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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 18, 2014

Listen to the Software Process and Measurement Cast 290. SPaMCAST 290 features 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.

Jan Beaver is a Ph.D. educator with over 25 years of experience in the software industry. His experience covers the gamut of management, development, QA, and technical writing. His first practical exposure to Scrum was a dramatic eye-opening experience that for the first time demonstrated that there really was a better way not just to develop software, but a better way to work in general.

Jan is an expert Agile trainer and coach who has worked with a wide variety of companies in an equally wide variety of industries including telecommunications, medical, insurance, financial, media, utilities, and smart-grid energy. He specializes in bringing Scrum and broader Agile and Lean principles and practices to teams, helping them to become effective, productive, and self-sustaining. He also works at the enterprise level using both training and coaching to help organizations become successful in their Agile practice.

Jan recently brought his passion for teams and teamwork to bear in a concise, content-rich volume. Applying Agile values and principles through Scrum practices provides teams and organizations with a roadmap for success in today's challenging business environment. The Agile Team Handbook is a practical, hands-on guide to building great teams and great organizations.

Buy The Agile Team Handbook (I did!)

Contact Jan:
Twitter: @Jan_Beaver

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Next week we will feature our essay on splitting user stories.  User stories are a powerful tool used by many agile teams to conceptualize the value they will deliver. Generally when stories are captured they can range from granular units of work that can be accomplished in a day to gargantuan features that will require multiple sprints to complete (epics).  Epics are very difficult to work with therefore all Agile teams need techniques for splitting user stories into smaller units of work. Next week we will feature hands on practical advice.

Upcoming Events

ITMPI Webinar!

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!


Upcoming DCG Webinars:
May 22 11:30 EDT – Agile User Stories
June 19 11:30 EDT – How To Split User Stories
July 24 11:30 EDT - The Impact of Cognitive Bias On Teams

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I look forward to seeing or hearing all SPaMCAST readers and listeners at all of these great events!

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Mastering Software Project Management: Best Practices, Tools and Techniques co-authored by Murali Chematuri and myself and published by J. Ross Publishing. We have received unsolicited reviews like the following: "This book will prove that software projects should not be a tedious process, neither for you or your team." Support SPaMCAST by buying the book here.

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