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SPaMCAST 344 – Susan Parente, Agile Risk Management

Software Process and Measurement Cast 344 features our conversation with Susan Parente.  We talked about Agile risk management. Risk is not always discussed in polite Agile circles however Susan suggests that if you do not have a plan to address risk you are asking for pain for yourself and everyone around you.

Susan’s Bio

Susan Parente is a Principal Consultant at S3 Technologies, LLC and an Associate Professor at Post University. She is an author, mentor and teacher focused on project and risk 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 16+ 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 Data:

Email: parente@s3-tec.com

Phone: 203-307-5246

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/susanparente

Risk Management Resources: www.techriskmanager.com

Company website: www.s3-tec.com

Agile Risk Management LinkedIn Group:

https://www.linkedin.com/groups?mostRecent=&gid=4020498&trk=my_groups-tile-flipgrp

Call to action!

Reviews of the Podcast help to attract new listeners.  Can you write a review of the Software Process and Measurement Cast and post it on the podcatcher of your choice?  Whether you listen on ITunes or any other podcatcher, a review will help to grow the podcast!  Thank you in advance!

Re-Read Saturday News

The Re-Read Saturday focus on Eliyahu M. Goldratt and Jeff Cox’s The Goal: A Process of Ongoing Improvement began on February 21ndThe Goal has been hugely influential because it introduced the Theory of Constraints, which is central to lean thinking. The book is written as a business novel. Visit the Software Process and Measurement Blog and catch up on the re-read.

Note: If you don’t have a copy of the book, buy one.  If you use the link below it will support the Software Process and Measurement blog and podcast.

Dead Tree Version or Kindle Version 

Next . . . The Mythical Man-Month Get a copy now and start reading! We will start in four weeks!

Upcoming Events

2015 ICEAA PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT & TRAINING WORKSHOP
June 9 – 12 
San Diego, California
http://www.iceaaonline.com/2519-2/
I will be speaking on June 10.  My presentation is titled “Agile Estimation Using Functional Metrics.”

Let me know if you are attending!

Also upcoming conferences I will be involved in include and SQTM in September. More on these great conferences next week.

Next SPaMCast

The next Software Process and Measurement Cast will feature our will essay on Cognitive Bias.  The core of software development, enhancements and maintenance is people. Knowledge of cognitive biases can help us understand and predict team behaviors. Will will also have the first installment Jeremy Berriault’s QA Corner.  QA Corner is all about testing.

 

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.” Support SPaMCAST by buying the book here.

Available in English and Chinese.

Direct download: SPaMCAST_344__Susan_Parente_Agile_Risk_Management.mp3
Category:Risk -- posted at: 5:00pm EDT

SPaMCAST 344 – Susan Parente, Agile Risk Management

Software Process and Measurement Cast 344 features our conversation with Susan Parente.  We talked about Agile risk management. Risk is not always discussed in polite Agile circles however Susan suggests that if you do not have a plan to address risk you are asking for pain for yourself and everyone around you.

Susan’s Bio

Susan Parente is a Principal Consultant at S3 Technologies, LLC and an Associate Professor at Post University. She is an author, mentor and teacher focused on project and risk 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 16+ 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 Data:

Email: parente@s3-tec.com

Phone: 203-307-5246

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/susanparente

Risk Management Resources: www.techriskmanager.com

Company website: www.s3-tec.com

Agile Risk Management LinkedIn Group:

https://www.linkedin.com/groups?mostRecent=&gid=4020498&trk=my_groups-tile-flipgrp

Call to action!

Reviews of the Podcast help to attract new listeners.  Can you write a review of the Software Process and Measurement Cast and post it on the podcatcher of your choice?  Whether you listen on ITunes or any other podcatcher, a review will help to grow the podcast!  Thank you in advance!

Re-Read Saturday News

The Re-Read Saturday focus on Eliyahu M. Goldratt and Jeff Cox’s The Goal: A Process of Ongoing Improvement began on February 21ndThe Goal has been hugely influential because it introduced the Theory of Constraints, which is central to lean thinking. The book is written as a business novel. Visit the Software Process and Measurement Blog and catch up on the re-read.

