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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. 


Jun 17, 2012

Welcome to the Software Process and Measurement Cast 191!

The SPaMCAST 191 features part 2 of my essay "Who Owns Estimation In Agile Projects?"  Haven't listened to Part 1?  Click the link!

Part two begins: 

What does ownership mean in terms of accountability and responsibility?  When something belongs to you or is directly related to your actions, accountability and responsibility are directly inferable.  Unfortunately, even though we are quick to assign ownership, responsibility and accountability we fail to ask, who really should own an estimate or whether they can be   accountable for the estimate if they can’t do the work or control those that do.  In corporate environments, ownership is generally not about ensuring the best flow of information but rather who can be pilloried when an estimate is missed.  Sound like hyperbole?  I recently heard a C level executive say “whose neck can I wring if we miss the date and the budget” when talking about a project, therefore a quick tour of the why estimates are created and who “should” own them in an agile environment is in order if for no other reason than health and human safety.

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The Software Process and Measurement Cast 192 features my interview with Mitch Lacey.  We discuss his new book, The Scrum Field Guide.  It was a great interview filled with useful advice.