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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. 


Apr 28, 2013

Welecome to the Software Process and Measurement Cast 235

Over the past seven years at the end of every interview I have asked "what two issues would you fix and why" or some close variant of that question.  In that question each of my interviewees has left thier own mark on how I think about software process and measurement.  This week I am continuing with a walk down memory lane with three of the most popular segments from 2010.

SPaMCAST 85 - Cory Foy, Agile Coaching, Collaboration Part 1
SPaMCAST 92 - Reinertsen, Product Development Flow
SPaMCAST 94 - Ivar Jacobson, SEMAT Part 1

I have also included an entry from the Daily Process Thoughts titled "Grief?"  

Daily Process Thoughts: Grief? , February 7, 2013

In the States it has become fairly common to find an impromptu memorial where a major traffic accident has occurred. I recently on a hike ran across a memorial to someone’s favorite dog. It has become easy and acceptable to memorialize loss. Kubler-Ross in her book “On Death and Dying” identified five stages of grief which include denial, arguing  bargaining, depression and acceptance  I would suggest that memorialization reflects acceptance.

Change and loss tend to follow similar paths. Memorializing how we worked in the past may well be a reflection of acceptance of what is being done now. As a change agent you do not need to react to every memorialization as a sign of push back.  Reflect carefully what is being really said and try to help your organization through acceptance.

The Daily Process Thoughts is my project designed to deliver a quick daily idea, thought or simple smile to help you become a better change agent. Each day you will get piece of thought provoking text and a picture or hand drawn chart to illustrate the idea being presented. The goal is to deliver every day; rain or shine, in sickness or in health or for better or worse! Check it out at

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In the next SPaMCAST I will shift back to standard programming with an interview with Peter Talor, Ron Rosenhead and Vicki James in which we discussed thier new book, Strategies for Project Sponsorship.  Sponsors are not neccesarily born to the role and unless we want to take pot luck we better understand what makes a good sponsor.