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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 19, 2023

The Software Process and Measurement Cast 782 features our conversation with Govind Balu on the importance of data and the concept of data transformations. Data represents the gold rush of the 21st Century!

Govind Balu is a visionary entrepreneur and experienced executive with a strong background in leveraging data and AI to drive business growth across different industries. As the Founder and CEO of QuaXigma, he spearheads the company’s vision to transform organizations into data-driven enterprises. 

Govind observed that small and medium businesses struggle to effectively extract value from data and are unable to compete in a landscape where larger organizations more effectively leverage AI. Motivated to make data and AI easily accessible to SMBs, Govind founded QuaXigma with a clear mission to develop and deliver solutions that deliver business value by focusing on innovation, customer satisfaction, and strategic consulting.

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Re-Read Saturday News

In Chapter 9 of  Leadership is Language: The Hidden Power of What You Say – and What You Don’t, Marquet provides several examples of using the new plays. As a reminder, the plays in the new playbook are:

  • Control The Clock

  • Collaborate

  • Commit

  • Complete

  • Improve

  • Connect

Each play is powerful; however, the combination of the plays is where the real power is.  For example, controlling the clock — calling a pause — allows a person or team time to think. During that pause, if they surface issues that are addressed the post-industrial plays of collaboration and improving are in evidence. Leveraging short iterations so that work can be demonstrated and inspected combines the control the clock, complete, and connect plays. Iterative planning, a hallmark of agile, combines control the clock and commit plays. Use the links below to explore more of the re-read.

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 - 

Week 9: Connect - 

Week 10: Applying - 


Learn to Solve IT's Dirtiest Secret!

Work input, which includes prioritization and sequencing, 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 Managing Work Intake tackling the topic that JRoss Publishing will publish in January 2024. In support of the book, we are building a live, workshop-based course for anyone involved in deciding on what work gets completed!  This includes Agile Coaches, Scrum Masters, Product Owners, Project Managers, Program Managers, and Portfolio Managers - lots of people are involved which is part of the problem! The workshop 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. 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 a survey to build a waitlist for the first cohort – link below. We will use the list to alert you when the workshop is available. 



Software Process and Measurement Cast 783 will tackle a classic work intake problem, “Did I forget to tell you, the requirements changed?” What happens when you don’t have a clear line to the business to get feedback as you are doing work? Often you get to do things over and over and maybe over again. 

We will also have a visit from Jeremy Berriault bringing his Evolutionary Agilist Coumn to the cast!