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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. 


May 11, 2014

Listen to the Software Process and Measurement Cast 289. SPaMCAST 289 features our essay on sprint planning.  The essay begins:

It is often said that well begun is half done. In other words a good start contributes to a good finish (at least according to Mary Poppins). In Agile projects sprint planning is an important first step towards delivering value effectively. The planning process provides teams with an understanding of what needs to be delivered in the next increment of time and provides a platform for deciding on the approach they will take based on the up-to-date knowledge they developed during the previous sprint. Well started might not be the whole battle but it certainly makes the rest easier.

Listen to the rest of the essay on the SPaMcast 289.

Also on the SPaMCAST 289 Kim Pries is back with his “The Software Sensei” column. In this installment Kim’s essay is titled Schedule Cycles.  In the essay Kim talks about tasks and scheduling.

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Next week we will feature our interview with Jan Beaver, author of the Agile Team Handbook. Jan’s book provides team members with the resources needed not only to become Agile but to practice Agile.

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On June 3 I will be presenting the webinar titled “Rescuing a Troubled Project With Agile.” The webinar will demonstrate how Agile can be used to rescue troubled projects.  Your will learn how to recognize that a project is in trouble and how the discipline, focus, and transparency of Agile can promote recovery. Register now!


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