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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. 


Apr 21, 2013

Welecome to the Software Process and Measurement Cast 234

Over the past seven years at the end of every interview I have asked "what two issues would you fix and why" or some close variant of that question.  In that question each of my interviewees has left thier own mark on how I think about software process and measurement.  This week I am continuing with a walk down memory lane with three of the most popular segments from 2011

SPaMCAST 136 - Ginger Levin and LeRoy Ward, Program Management Complexity
SPaMCAST 158 - Peter Taylor, The Lazy Project Manager
SPaMCAST 138 - Jo Ann Sweeney, Communication

I have also included an entry from the Daily Process Thoughts titled "Perception."  

Daily Process Thoughts: Perception, January 25, 2013

A few months ago I arrived at a conference in Chicago a few hours early and spent the afternoon wandering around the downtown area.  I love Chicago!  There are always new things to see and do.  Regardless of my mission, I always try to make time to see the Cloud Gate (the metal bean); rain or shine, hot or cold).  Why?  Cloud Gate reminds me that regardless of how I try to see things from different angles there are always different ways to see and experience the world around me.

Seth Godin, the marketing guru, counsels us to have a bias toward action; to  have the guts deliver our products, ideas and processes to market. The advice is sound because without delivering there is no possibility of feedback. Incorporating techniques such as diverse, cross functional teams, short development cycles, incremental deliveries and constant feedback loops into how you deliver process improvements will let you deliver and then gather feedback. In other words use techniques from agile and lean development to change how you improve your processes.

Deliver and then stand under your own Cloud Gate and watch, listen and gather feedback from all of the possible perspectives then deliver again.

The Daily Process Thoughts is my project designed to deliver a quick daily idea, thought or simple smile to help you become a better change agent. Each day you will get piece of thought provoking text and a picture or hand drawn chart to illustrate the idea being presented. The goal is to deliver every day; rain or shine, in sickness or in health or for better or worse! Check it out at

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In the next SPaMCAST I will continue with the vacation format with excerpts from 2010.