the woods without my laptop, albeit I do have my copy of  Monotasking by Staffan Nöteberg. I am continuing to focus on using shortlists, which has been a fairly easy transition and also implementing both the panorama cues and panorama sessions. The panorama cues and sessions have been useful up to the point that my dairy becomes wall-to-wall meetings.  I am trying to devise an approach for using panorama sessions in this scenario.  Suggestions?  While I am out in the woods I have re-published the summary of one of the most popular Re-reads, The Goal.  We will be back to Monotasking by Staffan Nöteberg next week.   This Week The Goal: A Process of Ongoing Improvement Summary https://bit.ly/3gUBPlhb    Previous Monotasking by Staffan Nöteberg Entries Week 1 - Logistics, Game Plan, and Preface - https://bit.ly/3x1oVap  Week 2 - Introduction - https://bit.ly/2TXVfwt  Week 2 - Monotasking In A Nutshell - https://bit.ly/3gGMb72  Next SPaMCAST The next Software Process and Measurement Cast will feature an essay on prioritization. The order work is done is a reflection of priority. There is often a difference between assigned priority and the real priority based on when teams start and complete a piece of work.   We will also have a visit to the QA Corner with Jeremy Berriault.

    SPaMCAST 656 - Gig Economy and Making The Market, A Conversation With Rahul Aggarwal

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 20, 2021 29:16

    In Software Process and Measurement Cast 656 we stay with an agile product and entrepreneurship theme with a conversation with Rahul Aggarwal. We discussed building a business and products to support the gig economy and entrepreneurship. Rahul provides excellent advice on recognizing market needs, experimenting, pivoting when necessary, and building a business.  Bio: Being awarded as the Rising Entrepreneur of the year 2019 and Entrepreneur 35 under 35 in 2020, and Asia's Most Promising Business Leaders 2021 by Economic Times, Rahul Aggarwal has co-founded Designhill and created a unique online marketplace to overcome the challenges faced by the business owners in outsourcing high-quality creative solutions and designers who have been looking for creative freedom.   He's a serial entrepreneur, passionate marketer, investor, advisor, and a firm believer in the concept of constant learning and growing. His astounding digital knowledge and impregnable business skills have led Designhill to be acknowledged as the Creative Startup Of The Year 2019 by Entrepreneur Magazine DesignHill: www.designhill.com  LinkedIn: linkedin.com/in/raggarwal1 Re-Read Saturday News  This week we re-read Chapter 1 of  Monotasking by Staffan Nöteberg titled Monotasking In A Nutshell.   This chapter lays the foundation for translating the Five Axioms of Monotasking into a simple and straightforward approach.    Catch up on my experiment using the concepts on Monotasking by Staffan Nöteberg as part of the re-read. This week I am going to work on using shortlists and implementing both the panorama cues and panorama sessions.  Week 2 - Monotasking In A Nutshell - https://bit.ly/3gGMb72  Previous Entries Week 1 - Logistics, Game Plan, and Preface - https://bit.ly/3x1oVap  Week 2 - Introduction - https://bit.ly/2TXVfwt    Upcoming Events! ISMA 18 Virtual Conference, June 24th, 2021 8 AM EDT to 11:15 EDT  I will host the event.  The event will have a host of great speakers on great topics!  ISMA 18 will be free for both IFPUG members and non-members. IFPUG members are eligible for 1 credit at the CFPS Extension Program (CEP) and also attract 3 Technical PDUs in the PMI Talent Triangle®, both by attending the full conference! Register: https://www.ifpug.org/isma18/  Real Value of TMMi  (SPaMCAST is a Friend of TMMi America) Free webinar from TMMi America featuring Mark Summers June 25th, 2 to 3 PM EDT    This webinar will explore the common usages of the TMMi Test Process Improvement framework. We will dive into how:   You can leverage this framework to transform the way your organization delivers software. The model can transform your career. Next steps to take on your journey to becoming a Test Process Improvement superhero. The real value of the TMMi is to help you dramatically change the frequency and quality of your software delivery. Register at https://bit.ly/2RtoGpy  Next SPaMCAST In the next Software Process and Measurement Cast, I will talk with Søren Pedersen.  We talked about teams, value streams, and leveraging agile to improve how teams deliver value.  We started with the definition of a team and then got into the practical nitty-gritty of defining value streams and coaching teams.

    SPaMCAST 655 - Product Pricing and Scale, A Conversation With Ajit Ghuman

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 13, 2021 29:07

    This week we dive into what is often viewed as arcane science by the development community, pricing. Pricing can make or break any product. Everyone in the value chain has to have a good understanding of how pricing decisions are made and how they can impact what should be built and when. One critical part of the conversation focuses on whether there is an ideal pattern for product and development to work together? If not, what are the consequences? Our conversation just skims the surface of Ajit Ghuman's new book Priced to Scale which hit the book stands in April.  Ajit is currently Head of Product Marketing at Narvar, an enterprise-grade customer engagement platform that helps retailers inspire loyalty beyond reason by enabling seamless post-purchase experiences. A SaaS Product Marketing veteran, he has helped companies such as Medallia, Helpshift, and Feedzai differentiate their products, grow revenue, and win. Ajit is an expert in software pricing and his upcoming book, Price to Scale, covers an end-to-end approach to packaging and pricing for high-growth technology companies. He is an avid writer and routinely shares his insights as a member of the Forbes Communication Council, the Bizjournals Leadership Trust, and at Sharebird.com. He is an executive member at Revenue Collective, the leading network of commercial leaders working in the fastest-growing companies worldwide.  Web https://ajitghuman.com/pricing-book/ LinkedIn linkedin.com/in/ajitpalghuman Twitter apghuman Re-Read Saturday News  This week we tack the introduction to Monotasking by Staffan Nöteberg.   The introduction is titled The Five Axioms of Monotasking.; Staffan takes us directly into the deep end. As I noted last week, I will take at least one concept/idea for the charter we are reading forward and try to apply it in my life.  As I re-read the introduction, I identified two potential behavior changes based on the five axioms.  They are: Resume doing daily retrospectives (focused on Axiom 5) Quiesce Teams and Slack (focused on Axiom 2) I am going to resume daily retrospectives which I stopped doing early last year as I adjusted my work life after I stopped leaving the house on a daily basis. Option 3 would have the biggest impact but will require more groundwork given expectations of instant availability. Has anyone experimented with quiescing chats in Team and Slack (or other similar tools)?  Week 1 - Logistics, Game Plan, and Preface - https://bit.ly/3x1oVap  Week 2 - Introduction - https://bit.ly/2TXVfwt   Upcoming Events! ISMA 18 Virtual Conference, June 24th, 2021 8 AM EDT to 11:15 EDT  I will host the event.  The event will have a host of great speakers on great topics!  ISMA 18 will be free for both IFPUG members and non-members. IFPUG members are eligible for 1 credit at the CFPS Extension Program (CEP) and also attract 3 Technical PDUs in the PMI Talent Triangle®, both by attending the full conference! Register: https://www.ifpug.org/isma18/    Real Value of TMMi  (SPaMCAST is a Friend of TMMi America) Free webinar from TMMi America featuring Mark Summers June 25th, 2 to 3 PM EDT  This webinar will explore the common usages of the TMMi Test Process Improvement framework. We will dive into how:   You can leverage this framework to transform the way your organization delivers software. The model can transform your career. Next steps to take on your journey to becoming a Test Process Improvement superhero. The real value of the TMMi is to help you dramatically change the frequency and quality of your software delivery.   Register at https://bit.ly/2RtoGpy    Next SPaMCAST In the next Software Process and Measurement Cast, we stay with an agile product theme with a conversation the Rahul Aggarwal. We discussed building products to support the gig economy and entrepreneurship. Anyone thinking about a side hustle or starting a business will want to listen to Rahul's sage advice.

    SPaMCAST 654 - Monotasking, A Conversation With Staffan Nöteberg

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 6, 2021 26:15


    This week is a doubleheader (baseball term for two games played by the same teams on the same day against each other). We begin our re-read of  Monotasking by Staffan Nöteberg and we have my interview with Staffan. Several years ago I read Staffan's book on Pomodoro which changed how I work.  Monotasking might be even more useful and impactful.  We discussed how to apply the ideas in the book to improve focus, productivity, and quality of life. Staffan Nöteberg is an enterprise agility coach with years of experience in improving personal productivity. He is also the author of Pomodoro Technique Illustrated (2009) and teaches seminars on monotasking to companies in North America, Europe, and East Asia. Twitter: https://twitter.com/staffannoteberg Website: https://monotasking.staffannoteberg.com/    Re-Read Saturday News  We start our re-read of  Monotasking by Staffan Nöteberg.   The book is 237 pages published by Racehorse Publishing (an imprint of Simon & Schuster) and was released in English on June 1, 2021. For most of the readers of the blog and listeners to the podcast, this will be an initial read.  The book's contents include a Preface, Introduction, 7 numbered chapters, an Afterword, and then other stuff like index and more (we will not cover the other stuff but I am glad for the index and endnotes).   Now the fun part.  Instead of a straight re-read and discussion. I am going to read a chapter, highlight the parts I am going to implement in the next week, tell you what I am going to do, and then the following week admit how well I performed. Week 1 - Logistics, Game Plan, and Preface - https://bit.ly/3x1oVap    As a reminder, all of the entries from Fixing Your Scrum, Practical Solutions to Common Scrum Problems, by Ryan Ripley and Todd Miller are available! Week 1: Re-read Logistics and Front Matter - https://bit.ly/3mgz9P6  Week 2: A Brief Introduction To Scrum, and Why Scrum Goes Bad - https://bit.ly/37w4Dv9  Week 3: Breaking Bad Scrum with a Value-Driven Approach - http://bit.ly/3stGc9Q  Week 4: The Product Owner - https://bit.ly/3qpKvSn  Week 5: The Product Backlog - http://bit.ly/3cAEk9c  Week 6: The Development Team - http://bit.ly/2OLVAAs  Week 7: Embracing The Scrum Master Role -  https://bit.ly/3m0HB5D  Week 8: Management - https://bit.ly/31Kv39l  Week 9:  Thinking In Sprints - https://bit.ly/321wXTg  Week 10: Sprint Planning - https://bit.ly/3stWOhx  Week 11: Sprint Backlog - https://bit.ly/3njezit  Week 12 - Reclaiming The Daily Scrum - https://bit.ly/3eNzMgz  Week 13: Deconstructing the Done Product Increment - https://bit.ly/3bedTGc  Week 14: The Sprint Review - https://bit.ly/3huZvgP  Week 15: The Retrospective - https://bit.ly/3bOK2Vg  Week 16 - Final Thoughts - https://bit.ly/3p3tbU0v    Upcoming Events! ISMA 18 Virtual Conference, June 24th, 2021 8 AM EDT to 11:15 EDT  I will host the event.  The event will have a host of great speakers on great topics!  ISMA 18 will be free for both IFPUG members and non-members. IFPUG members are eligible for 1 credit at the CFPS Extension Program (CEP) and also attract 3 Technical PDUs in the PMI Talent Triangle®, both by attending the full conference! Register: https://www.ifpug.org/isma18/  Real Value of TMMi  (SPaMCAST is a Friend of TMMi America) Free webinar from TMMi America featuring Mark Summers June 25th, 2 to 3 PM EDT  This webinar will explore the common usages of the TMMi Test Process Improvement framework. We will dive into how: You can leverage this framework to transform the way your organization delivers software. The model can transform your career. Next steps to take on your journey to becoming a Test Process Improvement superhero.   The real value of the TMMi is to help you dramatically change the frequency and quality of your software delivery.   Register at https://bit.ly/2RtoGpy  Next SPaMCAST In the next Software Process and Measurement Cast, we talk with Ajit Ghuman, Head of Product Marketing at Narvar.  Ajit and I talk pricing, marketing, product engagement/ownership, and development. Is there an ideal pattern for product and development to work together? If not, what are the consequences? 


