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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. 


Dec 12, 2021

This week we touch on a topic that is near and dear to my heart, work entry, with an essay titled Prioritization Without Control of Work Entry. I am tempted to suggest that without control over what you can say yes to, the whole idea of prioritization is a farce. The answer is more complicated, but only a little. 

We also have a visit from Jeremy Berriault who brings his QA Corner to the cast. This week we discuss measuring testing -- it is more than just pass/fail.

Re-Read Saturday News 

Chapter 9 of Project to Product (buy a copy and re-read the book with us Amazon Affiliate Link) ties the three layers of the author’s model together and exposes the third epiphany from his visit to the BMW plant that has been the central plot element of the book. The chapter puts all the parts together. But instead of relating how he connects the infrastructure, I want to focus on how important it is to generate an end-to-end view of work for any software-intensive product.

Catch up on previous installments:

Week 1: Foreword and Introduction - 

Week 2: Age of Software - 

Week 3: From Project to Product - 

Week 4: Introducing The Flow Framework -

Week 5: Capturing Flow Metrics - 

Week 6: Connecting to Business Results - 

Week 7: Tracking Disruptions - 

Week 8: The Ground Truth of Enterprise Tool Networks 

Week 9: Specialized Tools and the Value Stream - 

Week 10:Value Stream Management - 


Next week, more on work entry and prioritization (it is at the top of my priority list unless I don’t have control over my work entry).

We will also spend time with Susan Parente and her I Not A Scrumdamentalist column.