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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 29, 2023

Today we begin year 17 of the Software Process and Measurement Cast with a presentation that Jeremy Berriault did at IdeaFest 2020. The presentation covered using supply chain concepts in an agile environment. When I originally recorded the session, I felt the idea was interesting but not very useful. But I am a bit of a packrat; I don’t throw anything away. Last week I listened to the presentation again. This time I could see that the idea of using supply chain concepts is a great approach to implementing value chains and mirrors why flow metrics are such a valuable concept. Jeremy was just a bit ahead of the rest of the world.

Note, the recording is not perfect. There is some external noise from unmuted microphones in the feed. I think the bit of interference does not diminish the message. The content is great; stay with it and you will have a lot to think about. 

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Jeremy’s website:

Re-read Saturday News!

This week Chapter 12 of Badass Agile Coaching: The Journey from Beginner to Mastery and Beyond focuses on language. Language is both essential and a deterrent for creating understanding. This is a provocative statement, but the truth of the statement is not open for debate.

Week 12: Badass Agile Coaching in the Language of the Client


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Using flow metrics to plan in Kanban and Scrum environments. Flow metrics are incredibly useful metrics for value streams and value chains. They are equally useful at the team level — and in some cases even more powerful.

We will also have a visit from Susan Parente who brings her Not A Scrumdamentalist column to the podcast.