Note: If you don’t have a copy of the book, buy one.  If you use the link below it will support the Software Process and Measurement blog and podcast.

Dead Tree Version or Kindle Version 

Next . . . The Mythical Man-Month Get a copy now and start reading! We will start in four weeks!

Upcoming Events

2015 ICEAA PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT & TRAINING WORKSHOP
June 9 – 12 
San Diego, California
http://www.iceaaonline.com/2519-2/
I will be speaking on June 10.  My presentation is titled “Agile Estimation Using Functional Metrics.”

Let me know if you are attending!

Also upcoming conferences I will be involved in include and SQTM in September. More on these great conferences next week.

Next SPaMCast

The next Software Process and Measurement Cast will feature our will essay on Cognitive Bias.  The core of software development, enhancements and maintenance is people. Knowledge of cognitive biases can help us understand and predict team behaviors. Will will also have the first installment Jeremy Berriault’s QA Corner.  QA Corner is all about testing.

 

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.” Support SPaMCAST by buying the book here.

Available in English and Chinese.

Direct download: SPaMCAST_344__Susan_Parente_Agile_Risk_Management.mp3
Category:Risk -- posted at: 5:00pm EDT

SPaMCAST 279 – Managing Risk In Agile Isn’t Magic

Check out Software Process and Measurement Cast 279. SPaMCAST 279 features our essay on Agile and risk management.  Many think of Agile and risk as an oxymoron.  However, we will show how Agile Risk Management can be used to improve the value projects deliver.

Has the adoption of Agile techniques magically erased risk from software projects? Or have we just changed the mechanism and timing of how we recognize and manage risk? Or more frighteningly, by changing the project environment through adopting Agile techniques, might we trick ourselves into thinking that risk has been abolished when it really still exists?  

The charts referred to in the podcast can be found below:
Agile and Risk Management: Prioritization Techniques, Part 1
Agile and Risk Management: Prioritization and Measurement Techniques, Part 2

Other risk related blog entries
Risk Class Structure (Sort Of)
Classic to Agile Risk Management Comparison
A Framework for Evaluating Agile Risk Management
Agile and Risk

Get in touch with us anytime or leave a comment here on the blog.  Help support the SPaMCAST by reviewing and rating it on iTunes. It helps people find the cast. Like us on Facebook while you’re at it.

Next week we will feature our interview with Mark C. Bojeun, author of Program Management Leadership: Creating Successful Team Dynamics (Kindle version).  Mark makes a very strong case that project and program managers can impact team culture and dynamics.  The team’s culture is directly linked to productivity, quality and morale.

The Software Process and Measurement Cast has a sponsor.

As many you know I do at least one webinar for the IT Metrics and Productivity Institute (ITMPI) every year. The ITMPI provides a great service to the IT profession. ITMPI's mission is to pull together the expertise and educational efforts of the world's leading IT thought leaders and to create a single online destination where IT practitioners and executives can meet all of their educational and professional development needs. The ITMPI offers a premium membership that gives members unlimited free access to 400 PDU accredited webinar recordings, and waives the PDU processing fees on all live and recorded webinars. The Software Process and Measurement Cast some support if you sign up here. All the revenue our sponsorship generates goes for bandwidth, hosting and new cool equipment to create more and better content for you. Support the SPaMCAST and learn from the ITMPI.

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." Support SPaMCAST by buying the book here.

Available in English and Chinese.

 

 

Direct download: SPaMCAST_279__Managing_Risk_In_Agile_Isnt_Magic.mp3
Category:Risk -- posted at: 5:00pm EDT

SPaMCAST 130 - John Hollmann, Risk and Cost Engineering

Welcome to the Software Process and Measurement Cast 130!

SPaMCAST 130 features my interview with with John K. Hollmann discussing cost engineering and risk from a cost engineering perspective.  If you are involved with risk and cost engineering you will want to bookmark this interview and listen again and again.

