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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. 


Jan 17, 2021

In this edition of the Software Process and Measurement Cast, I talk with Rick Hall, CEO of Aginity. Rick and I talked about analytics, which has been Rick’s lifelong passion. Rick provides insights on how analytics fits in a modern organization and how to staff that group.  We also discussed serial entrepreneurship. His advice is, if you don’t have passion for the idea, don’t try it. 

Rick Hall is a software entrepreneur focused on the analytics market.  He has led the development of over a dozen software products and taken several companies from the early stage to an eventual sale.

Rick led a group in the purchase of Aginity in March of 2020, and has taken over the CEO role as a result.  Aginity was an early innovator in Analytics Management and launched Aginity Pro early last year.  The product is off to a fast start attracting 13,000 subscribers in the first nine months and is set to grow by more than 250% through 2021.

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Re-Read Saturday News 

As we begin Chapter 6 this week, we have four more weeks of our re-read of  Great Big Agile, An OS for Agile Leaders by Jeff Dalton. We have three more chapters and then we will conclude with a few final notes before beginning Fixing Your Scrum: Practical Solutions to Common Scrum Problems (it is time to buy a copy).  

Chapter 6 goes into detail on the Performance Circle: Affirming.  This is the part of the Agile Performance Holoracy (APH), Affirming asks teams and organizations to continuously evaluate whether they are being effective, and then to take steps to improve. 

Remember, buy a copy and read along. 

This week’s installment can be found at

Previous installments:

Week 1: Re-read Logistics and Front Matters - 

Week 2: The API Is Broken -

Week 3: Performance Circle: Leading - 

Week 4: Performance Circle: Providing - 

Week 5: Performance Circle: Envisioning - 

Week 6: Performance Circle: Crafting - 

Week 7: Performance Circle: Affirming - 


Year 14 is a wrap with this podcast, next week we start the next 14!  Thank you to everyone that has been part of the first 14 years. 

The next week the Software Process and Measurement Cast week we begin year 15 with a visit from Johanna Rothman.  We talked about her THREE new books, and, as usual, people, agile, and the world. I could not ask for a better start to our podcast year!