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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. 


Nov 5, 2023

The Software Process and Measurement Cast 780 features our interview with Billie Johnson. Our discussion focuses on the role of delivering outcomes and values using agile teams. We also discussed her book, Mastering Business Analysis Standard Practices: Seven Steps to the Next Level of Competency which she co-authored with Kelley Burns. 

Re-Read Saturday News

The improve play is one of the most powerful aspects of Marquet’s suggested framework. Improve is chapter 7 of Leadership is Language: The Hidden Power of What You Say – and What You Don’t. Improve is a time for stepping back from the pressure of getting stuff done to consider whether you are doing the right thing, right. We have spoken about the need to pause, reflect, and replan periodically – this is the heart of the Improve play.

Previous installments of our re-read of Leadership is Language: The Hidden Power of What You Say – and What You Don’t (buy a copy)!

Week 1: Logistics, Introduction, Foreword 

Week 2: El Faro 

Week 3: The New Playbook 

Week 4: Control the Clock

Week 5: Collaborate  

Week 6: Commit - 

Week 7: Complete -  

Week 8: Improve - 

Learn to Solve IT's Dirtiest Secret!

Work input is how work gets to an organization or team. If you get it wrong you are throwing time and money away. SImply put, poor work intake means no agile for you. Jeremy Willets and I have written a book tackling the topic that will be published by JRoss Publishing in January 2024. In support of the book we are building a live, cohort-based course for Agile Coaches, Scrum Masters, Product Owners, Project Managers, Program Managers, and Portfolio Managers on taming work intake. The cohort will cover why work intake is the biggest challenge to teams and organizations today. Attendees will also learn what to do to solve this challenge. We’ve held workshops on this topic at conferences. We even have a book coming out in January on this topic. This cohort-based course will combine very short lectures, discussions, and exercises. It will provide space to learn and share with peers. We’re using this survey to build a waitlist for the first cohort: 



Software Process and Measurement Cast 781 wrestles with whether overprioritization’s impact extends beyond poor leadership to bad products. Just because you have a prioritized backlog does not ensure delivering value.

We will also have a visit from Keis Kostaqi who returns with her You Are Not Alone column.