John has over 30 years of design and cost engineering experience, including all practice areas of cost engineering and project control. John is Owner of Validation Estimating LLC (www.validest.com) which he founded in 2005 to help owner companies improve their Cost Engineering capabilities.  Before that, John managed the downstream cost and schedule metrics and research programs of Independent Project Analysis, Inc (a project system benchmarking firm). John is a Fellow of AACE International and recipient of AACE’s highest honor--the Award of Merit. John is currently an AACE Technical Director and is co-chair of a task force to develop a Decision and Risk Management Professional (DRMP) certification program for AACE. In addition to publishing and presenting many papers and articles, John was editor and lead author of AACE International’s technical foundation text titled the Total Cost Management (TCM) Framework; An Integrated Approach to Portfolio, Program and Project Management. He was also a contributing author to the Engineer's Cost Handbook published by Marcel Dekker and AACE’s Skills and Knowledge of Cost Engineering, 5th Edition.

Contact Information:
Web:  www.validest.com
Email:  hollmann@validest.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."
 
Have you bought your copy?

Contact information for the Software Process and Measurement Cast
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Website: www.spamcast.net
Twitter: www.twitter.com/tcagley
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Next!
SPaMCAST 131 I will continue "Agile is from Venus and PMOs are from Mars". This essay has sparked a bit of controversy . . . and part two may add to it.

 

 

Direct download: SPaMCAST_130_-_John_Hollmann_Risk_and_Cost_Engineering.mp3
Category:Risk -- posted at: 5:00pm EDT

SPaMCAST 79 - Stribrny, Risk, Manifestos Part 2

Welcome to the Software Process and Measurement Cast 79!

In the Software Process and Measurement Cast 79 I interviewed Scott Stribrny.  We discussed his recent Cutter Consortium Executive Update titled “We’re Gonna Be in the Hudson: Risk Management Expertise to Live by in an Economic Downturn."  The conversation and the article focused on risk and risk management.  Risk gets talked about in project management circles and can stay a bit theorectical  Scott makes the topic tangible in our interview.

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

Scott's Bio:

J. Scott Stribrny is the Cofounder, President, and Managing Director of Group Atlantic, Inc., a consulting firm that has advised private, commercial, and governmental organizations on successful strategy development and operations improvement since 1992. He is also a Senior Consultant and writer with Cutter Consortium's Enterprise Risk Management  & Governance practice. He is currently advising senior management of Fortune 1000 firms on principles and techniques for effective risk management and leadership. He is a frequent speaker to professional organizations and a guest lecturer to MBA programs at DePaul, Loyola and National-Louis Universities. His courses on developing high-performance teams are well known for their innovative workshops and practical applicability.   Mr. Stribrny has more than 30 years experience in systems specification and building. He has designed and built real-time mission critical software and has led successful, multimillion-dollar development programs.  His accumulated management experience ranges from growth companies to Fortune 50 conglomerates in many industries, including aerospace, telecommunications, financial, insurance, retail, information services, and manufacturing.

Mr. Stribrny is a co-founder and former leader of the Chicago Software Process Improvement Network, and was an organizer of the 1998 Software Engineering Process Group conference. He can be reached at Scott.Stribrny@GroupAtlantic.com.

Scott's contact information:  scott.stribrny@groupatlantic.com Website: www.groupatlantic.com Cutter: http://www.cutter.com/meet-our-experts/stribrnys.html

The SPaMCAST's production schedule is on the Software Process and Measurement Facebook page.  Yell at me if you have ideas for future interveiws or essays.  Your thoughts, comments, suggestions and ideas are welcome.

The essay SPaMCAST 79 is the completion of my essay about the central threads or core truths that can be extracted from the myriad of manifestos currently being published.  Remember, "I am not a cog and neither are you!"

Conferences and Speaking Engagements in 2010 (To Date) SEPG Conference in Savanah. March 22 - 25, I will be attending and will have lots of time to connect to SPaMCASTers in Savanah.  Let me know if you are attending and lets connect!

Quest Conference in Dallas April 21 - 23.  I will be talking on "Process Improvement in a Multi-Model World".  The conference includes two days of workshops.  The website to get more information is http://www.qaiquest.org/dallas/index.html

Next! The next Software Process and Measurement Cast will feature an interview with Dr. David F Rico.  We discussed agile methods and the quantitative data that shows that it really works.

Direct download: SPaMCAST_79_-_Stribrny_Risk_Manifestos_Part_2.mp3
Category:Risk -- posted at: 5:00pm EDT