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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. 


Feb 4, 2024

As you would suspect, I have recently been talking up Mastering Work Intake which Jeremy Willets and I co-authored. One conversation turned to the topic of whether value stream analysis was useful in controlling work intake. The simple answer is YES across the whole value stream and up and down the hierarchy.

We will also have a visit from Kies Kostaqi who brings her “You Are Not Alone” column to the podcast. In this installment, we discuss whether anyone (within reason) can play the Scrum Master role. 

Mastering Work Intake 
by Tom Cagley and Jeremy Willets 


Have you purchased your copy of  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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Re-read Saturday News

Chapter Seven, of  Actionable Agile Metrics Volume II, Advanced Topics in Predictability, dives into the nuances of using XmR charts for the basic flow metrics including: 

  • Cycle Time

  • Throughput

  • WIP

  • WIP Age


This is a hugely useful chapter. There are three points that I draw out this week.  They are the difference between XmR and Cycle Time (scatter plot) Charts, chunky data, and Total WIP Age charting.


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

Week 5: Process Behavior Charts Part 2 - 

Week 6: How Much Data? - 

Week 7: Detecting Signals - 



The Software Process and Measurement Cast 794 will feature our conversation with Nick Schrock. We discussed data engineering, AI, and entrepreneurship. As the Founder at Dagster Labs, Nick had the perfect standing to talk about three of the hottest topics of 2024.