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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. 


Nov 12, 2017

SPaMCAST 468 features the return of Johanna Rothman. Johanna and I discussed her new book, Create Your Successful Agile Project: Collaborate, Measure, Estimate, Deliver.  (Buy your copy today and support Johanna and the SPaMCAST).  Johanna provides incredibly useful and pragmatic insights for delivering value to your customers and stakeholders!

Johanna Rothman, known as the “Pragmatic Manager,” provides frank advice for your tough product development problems.

Johanna is the author of more than ten books, including:

  • Create Your Successful Agile Project: Collaborate, Measure, Estimate, Deliver
  • Agile and Lean Program Management: Scaling Collaboration Across the Organization
  • Manage Your Project Portfolio: Increase Your Capacity and Finish More Projects, 2nd ed
  • Diving for Hidden Treasures: Finding the Value in Your Project Portfolio (with Jutta Eckstein)
  • Predicting the Unpredictable: Pragmatic Approaches to Estimating Project Schedule or Cost

See more of Johanna’s writing on, and

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Previous interview with Johanna

SPaMCAST 180 - Johanna Rothman, Transparency and Trust

SPaMCAST 23 - Rothman, Project Management, Traceability

Upcoming Appearances

Metricas 2017

I will be keynoting on Agile leadership and delivering one my favorite presentations, Function Points and Pokémon Go

29 November 2017

Sao Paulo, Brazil


Re-Read Saturday News

This week we re-read Chapter 4 of Actionable Agile Metrics for Predictability: An Introduction by Daniel S. Vacanti. Chapter 4 is titled, An Introduction to CFDs. Cumulative Flow Diagrams deliver a huge amount of actionable information.  This chapter lays down the basics needed to build a CFD.  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

Week 4: An Introduction to Little’s Law

Dead Tree Book


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SPaMCAST 469 features our essay on consensus decision-making.  Consensus decision-making is one of the most prevalent decision-making tools in organizations today. But, consensus decision-making has it plusses and minuses. We will decide to discuss this.

We will also have columns from Kim Pries (The Software Sensei) and from Steve Tendon, who will bring us part 2 of 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.