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SPaMCAST 376 – Women In Tech, Microservices, Capabilities and More

This week we are doing something special. Right after the New Year holiday, all of the regulars from the Software Process and Measurement Cast gathered virtually to discuss the topics we felt would be important in 2016.  The panel for the discussion was comprised of Jeremy Berriault (The QA Corner), Steve Tendon (The TameFlow Approach), Kim Pries (The Software Sensei), Gene Hughson (Form Follows Function) and myself. We had a lively discussion that included the topics of women in tech, microservices, capabilities, business/IT integration and a lot more. 

Help grow the podcast by reviewing the SPaMCAST on iTunes, Stitcher or your favorite podcatcher/player and then share the review! Help your friends find the Software Process and Measurement Cast. After all, friends help friends find great podcasts!

Re-Read Saturday News

We continue the re-read of How to Measure Anything, Finding the Value of “Intangibles in Business” Third Edition by Douglas W. Hubbard on the Software Process and Measurement Blog. In Chapter Four, we focused on two questions. The first is getting the reader to answer what is the decision that measurement is supposed to support. The second is, what is the definition of the thing being measured in terms of observable consequences?

Upcoming Events

I am facilitating the CMMI Capability Challenge.  This new competition showcases thought leaders who are building organizational capability and improving performance. Listeners will be asked to vote on the winning idea which will be presented at the CMMI Institute’s Capability Counts 2016 conference.  The next CMMI Capability Challenge session will be held on January 12 at 1 PM EST. 

http://cmmiinstitute.com/conferences#thecapabilitychallenge

The Challenge will continue on February 17th at 11 AM.

In other events, I will give a webinar, titled: Discover The Quality of Your Testing Process on January 19, 2016, at  11:00 am EST
Organizations that seek to understand and improve their current testing capabilities can use the Test Maturity Model integration (TMMi) as a guide for best practices. The TMMi is the industry standard model of testing capabilities. Comparing your testing organization's performance to the model provides a gap analysis and outlines a path towards greater capabilities and efficiency. This webinar will walk attendees through a testing assessment that delivers a baseline of performance and a set of prioritized process improvements.

Next SPaMCAST

The next Software Process and Measurement Cast will feature our essay on empathy. Coaching is a key tool to help individuals and teams reach peak performance. One of the key attributes of a good coach is empathy. Critical to the understanding the role that empathy plays in coaching is understanding the definition of empathy. As a coach, if you can’t connect with those you are coaching you will not succeed.

We will also have new columns from Kim Pries, The Software Sensei,  and Gene Hughson Form Follows Function.

Shameless Ad for my book!

Mastering Software Project Management: Best Practices, Tools and Techniques co-authored by Murali Chematuri and myself and published by J. Ross Publishing. We have received unsolicited reviews like the following: “This book will prove that software projects should not be a tedious process, for you or your team.” Support SPaMCAST by buying the book here. Available in English and Chinese.

Direct download: SPaMCAST_376__Women_In_Tech_Microservices_Capabilities_and_More.mp3
Category:Podcasting -- posted at: 5:00pm EDT

SPaMCAST Special - Podcamp Toronto 2012 - Podcasting To A Niche Market

Well I guess this means I am another year older and wiser.  I know the second part is true because I spent the weekend drinking out of the firehouse that is Podcamp Toronto 2012.  I wish there were more events like podcamp where you can be immersed ideas, knowledge and wisdom for a day or two.  I always emerge from these events enriched.  There were a number of great presentations and I will revisit some of them on the blog in the next few days however I wanted to share my presentation.  

I hope to be back next year to both learn and hangout with my friends Luke and John!

The copy from the brouchure:  

Podcasting To A Niche Market, Revisited

or

Podcasting To A Professional IT Audience 

Podcasting to a niche market is about balancing content with audience needs. The examples from the Software Process and Measurement Cast which podcasts to a professional IT audience for the past five years is used to provide examples of the additional complication of reaching a niche audience. One example of a complication is having less knowledge about the audience due to professional complexity and geographic dispersion.

Questions Answered

1.       How can I grow the audience for a niche audience?

2.       How can you use the professional journals to target your audience and interviewees?

3.       Sales tool or knowledge transfer vehicle, which work?

Direct download: Podcasting_to_a_Niche_Market_-_Revisited_2012.pdf
Category:Podcasting -- posted at: 5:55am EDT

Five Year Anniversary - Press Release!

Please distribute the PDF version! 

For Immediate Release
January 23, 2012

Avon Lake, OH – The Software Process and Measurement Podcast (SPaMCAST) is celebrating its 170th episode after five years of interviewing many of the leaders in the software development world. The anniversary edition of SPaMCAST features an interview with Hillel Glazer, speaker, process guru and author of High Performance Operations.

