Oct 20, 2013
Welcome to the Software Process and Measurement Cast 260
The Software Process and Measurement Cast 260 features my interview with Dr Richard Sykes. Dr Sykes is the chair of the Board of Directors of the TMMi Foundation. The TMMi is the Testing Maturity Model Integration. When it comes to testing the TMMI is more than just a model!
Dr Richard Sykes is a businessman with a breadth of involvement & experience that spans the chemical industry, the IT industry and the world of arts. He has held senior executive roles in a major global multinational and non-executive chairmanships in a number of smaller ventures - and has lived and operated internationally.
Today Richard has a personal practice ('Dr Richard Sykes') as a board-level trusted advisor, assurer, strategic coach & facilitator. He works with senior management in the practical shaping of effective business information & communications technology (ICT) strategies & their implementation, sourcing & governance. He has a particular expertise in the workings of the ICT Services and Business Process, sourcing & outsourcing market place - including through the agency of 'the Cloud'. His focus here is in coaching the development and practical implementation of business strategies that will deliver quality, sustainable stakeholder returns in these very competitive markets. He works with both the Vendor and the Enteprise/Public Sector user aspects of the market place.
In delivering his role as a strategic advisor, Richard particularly collaborates with Gavin Bowden-Hall, the Director and Managing Consultant of Strategic Sourcing and Procurement Services Ltd, and with Sue Tompkins and Jessica Long, joint Directors of EQ Partnering.
He also acts as an experienced non-executive chairman of the boards of small young ventures in both the IT industries and in the arts world.
And importantly for this interview Richard is Chairman of the TMMi Foundation, dedicated to improving test processes and practice. It is a non-profit making organization and the focus of the Foundation's activities is the development of a common, robust model of test process assessment and improvement in IT organisations. www.TMMiFoundation.org
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It is conference season!
Agile Phily - AgileTour 2013
Time: October 7, 2013 from 12:30pm to 4:30pm
Location: EbayEnterprise (previously known as GSI Commerce) in King of PrussiaStreet: First Avenue
City/Town: King of Prussia
AgileDC - Agile, it's not just for big
complex projects anymore.
Date: October 8, 2013
October 28-30, 2013 to the Eaton Chelsea Downtown Toronto!
Agile Practical Techniques Workshop
Monday, October 28, 2013: 8:30 AM - 4:30 PM
Format: Full-day Class
Agile Practical Techniques Workshop helps developers, testers, business analysts, scrum masters and project managers to develop an understanding of Agile development techniques focusing on concepts such as test driven development that integrate testing into the Agile process. The workshop combines concepts from Agile (e.g. Scrum, xP and Test Driven Development) and Learning Organizations, providing participants with the tools to both participate on Agile projects and to develop and deploy related processes.
Lean Software Development Workshop
Tuesday, October 29, 2013: 8:30 AM - 12:00 PM
Format: Half-day Tutorial
Lean Software Development Workshop (e.g. Kanban, Flow and Kaizen) uses a lean-agile focus to help everyone involved in developing, enhancing and maintaining software employ the Principles of Lean to enhance the delivery of value-added work. This workshop is hands-on and “things” will be thrown!
Presentation: Agile Underperforming?
Keys to Improving Delivery
Wednesday, October 30, 2013: 9:45 AM - 10:45 AM
Just because you have implemented Agile techniques does not mean you are performing to the level which your organization is capable. Is your implementation of Agile underperforming? Agile has been promoted as delivering higher customer satisfaction, better quality, faster time to market, increased productivity and — in some cases — to deliver world peace. The question is do you know and if you think you know, is your knowledge more than anecdotal? The only way to know truly is to measure.
Measurement is only the first step in finding issues and taking action. Measurement provides focus. Being aware of problems and not spending the time and effort to study performance is a waste. W. Edwards Deming admonished us to have “constancy of purpose.” I would use the term “attention-span” in an attempt to make the same argument. Once we understand we have a problem, our next step is to take action and to perhaps make a difference in the value we deliver. Is your Agile underperforming? It doesn’t matter if you’re not going to fix it.
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The Software Process and Measurement Cast 261 will be all about distributed agile. Distributed agile takes effort but can pay HUGE benefits.