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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. 


Oct 15, 2017

SPaMCAST 464 features our interview with Beth Leonard.  Beth and I talked about innovative thinking, risk-based reviews, the CMMI and making the software development process more effective and efficient. Beth is an incredible person for her innovative thinking in the software development world...and more!

Ms. Beth Leonard is an executive with over 20 years of IT/IS management, quality assurance, and process improvement experience across the government contracting industry. She is an ITIL Expert, ISO Internal and External Auditor (ISO standards: 9001, 19011, 20000, 27001), A2LA accredited ISO/IEC 17020:2012 assessor, Black Belt Six Sigma, and PMP, and is an expert in CMMI-DEV, CMMI-SVC, and NIST 800.53 security controls. She has previously held positions in multiple areas of program/project, security, service management (e.g., ITIL), and is passionate about increasing customer satisfaction, implementing realistic best practices across organizations, and mentorship.

Beth is an award-winning speaker in her field; frequently invited to both local and international-level industry events to speak about such topics as customer satisfaction, organizational metrics development, CMMI, ISO, management reviews and techniques, as well as quality assurance.

On a personal level, she is the mom of two boys, loves paddle boarding and aerial yoga, and has a blog about Living with Neuroendocrine Cancer.


Twitter: @guruofprocess


A couple of promos!
First is a promo for my upcoming ITMPI Webinar!

Wed, Oct 18, 2017 11:00 AM (EST)
Product Owners In Agile – The Really Hard Role
In this webinar, you will learn why an Agile team’s product owner has a special obligation for leadership and value delivery.  It's a hard role but we will discuss making it work!


Second, I am participating in the Agile Online Summit
30 Oct - 3 Nov 2017
At the summit, I talk about the power of storytelling with Tom Henricksen!

For other events, SPaMCAST team members will be attending check the recent blog entry titled Upcoming Conferences and Webinars!

Re-Read Saturday News

This week we begin the re-read of Actionable Agile Metrics for Predictability: An Introduction by Daniel S. Vacanti. Actionable Agile Metrics is published by Leanpub, 2015 and has 17 chapters with a preface and bibliography across 307 pages.  Buy your copy today and read along!

Re-read Game Plan:

Vacanti indicates that he wrote the book to be read in a serial fashion, chapter by chapter, even though each chapter can be read and used alone. My re-read plan is to read and review the material a chapter a week.  If the pacing is too slow I will combine chapters.  This has been the standard re-read approach.  A new twist that we will add to this re-read is that after every three chapters I will host a group discussion that will be posted on the Software Process and Measurement feed. Our current plan is to complete the re-read in 19 weeks (tentatively completed on February 17th).

Dead Tree Book


Get your copy and begin reading (or re-reading)!

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SPaMCAST 465 will feature our essay on re-booting teams. Not every team issue can be solved with a standard pallet of techniques. However, nearly every consultant (internal or external) will have a set of tools that they have ready just in case. We discuss techniques and impacts!

We will also have columns from Kim Pries (The Software Sensei) and from Steve Tendon, who will bring chapter 20 of Tame The Flow: Hyper-Productive Knowledge-Work Performance, The TameFlow Approach and Its Application to Scrum and Kanban  (buy a copy here).

Shameless Ad for my book!

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, for you or your team.” Support SPaMCAST by buying the book here. Available in English and Chinese.