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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 25, 2024

The Software Process and Measurement Cast 796 features a conversation with Roger Turnau. Roger and I talk about prioritization using the cost of delay. Every organization and team I have ever worked with has a backlog of work and lots of people screaming that their piece of the backlog is the most important. The cost of delay is an important tool to filter out the noise and it can be as nuanced as you need it to be.

Roger Turnau is an Agile Coach at Accenture. His mission is to empower and inspire leaders and organizations to create an environment where high performance feels effortless. His approach to achieving this combines an emphasis on psychological safety, building trust throughout the organization, and close attention to KPIs, OKRs and flow metrics to ensure durable results. For the past five years, Roger has specialized in enterprise and DevOps coaching, product development, and Agile transformations.

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Re-read Saturday News

This week we tackle two chapters of Actionable Agile Metrics Volume II, Advanced Topics in Predictability. Chapter 11, “Different Sampling Methods”. The chapter points out that random sampling techniques are just the tip of the iceberg in approaches. Chapter 12, ”What Percentile Do I Choose?”, discusses whether you always need to quote the 85th percentile range. The short answer is no but like most things, there is more to it than that. 

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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 

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

Week 9: Myths and Other Considerations 

Week 10: VoP, VoC, Predictability, Monte Carlo -  

Week 11: Different Sampling Methods and 85 Percent or Bust -


In the Software Process and Measurement Cast 797 we ponder the question, should the process save us from ourselves in every circumstance? 

We will also have a visit from Jeremy Berriault who brings his Evolutionary Agilst™ Column to the podcast