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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 14, 2024

SPaMCAST 790 features our interview with Stefan Wolpers. Stefan and I talked about the Scrum Master's role in the 21st Century, his new book The Scrum Anti-Patterns Guide (buy a copy), and remembering that it's all about people.

Stefan’s Bio:

Embarking on a Scrum career unintentionally in 2006, Stefan was initiated as a Scrum Master for a small German startup. Lacking initial knowledge but employing careful observation, note-taking, and dialogue, the author embraced the role and learned from the team’s experiences.

Eighteen years into his Scrum journey, Stefan maintains an unwavering appetite for learning, humbled by the vast knowledge shared within the agile community. Recognizing newcomers’ overwhelming challenges in this field due to scarce formal education, he aspires to provide guidance, emphasizing a pragmatic, common-sense approach grounded in observing human interaction and collaboration.

Since 2019, Stefan has served as a Professional Scrum Trainer for



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Mastering Work Intake by Tom Cagley and Jeremy Willets HAS PUBLISHED!


New book being unboxed

Jeremy Willets and I have been gobsmacked by the reaction to  Mastering Work Intake: From Chaos to Predictable Delivery.  Doing the right work at the right time can make or break your project, and there are surprisingly few resources to show you how to manage this process effectively - no longer. Mastering Work Intake: From Chaos to Predictable Delivery focuses on the full pipeline that work follows as it enters and exits your organization, including the different types of work that enter at different levels and times. It is a must-read for agile coaches, Scrum Masters, product owners, project and portfolio managers, team members, and anyone who touches the software development process. Mastering work intake involves recognizing that it’s easy to say “ yes” and much harder to say “ no.”

Buy a copy today!  


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For international orders outside of Europe: (or the Amazon store for your country)

Note: The Publisher indicates that it takes a while for the physical copies to get to the distributors outside of the USA and Canada.


Re-read Saturday News

We continue with Chapter Four of Actionable Agile Metrics Volume II, Advanced Topics in Predictability, titled Process Behaviour Charts, this week. Humans often fall prey to seeing trends when they don’t exist. Today we construct an XmR chart to begin to fix that failing.

Buy a copy and get reading – Actionable Agile Metrics Volume II, Advanced Topics in Predictability.  

Week 1: Re-read Logistics and Preface

Week 2: Wilt The Stilt and Definition of Variation

Week 3: Variation and Predictability  – 

Week 4: Process Behavior Charts Part 1



With SPaMCAST 791 we will complete Year 17 with our interview with Vinnie GIl. Vinnie and I talked about conferences and staying connected with the Agile Community. A great way to complete year 17.