    SPaMCAST 653 - Work Entry An Introduction, Product Backlog and Projects, Conversations and Essays

    Play Episode Listen Later May 30, 2021 30:42


    Work Entry: An Introduction, focuses on what work entry is and why it is the single most important part of determining whether a team is dependable, predictable, and even remotely agile.  We will also have a visit from Jon M Quigley and his Alpha and Omega of Product Development. Jon and I discuss, wrestle, and chew on how the idea of a product backlog can exist in a project environment.  Re-Read Saturday News  We have read or re-read Fixing Your Scrum: Practical Solutions to Common Scrum Problems by Todd Miller and Ryan Ripley cover-to-cover if you don’t count the index at the back of the book (and I certainly do not). As a wrap-up, I briefly consider three points that came to mind during the re-read. If you have not bought your copy -- what are you waiting for? Fixing Your Scrum: Practical Solutions to Common Scrum Problems  Next week we will start our re-read of Monotasking by Staffan Noteberg by laying out an approach. I am contemplating combining the re-read with experience reports as I try to put the ideas in the book to use. More on that next week. This Week’s Installment  Week 16 - Final Thoughts - https://bit.ly/3p3tbU0v  Previous Installments Week 1: Re-read Logistics and Front Matter - https://bit.ly/3mgz9P6  Week 2: A Brief Introduction To Scrum, and Why Scrum Goes Bad - https://bit.ly/37w4Dv9  Week 3: Breaking Bad Scrum with a Value-Driven Approach - http://bit.ly/3stGc9Q  Week 4: The Product Owner - https://bit.ly/3qpKvSn  Week 5: The Product Backlog - http://bit.ly/3cAEk9c  Week 6: The Development Team - http://bit.ly/2OLVAAs  Week 7: Embracing The Scrum Master Role -  https://bit.ly/3m0HB5D  Week 8: Management - https://bit.ly/31Kv39l  Week 9:  Thinking In Sprints - https://bit.ly/321wXTg  Week 10: Sprint Planning - https://bit.ly/3stWOhx  Week 11: Sprint Backlog - https://bit.ly/3njezit  Week 12 - Reclaiming The Daily Scrum - https://bit.ly/3eNzMgz  Week 13: Deconstructing the Done Product Increment - https://bit.ly/3bedTGc  Week 14: The Sprint Review - https://bit.ly/3huZvgP  Week 15: The Retrospective - https://bit.ly/3bOK2Vg  Next SPaMCAST Speaking of Monotasking by Staffan Noteberg, in the next podcast, we will feature the interview I did with Staffan covering the book that we are about to re-read.  We discussed how to apply the ideas in the book to improve focus, productivity, and quality of life.


    SPaMCAST 652 - Intellectual Property Protection and Software, A Conversation With Rick Martin

    Play Episode Listen Later May 23, 2021 34:04


    Intellectual property protection impacts almost everyone whether they are aware of it or not.  Trademarks, copyrights, patents, and trade secrets are all part of a wide-ranging discussion of IP protection in the software environment. Rick provides great insight into a rapidly evolving field.  Rick Martin is the owner and founder of Martin IP Law Group which is based in Evansville, Indiana but serves clients throughout the United States. He is a graduate of the Purdue University School of Industrial Engineering and the Catholic University of America, Columbus School of Law.  Prior to beginning his career as an Intellectual Property Attorney, Rick worked as a patent examiner at the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office. Rick has obtained hundreds of patents for inventors in a variety of fields, including timing systems, mine safety devices, broadband antennas, RFID, electronics, ranging, oil & gas, semiconductors, and other mechanical and electro-mechanical devices.  For over 25 years, he has been helping entrepreneurs and businesses protect their ideas, inventions, and identities through patents, trademarks, copyrights, trade secrets, and related contracts, licenses, and agreements.   Email: rick@ipsolutionslaw.com Website: https://ipsolutionslaw.com/  LinkedIn: linkedin.com/in/rickmartinlaw   Re-Read Saturday News  Chapter 15 in Fixing Your Scrum, Practical Solutions to Common Scrum Problems, by Ryan Ripley and Todd Miller, covers the retrospective. The retrospective, I think, is the most important part of Scrum. Helping it to work well is important.  Next week we will conclude our re-read with a few closing remarks. Make sure I have your input on what to re-read next by voting in the poll that can be found in the show notes.   Don’t like polls?  Email me your choice at tcagley@tomcagley.com. If you have noT bought your copy of Fixing Your Scrum: Practical Solutions to Common Scrum Problems -- what are you waiting for?    This Week’s Installment  Week 15: The Retrospective - https://bit.ly/3bOK2Vg  Previous Installments Week 1: Re-read Logistics and Front Matter - https://bit.ly/3mgz9P6  Week 2: A Brief Introduction To Scrum, and Why Scrum Goes Bad - https://bit.ly/37w4Dv9  Week 3: Breaking Bad Scrum with a Value-Driven Approach - http://bit.ly/3stGc9Q  Week 4: The Product Owner - https://bit.ly/3qpKvSn  Week 5: The Product Backlog - http://bit.ly/3cAEk9c  Week 6: The Development Team - http://bit.ly/2OLVAAs  Week 7: Embracing The Scrum Master Role -  https://bit.ly/3m0HB5D  Week 8: Management - https://bit.ly/31Kv39l  Week 9:  Thinking In Sprints - https://bit.ly/321wXTg  Week 10: Sprint Planning - https://bit.ly/3stWOhx  Week 11: Sprint Backlog - https://bit.ly/3njezit  Week 12 - Reclaiming The Daily Scrum - https://bit.ly/3eNzMgz  Week 13: Deconstructing the Done Product Increment - https://bit.ly/3bedTGc  Week 14: The Sprint Review - https://bit.ly/3huZvgP    Next SPaMCAST The next Software Process and Measurement Cast will feature a longer essay titled, Work Entry: An Introduction.  This essay brings together a number of concepts to focus on what work entry is and why it is the single most important part of determining whether a team is dependable and predictable.  We will also have a visit from Jon M Quigley and his Alpha and Omega of Product Development.  


    SPaMCAST 651 - Cybersecurity: A Conversation With Dr Eric Cole

    Play Episode Listen Later May 16, 2021 31:11


    This week Dr. Eric Cole and I talk cybersecurity and entrepreneurship. Most of you will have been on the edge of your seat while you tracked the news of the ransomware attack on the Colonial Pipeline. Security can not be an afterthought. Remember this is not a drill; this not hype.  Also, preorder Dr. Cole’s new book Cyber Crisis which will be released on June 1st. Dr. Cole is a world-renowned cybersecurity entrepreneur and founder of Secure Anchor Consulting, Eric understands the dangers of cybersecurity and knows how to build successful companies.  Today, Dr. Cole shares the many lessons learned from overcoming adversity and staying committed to your purpose. Dr. Cole focuses on security and innovation with a mission to make cyberspace safe in a world where it can be an unrecognized danger and threat.  Website: https://secure-anchor.com/ LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/ericcole1/  The Software Process and Measurement Cast is a proud media sponsor of the Global Scrum Master Summit which starts tomorrow!  The First Global Scrum Master Summit Week of May 17th, 2021, Live and Recorded Organized by the Scrum Master Toolbox Podcast http://bit.ly/scrummastersummit21   Re-Read Saturday News  Chapter 14 in Fixing Your Scrum, Practical Solutions to Common Scrum Problems, by Ryan Ripley and Todd Miller, shines its spotlight on the Sprint Review. This event is geared to generating feedback to help the team and organization deliver value.  We are getting close to the end of the book and I would like your input on what to tackle next.  There is a poll in the show notes to collect your ideas! If you have not bought your copy -- what are you waiting for? Fixing Your Scrum: Practical Solutions to Common Scrum Problems  This Week’s Installment  Week 14: The Sprint Review - https://bit.ly/3huZvgP    Previous Installments Week 1: Re-read Logistics and Front Matter - https://bit.ly/3mgz9P6  Week 2: A Brief Introduction To Scrum, and Why Scrum Goes Bad - https://bit.ly/37w4Dv9  Week 3: Breaking Bad Scrum with a Value-Driven Approach - http://bit.ly/3stGc9Q  Week 4: The Product Owner - https://bit.ly/3qpKvSn  Week 5: The Product Backlog - http://bit.ly/3cAEk9c  Week 6: The Development Team - http://bit.ly/2OLVAAs  Week 7: Embracing The Scrum Master Role -  https://bit.ly/3m0HB5D  Week 8: Management - https://bit.ly/31Kv39l  Week 9:  Thinking In Sprints - https://bit.ly/321wXTg  Week 10: Sprint Planning - https://bit.ly/3stWOhx  Week 11: Sprint Backlog - https://bit.ly/3njezit  Week 12 - Reclaiming The Daily Scrum - https://bit.ly/3eNzMgz  Week 13: Deconstructing the Done Product Increment - https://bit.ly/3bedTGc    Next SPaMCAST In the next Software Process and Measurement Cast, I talk with Rick Martin about intellectual property, and why everyone involved in software needs to understand how IP law can impact the value they deliver. Copyrights, patents, trademarks, and trade secrets are all part of protecting intellectual property.  


