Sep 8, 2013
Welcome to the Software Process and Measurement Cast 254
The Software Process and Measurement Cast 254 features my interview with Matt Heusser. We discussed agile and testing. It was a great interview full of thought provoking discussion and controversial ideas.
Matthew Heusser is the managing consultant at Excelon Development, where he focuses on software project delivery and risk management. A board member for the Association for Software Testing, lead editor of "How to Reduce the Cost of Software Testing" (Taylor & Francis 2011), Matt recently served as co-chair of the test and quality track of the Agile Conference. You can learn more about Matt at www.xndev.com or follow him on twitter @mheusser.
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It is conference season!
ISMA Rio will be an opportunity for all members of the Software Measurement Community to meet in beautiful Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, in the week of September 30th, 2013. The eighth edition of the IFPUG International Software Measurement & Analysis Conference will be co-located with the 1st edition of the ISBSG IT Confidence Conference. That will bring together many international consultants, practitioners, and researchers from the Software Measurement arena. You can’t afford to miss it! The New York Times has nominated Rio the #1 tourist destination in the world. See you in Rio!
Agile Phily - AgileTour 2013
Time: October 7, 2013 from 12:30pm to 4:30pm
Location: EbayEnterprise (previously known as GSI Commerce) in King of PrussiaStreet: First Avenue
City/Town: King of Prussia
AgileDC - Agile, it's not just for big
complex projects anymore.
Date: October 8, 2013
October 28-30, 2013 to the Eaton Chelsea Downtown Toronto!
Agile Practical Techniques Workshop
Monday, October 28, 2013: 8:30 AM - 4:30 PM
Format: Full-day Class
Agile Practical Techniques Workshop helps developers, testers, business analysts, scrum masters and project managers to develop an understanding of Agile development techniques focusing on concepts such as test driven development that integrate testing into the Agile process. The workshop combines concepts from Agile (e.g. Scrum, xP and Test Driven Development) and Learning Organizations, providing participants with the tools to both participate on Agile projects and to develop and deploy related processes.
Lean Software Development Workshop
Tuesday, October 29, 2013: 8:30 AM - 12:00 PM
Format: Half-day Tutorial
Lean Software Development Workshop (e.g. Kanban, Flow and Kaizen) uses a lean-agile focus to help everyone involved in developing, enhancing and maintaining software employ the Principles of Lean to enhance the delivery of value-added work. This workshop is hands-on and “things” will be thrown!
Presentation: Agile Underperforming?
Keys to Improving Delivery
Wednesday, October 30, 2013: 9:45 AM - 10:45 AM
Just because you have implemented Agile techniques does not mean you are performing to the level which your organization is capable. Is your implementation of Agile underperforming? Agile has been promoted as delivering higher customer satisfaction, better quality, faster time to market, increased productivity and — in some cases — to deliver world peace. The question is do you know and if you think you know, is your knowledge more than anecdotal? The only way to know truly is to measure.
Measurement is only the first step in finding issues and taking action. Measurement provides focus. Being aware of problems and not spending the time and effort to study performance is a waste. W. Edwards Deming admonished us to have “constancy of purpose.” I would use the term “attention-span” in an attempt to make the same argument. Once we understand we have a problem, our next step is to take action and to perhaps make a difference in the value we deliver. Is your Agile underperforming? It doesn’t matter if you’re not going to fix it.
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The Software Process and Measurement Cast 255 features my essay on self-management. The title of the essay is "Project Management Is Dead, Long Live Project Management." Self-management and agile go together like chocolate and peanut butter but . . . the concept is not well understood and rarely implemented well.