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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. 


Aug 23, 2009

The interview in SPaMCAST 66 is with Chuck Tryon.  We discussed knowledge management.  Chuck provides solid advice on knowledge management while explain why not dealing with knowledge management is a burning platform you should not ignore.  Frankly this one of the most important interviews SPaMCAST has recorded.

Chuck Tryon is a nationally respected educator and popular symposium speaker.  He founded Tryon and Associates in 1986 to provide seminar training and consulting that helps organizations and individuals develop predictable and repeatable approaches to modern project management, knowledge management and business requirements.  The strategies presented in Mr. Tryon’s seminars are used by thousands of professionals in hundreds of organizations across the United States, Europe and Canada.  His client list includes many top 100 companies.
Chuck and his wife, Tresa, reside in the Tulsa, Oklahoma area.  They have two grown daughters, Amanda and Casey.  When not teaching, writing or attending classes at OU, Chuck tries to find time for his favorite things in life, spoiling grandchildren, playing golf and SCUBA diving … but not usually at the same time.

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The essay on SPaMCAST 66 is part 1 of my essay titled "Traceability: A Radical Approach Based on User Involvement".  ‘Model based software process improvement’ and ‘process discipline’ are phrases that can chill the blood of most software engineers even when uttered forty feet away.  Applied incorrectly the perceived trappings of process discipline are viewed as overhead which gets in the way of ‘real work’.  The processes that are perceived to be the most offensive to developers are those concentrated on controlling their behavior or providing oversight of their work.  When the CMMI® is interjected into the process landscape, traceability becomes one of the lightening rods typically identified in the overhead discussion.  So, avoid the lightening rod, right?  Check out the podcast and blog for the rest!

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Upcoming Speaking Engagements:
ITMPI webinar
Process Improvement in a Multi-Model World
September 15, 2009
11:00 am - 12:30 pm Eastern Time

Model based process improvement typically has centered on a single model or framework as the lynch pin to control software process improvement within an organization. The use of a model or framework is an excellent means of reducing random activity unfortunately one model does not cover the whole organization. Process improvement has matured to a point where the span of control needs to be extended which suggests the use of more than one model (e.g. CMMI, ISO, ITIL and Business Process Re-engineering to name a few). This webinar with Tom Cagley will discuss how to manage process improvement in a complex, multi-model environment.

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ISMA 4 Conference
Boundaries, Boundaries Everywhere
September 15, 2009
9:00 - 9:45 AM    
Identifying applications and project boundaries are critical to accurate and repeatable counts however the rules have a lot of flexibility. The presentation will evaluate a variety of types of applications to evaluate the impact of varied perspectives on application boundaries. The presentation will include at least one hands-on exercise to drive home the impact of boundaries

The ISMA conference will be held this September 13-16, 2009 at the Palmer House Hilton – Chicago, Illinois see
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Next Software Process and Measurement Cast:
The interview in the Software Process and Measurement Cast is with Murali Chemuturi.  Murali recently published his first book, "Software Estimation Best Practices, Tools & Techniques: A Complete Guide for Software Project Estimators". We discussed estimation and more.

George Motoc
almost fifteen years ago

Thank you for the podcast. Today\'s interview was really exciting.
One minor drawback: the podcast introduction is way too long, and all the information spoken there is to be found in the shownotes. I cannot FFW on my mp3 player, so it takes 20 minutes of announcements to get into the material.