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SPaMCAST 38 - Yourdon, Collaborate or Die, Number

Show 37 is my interview with Ed Yourdon.  We discussed Web 2.0 and it’s impact on the software development worlds. I  have titled the interview, “Collaborate or Die!”  A bit over the top you say, well Denis Waitley once said, “on line or in the bread line."  The people I was with thought that was a bit over the top.  He was right and I would suggest the use of Web 2.0 tools is another watershed.

Ed is a one of those rare polymaths in the IT world. His bio from Wikipedia begins Edward Nash Yourdon (born 1944) is a computer consultant, an author and lecturer, and a recognized pioneer in the software engineering methodology of structured programming world.

He is a graduate of MIT, earning a BS in Mathematics in 1965.

The December 1999 issue of Crosstalk: The Journal of Defense Software Engineering named Yourdon one of the ten most influential people in the software field. In June 1997, he was inducted into the Computer Hall of Fame Yourdon is widely known as the lead developer of the Structured Systems Analysis and Design Method (SSADM), as well as co-developer of the Yourdon/Whitehead method of object-oriented analysis/design and the popular Coad/Yourdon OO methodology of the late 1980s and 1990s.

He has authored over 550 technical articles and authored or coauthored 26 computer books since 1967. He founded and published American Programmer magazine (now titled Cutter IT Journal). He is the author of the best-selling Decline and Fall of the American Programmer.

Mr. Yourdon currently serves as an internationally-recognized expert witness and computer consultant who specializes in project management, software engineering methodologies, and Web 2.0 development.

I asked Ed how people could contact him and the part of the response that struck me was, “I am online”.   

Blog: www.yourdonreport.com
Website:  www.yourdon.com
Email:  ed@yourdon.com 

You can also find Ed on Twitter (Yourdon), Plaxo and other Web 2.0 social networks.

The essay for this cast is titled “Just How Badly Do You Want A Number?”  The essay challenges managers and project managers to think about that initial estimate and the impact it might actually have. The text of the essay can be found at www.tcagley.wordpress.com.  Comments and suggestions are welcome.

Check out the SPaMCAST Facebook page.  I wil be posting information on which shows relates to which theme.  For example Kenji’s recent interview, Scott Amblers and Kent Becks all have an agile flavor.  This will be a quick way to hit all of the shows in a general thematic area.

There are a number of ways to share your thoughts . .

Future Events and the next . . .

Conference season is beginning!

I will be speaking at IFPUG’s 3rd Annual ISMA Conference and Fall Workshops Sunday, September 14 – Friday, September 19, 2008 at the Westin Arlington Gateway Hotel information at www.ifpug.org.  The presentation is call “Counting Facebook” and will be on Friday September 19, 2008 at 10:25 AM - 11:25 AM,

I am speaking at Quest Toronto 2008 Conference, September 22- 26, 2008, at the Hilton Hotel in Toronto, Canada.  I will be presenting “Good Numbers Go Bad” on Wed Sept 24th from 1:30 - 2:30 pm and also joining in as a subject matter expert in the end of day solutions workshop.  Information can be found at http://www.qaiquest.org/toronto/

Finally I will be speaking at the Northeast Quality Council 57th Conference.  The conference is scheduled for October 14 – 15 , 2008 in Marlborough, Massachusetts at Best Western Royal Plaza.   The presentation is titled “One Size Fits . . .Someone Other Than Me”.  Information can be found at http://www.neqc.org/conference.

Next Software Process and Measurement Cast:

On the next SPaMCAST we will feature an interview with Roo Reynolds of IBM.  Roo is one of the leading forces in using metaverses such as Second Life to rewrite how software development and collaboration happen.  In SPaMCAST 39 you are going to see the future so do not miss it!

Digg!
Direct download: SPaMCAST_38_-_Yourdon_Collaborate_or_Die_Number.mp3
Category:Web 2.0 -- posted at: 5:00pm EDT

SPaMCAST 35 - Li, Social Media, Good Numbers Go Bad Part 2

Show 35 is my interview with Charlene Li, co-author of Groundswell: Winning in a World Transformed by Social Technologies.  The use of social media is a fact of life, we are now challenged with how we take advantage of the possibilities.

 

Charlene Li, Vice President & Principal Analyst, primarily contributes to Forrester's offerings for the Interactive Marketing professional. She is one of the driving forces behind Forrester's Social Computing and Web 2.0 research, and examines how companies can use technologies like blogs, social networking, RSS, tagging, and widgets for marketing purposes. During her eight years at Forrester, Charlene has also led the marketing and media research team, and ran the San Francisco office.