    SPaMCAST 650 - Work Entry Patterns, Many Types of User Stories, Essays and Conversations

    Play Episode Listen Later May 9, 2021 23:38


    Work entry, in its simplest form, is the steps needed for work to be triaged to ensure that it is the right work, that it is ready to be worked on, and the priority of the work. This week we talk about five common patterns. On Tuesday I will include the PDF in the feed to see if I can spur a discussion about other patterns.   We also have a visit from Tony Timbol with his To Tell A Story column.  In this installment we discuss different forms of user stories and when to use them.  The Software Process and Measurement Cast is a proud media sponsor of the Global Scrum Master Summit.  The First Global Scrum Master Summit Week of May 17th, 2021, Live and Recorded Organized by the Scrum Master Toolbox Podcast http://bit.ly/scrummastersummit21 Re-Read Saturday News  Chapter 13 in Fixing Your Scrum, Practical Solutions to Common Scrum Problems, by Ryan Ripley and Todd Miller, discusses the concept of a deployable product increment and done. What we deliver is a big deal, getting it right is the difference between satisfaction and all sorts of stress.  We are getting close to the end of the book and I would like your input on what to tackle next. If you have not bought your copy -- what are you waiting for? Fixing Your Scrum: Practical Solutions to Common Scrum Problems  This Week’s Installment  Week 13: Deconstructing the Done Product Increment - https://bit.ly/3bedTGc  Previous Installments Week 1: Re-read Logistics and Front Matter - https://bit.ly/3mgz9P6  Week 2: A Brief Introduction To Scrum, and Why Scrum Goes Bad - https://bit.ly/37w4Dv9  Week 3: Breaking Bad Scrum with a Value-Driven Approach - http://bit.ly/3stGc9Q  Week 4: The Product Owner - https://bit.ly/3qpKvSn  Week 5: The Product Backlog - http://bit.ly/3cAEk9c  Week 6: The Development Team - http://bit.ly/2OLVAAs  Week 7: Embracing The Scrum Master Role -  https://bit.ly/3m0HB5D  Week 8: Management - https://bit.ly/31Kv39l  Week 9:  Thinking In Sprints - https://bit.ly/321wXTg  Week 10: Sprint Planning - https://bit.ly/3stWOhx  Week 11: Sprint Backlog - https://bit.ly/3njezit  Week 12 - Reclaiming The Daily Scrum - https://bit.ly/3eNzMgz  Next SPaMCAST In the next Software Process and Measurement Cast, we talk to Dr. Eric Cole. We talk cybersecurity and entrepreneurship.  If you did not understand the potential impact of security, just find any major newspaper for Sunday, May 9th, and read about the ransomware attack on the Colonial Pipeline.  This not a drill, this not hype. 


    SPaMCAST 649 - Making Shift Happen, A Conversation With Tammy Gretz

    Play Episode Listen Later May 2, 2021 35:02


    Experimentation is a dirty word in many organizations, however, it can be a powerful tool to drive and guide change.  Tammy Gretz shares how she adopted experiments in her practice and how she uses them to change the behavior and culture of people and organizations. I am occasionally asked why I enjoy meet-ups so much. Meeting people like Tammy is a major part of the reason.  Thanks to the Women in Agile, Cleveland for the great introduction which lead to this interview!   Tammy’s bio:  Tammy  is an “Agile Coach Making Shift Happen” “I exist to generously collaborate, embrace tension and use it to make shift happen.” I have been influencing change through servant leadership, elbow grease, and lattes for over 20 years. I am a massive maker and the majority of my education comes from experimenting and the relentless pursuit of understanding team dynamics, embracing tension, and using it to fuel innovation and change in the workplace and beyond. https://tammygretz.com/ linkedin.com/in/tammygretz tsgretz@gmail.com  The Software Process and Measurement Cast is a proud media sponsor of the Global Scrum Master Summit.  The First Global Scrum Master Summit Week of May 17th, 2021, Live and Recorded Organized by the Scrum Master Toolbox Podcast http://bit.ly/scrummastersummit21 Re-Read Saturday News  Chapter 12 in Fixing Your Scrum, Practical Solutions to Common Scrum Problems, by Ryan Ripley and Todd Miller, talks about the daily scrum. The daily “meeting” might be a ubiquitous feature of corporate life but it can be better!  If you have not bought your copy -- what are you waiting for? Fixing Your Scrum: Practical Solutions to Common Scrum Problems  This Week’s Installment  Week 12 - Reclaiming The Daily Scrum - https://bit.ly/3eNzMgz  Previous Installments Week 1: Re-read Logistics and Front Matter - https://bit.ly/3mgz9P6  Week 2: A Brief Introduction To Scrum, and Why Scrum Goes Bad - https://bit.ly/37w4Dv9  Week 3: Breaking Bad Scrum with a Value-Driven Approach - http://bit.ly/3stGc9Q  Week 4: The Product Owner - https://bit.ly/3qpKvSn  Week 5: The Product Backlog - http://bit.ly/3cAEk9c  Week 6: The Development Team - http://bit.ly/2OLVAAs  Week 7: Embracing The Scrum Master Role -  https://bit.ly/3m0HB5D  Week 8: Management - https://bit.ly/31Kv39l  Week 9:  Thinking In Sprints - https://bit.ly/321wXTg  Week 10: Sprint Planning - https://bit.ly/3stWOhx  Week 11: Sprint Backlog - https://bit.ly/3njezit  Next SPaMCAST In the next SPaMCAST, we will chew on work entry patterns.  There are 5 basic patterns which are you?  Why is one better than another (some are downright not useful for agile). We will also have a visit from Tony Timbol bringing the story on user stories to the Software Process and Measurement Cast listeners   


    SPaMCAST 648 - Technical Debt, Code As A Liability, A Conversation With Alex Omeyer

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 25, 2021 35:11


    Alex Omeyer and I discussed defining, tracking, and measuring technical debt. Technical debt generates a liability that every organization must deal with. As Alex states, “tech debt might not be the sexiest topic” but if teams and organizations don’t address their liabilities it will be difficult to deliver the value customers need and expect.  We also talk about the practicalities of pivoting life ambitions and entrepreneurship. Alex is the Co-founder and CEO of Stepsize.   Alex personally spends most of his time speaking to the best software development teams in the world about how they handle technical debt. Hit him up to talk tech debt. He loves to share what they taught him. Alex and his co-founders are building Stepsize—a free tool for engineering teams to track and prioritize technical debt. Stepsize’s mission is to make software development more accessible, efficient, and powerful.  Website: https://www.stepsize.com/ LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/alexandre-omeyer-060a0175/ Twitter @AlexOmeyer The Software Process and Measurement Cast is a proud media sponsor of the Global Scrum Master Summit.  The First Global Scrum Master Summit Week of May 17th, 2021, Live and Recorded Organized by the Scrum Master Toolbox Podcast   http://bit.ly/scrummastersummit21 The Software Process and Measurement Cast is a proud media sponsor of the DevOps Online Summit.  Last call!  The DevOps Online Summit is nearly here!  During the week of  April 26th – 30th Tom Henricksen and crew will deliver the third summit. The goal is to bring together 5000 DevOps professionals.  Grab a ticket! Re-Read Saturday News  Chapter 11 in Fixing Your Scrum, Practical Solutions to Common Scrum Problems, by Ryan Ripley and Todd Miller, talks about the sprint backlog. The sprint backlog is the work teams do on a day-to-day basis.  If you have not bought your copy -- what are you waiting for? Fixing Your Scrum: Practical Solutions to Common Scrum Problems  This Week’s Installment  Week 11: Sprint Backlog - https://bit.ly/3njezit  Previous Installments Week 1: Re-read Logistics and Front Matter - https://bit.ly/3mgz9P6  Week 2: A Brief Introduction To Scrum, and Why Scrum Goes Bad - https://bit.ly/37w4Dv9  Week 3: Breaking Bad Scrum with a Value-Driven Approach - http://bit.ly/3stGc9Q  Week 4: The Product Owner - https://bit.ly/3qpKvSn  Week 5: The Product Backlog - http://bit.ly/3cAEk9c  Week 6: The Development Team - http://bit.ly/2OLVAAs  Week 7: Embracing The Scrum Master Role -  https://bit.ly/3m0HB5D  Week 8: Management - https://bit.ly/31Kv39l  Week 9:  Thinking In Sprints - https://bit.ly/321wXTg  Week 10: Sprint Planning - https://bit.ly/3stWOhx  Next SPaMCAST In the next SPaMCAST, we talk to Tammy Gretz. Experimentation is a dirty word in many organizations. Tammy explains how she uses powerful experiments to change the behavior and culture of people and organizations.  Thanks to the Women in Agile, Cleveland for the great introduction!    


    SPaMCAST 647 - Fixing Work Entry, Hybrid-Agile, Essays and Conversations

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 18, 2021 23:05


    The majority of work entry problems are caused by eight problems. The eight problems often occur in clusters and are a reflection of organizational culture.  Knowing that there are eight problems is useful when they can be recognized. Unless people wear their motivations on signs hung around their neck, recognition requires conversation and observation.  Fixing any problem starts with recognizing that problem.  We will also have a visit from Susan Parente who brings her, Not A Scrumdamentalist column to the podcast. Today Susan and I discuss the concept of Hybrid Agile and the new book Hybrid Project Management https://amzn.to/3al4b4F that Susan wrote with Mark Tolbert The Software Process and Measurement Cast is a proud media sponsor of the Global Scrum Master Summit.  The First Global Scrum Master Summit Week of May 17th, 2021, Live and Recorded Organized by the Scrum Master Toolbox Podcast http://bit.ly/scrummastersummit21 The Software Process and Measurement Cast is a proud media sponsor of the DevOps Online Summit.    Next Week!  The DevOps Online Summit is nearly here!  During the week of  April 26th – 30th Tom Henricksen and crew will deliver the third summit. The goal is to bring together 5000 DevOps professionals.  Grab a ticket! Re-Read Saturday News  Chapter 10 in Fixing Your Scrum, Practical Solutions to Common Scrum Problems, by Ryan Ripley and Todd Miller, dives into planning. Sprint planning is one of the major events in Scrum. All sprints should start with planning (not planning is one of the silliest, but a common antipattern).  If you have not bought your copy -- what are you waiting for? Fixing Your Scrum: Practical Solutions to Common Scrum Problems  This Week’s Installment  Week 10: Sprint Planning - https://bit.ly/3stWOhx  Previous Installments Week 1: Re-read Logistics and Front Matter - https://bit.ly/3mgz9P6  Week 2: A Brief Introduction To Scrum, and Why Scrum Goes Bad - https://bit.ly/37w4Dv9  Week 3: Breaking Bad Scrum with a Value-Driven Approach - http://bit.ly/3stGc9Q  Week 4: The Product Owner - https://bit.ly/3qpKvSn  Week 5: The Product Backlog - http://bit.ly/3cAEk9c  Week 6: The Development Team - http://bit.ly/2OLVAAs  Week 7: Embracing The Scrum Master Role -  https://bit.ly/3m0HB5D  Week 8: Management - https://bit.ly/31Kv39l  Week 9:  Thinking In Sprints - https://bit.ly/321wXTg  Next SPaMCAST In the next SPaMCAST, Alex Omeyer and I talk about technical debt.  Everyone uses the term and sometimes they even mean the same thing!  Mr. Omeyer describes why tech debt is such an important concept, how we can agree on a definition, and how to measure it.   


