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SPaMCAST 197 - Inertia, Introducing Bill Fox

Welcome to the Software Process and Measurement Cast 197!

The Software Process and Measurement Cast 197 has two parts!  The first part of the Cast features my essay "What do you do when inertia wins?" The second part introduces a new column written by my friend and listener, Bill Fox.  Bill is the creator of 5 Minutes to Process Improvement Success and will bring the lessons he has learned to the SPaMCAST!

The SPaMCAST 197 is sponsored by LeanKit Kanban. 

By now, most of you in the Lean-Agile community have heard of LeanKit, recognized by community leaders and practitioners alike as the most flexible and powerful tool available for implementing visual management. Since their launch in 2009, LeanKit has helped hundreds of companies around the world to quickly and easily model even very complex processes as vertical and horizontal lanes on a virtual whiteboard with cards representing work flowing from step to step.

Well, LeanKit has now announced the launch of groundbreaking new features that allow even the largest enterprise portfolio and projects to be managed using multiple levels of drill-down Kanban boards, detailed sub-taskboards, and roll-up Lean metrics - as well as a complete overhaul of their user interface that makes LeanKit more attractive, more intuitive, and easier to manage. If you haven't checked out LeanKit or haven't lately, check out the website to explore how they can help Lean-Agile scale within your organization. 

Visit LeanKit Kanban! (and say hello for the SPaMCAST!)

Shameless Ad for my book! 

Mastering Software Project Management: Best Practices, Tools and Techniques co-authored by Murali Chematuri and myself and published by J. Ross Publishing. We have received unsolicited reviews like the following: "This book will prove that software projects should not be a tedious process, neither for you or your team."

News just in  . . . We also just got word that the SPM book has been adopted for a class at the University of West Flroida for the Fall.

Have you bought your copy?

Contact information for the Software Process and Measurement Cast
Email:  spamcastinfo@gmail.com
Voicemail:  +1-206-888-6111
Website: www.spamcast.net
Twitter: www.twitter.com/tcagley
Facebook:  http://bit.ly/16fBWV

Next

The Software Process and Measurement Cast 198 will feature a wonderful interview Philippe Back covering culture and organizational change.  Philippe is another long time listener that is bringing his phenomenal intellect to the podcast!

Direct download: SPaMCAST_197_-_Inertia_Introducing_Bill_Fox.mp3
Category:Change -- posted at: 6:55pm EDT

SPaMCAST 193 - Hyper-Conectivity and Illusion

Welcome to the Software Process and Measurement Cast 193!

The SPaMCAST 193 features my essay tilled Hyper-Conectivity and Illusions. 

I sat in a meeting a few weeks ago and after about ten minutes I was brought up short.  Everyone was paying attention; not one laptop was open nor was anyone reading an email or text under the table (by the way you really can't hide by texting under the table).  People were taking notes "old school" on paper. The meeting ended on-time after 25 minutes meeting the objective and with the promise of minutes.  I was shocked by the seeming efficiency and effectiveness so I lingered after the meeting to discuss my observations with my sponsor.

The SPaMCAST 193 is sponsored by LeanKit Kanban

By now, most of you in the Lean-Agile community have heard of LeanKit, recognized by community leaders and practitioners alike as the most flexible and powerful tool available for implementing visual management. Since their launch in 2009, LeanKit has helped hundreds of companies around the world to quickly and easily model even very complex processes as vertical and horizontal lanes on a virtual whiteboard with cards representing work flowing from step to step.

Well, LeanKit has now announced the launch of groundbreaking new features that allow even the largest enterprise portfolio and projects to be managed using multiple levels of drill-down Kanban boards, detailed sub-taskboards, and roll-up Lean metrics - as well as a complete overhaul of their user interface that makes LeanKit more attractive, more intuitive, and easier to manage. If you haven't checked out LeanKit or haven't lately, check out the website to explore how they can help Lean-Agile scale within your organization. 

Visit LeanKit Kanban! (and say hello for the SPaMCAST!)

In the near future the essay componenent of the Software Process and Measurement Cast will be adding new contnent.  The Cast will begin an evolution to a magazine format.  Bill Fox will be the first of the SPaMCAST Magazine's contributors! Interested in participating?  Contact me at spamcastinfo@gmail.com.

Shameless Ad for my book! 

Mastering Software Project Management: Best Practices, Tools and Techniques co-authored by Murali Chematuri and myself and published by J. Ross Publishing. We have received unsolicited reviews like the following: "This book will prove that software projects should not be a tedious process, neither for you or your team."

News just in  . . . We also just got word that the SPM book has been adopted for a class at the University of West Flroida for the Fall.

