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Software Process and Measurement Cast

The Software Process and Measurement Cast provides a forum to explore the varied world of software process improvement and measurement.  The SPaMCast covers topics that deal the challenges how work is done in information technology organizations as they grow and evolve.  The show combines commentaries, interviews and your feedback to serve up ideas, options, opinions, advice and even occasionally facts. 


Nov 13, 2011

Welcome to the Software Process and Measurement Cast 160!

The SPaMCAST 160 features my interview Dean Leffingwell.  We discussed scaling agile and his books Scaling Software Agility: Best Practices for Large Enterprises and Agile Software Requirements: Lean Requirements Practices for Teams, Programs, and the Enterprise (Agile Software Development Series) .

Dean Leffingwell is an entrepreneur, executive, author and consulting methodologist who provides agile transformation consulting services to large software enterprises.

Recently, Mr. Leffingwell was founder and CEO of consumer marketing identity company, ProQuo, Inc.He also served as chief methodologist to Rally Software ( where he focused on the application of agile development methods to large scale software development. Formerly, Mr. Leffingwell served as Sr. Vice President to  Rational Software (now IBM’s Rational Division), where his responsibilities included development and commercialization of the Rational Unified Process (RUP), ClearQuest, RequisitePro and the company’s methodology and product training courses.

Mr. Leffingwell has been a student, coach and author of contemporary software development and management practices throughout his career. His most recent book,  Agile Software Requirements: Lean Requirements Practices for Teams, Programs, and the Enterprise (Agile Software Development Series) , was published by Addison-Wesley in January of 2011. This book provides practical, agile approaches to managing software requirements for teams and  teams of teams, as well as practices that scale to the full enterprise architecture and portfolio level. His prior book, Scaling Software Agility: Best Practices for Large Enterprises ,  focuses on the application of agile methods to large, distributed development organizations. He is also the lead author of the text Managing Software Requirements: First and Second Editions also from Addison-Wesley. Mr. Leffingwell holds a Masters Degree in Engineering from the University of Colorado in Boulder.

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THe SPaMCAST 160 is sponsored by LeanKit Kanban. LeanKit Kanban is a software tool for kanban that is as simple to use as physical kanban. If you put it up on a touchscreen in your team area, it practically IS physical kanban. But your boards are available from anywhere, and updated in real-time. A slew of colors, icons, and avatars take your visual signaling to the next level. And the system tracks the metrics for you, providing analytics on bottlenecks, lead time, work distribution, process efficiency, and variability - for a single board or a whole company. It's kanban for the Lean enterprise.  

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SPaMCAST 160 will discuss agile metrics!  Are they the same?  Are there philosophical issues you need to be aware of? Agile metrics . . . be here next week!