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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. 


May 3, 2020

SPaMCAST 598 features our essay titled, Recognizing A Toxic Meeting Culture. Just because you are meeting remotely doesn’t mean meeting culture has been reset. Now even more than when we are all together, getting meeting culture right is critical to maximizing communication. 

We will also return to the QA Corner with Jeremy Berriault. Jeremy and I talked about continuous learning.  Our discussion was taped earlier this year; it was a different time. I left the references to excitement about the new year in the comments to show how fast the world can change. And it can change again!

Re-Read Saturday News 

This week we tackle Chapter 10 of Crucial Conversations: Tools for Talking When Stakes Are High, Second Edition by Patterson, Grenny, McMillan, Switzler. The subtitle for this chapter is ‘Advice for tough cases.’  In my considered opinion, nothing ever goes perfectly to plan. All conversations are a mixture of things that you’ve run through your head to prepare and parts that are off-script. Having a wide range of additional tactics for hard issues makes it easier to approach crucial conversations with confidence.

Week 1 - Logistics, Forewards, and Preface - 

Week 2 - Chapter 1: What’s a crucial conversation? And who cares? - 

Week 3 – Chapter 2: The Power of Dialogue  

Week 4 - Chapter 3: Start With Heart - 

Week 5 - Learn To Look -

Week 6 - Make It Safe - 

Week 7 - Master my Stories - 

Week 8 - State My Path - 

Week 9 - Explore Others’ Paths - 

Week 10 - Move to Action - 

Week 11- Yeah, But -  


We have a few days left before the poll to pick the next book in the re-read series closes. I would like to hear from you! 

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SPaMCAST 599 will feature my conversation with Steve Tendon. Steve and I talked agile, lean, flow, and how all the parts fit together.