    SPaMCAST 646 - Reduce Cost and Risk With Off-Premise Infrastructure, A Conversation with Albert Ahdoot

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 11, 2021 23:59


    In the Software Process and Measurement Cast 646, Albert Ahdoot and I focus on discussing the impact of strong off-premise infrastructure on the delivery of value, the impact on the bottom line, and the mitigation of risk. Albert Ahdoot is a successful entrepreneur focused on building IT businesses through meaningful relationships. His flagship company, Colocation America, was founded to serve as the premier data center provider for IT solutions looking for a secure and scalable IT.  Albert is a highly respected business development expert who has helped many technology companies achieve great success. Albert received his Bachelor of Science in Physiology and Bachelor of Arts in Sociology from UCLA and his masters in Bio-Technology from NYU. Albert A.’s Profile linkedin.com/in/albertahdoot Website  ColocationAmerica.com  (Company Website) Email  albert@colocationamerica.com Twitter AlbertAhdoot The Software Process and Measurement Cast is a proud media sponsor of the Global Scrum Master Summit.  The First Global Scrum Master Summit Week of May 17th, 2021, Live and Recorded Organized by the Scrum Master Toolbox Podcast http://bit.ly/scrummastersummit21 The Software Process and Measurement Cast is a proud media sponsor of the DevOps Online Summit.  Tick Tock!  The DevOps Online Summit is nearly here!  During the week of  April 26th – 30th Tom Henricksen and crew will deliver the third summit. The goal is to bring together 5000 DevOps professionals.  Grab a ticket! https://bit.ly/3syp2c5  Re-Read Saturday News  Chapter 9 in Fixing Your Scrum, Practical Solutions to Common Scrum Problems, by Ryan Ripley and Todd Miller, addresses the ubiquitous concept of sprints. I have observed teams using weekly sprints and have even run into a team doing 6-month sprints (it did not end well).  Everyone is sprinting; Todd and Ryan address some of the more critical antipatterns in this chapter.  If you have not bought your copy -- what are you waiting for? Fixing Your Scrum: Practical Solutions to Common Scrum Problems  This Week’s Installment  Week 9:  Thinking In Sprints - https://bit.ly/321wXTg Previous Installments Week 1: Re-read Logistics and Front Matter - https://bit.ly/3mgz9P6  Week 2: A Brief Introduction To Scrum, and Why Scrum Goes Bad - https://bit.ly/37w4Dv9  Week 3: Breaking Bad Scrum with a Value-Driven Approach - http://bit.ly/3stGc9Q  Week 4: The Product Owner - https://bit.ly/3qpKvSn  Week 5: The Product Backlog - http://bit.ly/3cAEk9c  Week 6: The Development Team - http://bit.ly/2OLVAAs  Week 7: Embracing The Scrum Master Role -  https://bit.ly/3m0HB5D  Week 8: Management - https://bit.ly/31Kv39l    Next SPaMCAST Broken record time, work entry is the single most important process for any team’s health.  Teams with little to no control of work entry will always be running around like their hair is on fire...which actually might be more pleasant.  We will also have a visit from Susan Parente who brings her, Not A Scrumdamentalist column to the podcast.   


    SPaMCAST 645 - Getting A Handle on Data Security, A Conversation with Paul Katzoff

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 4, 2021 31:45


    The headlines of 3 and 4 April 2021 are stark - the data of 533 million Facebook users available on the web (change your password now).  You have 533 MILLION reasons to take Paul Katzoff’s message on data security to heart. Paul Katzoff (Twitter) For almost a decade, Paul has worked with technology companies seeking manageable growth and brand loyalty/expansion. His career has ranged from being an integral part of a new business start-up team to becoming a key driver in the business enabling it to become both sustainable and profitable. Currently, Paul serves as the CEO of White Canyon Software -- a data security company used by 44 of the fortune 100 companies. As a leader in the data security industry, Paul would love to chat about how to mitigate any potential data breaches with work-from-home becoming the new norm.  The Software Process and Measurement Cast is a proud media sponsor of the Global Scrum Master Summit.    The First Global Scrum Master Summit Week of May 17th, 2021, Live and Recorded Organized by the Scrum Master Toolbox Podcast   http://bit.ly/scrummastersummit21 The Software Process and Measurement Cast is a proud media sponsor of the DevOps Online Summit.  DevOps professionals throughout the world come together and share their learnings here at the DevOps Online Summit. This coming April 26th – 30th we are having our third summit. Our goal is to bring together 5000 DevOps professionals.  Grab a ticket! https://bit.ly/3syp2c5  Re-Read Saturday News  Chapter 8 in Fixing Your Scrum, Practical Solutions to Common Scrum Problems, by Ryan Ripley and Todd Miller, tackles management. The gap between labor and management is an age-old problem. I am sure that the artisans and workers that constructed the pyramids had their own version of Dilbert. The focus on the team, a core tenant of agile and Scrum, is perceived as exacerbating the management versus worker dichotomy. By identifying anti-patterns and proposing approaches to solving those issues this chapter is useful for bridging the gap.  If you have not bought your copy -- what are you waiting for? Fixing Your Scrum: Practical Solutions to Common Scrum Problems  This Week’s Installment  Week 8: Management - https://bit.ly/31Kv39l  Previous Installments Week 1: Re-read Logistics and Front Matter - https://bit.ly/3mgz9P6  Week 2: A Brief Introduction To Scrum, and Why Scrum Goes Bad - https://bit.ly/37w4Dv9  Week 3: Breaking Bad Scrum with a Value-Driven Approach - http://bit.ly/3stGc9Q  Week 4: The Product Owner - https://bit.ly/3qpKvSn  Week 5: The Product Backlog - http://bit.ly/3cAEk9c  Week 6: The Development Team - http://bit.ly/2OLVAAs  Week 7: Embracing The Scrum Master Role -  https://bit.ly/3m0HB5D    Next SPaMCAST In the Software Process and Measurement Cast 646, Albert Ahdoot and I ocus on discussing the impact of strong off-premise infrastructure on the delivery of value, the impact on the bottom line and the mitigation of risk.


    SPaMCAST 644 - Teams Are Important,Static and Dynamic Testing, Essays and Discussions

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 28, 2021 18:35


    In the SPaMCAST 644, we talk teams. At the core of agile is the belief that the team is the fundamental building block of work. Because they are so important, organizations put tons of effort into helping and guiding teams. The problem is not that teams aren’t important or that we aren’t working hard to make them better, teams are still chronically messed up. We discuss a framework for guiding support for teams.  We also have a visit from Jeremy Berriault who brings his QA Corner to the podcast.  Jeremy and I discuss the differences between static and dynamic testing. Understanding the definition of each is an important step in improving quality.  The Software Process and Measurement Cast is a proud media sponsor of the Global Scrum Master Summit.    The First Global Scrum Master Summit Week of May 17th, 2021, Live and Recorded Organized by the Scrum Master Toolbox Podcast http://bit.ly/scrummastersummit21 The Software Process and Measurement Cast is a proud media sponsor of the DevOps Online Summit.  DevOps professionals throughout the world come together and share their learnings here at the DevOps Online Summit. This coming April 26th – 30th we are having our third summit. Our goal is to bring together 5000 DevOps professionals.  Grab a ticket! https://bit.ly/3syp2c5  Re-Read Saturday News  In SPaMCAST 642 Vasco Duarte made the startling statement that a Scrum Master will be your next CEO. Chapter 7 in Fixing Your Scrum, Practical Solutions to Common Scrum Problems, by Ryan Ripley and Todd Miller echoes the power of that statement by emphasizing the definition of a scrum master.     If you have not bought your copy -- what are you waiting for? Fixing Your Scrum: Practical Solutions to Common Scrum Problems  This Week’s Installment  Week 7: Embracing The Scrum Master Role -  https://bit.ly/3m0HB5D  Previous Installments Week 1: Re-read Logistics and Front Matter - https://bit.ly/3mgz9P6  Week 2: A Brief Introduction To Scrum, and Why Scrum Goes Bad - https://bit.ly/37w4Dv9  Week 3: Breaking Bad Scrum with a Value-Driven Approach - http://bit.ly/3stGc9Q  Week 4: The Product Owner - https://bit.ly/3qpKvSn  Week 5: The Product Backlog - http://bit.ly/3cAEk9c  Week 6: The Development Team - http://bit.ly/2OLVAAs  Next SPaMCAST Next up is data security.  We live in frightening times in the cyber world. Paul Katzoff and I discuss why data security is more important than ever and what we can do to make the cbyer-world less scary. Everyone in the value chain is responsible for data security.


