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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. 


Jul 26, 2020

The Software Process and Measurement Cast 609 features our conversation with Dr. David Rico.  Dave is returning to the Software Process and Measurement Cast to discuss the concept of agile and collaborative contracts. Contracts and agile don’t often work well together. That does not have to be the case!

Dr. Rico has been a technical leader in support of NASA, U.S. Air Force, U.S. Navy, and U.S. Army for over 30 years. He has led numerous projects based on Cloud Computing, Lean Thinking, Agile Methods, SOA, Web Services, Six Sigma, FOSS, ISO 9001, CMMI, Baldrige, TQM, Enterprise Architecture, DoDAF, and DoD 5000. He specializes in IT investment analysis, IT portfolio valuation, and IT-enabled change. He has been an international keynote speaker, presented at leading industry conferences, written seven textbooks, published numerous articles, and is a reviewer for multiple systems engineering journals. He is a Certified PMP, CSEP, ACP, CSM, and SAFe Agilist, and teaches at four Washington, DC-area universities. He has been in the field of information systems since 1983.

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Twitter: @dr_david_f_rico

Re-Read Saturday News 

This week we tackle Chapter 6 of Tame your Work Flow. Throughput accounting ties a number of threads together for me. The big one is the linkage between getting value from process improvement and the mental models created by cost accounting.


Remember to buy a copy of Tame your Work Flow to support the authors and blog!  


Week 1: Logistics and Front Matter -

Week 2: Prologue (The Story of Herbie) -

Week 3: Explicit Mental Models - 

Week 4: Flow Efficiency, Little’s Law and Economic Impact - 

Week 5: Flawed Mental Models -  

Week 6: Where To Focus Improvement Efforts - 

Week 7: Introduction to Throughput Accounting and Culture - 


The Software Process and Measurement Cast 610 will feature our essay An Agile Team In A Waterfall Company – Organizing Around The Product Flow. This is another part of a larger essay that we began last week.  

We will also have a visit from Susan Parente with a discussion that I have named, Agile or Traditional, Pick One!  I know which I would pick (and the answer might not be one of the two).