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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 18, 2021

In this week’s Software Process and Measurement Cast, I speak with Rob Rastovich, CTO of ThingLogix. We talked about meeting customer needs through developing solutions using the AIoT (not a typo).  This is a seachange for both businesses and developers who will need to reskill and rethink what is possible.

 Rob has been actively involved in technology for nearly 30 years, from building a top 10 e-commerce site in a time when e-commerce was still in its infancy to establishing what is now known as Amazon’s AWS IoT. 

As CTO of ThingLogix, Rob is the chief architect behind the company’s groundbreaking IoT platform that eliminates the need for code. ThingLogix uses AI to power digital transformation across industry, commerce, and government globally. 



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Using the TMMi accelerates the value of DevOps

Fri, August 6, 2021

2:00 PM – 3:00 PM EDT

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In this webinar, we will address how DevOps testing benefits through TMMi

  1. How TMMi’s higher Process Areas drive defect prevention, Shift Left, and CI/CD build and test pipelines
  2. Address the benefits of how DevOps Organization benefits from using the TMMi.
  3. Leveraging TMMi to focus DevOps test process improvements

Re-Read Saturday News 

This week we focus on Chapter 3 of  Monotasking by Staffan Nöteberg.  The chapter this week is titled, Focus on One Task Now. 

An update on the continued experiment using Monotasking. In Chapter 2, Staffan describes how to create a short list of five items and then to push everything else to the “grass catcher” list. I have been working on using this approach this week with a special focus on capturing the date an item was added to the list and the stakeholder for the item. In the past, I trimmed my list on a quarterly basis. I use the dramatic approach of starting a new list saving only those items on my short list. This week I tried Staffan’s weekly approach, trimming off a few older items on a weekly basis. The date added is useful but what I found more useful was asking myself the question, “am I really going to do this or is this an aspirational item?” Cue the chainsaw; even though I started a new list on July 1st I was able to remove several items from my new grass catcher list.

This Week

Week 5 - Focus on One Task - 


Previous Monotasking by Staffan Nöteberg Entries

Week 1 - Logistics, Game Plan, and Preface - 

Week 2 - Introduction - 

Week 3 - Monotasking In A Nutshell - 

Week 4 - Cut Down on Things to Do - 


Over the past few months, I have been in traffic jams on the highway several times when traveling to our weekly hike.  In more than one instance someone has decided to pull over and drive on the berm.  In more than a few cases the outcome of this technique for getting things done ends poorly. Despite the unpredictable outcome, jumping the queue is practiced by many in traffic and even more when funneling work to teams. The consequences when working on information technology products are far more predictable than driving, and they are ALWAYS bad.

We will also have a visit from Susan Parente, who brings her I Am Not A Scrumdamentalist column to the cast.  We discuss risk management when using hybrid agile approaches.