    SPaMCAST 643 - Software Craftsmanship, An Interview With Caleb Wood, CEO Rolemodel Software

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 21, 2021 31:45


    This week, Caleb Woods, CEO and Senior Software Craftsman at RoleModel Software joins the podcast. Caleb and I talk about the role of craftsmanship in developing and maintaining software (or really anything else). Caleb Woods - RoleModel’s CEO - Caleb is a proven leader with extensive experience evaluating technology trends, leading teams, and implementing best practices. As CEO, Caleb promotes continuous improvement while cultivating a collaborative work environment. Caleb is a technologist who understands and solves complex business problems. He has a passion for software craftsmanship and producing sustainable software and has become the visionary leader of the next generation of RoleModel Software. Caleb began his software career as a web developer at an academic coaching company, where he gained experience in infrastructure migrations, team leadership, and business analysis. He’s continued that dedication to technology advancement. At his previous position as Chief Technology Officer for RoleModel, Caleb led the expansion of the company's technical and design craftsmanship capabilities. That background helps Caleb effectively develop and evaluate RoleModel's technology landscape. Caleb sets the vision for the company's strategic full-stack architecture and is an expert at putting together high-performance teams and matching them to clients/projects’ needs. Caleb also applies the ideas of continuous improvement to his personal life through effective micro habits and is a big believer in intermittent fasting. He also enjoys playing disc golf, cycling, and watching Michigan State football and basketball. He and his wife, Kimberly, have three young kids. LinkedIn: linkedin.com/in/calebwoods Websites: calebwoods.com  (calebwoods.com) rolemodelsoftware.com  (RoleModel Software) Twitter calebwoods The Software Process and Measurement Cast is a proud media sponsor of the Global Scrum Master Summit.  The First Global Scrum Master Summit Week of May 17th, 2021, Live and Recorded Organized by the Scrum Master Toolbox Podcast http://bit.ly/scrummastersummit21 The Software Process and Measurement Cast is a proud media sponsor of the DevOps Online Summit.  DevOps professionals throughout the world come together and share their learnings here at the DevOps Online Summit. This coming April 26th – 30th we are having our third summit. Our goal is to bring together 5000 DevOps professionals.  Grab a ticket! Re-Read Saturday News  This week we read Chapter 6 of  Fixing Your Scrum, Practical Solutions to Common Scrum Problems, by Ryan Ripley and Todd Miller. This chapter discusses some of the antipatterns for the second role in Scrum, the development team. The development team covers the people that aren’t the scrum master or product owner — the group of people that actually takes an idea and converts it into something tangible.  If you have not bought your copy -- what are you waiting for? Fixing Your Scrum: Practical Solutions to Common Scrum Problems  Installments Week 1: Re-read Logistics and Front Matter - https://bit.ly/3mgz9P6  Week 2: A Brief Introduction To Scrum, and Why Scrum Goes Bad - https://bit.ly/37w4Dv9  Week 3: Breaking Bad Scrum with a Value-Driven Approach - http://bit.ly/3stGc9Q  Week 4: The Product Owner - https://bit.ly/3qpKvSn  Week 5: The Product Backlog - http://bit.ly/3cAEk9c  Week 6: The Development Team - http://bit.ly/2OLVAAs  Next SPaMCAST Next, we will revisit the topic of teams and what constitutes a team. Putting six people together (in-person or virtually) and assigning a manager does not a team make. In order to get work done effectively and efficiently, we need to get this right!


    SPaMCAST 642 - Scrum Master, Your Next CEO - A Conversation With Vasco Duarte

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 14, 2021 32:47


    Vasco Duarte returns to the podcast to discuss the Scrum Master. Scrum Masters are the face of agile in many organizations. Helping team facilitators get the role right benefits not only the agile community but every business they are involved with!   Vasco has been working in the software industry since 1998 and has learned the hard way what works (most of the time) and what does not work (almost never). His goal is to help our industry evolve. We can’t become better without trying out new and innovative approaches to software development. The majority of our businesses run on software. We owe it to our society to get better at an activity that affects so much our lives and our countries’ economies. Vasco consults companies that understand software is a key component of their business model. Get in touch via twitter: @duarte_vasco; or on his company’s web-site: http://www.oikosofy.com/. Check out the Scrum Master’s Toolbox Podcast: https://scrum-master-toolbox.org/ The Software Process and Measurement Cast is a proud media sponsor of the Global Scrum Master Summit.  The First Global Scrum Master Summit Coming Soon. Sign-up to be notified when registrations open Week of May 17th, 2021, Live and Recorded Organized by the Scrum Master Toolbox Podcast http://bit.ly/scrummastersummit21 The Software Process and Measurement Cast is a proud media sponsor of the DevOps Online Summit.  DevOps professionals throughout the world come together and share their learnings here at the DevOps Online Summit. This coming April 26th – 30th we are having our third summit. Our goal is to bring together 5000 DevOps professionals.  Grab a ticket! https://bit.ly/3syp2c5  Re-Read Saturday News  This week we read Chapter 5 of  Fixing Your Scrum, Practical Solutions to Common Scrum Problems, by Ryan Ripley and Todd Miller. Chapter 5 dives into fixing the antipatterns that hover around the product backlog. This chapter reinforces that a team and product owner are only as good as the backlog they are working from.  If you have not bought your copy -- what are you waiting for? Fixing Your Scrum: Practical Solutions to Common Scrum Problems  This Week’s Installment  Week 1: Re-read Logistics and Front Matter - https://bit.ly/3mgz9P6  Week 2: A Brief Introduction To Scrum, and Why Scrum Goes Bad - https://bit.ly/37w4Dv9  Week 3: Breaking Bad Scrum with a Value-Driven Approach - http://bit.ly/3stGc9Q  Week 4: The Product Owner - https://bit.ly/3qpKvSn  Week 5: The Product Backlog - http://bit.ly/3cAEk9c  Next SPaMCAST Next week we will talk with Caleb Woods, CEO and| Senior Software Craftsman at RoleModel Software. Caleb and I talk about the role of craftsmanship in developing and maintaining software (or really anything else).


    SPaMCAST 641 - The Agile Coaching Code of Ethics, A Conversation With Shane Hastie and Craig Smith

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 7, 2021 36:01


    In the podcast this week, we discuss the Agile Coaching Code of Ethics and the process of building an ethical foundation.  Shane Hastie and Craig Smith have been leading the effort to craft a useful Agile Coaching Code of Ethics for the past year. These two thought leaders have helped to pull together a diverse group of coaches, and then guide that herd of cats in order to create a new force to guide agile coaches of all stripes.  In May 2017 Shane Hastie joined ICAgile as the Director of Agile Learning Programs, tasked with ensuring the learning objectives remain valid and useful, supporting the various communities that make up the ICAgile ecosystem, and seeking ways to advance the state of agile learning. In November 2019 he moved into the Director of Community Development role, building and supporting the global community of thought leaders, members, instructors, and certification holders. Shane’s Profile - linkedin.com/in/shanehastie Email - snhastie@gmail.com  Twitter - shanehastie Craig Smith has been active in the IT industry for over 15 years. He has been an Agile practitioner for over 10 years and is a Certified Scrum Master and a member of both the Scrum Alliance and Agile Alliance and as an Agile Coach, he has worked on a number of high-profile technical and business projects. He regularly conducts Agile training and has presented at a number of Australian and international conferences. He is also an Agile Editor for InfoQ and co-hosts an Agile podcast called The Agile Revolution. Craig’s Profile - linkedin.com/in/craigsmithau Websites craigsmith.id.au  (Blog) theagilerevolution.com  (Podcast) unbounddna.com  (Company Website) Email - craig@craigsmith.id.au  Twitter - smithcdau The Software Process and Measurement Cast is a proud media sponsor of the Global Scrum Master Summit.  The First Global Scrum Master Summit Coming Soon. Sign-up to be notified when registrations open Week of May 17th, 2021, Live and Recorded Organized by the Scrum Master Toolbox Podcast http://bit.ly/scrummastersummit21 The Software Process and Measurement Cast is a proud media sponsor of the DevOps Online Summit.  DevOps professionals throughout the world come together and share their learnings here at the DevOps Online Summit. This coming April 26th – 30th we are having our third summit. Our goal is to bring together 5000 DevOps professionals.  Grab a ticket!  https://bit.ly/3syp2c5    Re-Read Saturday News  This week we read Chapter 4 of  Fixing Your Scrum, Practical Solutions to Common Scrum Problems, by Ryan Ripley and Todd Miller. I have argued that the role of the Product Owner is the hardest in Scrum. The role is difficult for many reasons, Todd and Ryan tackle seven of the most pernicious antipatterns of product ownership in Chapter 4, The Product Owner, of Fixing Your Scrum. Compromising Scrum by accepting any of these antipatterns will need other compromises which will increase the overhead needed to deliver value. That, in turn, will hurt the business.  If you have not bought your copy -- what are you waiting for? Fixing Your Scrum: Practical Solutions to Common Scrum Problems  Previous Installments Week 1: Re-read Logistics and Front Matter - https://bit.ly/3mgz9P6  Week 2: A Brief Introduction To Scrum, and Why Scrum Goes Bad - https://bit.ly/37w4Dv9  Week 3: Breaking Bad Scrum with a Value-Driven Approach - http://bit.ly/3stGc9Q  Week 4: The Product Owner - https://bit.ly/3qpKvSn Next SPaMCAST Next week, Vasco Duarte returns to the podcast to discuss the Scrum Master. Scrum Masters are the face of agile in many organizations. Helping team facilitators get the role right benefits not only the agile community but every business they are involved with! 


    SPaMCAST 640 - Communities of Practice Goals, User Stories, Essays and Conversations

    Play Episode Listen Later Feb 28, 2021 16:00


    The idea of Communities of Practice is thrown around alot in organizations, often without thinking about the goals of a CoP.  Why? Organizations are increasingly becoming more diverse and distributed, while at the same time pursuing mechanisms to increase collaboration between groups and consistency of knowledge and practice hence the rapid growth of Communities of Practice.  Let's explore the goals of a CoP. This week also marks the premiere of Tony Timbol’s new column, “To Tell A Story.” In this week’s installment, we begin to explore the nuances of User Stories.  Tony is a practitioner, consultant, entrepreneur, and science fiction author -- Tony does it all.  Email: tony.timbol@agileready.net Web: BeAgileReady.com  Interested in Mikolaj Pawlikoski’s book, Chaos Engineering, Site reliability through controlled disruption I have discount codes for the listeners of the Software Process and Measurement Cast, ping me @tcagley@tomcagley.com and I will share them with you!   The Software Process and Measurement Cast is a proud media sponsor of the DevOps Online Summit.  DevOps professionals throughout the world come together and share their learnings here at the DevOps Online Summit. This coming April 26th – 30th we are having our third summit. Our goal is to bring together 5000 DevOps professionals.  Grab a ticket! https://bit.ly/3syp2c5  Re-Read Saturday News  This we continue our re-read of  Fixing Your Scrum, Practical Solutions to Common Scrum Problems, by Ryan Ripley and Todd Miller with Chapter 3 titled Breaking Bad Scrum with a Value-Driven Approach. You can make a good argument that values shape behaviors. If you have not bought your copy -- what are you waiting for? Fixing Your Scrum: Practical Solutions to Common Scrum Problems  This Week’s Installment  Week 1: Re-read Logistics and Front Matter - https://bit.ly/3mgz9P6  Week 2: A Brief Introduction To Scrum, and Why Scrum Goes Bad - https://bit.ly/37w4Dv9  Week 3: Breaking Bad Scrum with a Value-Driven Approach - http://bit.ly/3stGc9Q  Next SPaMCAST Next week, the Agile Coaching Code of Ethics takes center stage with Shane Hastie and Craig Smith. Shane and Craig have been leading the effort to craft a useful Agile Coaching Code of Ethics for the past year.  The two have helped to pull together a diverse group of coaches, and then guide that herd of cats in order to create a first draft of the code.  


