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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. 


Sep 9, 2012

Welcome to the Software Process and Measurement Cast 202!  

Software Process and Measurement Cast 202 features my interview with David Marquet.  We discussed his book Turn the Ship Around!: How to Create Leadership at Every Level.  I have already begun to put his advice to work!  I think you will get a lot out of this interview.

A U.S. Naval Academy graduate, David Marquet served in the U.S. submarine force. He commanded the nuclear-powered fast-attack submarine USS Santa Fe, stationed in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. Captain Marquet completely turned around Santa Fe, where the crew went from being "worst to first." Santa Fe continued to win awards after his departure and promoted a disproportionate number of officers and enlisted men to positions of increased responsibility, including 9 subsequent submarine captains. After riding USS Santa Fe, noted author Stephen R. Covey said it was the most empowering organization he'd ever seen and wrote about Captain Marquet's leadership practices in his book, The 8th Habit.

Since completing his military service David speaks to businesses and groups who want to create empowering work environments that release the passion, initiative, and intellect of each person. He has lectured on leadership at Columbia University. This bold and highly effective leadership approach can be summarized as "give control, create leaders." The result embeds the goodness of the organization in the people and practices instead of the personality of the leader, building enduring and resilient organizations.

He is a life member of the Council on Foreign Relations and lives in Florida with his wife, Jane.

I highly recommend Turn the Ship Around!: How to Create Leadership at Every Level.  Required reading if you are or want to be a leader.  Buy the dead tree version or the Kindle Version

SPaMCAST 202 is sponsored by LeanKit Kanban!

LeanKit's visual management tools provide a great way to smoothly manage organizational change. They allow you to easily map your current processes as sticky notes on a series of interconnected virtual whiteboards, watch how work is flowing through those processes, measure your capabilities via industry leading analytics, and then re-measure as you make process changes. LeanKit provides the roadmap for organizational change management. For a free trial go to Use "Turn the Ship Around" as a coupon code when you sign-up for a 10% discount.

Also in SPaMCAST 202 I continue featuring elevator speaches for the upcoming AgileTrek and TesTrek Conferences. This time we hear from Christin Wiedemann.

Shameless Ad for my book! 

Mastering Software Project Management: Best Practices, Tools and Techniques co-authored by Murali Chematuri and myself and published by J. Ross Publishing. We have received unsolicited reviews like the following: "This book will prove that software projects should not be a tedious process, neither for you or your team."


Have you bought your copy?

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Upcoming Conferecnes

Conference season is coming.  I will be speaking at the following conferences and look forward to meeting up with all SPaMCAST listeners and contributors.

AgileTrek, November 9th in Toronto

TesTrek, November 5 - 8 in Toronto

ISMA 7, October 28 - 31 in Phoenix, AZ


The Software Process and Measurement Cast 203 will feature my essay on compliance cultures.