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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 11, 2024

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

Nick’s Bio:

Nick is the Founder and CTO of Dagster Labs, the company behind Dagster, a popular open-source data orchestration platform. Before Dagster Labs, he was a Principal Engineer and Director at Facebook from 2009 to 2017, where he founded the Product Infrastructure team and co-created GraphQL.

After cutting his teeth at Facebook, he pursued his passion for working on engineers’ pain points after hearing that data infrastructure was a big issue. He founded Dagster to address this issue, highlighting how quickly open-source projects were able to make an impact at legacy companies. 

Dagster couldn’t come at a more critical time as data and ML engineering are beginning to drive both human and business decision-making.


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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 - 

Week 8: XmR Charts and the Four Basic Metrics of Flow - 

Week 9: Myths and Other Considerations - 



In the Software Process and Measurement Cast 795, why do teams, products, projects, and companies exist? Why do we care? (We really should!)  

We will also have a visit from Susan Parente who brings her Not A Scrumdamentalist column to the podcast!