    SPaMCAST 639 - Chaos Engineering, A Conversation With Mikolaj Pawlikowski

    Play Episode Listen Later Feb 21, 2021 34:07


    Chaos Engineering comes to the Software Process and Measurement Cast this week delivered (chaotically) by Mikolaj Pawlikoski.  Miko and I talked about the definition of chaos engineering, why chaos is not scary, and most importantly his new book Chaos Engineering, Site reliability through controlled disruption.  One of the most important side effects of chaos engineering is uninterrupted sleep caused by things not going bump in the night! Mikolaj Pawlikowski is a recognized authority on chaos engineering. He is the creator of the Kubernetes chaos engineering tool PowerfulSeal, and the networking visibility tool Goldpinger. https://mikolajpawlikowski.com/ https://twitter.com/mikopawlikowski https://www.linkedin.com/in/mikolajpawlikowski/ I have discount codes for the listeners of the Software Process and Measurement Cast, ping me @tcagley@tomcagley.com and I will share them with you! The Software Process and Measurement Cast is a proud media sponsor of the DevOps Online Summit.  Not to put too fine a point on it, one of the best ways to get your message heard is to speak.  The crew at the DevOps Online Summit provides a phenomenal platform to network with fellow practitioners from all over the world. Start the journey to speaking at the DevOps Online Summit 2021 by submitting at https://bit.ly/3syp2c5 Re-Read Saturday News  Today we dive into the main part of Fixing Your Scrum, Practical Solutions to Common Scrum Problems, by Ryan Ripley and Todd Miller, published in 2020 by The Pragmatic Programmers.  In this installment of Re-read Saturday, we tackle both Chapter 1: A Brief Introduction To Scrum and Chapter 2: Why Scrum Goes Bad.  If you have not bought your copy -- what are you waiting for? Fixing Your Scrum: Practical Solutions to Common Scrum Problems  This Week’s Installment  Week 1: Re-read Logistics and Front Matter - https://bit.ly/3mgz9P6  Week 2: A Brief Introduction To Scrum, and Why Scrum Goes Bad - https://bit.ly/37w4Dv9  Next SPaMCAST Next week, we will explore the goals of Communities of Practice. Organizations are increasingly becoming more diverse and distributed, while at the same time pursuing mechanisms to increase collaboration between groups and consistency of knowledge and practice hence the rapid growth of Communities of Practice.  What are their goals? Also, Tony Timbol brings his brand new column to the podcast. “To Tell A Story” will explore the nuances of User Stories led by a practitioner, consultant, entrepreneur, and science fiction author.  Tony does it all. 


    SPaMCAST 638 - Cybersecurity and IoT, A Conversation With Paul Clayson

    Play Episode Listen Later Feb 14, 2021 31:07


    This week we connect with Paul Clayson to talk about cybersecurity in the IoT space. When you are dealing with extreme constraints being secure is complicated and doing nothing is a really bad option. Paul also weighs in on the CMMC (new security model) and serial entrepreneurism.     Paul’s Bio: CEO of AgilePQ. 98% of IoT devices are currently unsecured. On average a data breach costs $8.2 million. AgilePQ was born to address these issues. AgilePQ has raised a total of $10M. Paul has extensive experience in launching and growing early-stage companies. He has launched four disruptive technology companies and served as CEO to five early-stage companies in nanotechnology, automotive, graphene, carbon nanotube, PCB, microprocessor, and other advanced technologies. Connect with Paul at linkedin.com/in/paulclayson The Software Process and Measurement Cast is a proud media sponsor of the DevOps Online Summit.  Not to put too fine a point on it, one of the best ways to get your message heard is to speak.  The crew at the DevOps Online Summit provides a phenomenal platform to network with fellow practitioners from all over the world. Start the journey to speaking at the DevOps Online Summit 2021 by submitting at https://bit.ly/3syp2c5 https://bit.ly/3syp2c5 Re-Read Saturday News  Today we begin the re-read of Fixing Your Scrum, Practical Solutions to Common Scrum Problems, by Ryan Ripley and Todd Miller, published in 2020 by The Pragmatic Programmers. Over the next 14 or 15 weeks we will have fun exploring the concepts in the book and sharing ideas on how to use the information Ryan and Todd deliver.  If you have not bought your copy -- what are you waiting for? Fixing Your Scrum: Practical Solutions to Common Scrum Problems  This Week’s Installment  Week 1: Re-read Logistics and Front Matter - https://bit.ly/3mgz9P6  Next SPaMCAST In the next podcast, I talk to Mikolaj Pawlikowski.  Mikolaj and I discuss his new book from Manning Publications, Chaos Engineering, Site reliability through controlled disruption. Our discussion covered the definition of chaos engineering and how it can be applied to improve value and reliability.  


    SPaMCAST 637 - Process Improvement Disconnected, Cost of Poor Quality, Essays and Conversation

    Play Episode Listen Later Feb 7, 2021 24:59

    This week the Cast features our essay titled, “Collaboration - Disconnected.” The improvement imperative is driven by the need to stay competitive at a holistic level. One would expect that continuous process improvement or continuous improvement would be discussed earnestly at every staff meetings at every level of an organization, and at every meeting. It isn’t. Jon M. Quigley returns with an installment of the Alpha and Omega of Product Development.  Jon and I completed an arc on product quality with a discussion of the cost of poor quality.  The Software Process and Measurement Cast is a proud media sponsor of the DevOps Online Summit.  Not to put too fine a point on it, one of the best ways to get your message heard is to speak.  The crew at the DevOps Online Summit provides a phenomenal platform to network with fellow practitioners from all over the world. Start the journey to speaking at the DevOps Online Summit 2021 by submitting at https://bit.ly/3syp2c5   https://bit.ly/3syp2c5 Re-Read Saturday News  On November 28, 2020, we began the reread of Great Big Agile, An OS for Agile Leaders by Jeff Dalton. Since jumping over quite a few chapters last week I have received a few emails asking what was up. For the record, I have not had any significant traumas falling during my daily runs and walks (I was asked – I think tongue in cheek). During the re-read, we primarily focused on the chapters that revolve around the Agile Performance Holarchy (APH). I chose not to focus on the almost encyclopedic listing of techniques that is an important feature of the book, but not most groundbreaking. The listing of techniques is useful even if not using agile methods. For example practices such as continuous integration or arc of conversation aren’t dependent on using a specific framework. Next week, we will begin Fixing Your Scrum: Practical Solutions to Common Scrum Problems (it is time to buy a copy). This week’s installment can be found at www.tomcagley.com/blog Previous installments: Week 1: Re-read Logistics and Front Matters - https://bit.ly/3mgz9P6  Week 2: The API Is Broken - https://bit.ly/2JGpe7l Week 3: Performance Circle: Leading - https://bit.ly/2K3poWy  Week 4: Performance Circle: Providing - http://bit.ly/3mNJJN7  Week 5: Performance Circle: Envisioning - https://bit.ly/2JEVXdt  Week 6: Performance Circle: Crafting - https://bit.ly/3ntsX69  Week 7: Performance Circle: Affirming - http://bit.ly/35OvFgC  Week 8: Performance Circle: Teaming - http://bit.ly/366CYk0  Week 9: Using The Agile Performance Holarchy -  http://bit.ly/3aqs75U  Week 10: Final Thoughts - http://bit.ly/3oTd9KR  Next SPaMCAST In the next podcast, I talk to Paul Clayson.  We talked about serial entrepreneurism and cybersecurity in the IoT space. Cybersecurity in the IoT space is complicated not only by the sheer number of devices and but also by available storage and processing constraints.  It is hard, and Paul provides penetrating advice!

    SPaMCAST 636 - User Stories, Entrepreneurship, Agile Ready, A Conversation With Tony Timbol

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 31, 2021 40:10

    Tony Timbol of Agile Ready joins the Software Process and Measurement Cast this week. Tony and I have worked together in a past life, so we had a bit of fun poking at each other as we talked about user stories, Tony's new product, Agile Ready, and entrepreneurship. Tony delivers a number of great tips, some of which I already have put to use.    Tony Timbol is an agile coach, trainer, and consultant with a 35-year history in technology and software development. Currently serving as an Enterprise Agile Coach for a large healthcare insurance provider, Tony teaches and coaches agile best practice principles, the SAFE framework specializing in the Product Owner role, and agile requirements authoring processes. Other interests include cooking, writing novels, and binge-watching sci-fi (no matter how bad). Early in 2018 Tony conceptualized the Agile Ready Platform and began experimentation and preliminary design discussions with trusted friends and colleagues. This eventually led to a commitment to develop and launch the Agile Ready Platform in early 2021.  Contact Data: Email: tony.timbol@agileready.net Web: BeAgileReady.com  The Software Process and Measurement Cast is a proud media sponsor of the DevOps Online Summit.  Not to put too fine a point on it, one of the best ways to get your message heard is to speak.  The crew at the DevOps Online Summit provides a phenomenal platform to network with fellow practitioners from all over the world. Start the journey to speaking at the DevOps Online Summit 2021 by submitting at https://bit.ly/3syp2c5   https://bit.ly/3syp2c5 Re-Read Saturday News  Today we take on Chapter73  of Great Big Agile, An OS for Agile Leaders by Jeff Dalton.  I read (and re-read) this chapter as two pieces.  The first part describes Jeff’s and Broadsword’s (his company) journey up to the point they decided to become agile. The background is important to understand why adopting the agile mindset and then the techniques was a natural step as the organization matured. The second part provides an example of applying the Agile Performance Holarchy.  Remember, buy a copy and read along.  In two weeks, we will begin Fixing Your Scrum: Practical Solutions to Common Scrum Problems (it is time to buy a copy). This week’s installment can be found at www.tomcagley.com/blog Previous installments: Week 1: Re-read Logistics and Front Matters - https://bit.ly/3mgz9P6  Week 2: The API Is Broken - https://bit.ly/2JGpe7l Week 3: Performance Circle: Leading - https://bit.ly/2K3poWy  Week 4: Performance Circle: Providing - http://bit.ly/3mNJJN7  Week 5: Performance Circle: Envisioning - https://bit.ly/2JEVXdt  Week 6: Performance Circle: Crafting - https://bit.ly/3ntsX69  Week 7: Performance Circle: Affirming - http://bit.ly/35OvFgC  Week 8: Performance Circle: Teaming - http://bit.ly/366CYk0  Week 9: Using The Agile Performance Holarchy -  http://bit.ly/3aqs75U  Next SPaMCAST In the next cast, we are going back to the magazine format for a week. We will feature our essay titled, “Collaboration - Disconnected.” The improvement imperative is driven by the need to stay competitive at a holistic level. One would expect that continuous process improvement or continuous improvement would be discussed earnestly at every staff meeting at every level of an organization, and at every meeting. It isn’t. We will also have a visit from Jon M. Quigley to talk quality from a product development point of view.  

