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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. 


Jul 14, 2008

Show 37 is an interview with Kenji Hiranabe discussing using kanban in software development.   According to WIKIPEDIA, “Kanban is a signaling system to trigger action which in Toyota Production System leverages physical cards as the signal”.  In other words the signal is used to indicate when new tasks should start, and by inference, the status of current work.  Kenji does a great job at explaining how the kanban can be used in system development. 


Kenji Hiranabe, CEO of Change Vision, Inc (  Change Vision develops tools to help deliver effective projects.  He is a Japanese software development consultant and book translator of Extreme Programming Installed, Lean Software Development, Agile Project Management, and other Agile books. He's also an author of JUDE, a UML and MindMap editor software and TRICHORD, a kanban based agile project management tool.  He specializes in agile development, object-oriented software construction and project facilitation. 


You can read his blog at



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The essay for this cast is titled “Making Tangible The Intangible”.  The essay for this cast reflects concepts espoused by Phil Armour in SPaMCAST 36 and Kenji Hiranabe in SPaMCAST 37 (the current cast for those of you reading this on my blog).  The confluence of concepts that so moved me combines Kenji’s comments on the intangibility of both software and the processes and Phil’s on software as a container for knowledge. 

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Future Events and the next . . .

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  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


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


Next Software Process and Measurement Cast:


On the next SPaMCAST we will feature an interview with Ed Yourdon discussing social media in the development process.  Talking to Ed was jam packed with information on using social media to foster collaboration.  If you don't know about how to use social media, its time to find out!