Have you bought your copy?

Contact information for the Software Process and Measurement Cast

Email:  spamcastinfo@gmail.com
Voicemail:  +1-206-888-6111
Website: www.spamcast.net
Twitter: www.twitter.com/tcagley
Facebook:  http://bit.ly/16fBWV

Next

The Software Process and Measurement Cast 194 will my interview with Peter Taylor, The Lazy Project Manager, talking about his new book The Lazy Project Manager and The Project From Hell.

Direct download: SPaMCAST_193_-_Hyper-Conectivity_and_Illusion.mp3
Category:Change -- posted at: 5:00pm EDT

SPaMCAST 153 - Impetus for Change, Involvement Revisited

Welcome to the Software Process and Measurement Cast 153!

A funny thing happened on the way to the Software Process and Measurement Cast 153, I was distracted by a nice shiny idea therefore we have a short essay titled, "Impetus for Change".  Because this essay was short I have included an essay from SPaMCAST 8 (May 2007) on Involvement.  The topic is just as relevant today as then!  

Shameless Ad for my book! 

Mastering Software Project Management: Best Practices, Tools and Techniques co-authored by Murali Chematuri and myself and published by J. Ross Publishing. We have received unsolicited reviews like the following: "This book will prove that software projects should not be a tedious process, neither for you or your team."

 

Have you bought your copy?

Contact information for the Software Process and Measurement Cast
Email:  spamcastinfo@gmail.com
Voicemail:  +1-206-888-6111
Website: www.spamcast.net
Twitter: www.twitter.com/tcagley
Facebook:  http://bit.ly/16fBWV

Next!

SPaMCAST 154 features my interview with Bill Fox!  Bill compiles and publishes "5 Minutes to Process Improvement Success". We discussed his project, the value it delivers and process improvement in general.

Direct download: SPaMCAST_153_-_Impetus_for_Change_Involvement_Revisited.mp3
Category:Change -- posted at: 5:00pm EDT

SPaMCAST 137 - Abstractions, Tool Review Agile Board, Joseph Hurtado

Welcome to the Software Process and Measurement Cast 137!

SPaMCAST 137 features an essay titled Abstractions.  The essay begins:

The world is complex; it is comprised of a myriad of processes each with their own slice of complexity. We all fear being sucked into whirlpool of complexity as evidenced by the laundry list of best selling books that purport to provide the tools needed to take control of our personal and professional worlds. 

Also included in this SPaMCAST is a product review by Joseph Hurtado, a long time SPaMCAST listener, for Agile Board which is an IPad app for agile / Kanban tool.  Thank you for the review Joseph!

Shameless Ad for my book! 

Mastering Software Project Management: Best Practices, Tools and Techniques co-authored by Murali Chematuri and myself and published by J. Ross Publishing. We have received unsolicited reviews like the following: "This book will prove that software projects should not be a tedious process, neither for you or your team." 

Have you bought your copy?

Contact information for the Software Process and Measurement Cast
Email:  spamcastinfo@gmail.com
Voicemail:  +1-206-888-6111
Website: www.spamcast.net
Twitter: www.twitter.com/tcagley
Facebook:  http://bit.ly/16fBWV

Next!

SPaMCAST 136 features my first live interview with Paul Brynes.  We discussed the changes in the SCAMPI methodology used to appraise the CMMI.  Important stuff if you have anything to do with the CMMI.

Direct download: SPaMCAST_137_-_Abstractions_Tool_Review_Agile_Board_Joseph_Hurtado.mp3
Category:Change -- posted at: 6:43pm EDT

SPaMCAST 108 - Bob Lewis, Bare Bones Change Management

Software Process and Measurement Cast 108 features my discussion with Bob Lewis.  We talked about his new book Bare Bone Change Management, success, IT philosophy and a slew of other topics.   

Robert Lewis, president and founder of IT Catalysts, is one of the most respected advisers and commentators in the IT industry. He is the award-winning author of eight books and nearly 800 columns dealing with how to effectively lead information technology organizations, integrate them into the enterprise, and use them as part of effectively planned and executed business change programs.

Known for his unique blend of vision and pragmatism, Mr. Lewis is recognized internationally as an authority on how to maximize the value delivered by information technology organizations and to achieve designed and planned organizational change.

Prior to founding IT Catalysts, Mr. Lewis held a wide variety of executive, management, staff, and consulting positions in the field of information technology, as well as positions in manufacturing, product development, business planning, and consulting.

