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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. 


May 26, 2024

When I published Accountability vs. Responsibility I did not anticipate being drawn back into the discussion of whether committees can be accountable and responsible. Over the last few weeks, I have observed several “product meetings.”  In these meetings, consensus decisions are being made about releases, what they will contain, and a marketing approach. These are committee meetings. Is the committee accountable for their decisions and to whom?  It is not a moot point

In mid-2008, I wrote “Responsibility, Got Some?”  As I considered the topic of accountability and responsibility, I re-read the piece and polished it a bit. It speaks to the idea of committees and the diffusion of responsibility. So a little detour on our summer road trip.

We also have a visit from Susan Parente.  Susan and I discussed certifications. Does having a bunch make sense or does it reflect mass insanity? The answer is…it depends. 

Learn To Tame Your Work Intake Beast!

Jeremy Willets and I are running two Mastering Work Intake cohorts over the next three months. Learn to solve IT’s dirtiest secret — work intake. Stop ignoring it. Start fixing it.

May 31—June 28, 2024 (only a few seats left)

July 12—26, 2024

Want to read the book first? Jeremy Berriault, The Evolutionary Agilist™, described Mastering Work Intake as a 

“Fantastic work.

Very practical and helps improve workflows."


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Re-read Saturday News

We begin the meat of our re-read of Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi’s Flow with Chapter 1, Happiness. Csikszentmihalyi highlights that happiness requires an individual perspective stating, “The best moments usually occur when a person's body or mind is stretched to its limits in a voluntary effort to accomplish something difficult and worthwhile.” Read and discuss!


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Week 1: Preface and Logistics - 

Week 2: Happiness - 


Next week we will feature our interview with Brad Micklea, Founder & CEO at Jozu on the topic of Machine Language Operations (MLOps) and why agile is integral to getting work done.