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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. 


Oct 25, 2020

The Software Process and Measurement Cast 622 features my interview with Brian Gill, CEO at Gillware. Brian is a serial entrepreneur in the software and cyber world. We discussed the importance of cybersecurity, real backups, having disaster recovery plans, and the fact that just having data in the cloud is not a security strategy.

Brian’s bio

Brian is a computer scientist, entrepreneur, and angel investor. Brian currently serves as Chairman of Gillware, which provides cyber risk assessments, data recovery, incident response, and digital forensics services. He is a co-founder of Phoenix Nuclear Labs and served on PNL’s board from inception to when it decided to spin-off SHINE Medical Technologies. Those two companies have raised over 100 million dollars of venture capital and employ hundreds of people in Wisconsin.





Re-Read Saturday News 

This week we tackle Chapter 19 of Steve Tendon and Daniel Doiron’s  Tame your Work Flow.  Chapter 19 combines many of the moving parts from the previous chapters into a set of tools for monitoring the execution of work.  The authors pick up at the portfolio level developed in Chapter 18. Portfolio items, once committed and placed into flow, can contain many groups of work that Steve and Daniel term Minimal Outcome-Value Effort or MOVEs (see week 14). Once in flow (being worked on), a flow manager picks up managing the MOVEs. 


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 

Week 8: Accounting F(r)iction and  Show Me the Money 

Week 9: Constraints in the Work Flow and in the Work Process - 

Week 10: Understanding PEST Environments and Finding the Constraint in PEST Environments - 

Week 11: Drum-Buffer-Rope Scheduling - 

Week 12: Portfolio Prioritization and Selection in PEST Environments - 

Week 13: Flow Efficiency, DBR, and TameFlow Kanban Boards - 

Week 14: Outcomes, Values, and Efforts in PEST Environments -

Week 15: Introduction to Execution Management Signals - 

Week 16: Introduction to Full Kitting - 

Week 17: Execution Management in PEST Environments - 

The Software Process and Measurement Cast is a proud sponsor of the following event!

Agile Online Summit 2020

The Agile Online Summit was created for people who couldn’t attend major conferences. This will be its third year, and the main goal is to bring major level agile speakers to people all over the world as well as spotlight some up and coming agile coaches and trainers.  October 26th to 30th, 2020, Live and recorded too. 



The Software Process and Measurement Cast 623 will feature my interview with Christian Clausen, author of  Five Lines of Code from Manning Publications. We discussed why refactoring is needed, and the rules Christian has developed to get the most value out of refactoring. It's not like you are not spending time refactoring already . . . right?