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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. 


May 20, 2012

Welcome to the Software Process and Measurement Cast 187!

The Software Process and Measurement Cast 187 features my essay on the roles of the PMO and agile team in Agile Estimation. I hope we will all still be friends when I am done.

The essay begins:

Why is the matter of who owns estimation in an agile project (or any type of project) a discussion that generates passion?  In simplest terms, he who owns the estimate, owns the project agenda. The effect of having the wrong person or group “own” estimate can impact a wide range of behaviors and commitment.  As we all know, budgets, estimates and plans are often construed as commitments, etched in stone, which may or may not make sense to those who actually have to design, code or test.  The many forms of estimation are an integral part of the project landscape getting ownership right will have an impact on motivation, productivity and quality.

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The Software Process and Measurement Cast 188 will feature my interview with Siraj Sirajuddin.  We discussed agile, organizational change, listening, philosophy and a ton more.