In her research, Charlene covers such marketing-related topics as consumer portals, search, and media site design. She also leverages her background in newspaper publishing and looks at online local media and online classifieds. In the past, she has also written about online advertising, online gaming, and media content strategies. She also contributes to her Groundswell blog and plans to publish a book by the same name in spring 2008.

 Website:       http://blogs.forrester.com/charleneli/

 The essay is for this show is an excerpt from my paper “When Good Numbers Go Bad:  Mistakes”.  The excerpt explores the impact of mistakes on metrics programs as the grace and speed in which programs recognize and recover from a mistake will determine the long-term prognosis of the program (assuming you don’t make the same mistake more than once or twice).  If you are interested in a complete copy of the article please contact me at spamcastinfo@gmail.com.  The text of the essay can be found at www.tcagley.wordpress.com.  Comments and corrections are welcome.

There are a number of ways to share your thoughts . .

Future Events and the next . . .

Conference season is beginning!

I will be speaking at IFPUG’s 3rd Annual ISMA Conference and Fall Workshops Sunday, September 14 – Friday, September 19, 2008 at the Westin Arlington Gateway Hotel information at www.ifpug.org.  The presentation is call “Counting Facebook” and will be on Friday September 19, 2008 at 10:25 AM - 11:25 AM,

I am speaking at Quest Toronto 2008 Conference, September 22- 26, 2008, at the Hilton Hotel in Toronto, Canada.  I will be presenting “Good Numbers Go Bad” on Wed Sept 24th from 1:30 - 2:30 pm and also joining in as a subject matter expert in the end of day solutions workshop.  Information can be found at http://www.qaiquest.org/toronto/

Finally I will be speaking at the Northeast Quality Council 57th Conference.  The conference is scheduled for October 14 – 15 , 2008 in Marlborough, Massachusetts at Best Western Royal Plaza.   The presentation is titled “One Size Fits . . .Someone Other Than Me”.  Information can be found at http://www.neqc.org/conference.

Next Software Process and Measurement Cast:

On the next SPaMCAST we continue with the powerful interview with Phil Armour on estimation.   The interview contains even more sage wisdom from Phil so keep your notebook close at hand!

 

Direct download: SPaMCAST_35_-_Li_Social_Media_Good_Numbers_Go_Bad_Part_2.mp3
Category:Web 2.0 -- posted at: 5:00pm EDT

SPaMCAST 26 - Carr, The Big Switch, Center

SPaMCAST 26 - Carr, The Big Switch, Center

 

Show 26 features an interview with Nicolas Carr, author of “The Big Switch: Rewiring the World, from Edison to Google" and “Does IT Matter".  The discussion ranged from computing as a utility to the impact of ubiquitous computing on business and society. 

 

Mr. Carr is a former executive editor of the Harvard Business Review. He writes and speaks on technology, business, and culture. His 2004 book Does IT Matter? Information Technology and the Corrosion of Competitive Advantage, published by Harvard Business School Press, set off a worldwide debate about the role of computers in business. His new book, The Big Switch: Rewiring the World, from Edison to Google, examines the future of computing and its implications for business and society. He also edited and wrote the introduction for The Digital Enterprise, a book of HBR writings on the Internet, and contributed to World View, Organizing Business Knowledge, and When Good People Behave Badly.

Check out www.roughtype.com/    and

www.bigswitchbook.com

 

The essay for this cast is titled “The Center Will Not Hold."  The essay discusses change and the life cycle of how extreme changes evolve the mainstream over time.  The text of the essay can be found at www.tcagley.wordpress.com.  Comments and corrections are welcome.

There are a number of ways to share your thoughts . .

 

Future Events and the next . . .

I have a couple of free webinars coming up in early 2008.  The first is “Getting Performance Improvement Out of Your Software Process Improvement" on Wednesday, April 23, 2008 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM EDT

And the second is titled “A Cost Effective Approach to Enterprise Wide Software Process Improvement" May 22nd, 2008 at 10:00 am - 11:30 am Eastern Time

More information and registration information can be found at http://www.itmpi.org/webinars/

 

Next Software Process and Measurement Cast:

The next Software Process and Measurement Cast will be a special show.  Cast 27 will feature a interview with Ivar Jacobson.  Your thoughts and comments would be a welcome addition . . .

 

 

Direct download: SPaMCAST_26_-_Carr_The_Big_Switch_Center.mp3
Category:Web 2.0 -- posted at: 10:05pm EDT