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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. 


Jan 14, 2008

SPaMCAST 25 - Booch, Omnibus Framework

A few hours late . . . for some reason Audacity and Vista had a wrestling match this afternoon.  A couple of reinstalls later we are back in action however I think the interview and essay might be the some of the best of year one! Show 25 features an interview with Grady Booch.  The interview covers topics ranging from high ceremony processes, anarchy, and organizational governance to virtual worlds.  Humboldt Curve and even Moore’s Law even make appearances. 

Grady is recognized internationally for his innovative work on software architecture and software engineering. A renowned visionary, he has devoted his life's work to improving the effectiveness of software developers worldwide. Grady served as Chief Scientist of Rational Software Corporation since its founding in 1981 and continues to serve in that capacity within IBM. Grady is one of the original authors of the Unified Modeling Language (UML) and was also one of the original developers of several of Rational's products. Grady has served as architect and architectural mentor for numerous complex software-intensive systems around the world in just about every domain imaginable.

Grady is the author of six best-selling books, including the UML Users Guide and the seminal Object-Oriented Analysis with Applications. He has published several hundred articles on software engineering, including papers published in the early '80s that originated the term and practice of object-oriented design (OOD), plus papers published in the early 2000's that originated the term and practice of collaborative development environments (CDE).

At random times, the laws of physics do not apply to him. He is not dead yet.

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The essay for this cast is titled “Omnibus Frameworks, Collaboration and Social Media."  The essay wrestles with balancing frameworks, collaboration and a new world order in process improvement.   Humans are generally social by nature, IT personnel are no different (although the stereotype indicates differently) the new focus on social media whether in second life, Twitter or other platforms are tools that will let you break down high ceremony processes into more manageable ‘practices.’   The shift from one size fits all frameworks to highly granular practices will allow you to shift control closer to work and support usage via social media tools.  The text of the essay can be found at  Comments and corrections are welcome.

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Future Events and the next . . .

I have a couple of free webinars coming up in early 2008.  The first is “Getting Performance Improvement Out of Your Software Process Improvement" on Wednesday, April 23, 2008 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM EDT

And the second is titled “A Cost Effective Approach to Enterprise Wide Software Process Improvement" May 22nd, 2008 at 10:00 am - 11:30 am Eastern Time

More information and registration information can be found at

Next Software Process and Measurement Cast:

The next Software Process and Measurement Cast will be a special show.  Cast 26 will be a retrospective of the past year highlighting SPaMCAST’s first year.  Your thoughts and comments  would be a welcome addition . . .