Website: http://www.itcatalysts.com/index.html
Keep the Joint Running: http://www.issurvivor.com/
Bare Bones Change Management: http://bit.ly/9ZXhSq
Email: RDLewis@ITCatalysts.com

Mastering Software Project Management: Best Practices, Tools and Techniques co-authored by Murali Chematuri and myself and published by J. Ross Publishing is on the bookshelves!  According to one the reviews on Amazon:

"I am very glad that I found this book. It is the only project management book that I know of that is filled with practical, real-life and modern advice. It does not simply concentrate on theories but covers experiences that project managers will run into throughout any project."

If you a project manager or know project managers buy yourself a copy and a second to lend co-workers!

Contact information for the Software Process and Measurement Cast
Email:  spamcastinfo@gmail.com
Voicemail:  +1-206-888-6111
Website: www.spamcast.net
Twitter: www.twitter.com/tcagley
Facebook:  http://bit.ly/16fBWV

Next:
SPaMCAST 109 will feature the next installment of my essay on the Seven Deadly Sins of Measurement Programs.  We will be tackling the topic of envy.

Direct download: SPaMCAST_108_-_Bob_Lewis_Bare_Bones_Change_Management.mp3
Category:Change -- posted at: 5:00pm EDT

SPaMCAST 90 - Ferdinandi, Technologist's Guide to Performing

Welcome to the Software Process and Measurement Cast 90!

The interview in the SPaMCAST 90 features an interview with a familar face, Pat Ferdinandi.  Pat is back talking about her new book, A Technologist's Guide to Performing & Surviving in the New World.  We live in exciting times how exciting might be up to us!

Pat's 11 year old Solomon Island Eclectus Female parrot, Scarlet wrote the Bio I am using for Pat in SPaMCAST 90.

Who is Pat Ferdinandi? Well, Mark Twain squawked it best:

She was not quite what you would call refined.
She was not quite what you would call unrefined.
She was the kind of person that keeps a parrot.

~ Following the Equator; Pudd'nhead Wilson's New Calendar

She's calls herself a Chief Thought Translator...a business architect and author of Parrotology.
 
She's different but I'm GEORGOUS! Yup...
 
I'm Scarlet... the bird...
I squawk about life...
And give my caretakers strife...
Lets chat about products and give me a hint...
What's happenin' in your world...
And I'm givin' you the word...
 
I am continuing my experiment with the format of the Software Process and Measurement Cast.  I began the new format on SPaMCAST 88 and intend to use the new format at least through July. Every other show will include an interview and news components and the non-interview show will include the essay and any listener comments.  I would really like to hear your thoughts and comments on the format. 

In August I will start the personal kanban at experiment.  I am interested in any advice or comments you might have.  I will share the results of the experiment as it develops. 

Contact information for the Software Process and Measurement Cast
Email:  spamcastinfo@gmail.com
Voicemail:  +1-206-888-6111
Website: www.spamcast.net
Twitter: www.twitter.com/tcagley
Facebook:  http://bit.ly/16fBWV

Conferences and Speaking Engagements in 2010 (To Date)
 
ISMA Cinco in São Paulo September 13-15.  I will be one of the featured speakers.  THe title of the presentation is Function Points:  Past, Present and Future.  The website to get more information is http://www.ifpug.org/conferences/  I hope to see you there!

Next!
The interview in the Software Process and Measurement Cast 91 will feature an essay that begins a discussion of ethics and why an ethics framework is important for guiding change. 

 

Direct download: SPaMCAST_90_-_Ferdinandi_Technologists_Guide_to_Performing.mp3
Category:Change -- posted at: 5:00pm EDT

SPaMCAST 88a - Karten, Manage and Communicate Change

Welcome to the Software Process and Measurement Cast 88!

The interview in the SPaMCAST 88 features a discussion with Naomi Karten.  We discussed her book Changing How You Manage and Communicate Change. This book is another game changer!

Naomi Karten (http://www.nkarten.com) is well-known for delivering serious material with a light touch. As principal of her training and consulting business, she helps organizations and individuals improve customer satisfaction, manage change, strengthen teamwork, and enhance communication and presentation skills.

Naomi has delivered seminars and keynote presentation to more than 100,000 people internationally in such diverse locations as Oslo, Zurich, Hong Kong, Tokyo, Trinidad, Costa Rica, and throughout the US and Canada.

The premise of Naomi’s book, Changing How You Manage and Communicate Change: Focusing on the Human Side of Change, is that change will proceed more smoothly and with less turbulence if serious attention is given to the people aspects. Information on this book is at http://www.nkarten.com/changebook.