    SPaMCAST 635 - Practical Ways to Manage, A Conversation with Johanna Rothman

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 24, 2021 40:46


    Cue the music . . . Happy Birthday, Software Process and Measurement Cast!  Today we begin year 15 with a visit from Johanna Rothman.  We talked about her THREE new books: Practical Ways to Manage Yourself: Modern Management Made Easy, Book 1 https://amzn.to/2LXKkiQ Practical Ways to Lead & Serve (Manage) Others: Modern Management Made Easy, Book 2 - https://amzn.to/39Viwnj  Practical Ways to Lead an Innovative Organization: Modern Management Made Easy, Book 3 - https://amzn.to/3qS90Z3  We of course covered more ground.  For example about 2/3rds of the way through we talked about why the word experiment is a dirty word in most organizations. This is a longer interview, but when I grow up I want to be just like Johanna (I am serious).  Here is her bio: Johanna Rothman, known as the “Pragmatic Manager,” offers frank advice for your tough problems. She helps leaders and teams do reasonable things that work. Equipped with that knowledge, they can decide how to adapt their product development. With her trademark practicality and humor, Johanna is the author of 18 books about many aspects of product development. Her most recent books are the Modern Management Made Easy series, From Chaos to Successful Distributed Agile Teams (with Mark Kilby) and Create Your Successful Agile Project: Collaborate, Measure, Estimate, Deliver. See all her books, blog, and other resources at jrothman.com and createadaptablelife.com. The Software Process and Measurement Cast is a proud media sponsor of the DevOps Online Summit.  Not to put too fine a point on it, one of the best ways to get your message heard is to speak.  The crew at the DevOps Online Summit provides a phenomenal platform to network with fellow practitioners from all over the world. Start the journey to speaking at the DevOps Online Summit 2021 by submitting at https://bit.ly/3syp2c5    https://bit.ly/3syp2c5 Re-Read Saturday News  Today we take on Chapter 7 of Great Big Agile, An OS for Agile Leaders by Jeff Dalton. In three more weeks, we will begin Fixing Your Scrum: Practical Solutions to Common Scrum Problems (it is time to buy a copy). Remember, buy a copy and read along.  This week’s installment can be found at www.tomcagley.com/blog Previous installments: Week 1: Re-read Logistics and Front Matters - https://bit.ly/3mgz9P6  Week 2: The API Is Broken - https://bit.ly/2JGpe7l Week 3: Performance Circle: Leading - https://bit.ly/2K3poWy  Week 4: Performance Circle: Providing - http://bit.ly/3mNJJN7  Week 5: Performance Circle: Envisioning - https://bit.ly/2JEVXdt  Week 6: Performance Circle: Crafting - https://bit.ly/3ntsX69  Week 7: Performance Circle: Affirming - http://bit.ly/35OvFgC  Week 8: Performance Circle: Teaming - http://bit.ly/366CYk0  Next SPaMCAST User Stories and Tony Timbol will take center stage. User stories are ubiquitous in agile.  Getting them right is really important. Tony gives us some ideas to move the ball forward. 


    SPaMCAST 634 - Organizing For Analytics In The Real World, An Interview with Rick Hall

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 17, 2021 39:04


    In this edition of the Software Process and Measurement Cast, I talk with Rick Hall, CEO of Aginity. Rick and I talked about analytics, which has been Rick’s lifelong passion. Rick provides insights on how analytics fits in a modern organization and how to staff that group.  We also discussed serial entrepreneurship. His advice is, if you don’t have passion for the idea, don’t try it.  Rick Hall is a software entrepreneur focused on the analytics market.  He has led the development of over a dozen software products and taken several companies from the early stage to an eventual sale. Rick led a group in the purchase of Aginity in March of 2020, and has taken over the CEO role as a result.  Aginity was an early innovator in Analytics Management and launched Aginity Pro early last year.  The product is off to a fast start attracting 13,000 subscribers in the first nine months and is set to grow by more than 250% through 2021.  Reach out to Rick  https://www.linkedin.com/in/richard-hall-6685513/ https://www.linkedin.com/company/aginity-inc/ https://www.aginity.com/ The Software Process and Measurement Cast is a proud media sponsor of the DevOps Online Summit.  Not to put too fine a point on it, one of the best ways to get your message heard is to speak.  The crew at the DevOps Online Summit provides a phenomenal platform to network with fellow practitioners from all over the world. Start the journey to speaking at the DevOps Online Summit 2021 by submitting at https://bit.ly/3syp2c5 https://bit.ly/3syp2c5 Re-Read Saturday News  As we begin Chapter 6 this week, we have four more weeks of our re-read of  Great Big Agile, An OS for Agile Leaders by Jeff Dalton. We have three more chapters and then we will conclude with a few final notes before beginning Fixing Your Scrum: Practical Solutions to Common Scrum Problems (it is time to buy a copy).   Chapter 6 goes into detail on the Performance Circle: Affirming.  This is the part of the Agile Performance Holoracy (APH), Affirming asks teams and organizations to continuously evaluate whether they are being effective, and then to take steps to improve.  Remember, buy a copy and read along.  This week’s installment can be found at www.tomcagley.com/blog Previous installments: Week 1: Re-read Logistics and Front Matters - https://bit.ly/3mgz9P6  Week 2: The API Is Broken - https://bit.ly/2JGpe7l Week 3: Performance Circle: Leading - https://bit.ly/2K3poWy  Week 4: Performance Circle: Providing - http://bit.ly/3mNJJN7  Week 5: Performance Circle: Envisioning - https://bit.ly/2JEVXdt  Week 6: Performance Circle: Crafting - https://bit.ly/3ntsX69  Week 7: Performance Circle: Affirming - http://bit.ly/35OvFgC  Next SPaMCAST Year 14 is a wrap with this podcast, next week we start the next 14!  Thank you to everyone that has been part of the first 14 years.  The next week the Software Process and Measurement Cast week we begin year 15 with a visit from Johanna Rothman.  We talked about her THREE new books, and, as usual, people, agile, and the world. I could not ask for a better start to our podcast year!


    SPaMCAST 633 - Disruption of Healthcare With Empathy, A Conversation With Unmesh Srivastava

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 10, 2021 32:17

    The Podcast this week features my interview with Unmesh Srivastava. We talked about organizational culture and disrupting health care through development that is customer-focused. We also spent time discussing the need for empathy in order to find critical business needs. Unmesh points out that many times technologists think with their technology before they think with their hearts.  Unmesh is the Chief Technology Officer (CTO) at P3 Health Partners. Over the years, Unmesh and his teams have helped US healthcare with opportunities to drive innovation and disruptive transformation using digital enablement. He has worked with multiple innovative organizations building and deploying the next generation of healthcare. All the digital enablement projects have been geared towards driving a differentiated provider and patient experience while reducing the cost of care and improving quality of care. The technology products delivered by Unmesh and his teams range from clinical decision support technology for providers, data and artificial intelligence-enabled seamless care experience for patients, and multiple other innovations to drive down the administrative burden on the providers and health systems. Reach out on LinkedIn at https://www.linkedin.com/in/unmeshsrivastava/ Re-Read Saturday News  This week it is time for Chapter 5 of Great Big Agile, An OS for Agile Leaders by Jeff Dalton. This week we visit the Performance Circle, Crafting. I often state, somewhat tongue and cheek, that this part of agile is where all the stuff that’s required to actually create and deliver quality products and services occurs.  If I wanted to be even blunter, I might state that this is where the magic happens – where words become something tangible. Remember, buy a copy and read along.  This week’s installment can be found at www.tomcagley.com/blog Previous installments: Week 1: Re-read Logistics and Front Matters - https://bit.ly/3mgz9P6  Week 2: The API Is Broken - https://bit.ly/2JGpe7l Week 3: Performance Circle: Leading - https://bit.ly/2K3poWy  Week 4: Performance Circle: Providing - http://bit.ly/3mNJJN7  Week 5: Performance Circle: Envisioning - https://bit.ly/2JEVXdt  Week 6: Performance Circle: Crafting - https://bit.ly/3ntsX69  Next SPaMCAST The next week the Software Process and Measurement Cast completes it’s 14th year with a discussion with Rick Hall. Rick and I talked about analytics and entrepreneurship. Rick is a successful serial entrepreneur who is happy to share his insights.

    SPaMCAST 632- What Is Working, Working From Home. A Conversation with Dalton, McDonough, Koorse, Hurney, and Cagley

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 3, 2021 36:53

    Software Process and Measurement Cast 632 reprises a panel from the 18th of March 2020 just as things were getting interesting on the working from the home front. Today we discuss what they have learned working with and supporting remote teams versus how it was supposed to work. The panel is: Jeff Dalton,  jeff@broadswordsolutions.com  Amy McDonough Amy, McDonough@spr.com  Sandeep Koorse, Sandeep@koorse.com  Christopher Hurney, Christopherhurney@gmail.com Tom Cagley, tcagley@tomcagley.com  2020 was a year of firsts, this week one of those firsts intrudes on the podcast. Some sort of equipment error destroyed the first 8 ish minutes of the recording was lost. Actually lost was not a perfect description, in your mind picture a high-pitched screech. Then it was gone and the rest of the discussion was wonderful.  I have chopped out the ear killing screech and we pick up late in the first question with Chris Hurney and go from there! Re-Read Saturday News  This week it is time for Chapter 4 of  Great Big Agile, An OS for Agile Leaders by Jeff Dalton. The Performance Circle, Envisioning, encompasses the behaviors and actions to describe what is required for “high-quality products and services.” Remember, buy a copy and read along.  This week’s installment can be found at www.tomcagley.com/blog Previous installments: Week 1: Re-read Logistics and Front Matters - https://bit.ly/3mgz9P6  Week 2: The API Is Broken - https://bit.ly/2JGpe7l Week 3: Performance Circle: Leading - https://bit.ly/2K3poWy  Week 4: Performance Circle: Providing - http://bit.ly/3mNJJN7  Week 5: Performance Circle: Envisioning - https://bit.ly/2JEVXdt  Next SPaMCAST The next Software Process and Measurement Cast features my interview with Unmesh Srivastava. We talked about organizational culture and disrupting health care through development that is customer-focused.  

