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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. 


Sep 23, 2018

SPaMCAST 513 features a second essay on reciprocity.  One of the hardest lessons I have had to learn is that some people on a team are passengers and others play different, more involved, roles. Being a passenger long-term on a team or in an organization is a form of rent-seeking and is not valued highly by others.

We also have columns from Susan Parente (I Am Not a Scrumdamentalist) and Jeremy Berriault (QA Corner).  Susan provides a spirited discussion of self-directed teams in agile.  It is a myth that agile teams just get to do what they want. One of the places to find Susan is at S3 Technologies, LLC. Rounding out the cast is this month’s installment of the QA Corner.   Jeremy discusses one of the thorniest facts of life for a tester -- hard deadlines.

Re-Read Saturday News

This week we tackle Chapter 8, titled The Hero In The Age of Checklists.  Heroes are a big deal; pick up any newspaper and you will see how much the cult of the hero is celebrated.  Checklists and methods are viewed by many as diminishing the role of the hero which sows the seeds of resistance to change.  What role does the hero play in a disciplined process? If the hero is core to how we view ourselves and our society, do tools like checklists run the risk of being met with hostility?  Chapter 8 dives directly into the deep end to address these topics.

We have two or three more weeks left in this re-read, which means it’s time for the poll.  Vote and be heard! Write-in candidates are welcome.

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Remember to buy a copy of The Checklist Manifesto and READ along!

Current Installment:

Week 9 - The Hero In The Age of Checklists -

Previous Installments:

Week 8 - The Fix -

Week 7 - The Checklist Factory -

Week 6 - The First Try -

Week 5 - The Idea -

Week 4 - The End Of The Master Builder -

Week 3 – The Checklist -

Week 2 – The Problem With Extreme Complexity -

Week 1 - Approach and Introduction -


Conferences and More!

Agile Coach Camp 2018

Ann Arbor, Michigan.

September 28 - 30


Agile Online Summit 2018


October 8 - 12

Speaking on Agile Metrics!


Sao Paulo, Brazil

October 16

Register Now;

Presentation: Product Owners In Agile – The Really Hard Role

ITMPI Webinar


October 31

Register Now:

Webinar:  Agile, Where Agile Fears to Tread


SPaMCAST 514 will feature our interview with John Clapham. John and I talked DevOps, people, agile, and how all those pieces fit together coherently or not. This a big, fun, informative interview!