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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 29, 2017

SPaMCAST 466 features our interview with Ross Smith.  Ross and I discussed legacy application modernization.  Legacy application modernization delivers quantitative and qualitative value to organizations. Modernization can breathe new life into old applications.  We also discussed why organizations sometimes avoid biting the modernization bullet!

Ross Smith is Chief Architect at PITSS America.  He has been on the PITSS team for five years, a time during which the company transformed from an Oracle Forms upgrade vendor into a business process and application transformation provider.  He recently spoke at Oracle Open World about the untapped potential of leaving vital legacy applications out of a digital transformation strategy, and the realities of integrating them into a modern enterprise environment.


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!


Metricas 2017
I will be keynoting on Agile leadership and delivering one my favorites, Function Points and Pokémon Go
29 November 2017
Sao Paulo, Brazil

Re-Read Saturday News

This week we re-read Chapter 2 of Actionable Agile Metrics for Predictability: An Introduction by Daniel S. Vacanti. Chapter 2 is titled The Basic Metrics of Flow. We go deep on WIP, Cycle Time and Throughput.  Powerful metrics that every team needs to understand and leverage.  Buy your copy today and read along!

Previous Installments

Introduction and Game Plan

Week 2: Flow, Flow Metrics, and Predictability

Week 3: THe Basics of Flow Metrics


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SPaMCAST 467 features out essay on value. Value is the most talked about and least understood concept in Agile. In terms of software development, enhancements, and maintenance the value of a piece of work is the worth of the outcome that results from doing the work.

We will also have columns from Jeremy Berriault and Gene Hughson.

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.