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SPaMCAST 350 - Arlene Minkiewicz, Technical Debt

Software Process and Measurement Cast 350 features our interview with Arlene Minkiewicz. Arlene and I talked technical debt.  Our discussion included the definition of technical debt, a set of philosophies for technical debt and perhaps a few solutions. Regardless of philosophy or approach, a little technical debt goes a long way!

Arlene F. Minkiewicz is the Chief Scientist at PRICE Systems, LLC with over 30 years of experience at PRICE building cost models.  She leads the cost research activity for TruePlanning, the suite of cost estimating products that PRICE provides.  She is a software measurement expert dedicated to finding creative solutions focused on helping make software development professionals successful.  She is widely published and speaks frequently on software related topics.  She has a BS in Electrical Engineering from Lehigh University and an MS in Computer Science from Drexel University.

Email: Arlene.Minkiewicz@PRICESystems.com
Twiitter: @arlenemink
Website:  www.pricesystems.com

Call to Action!

I have a challenge for the Software Process and Measurement Cast listeners for the next few weeks. I would like you to find one person that you think would like the podcast and introduce them to the cast. This might mean sending them the URL or teaching them how to download podcasts. If you like the podcast and think it is valuable they will be thankful to you for introducing them to the Software Process and Measurement Cast. Thank you in advance!

Re-Read Saturday News

We have just begun the Re-Read Saturday of The Mythical Man-Month (buy it here to support the podcast)We are off to rousing start beginning with the Tar Pit. Get a copy now and start reading!

The Re-Read Saturday and other great articles can be found on the Software Process and Measurement Blog.

Remember: We just completed the Re-Read Saturday of Eliyahu M. Goldratt and Jeff Cox’s The Goal: A Process of Ongoing Improvement which began on February 21nd. What did you think?  Did the re-read cause you to read The Goal for a refresher? Visit the Software Process and Measurement Blog and review the whole re-read.

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Dead Tree Version or Kindle Version 

Upcoming Events

Software Quality and Test Management 

September 13 – 18, 2015

San Diego, California

http://qualitymanagementconference.com/

I will be speaking on the impact of cognitive biases on teams!  Let me know if you are attending!

 

More on other great conferences soon!

Next SPaMCast

The next Software Process and Measurement Cast will feature our essay on distributed Agile. Distributed Agile is not just Scrum and other Agile techniques over a distance.  As distribution and cultural diversity increase what worked for a co-located team will often fall short.  We will identify solutions next week!

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_350_-_Arlene_Minkiewicz_Technical_Debt.mp3
Category:Technical Debt -- posted at: 5:00pm EDT

Software Process and Measurement Cast number 301 features our essay on technical debt. Technical debt is the work not done or the shortcuts taken when delivering a product. We all take shortcuts, but at what cost? The essay begins:

Technical debt is a term coined by Ward Cunningham to represent the work not done or the shortcuts taken when delivering a product. In almost every circumstance there are multiple paths than can be taken to deliver a functional product.  For example, when documenting the code you are writing there is a difference between explaining exactly what the code does in detail and being terse and a bit oblique (I can hear the rationalization, “they can just read the code”). The code runs, but if there is ever a problem it will take longer to diagnose the problem. Whether fixing a defect or rewriting the code, if there is a delay caused by figuring out the code, that represents the 'debt' of technical debt.  Technical debt is applied to software, but the phrase can be extended to any deliverable or product.  The work that is not done may or may not be fixed in the future.  Until the technical debt is paid back, the debt accrues interest.  Whether or not that interest is important depends on your situation.

Listen to the rest on the Software Process and Measurement Cast 301

 

Next

Software Process and Measurement Cast number 302 will our interview with Larry Maccherone of Rally Software. We talked about Agile and metrics.  Can you combine Agile and metrics without creating an oxymoron?

Upcoming Events

I will be presenting at the International Conference on Software Quality and Test Management in San Diego, CA on October 1.  I have a great discount code!!!! Contact me if you are interested!

I will be presenting at the North East Quality Council 60th Conference October 21st and 22nd in Springfield, MA.