    SPaMCAST 631 - Hackable and Ethical Hackers, A Conversation with Ted Harrington

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 27, 2020 35:34

    This week’s Software Process and Measurement Cast features our interview with Ted Harrington, author of HACKABLE: How to Do Application Security Right. Application security requires planning, coding, and testing. It is not something that you can easily remedy after the fact - it needs to be part of the conversation before you write one line of code. Ted provides insights for developers, C-level executives, and product owners. If you have not bought a copy buy two copies (https://amzn.to/386w7Hr), one for you and one for your boss, and listen to the interview together. Ted’s Bio Ted Harrington is the author of HACKABLE: How to Do Application Security Right and the Executive Partner at Independent Security Evaluators (ISE), the company of ethical hackers famous for hacking cars, medical devices, and password managers. He’s helped hundreds of companies fix tens of thousands of security vulnerabilities, including  Google, Amazon, Microsoft, Netflix, and more. For his stewardship of security research that Wired Magazine says “wins the prize, hands down,” Ted has been named both Executive of the Year by the American Business Awards and an SD Metro 40 Under 40 entrepreneur. He leads a team that started and organizes IoT Village, an event whose hacking contest is a three-time DEFCON Black Badge winner, representing the discovery of more than 300 zero-day vulnerabilities (and counting).  Re-Read Saturday News  This week we are talking a break from re-reading Great Big Agile, An OS for Agile Leaders by Jeff Dalton. I spent way too much time on Zoom calls enjoying physically distant holidays with family and friends.   Remember, buy a copy and read along.  This week’s installment can be found at www.tomcagley.com/blog Previous installments: Week 1: Re-read Logistics and Front Matters - https://bit.ly/3mgz9P6  Week 2: The API Is Broken - https://bit.ly/2JGpe7l Week 3: Performance Circle: Leading - https://bit.ly/2K3poWy  Week 4: Performance Circle: Providing - http://bit.ly/3mNJJN7  Next SPaMCAST The next Software Process and Measurement Cast reprises a panel from the 18th of March 2020 just as things were getting interesting to discuss what they have learned working and supporting remote teams versus how supposed it would all work. The panel was comprised of: Jeff Dalton jeff@broadswordsolutions.com  Amy McDonough Amy.McDonough@spr.com  Sandeep Koorse Sandeep@koorse.com  Christopher Hurney    Christopherhurney@gmail.com And myself! tcagley@tomcagley.com 

    SPaMCAST 630 - It's All About the People, A Panel Discussion with Laberge, Parente, Voris, Sweeney, and Cagley

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 20, 2020 43:51

    In March 2020, as our world was shrinking and words like 'lockdown' and 'zoom-bombing' were becoming a reality, we recorded and aired SPaMCAST 597. Paul Laberge, Susan Parente, Jo Ann Sweeney, John Voris, and I talked about how we could create or preserve interactions leading to serendipity. Remote working was new for many people. This week we discuss what went well and what have we learned from nearly a year of working remotely. As the editor of the SPaMCAST it is my great pleasure to reconvene a group of people that have such great insight into people. The discussion is full of great ideas to improve remote and hybrid working environments, but most of all it is full of ideas to help respect people in tough times or not.   Panelist Bios Jo Ann Sweeney FCIM FIIC MCIPR is an engagement and communication consultant. Typically, she acts as change management lead on complex programs, facilitating the development of effective engagement, training, and communication strategies, and then assisting as the strategies are implemented. Clients value her deep understanding of audiences. Jo Ann is known for clarifying the complex and for persuading key stakeholders to get involved and actively support change. You are welcome to download a complimentary copy of Jo Ann’s guide How to Explain Change in 8 Easy Steps at https://freeguide.explaining-change.com/ Contact Jo Ann at jo.ann@sweeneycomms.com John Voris is the current leader of AgilePhilly, the local user group in the Philadelphia area for Scrum, Kanban, and Lean Software. (www.AgilePhilly.com)  His day job is working on financial applications for Crown Cork & Seal, an essential company with over 100 years of manufacturing food and beverage cans.  Prior to Crown, John was an independent software consultant for 30+ years helping both small companies and Fortune 100 large companies with both applications and operating systems. Reach out on LinkedIn: linkedin.com/in/john-voris-7b20525 With more than 30 years in the information technology industry, Paul Laberge – CGI Director Consulting-Expert, has a wide range of experience providing IT project management. He enjoys coaching leaders in deploying business technology solutions. His experience in organizational change management spans many different lifecycles including transitions to Agile frameworks (RUP, XP, Scrum, SAFe, Nexxus, LeSS) and incorporating Lean (Kanban) methodologies. Reach out on LinkedIn: linkedin.com/in/paullaberge Susan Parente is a Principal Consultant at S3 Technologies, LLC and a University Professor at multiple Universities. Mrs. Parente is an author, mentor and professor focused on risk management, traditional and Agile project management. Her experience is augmented by her Masters in Engineering Management with a focus in Marketing of Technology from George Washington University, DC, along with a number of professional certifications. Ms. Parente has 23+ years’ experience leading software and business development projects in the private and public sectors, including a decade of experience implementing IT projects for the DoD. Contact Susan at parente.s3@gmail.com Re-Read Saturday News  This week the re-read of  Great Big Agile, An OS for Agile Leaders by Jeff Dalton dives into Chapter 3. Chapter 3 describes the Providing Performance Circle.  Providing is all about the logistics and the culture of the organization. If I were drawing a Venn Diagram, providing and leading (Chapter 2) have a significant overlap.   Remember, buy a copy and read along.  This week’s installment can be found at www.tomcagley.com/blog Previous installments: Week 1: Re-read Logistics and Front Matters - https://bit.ly/3mgz9P6  Week 2: The API Is Broken - https://bit.ly/2JGpe7l Week 3: Performance Circle: Leading - https://bit.ly/2K3poWy    Next SPaMCAST The next Software Process and Measurement Cast will feature our interview with Ted Harrington, author of  HACKABLE: How to Do Application Security Right. Security is not something that you can easily remedy after the fact - it needs to be part of the conversation before you write one line of code. Ted provides insights for developers, C-level executives, and product owners. If you have not bought a copy buy two copies (https://amzn.to/386w7Hr), one for you and one for your boss. Then listen to the interview together.

    SPaMCAST 629 - Agile Metrics In Action- A Conversation With Christopher W H Davis

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 13, 2020 38:02

    This week we are staying with metrics and Manning Publications for a chat with Christopher W H Davis, author of Agile Metrics in Action, How to Measure and Improve Team Performance. Why more metrics?  Well first, the M in SPaMCAST is for metrics. Secondly, metrics are important tools for teams and organizations when used wisely. Many in the agile world hear the term metric or measure and run screaming from the room. I asked Chris if he thought combining 'metics' and 'agile' was an oxymoron - he thinks not.  After you have listened, buy a copy of Chris’s book using the link http://mng.bz/r2Og Don’t pay full price by using the discount code podspam20 to get a 40% discount code (good for all Manning products in all formats). Chris’s Bio: Christopher Davis has been working as an engineer, manager, author, and consultant focused on innovation since the 20th century. Since coming to Microsoft 4 years ago Chris has been focused on retail innovation with Fortune 500 companies. Prior to that he worked at Nike where he designed the platform behind the Nike+ Fuelband and running apps, helped redesign their ecommerce system, and led their initial push to go cloud native, while writing the influential book on measuring software development teams, Agile Metrics in Action. Currently finishing his Ph.D. in Technical Management designing state of the art working models for human-AI collaboration, Chris also enjoys playing classical guitar and building robots with his kids. Re-Read Saturday News  This week the re-read of  Great Big Agile, An OS for Agile Leaders by Jeff Dalton dives into chapter 2. Chapter 2 begins Part 2 which is focused on the six Performance Circles.  Leading is first.  Jeff points out that this is the most important of the circles because an organization without strong leadership will not allow teams to self-organize.  Remember, buy a copy and read along.  This week’s installment  Week 3: Performance Circle: Leading - https://bit.ly/2K3poWy  Previous installments: Week 1: Re-read Logistics and Front Matters - https://bit.ly/3mgz9P6  Week 2: The API Is Broken - https://bit.ly/2JGpe7l Next SPaMCAST The next Software Process and Measurement Cast will feature a reprise of a panel interview originally recorded in March and aired on SPaMCAST 597  just as the pandemic was re-writing the landscape of the workplace.  Paul Laberge, Susan Parente, Jo Ann Sweeney, John Voris, and I reconvene to reflect on an interesting year and the challenges of today’s workplace.

    SPaMCAST 628 - Software Development Metrics - A Conversation With Dave Nicolette

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 6, 2020 29:31

    This week Dave Nicolette, author of Software Development Metrics from Manning Publications, and I talk about pragmatically using metrics. Dave and I talked about the value teams get from measurement regardless of the approach you are taking to deliver value. Measurement is feedback and measurement is leadership for guiding and improving how work is done.    After you have listened I think you will want a copy of Dave’s book on metrics.  Use the link: http://mng.bz/r2Og  Also, yes there is more, you say you don’t want to pay full price?  Use the discount code podspam20 to get a 40% discount code (good for all Manning products in all formats). Dave’s Bio: Dave started his career in information technology in 1977 as an application programmer. Since then he has worked in a variety of roles in different industries. Currently, he works as a consultant, coach, and trainer focusing on effective software delivery methods and process improvement. LinkedIn: Dave Nicolette | LinkedIn Dave’s Website: Books – NeoPragma LLC Re-Read Saturday News  This week we head into Chapter 1 of  Great Big Agile, An OS for Agile Leaders by Jeff Dalton. In many organizations, there is a disconnect between the real culture and the stated culture, which is one of the leading reasons organizational change fails. The mind shift of becoming agile exposes gaps between the real and aspirational culture that, if not addressed, cause pain as long as the institutional memory exists. Remember, buy a copy and read along.  This week’s installment  Week 2: The API Is Broken - https://bit.ly/2JGpe7l   Previous installments: Week 1: Re-read Logistics and Front Matters - https://bit.ly/3mgz9P6  Next SPaMCAST Next week we are staying with metrics and Manning Publications for a chat with Christopher W H Davis, author of Agile Metrics in Action, How to Measure and Improve Team Performance. Combining 'metics' and 'agile' is not an oxymoron.

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