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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 16, 2014

Listen to the Software Process and Measurement Cast 281. SPaMCAST 281 features our essay on value chain mapping. Value is generated through the transformation of raw materials into a new form, which is represented by a value chain. Driving effective change requires an understanding of your organization’s value chain.

Value chain mapping is a representation of how an organization transforms raw materials into a product and then delivers that product to its customers.  Value chains are developed so that the organization can get a full understanding of the process to see how they can generate the greatest possible value for the organization and the customer.  Once you understand the flow, it is far easier to improve it. Value Chain Mapping is a lean technique. Like Kanban, which focuses on the flow of work and which steps add business value, Value Chain Mapping helps to target process improvements.

Listen to the rest on SPaMCAST 281.

The SPaMCAST 281 also features Kim Pries’s column. The listeners have spoken and Kim’s column now has a name: The Software Sensie. In this edition, Kim tackles big data in his illuminating and technical style.

Here are the related value chain mapping blog entries:

Value Chain Mapping
Value Chain Mapping: Value Chain or Process Map?
Value Chain Mapping: Components
Value Chain Mapping: A Simplified Process
Value Chain Mapping: Troubleshooting
Value Chain Mapping: Creative Tension

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Next week we will feature our interview with Ben Linders (this is Ben’s second appearance on the podcast) and Luis Gonçalves.  We discussed retrospectives and their great new book Getting Value out of Agile Retrospectives - A Toolbox of Retrospective Exercises. Retrospectives power the continuous improvement all project and organizations need to deliver more value over time.

Upcoming Events

Agile Philly March Meeting:

I am speaking at Agile Philly’s March 18th meeting on the topic of Function Points. The meeting begins at 630 PM EST – 830 in King of Prussia, PA – Details at

I will be attending the International Function Point Users Group conference and workshops in Madrid, Spain on March 27th with workshops on March 25th and 26th.
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QAIQuest 2014
I will be facilitating a ½ Day tutorial titled Make Integration and Acceptance Testing Truly Agile. The tutorial will wrestle with the flow of testing in Agile projects and will include lots of practical advice and exercises. Remember that Agile testing is not waterfall done quickly. I will also be around for the conference and look forward to meeting and talking with SPaMCAST readers and listeners.  More confernce information   ALSO I HAVE A DISCOUNT CODE…. Email me at or call 440.668.5717 for the code.

I will be speaking at the StarEast Conference May 4th – 9th in Orlando, Florida.  I will be presenting a talk titled, The Impact of Cognitive Biases on Test and Project Teams. Follow the link for more information on StarEast. ALSO I HAVE A DISCOUNT CODE…. Email me at or call 440.668.5717 for the code.

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