Naomi’s books, Managing Expectations and Communication Gaps and How to Close Them, provide proven strategies and techniques for carrying out projects, implementing change, delivering service, and strengthening teamwork. Her other books and ebooks include

• How to Establish Service Level Agreements,
• How to Survive, Excel and Advance as an Introvert
• Presentation Skills for Technical Professionals

Naomi’s newsletter, Perceptions & Realities, which is posted on her website, offers serious advice in a lively, chuckle-generating manner. She has also published more than 300 articles in print publications and on numerous websites.

Prior to forming her training and consulting business, she earned degrees in psychology and gained extensive experience in technical, customer support, and management positions.

Contact Naomi at naomi@nkarten.com.

Remember to check out GoTo Assist Express!

I have decided to use the month of July to experiment with the format of the Software Process and Measurement Cast.  Beginning with SPaMCAST 88 and running thorough SPaMCAST 90 I will separate the interview and the essay into two shows.  The A show will include the interview and news components and the B show will include the essay and any listener comments.  The A show will continue to be bi-weekly as will the B show they will just not happen on the same weekend.  Another way to say this is that for the next six weeks, at least, the Software Process and Measurement cast will be weekly.  Thoughts and comments are welcome.

In August I will start the personal kanban at experiment.  I am interested in any advice or comments you might have.  I will share the results of the experiment as it develops. 

Contact information for the Software Process and Measurement Cast
Email:  spamcastinfo@gmail.com
Voicemail:  +1-206-888-6111
Website: www.spamcast.net
Twitter: www.twitter.com/tcagley
Facebook:  http://bit.ly/16fBWV

Conferences and Speaking Engagements in 2010 (To Date)   ISMA Cinco in São Paulo September 13-15.  I will be one of the featured speakers.  THe title of the presentation is Function Points:  Past, Present and Future.  The website to get more information is http://www.ifpug.org/conferences/  I hope to see you there!

Next! The interview in the Software Process and Measurement Cast 89 is with a familar face, Pat Ferdinandi is back talking about her new book, A Technologist's Guide to Performing & Surviving in the New World.  We live in exciting times how exciting might be up to us!

 

Direct download: SPaMCAST-_Karten_Manage_and_Communicate_Change.mp3
Category:Change -- posted at: 5:00pm EDT

SPaMCAST 86 - Thames, Change, Kanban Book Review

Welcome to the Software Process and Measurement Cast 86!

The interview in the SPaMCAST 86 is with Bob Thames.  Bob is a co-author of Chasing Change: Building Organizational Capacity in a Turbulent Environment. Bob and I talked about change.  No one is immune from change therefore understanding how to deal with change makes good sense.

Bob Thames has 34 years of experience in the technology and consulting industries.  He is currently a Senior Program Manager at SAS Institute, a leading global supplier of Business Analytics software solutions.  He has been with SAS for 7 years, with previous positions at KPMG LLP, IBM Consulting Group, Arthur Andersen Business Consulting, and Digital Equipment Corporation.

He is also the founder and CEO of Pathways to Transformation LLC, an executive and life coaching company that helps individuals enhance their life purpose and step into greater balance and fulfillment in their lives. 

Bob has been involved for the past 17 years in CAM-I, an international research consortium for cost, process, and performance management.  After observing the unacceptably high rate of failure in many organizational performance improvement initiatives over the years, he led an interest group within CAM-I to research best practices on facilitating organizational change and developing resilient change capabilities.  The results of this research effort culminated in the book Chasing Change, published by John Wiley and Sons. 

Passionate about helping individuals navigate the turbulence of personal change, Bob became a Certified Professional Coactive Coach through Coaches Training Institute and a certified coach with Blueprint for Life.  Periodic blogs on personal change and contact information can be found on his website:   www.pathwaystotransformation.com

Remember to check out GoTo Assist Express!

The essay is . . . not a bout collaboration.  I finished reading David J. Anderson's book on  kanban and have recorded a review.  I will be back to the second part of Collaboration: Business's Duct Tape in SPaMCAST 87.

Contact information for the Software Process and Measurement Cast Email:  spamcastinfo@gmail.com Voicemail:  +1-206-888-6111 Website: www.spamcast.net Twitter: www.twitter.com/tcagley Facebook:  http://bit.ly/16fBWV

Conferences and Speaking Engagements in 2010 (To Date)  ISMA Cinco in São Paulo September 13-15.  I will be one of the featured speakers.  More on the topic the near future.  The website to get more information is http://www.ifpug.org/conferences/  I hope to see you there!

Next! The interview in the Software Process and Measurement Cast 87 is with Hans Sassenberg.  We discussed his paper "Affordable Software Quality Assessment" and why typical process improvement programs are not enough.

Direct download: SPaMCAST_86_-_Thames_Change_Kanban_Book_Review.mp3
Category:Change -- posted at: 5:32pm EDT