SPaMCAST feature interviews have included:

·         Chris Hefley, Chief Executive Officer, Leankit Kanban, Bandit Software, LLC

·         Dean Leffingwell author of Scaling Software Agility and others

·         Peter Taylor  author of many books including The Lazy Project Manager

·         Elizabeth Harrin author, award winning blog, The Girl’s Guide to Project Management

·         Tim Lister, co-author of  Adrenaline Junkies and Template Zombies

·         David Anderson the author of  Agile Management for Software Engineering

·         Kent Beck, pioneer in Agile Methods

·         Scott Ambler, though leader in Test Driven Development

·         Ivar Jacobson, developer of Use Cases

·         Grady Booch, discussing Life, the Universe and Development

The Cast covers topics that deal with the challenges of how work is done in information technology organizations as they grow and evolve.  The show combines commentaries, interviews and feedback to serve up ideas, opinions, advice and facts.  In a nutshell, the Cast has provided and will continue to provide advice for and from practitioners, methodologists, pundits and consultants. The editor, Tom Cagley, is a leading consultant in software development process improvement, the Vice President of Consulting for the David Consulting Group, Past President of the International Function Point Users Group and co-author of Mastering Software Project Management.

The Software Process and Measurement Cast can be found at www.spamcast.net. It is also available on all major podcast services including iTunes and the Zune Marketplace. All previous episodes are available download.  The Cast currently enjoys 10,000 downloads a month, up 20% in the past year It is delivered as a free public service to the information technology community and has listeners across the globe.

 Contact:
Thomas M. Cagley Jr.
Editor

Direct download: Year_Five_Press_Release.pdf
Category:Podcasting -- posted at: 5:08pm EDT

Podcasting to a Niche Market.pdf

I recently presented at Podcamp Toronto the resentation was titled  Podcasting To A Niche Market and subtitled Podcasting to a Technical IT Audience.  I have posted the presentation on SlideShare at:

http://slidesha.re/eBDzGy

Please feel free to comment and suggest ways to improve the presenation (and the Cast itself). 

Podcast Toronto 2011 was great as was the wonderful City of Toronto. Thanks to the organizing committee and the sponsors which can be found at http://2011.podcamptoronto.com/sponsors/

Finally attend a local Podcamp if you have one or start one if you don't!  If you are close enough I will be happy to present!

Direct download: Podcasting_to_a_Niche_Market.pdf
Category:Podcasting -- posted at: 5:00pm EDT

Occasionally it is interesting to reflect on the podcasts and topics that have been most popular in the past.  Today I reflect on the eclectic mix making up the most popular cast in the second half of 2010.  I defined the second half of 2010 from June to November to reflect that this rating is based on historical download which would put the casts in December at a disadvantage.  The top five are (in rank order):

  1. SPaMCAST 92 - Reinertsen, Product Development Flow
  2. SPaMCAST 87 - Sassenberg, Software Quality, Collaboration Part 2
  3. SPaMCAST 88  - Karten, Manage and Communicate Change
  4. SPaMCAST 90 - Ferdinandi, Technologist's Guide to Performing & Surviving
  5. SPaMCAST 91 - Ethics, Part 1 (Part 2 was heard in SPaMCAST 93)

Four interviews and one essay.  The topics range from lean product development in SPaMCAST 92 through a discussion of ethics.  The common thread?  In my opinion, change and improvement but that is the overall common thread of the Cast as whole so that might not be surprising but if we look closely I think these five say something about taking control of the world around you.  I think these five talk about how we can change the world in which we work for the better; to do more with less and to affect that change in a controlled, ethical manner. 

If you have not listened to these five podcasts check them out and let me know your opinion of the common thread.  

Category:Podcasting -- posted at: 7:19am EDT

Podcamp Ohio Presentation: Podcasting To A Niche Market

I recently presented at Podcamp Ohio the resentation was titled  Podcasting To A Niche Market and subtitled The Software Process and Measurement Cast:  A Retrospective Part 1.  I have posted the presentation on SlideShare at:

http://www.slideshare.net/tcagley/software-process-and-measurement-cast-a-retrospective-part-1

Please feel free to comment and suggest ways to improve the presenation (and the Cast itself). 

Podcamp Ohio 2010 was great.  Thanks to the organizing committee and the sponsors which incldued:

The Ohio State University Center for the Study and Teaching of Wiritng (great facilities)  BLIP.tv Blubrry.com Spaceblue Circle of Seven Prodcutions Skyline Chili (you gotta try it) Champps (Fun place for pre and post party)

Finally attend a local Podcamp if you have one or start one if you don't!  If you are close enough I will be happy to present!

Direct download: Software_Process_and_Measurement_Cast_-_A_Retrospective_Part_1.pdf
Category:Podcasting -- posted at: 5:03pm EDT