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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 1, 2019

SPaMCAST 562 features our essay on the power of saying no.  I firmly believe that unless you have control over the amount of work you take, you are asking for a trainwreck.  The problem is that saying no is often harder than being late or over budget.  

We will also have a visit from the Software Sensei.  Kim Pries is back to kick off September with an essay titled, Real Planning. While the actual plan might not be exactly what happens in real life, the act of planning is crucial. 

Re-Read Saturday News

Well, I missed posting an entry of Re-read Saturday and if you had not noticed SPaMCAST 562 is not exactly what I had planned.  Five weeks ago my standard poodle Jax (named after the New Orleans Beer of yesteryear) died. My wife and I missed having a canine presence around the house.  Yesterday, we drove to Brantford, Ontario and picked up a new standard poodle, Nyssa (named after Nyssa of Traken -- Dr. Who aficionados will recognize the name). It was a round trip 14 hours, including a stop at the Resurgence Brewing Company in Buffalo --- I HIGHLY RECOMMEND THE PLACE.  This is the long way around saying that I did not have WIFI, so I failed to post. Hence the pivot on the material in the cast this week.  Never fear you never know what tomorrow may bring!

Remember, if you do not have a favorite, dog-eared copy of Thinking, Fast and Slow, please buy a copy.  Using the links in this blog entry helps support the blog and its alter-ego, The Software Process and Measurement Cast. Buy a copy on Amazon,  It’s time to get reading!  

 The installments:

Week 1: Logistics and Introduction

Week 2: The Characters Of The Story

Week 3: Attention and Effort

Week 4: The Lazy Controller

Week 5: The Associative Machine

Week 6: Cognitive Ease

Week 7: Norms, Surprises, and Causes

Week 8: A Machine for Jumping to Conclusions - 

Week 9: How Judgement Happens and Answering An Easier Question - 

Week 10:  Law of Small Numbers - 

Week 11: Anchors - 

Week 12: The Science of Availability - 

Week 13: Availability, Emotion, and Risk - 

Week 14: Tom W’s Speciality - 

Week 15: Linda: Less Is More - 

Week 16: Causes Trump Statistics - 

Week 17: Regression To The Mean - 


SPaMCAST 563 will feature an interview with Steve Tendon and Daniel Dioron.  We discussed their new book Tame Your Work Flow. Steve and Daniel share deep insights into applying the Theory of Constraints in the real world. The flow of work is not an esoteric topic.  Steve and Daniel provide very useful advice on how to deliver more value.