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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. 


Mar 7, 2010

Welcome to the Software Process and Measurement Cast 80!  

The interview in the SPaMCAST 80 is with Dr. David F Rico.  We discussed  "Business Value of Agile Software Methods" which he coauthored.  The interview provided a great discussion on the value of agile based on quantitative information gathered for the book.

I want your help!  I would like each SPaMCAST listener to invite one new listener to listen to the cast.  Walk over to there PC, show them how to set up ITunes or your favorite pod catcher and then subscribe them to the SPaMCAST.  When your done call the listener line (206) 888-6111 tell me the story (I will share the stories on a future cast).  Better yet I will select the best (or maybe a few best) stories and invite you to participate on a future cast! Dr.

Dr. Rico's Biography:

Dr. David F. Rico has been a technical leader in support of NASA, DARPA, DISA, SPAWAR, USAF, AFMC, NAVAIR, CECOM, and MICOM for over 25 years. He has led, managed, or participated in over 20 organization change initiatives using Agile Methods, Lean Six Sigma, ISO 9001, CMMI, SW-CMM, Enterprise Architecture, Baldrige, and DoD 5000. He specializes in information technology (IT) investment analysis, IT project management, and IT-enabled change. He has been an international keynote speaker, presented at leading industry conferences, published numerous articles, and written or contributed to six textbooks. He’s a Certified Project Management Professional (PMP) and Certified Scrum Master (CSM). Dr. Rico teaches doctoral and master’s courses at three Washington, DC-area universities. Dr. Rico has been in the field of information systems since 1983.

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The essay while bit on the short side due to the length of the interview tackles the age old question "is there a difference between productivity and efficiency and if there is do I really care .". I think there is and yes I think you should care.


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The SPaMCAST's production schedule is on the Software Process and Measurement Facebook page.  Yell at me if you have ideas for future interveiws or essays.  Your thoughts, comments, suggestions and ideas are welcome.

Conferences and Speaking Engagements in 2010 (To Date)

March 22 - 25, SEPG Conference in Savanah.  I will be attending and will have lots of time to connect to SPaMCASTers in Savanah.  Let me know if you are attending and lets connect!

Quest Conference in Dallas April 21 - 23.  I will be talking on "Process Improvement in a ulti-Model World".  The conference includes two days of workshops.  The website to get more information is

The interview in the SPaMCAST 81 is with Paul Byrnes.  We discussed the upcoming release of the CMMI.  Important information for everyone in the process improvement field.