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Software Process and Measurement Cast

The Software Process and Measurement Cast provides a forum to explore the varied world of software process improvement and measurement.  The SPaMCast covers topics that deal the challenges how work is done in information technology organizations as they grow and evolve.  The show combines commentaries, interviews and your feedback to serve up ideas, options, opinions, advice and even occasionally facts. 


Jul 12, 2009

The interview on Show 63 is with Paul Byrnes.  We discussed the CMMI, Multiple Models and Process Improvement.  In today’s financial environment it is important to know what drives good change and whether disparate models work well and play well together.  This was one of the basic threads of our conversation.

As an Air Force officer Paul was responsible for managing advanced software technology transition projects at Hanscom AFB, MA. These were typically joint government/industry funded projects aimed at significantly improving the efficiency of DoD software development processes and services.

At the SEI, Paul was the SEI CMM® Based Appraisal (CBA) Project Leader. Responsible for developing all published versions of SCE and the initial CBA IPI method (V0.3). A principal developer of the CMM® Appraisal Framework (CAF). Developed, delivered, and managed teams delivering CMM based appraisal methods and training services.

At ISD, as a founder, principal, Managing Director, and CTO, Paul was the principal architect of ISD’s Comprehensive Appraisal Method (CAM); a draft version was an input method to SCAMPISM V1.1. He was responsible for managing, leading development, and also delivering all standard ISD products for their appraisal, consulting, and training service lines.

Paul is a currently a member of the SCAMPI LA BoK Advisory Board and a member of its High Maturity Working Group. He is currently participating on the Enterprise SPICE Architecture Team and the SCAMPI V1.3 Upgrade Team. Paul was included in the 1995 Who’s Who in the East, the 1998 Who’s Who in Media and Communications, the 1999 Who’s Who in America, and the 2000 Who’s Who in the World.

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The essay is titled “Using Functional Metrics in Agile Estimation Part 3”.  The essay explains how to integrate the discipline of functional metrics into agile metrics techniques.  Remember that parts one and two were included in SPaMCAST 61 and 62.

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Next Software Process and Measurement Cast:
The next Software Process and Measurement Cast will feature an interview with Carol Smith on the topic of usability.  We discussed the definition of usability, how recognize it, test it and measure it.  If you develop anything usability ought to be a central part of your practice.