More on all of these great events in the near future! I look forward to seeing all SPaMCAST readers and listeners that attend these great events!

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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_301-_Technical_Debt_Essay.mp3
Category:Technical Debt -- posted at: 5:00pm EDT

SPaMCAST 122 - Ted Theodoropoulos, Technical Debt

Welcome to the Software Process and Measurement Cast 120.

SPaMCAST 122 features my interview with Ted Theodoropoulos.  Ted and I talked about technical debt and whether the definition of techincal needs to be expanded to address the needs of our industry. 

Ted’s background in technology began in the early 1980s developing applications in BASIC on the first personal computers.  It was during a school project that he first came in contact with technical debt  while collaborating with classmates to develop a video game for the TI-99/4a.  The project was loosely coordinated and faced immediate integration challenges when collaborators submitted their code forcing an extensive refactoring exercise.  Ted went on to earn his Bachelor of Science degree in Mathematics from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and a Masters in Business Administration from the Belk College of Business at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte.

As a Senior Vice President at Bank of America, Ted held a number of leadership roles during his ten years in Technology Audit and Operational Risk Management.  These roles focused on identifying and managing technology related risks throughout the Bank’s vast infrastructure. Ted integrated Six Sigma methodologies into his technology risk management work, earning DFSS Green and Black Belt Certifications.  His Green Belt work led to a United States Patent for which he was recognized with the 2007 Best of Six Sigma Award. Prior to joining Bank of America, Ted was a product specialist at Microsoft providing guidance and support on database technologies where he became a Microsoft Certified Professional and a Certified Scrum Master.

Ted is currently the president of Acrowire!

Work Website: www.acrowire.com
Ted's Blog:  http://blog.acrowire.com/td
Email: ted@acrowire.com
twitter: http://twitter.com/tedtheo


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 is on the bookshelves!  According to Firas Al-Sheikh of Amman,Jordan, "This book will prove that software projects should not be a tedious process,neither for you or your team."
 
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Next!
SPaMCAST 123 will talk about burn down charts (and maybe burn up charts) which will be part of the

Metrics Minute.

 

 

Direct download: SPaMCAST_122_-_Ted_Theodoropoulos_Technical_Debt.mp3
Category:Technical Debt -- posted at: 5:00pm EDT

SPaMCAST 112 - Israel Gat, Technical Debt

Welcome to the Software Process and Measurement Cast 112!

The Software Process and Measurement Cast this week features an in interview with Israel Gat, Practice Director for the Cutter Agile Practice.  We explored the concept of technical debit, how it is measured and the impact of technical debt on the organization.

Israel Gat is recognized as the architect of the agile transformation at BMC Software. Under his leadership, BMC software development increased Scrum users from zero to 1,000, resulting in nearly three times faster time to market and 20-50% improvement in team productivity. Dr. Gat’s executive career spans top technology companies, including IBM, Microsoft, Digital, and EMC. He has led the development of products such as BMC Performance Manager and Microsoft Operations Manager, enabling the two companies to move toward next-generation system management technology. Dr. Gat is also well versed in growing smaller companies and has held advisory and venture capital positions for companies in new, high-growth markets.

Dr. Gat currently splits his time between consulting and writing. He focuses on technical debt, large-scale implementations of lean software methods and agile business service management (“devops”). His recent e-book, The Concise Executive Guide to Agile, explains how the three can be tied together to form an effective
software governance framework. Dr. Gat holds a PhD in computer science and an MBA. In addition to publishing with Cutter and the IEEE, he posts frequently at The Agile Executive and tweets as agile_exec.

Emial:  isrgat@gmail.com
Agile Executive: http://theagileexecutive.com
Cutter Consortium:  http://www.cutter.com/index.html
 
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Next!
SPaMCAST 113 inlcude an entry from the Metrics Minute on the concept of assignment scope (some think of this as maintenance productivty . . . not quite). I will also have some confernece news.

Direct download: SPaMCAST_112_-_Israel_Gat_Technical_Debt.mp3
Category:Technical Debt -- posted at: 5:00pm EDT