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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 25, 2009

Show fifty one is an interview with Tim Lister discussing his new book,” Adrenaline Junkies and Template Zombies”. The interview discussed the impact of specific patterns and habits on how IT organizations work.

***NEWS ***
Adrenaline Junkies is one of 5 finalists for general computing book of the year.

Tim Lister is a software consultant at the Atlantic Systems Guild, Inc., based in the New York office. He divides his time between consulting, teaching, and writing. Tim is a co-author with his Guild partners of Adrenalin Junkies and Template Zombies: Understanding Patterns of Project Behavior, (Dorset House, 2008, He, is also co-author with Tom DeMarco of Waltzing With Bears: Managing Risk on Software Projects (Dorset House, 2003) that won Software Development magazine’s Jolt Award as General Computing Book of the Year for 2003-2004. Tim and Tom are also co-authors of Peopleware: Productive Projects and Teams, (Dorset House, 1999) now available in 14 languages.

Tim is currently a member of the Cutter IT Trends Council. He is a member of the I.E.E.E. and the A.C.M.  He is in his 23rd year as a panelist for the American Arbitration Association, arbitrating disputes involving software and software services.
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The essay is titled “A Really Simple Checklist for Change Readiness Assessment” Part 1.  The essay reminds us of the big things that sometimes get forgotten when dealing with the minutia of getting a change project off the ground.  Check out the text of the current essay at  I should be back with an essay next show.

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Next Software Process and Measurement Cast:
The next Software Process and Measurement Cast will feature an interview with Lisa Crispin discussing agile testing.  Lisa’s most recent book is “Agile Testing: A Practical Guide for Testers and Agile Teams.”  The book was coauthored with Janet Gregory.  Testing and agile are highly inter-related although sometimes understanding how all the parts fit together isn’t obvious.  Lisa makes agile testing very clear in her interview.  Do not miss the interview.The interview on the Software Process and Measurement Cast 51 is with Tim Lister. We discussed Tim's new book "Adrenaline Junkies and Template Zombies".

Joe Schofield
fifteen and a half years ago

The SPaMCAST with Tim was refreshing and enjoyable. As a long time Tim fan his craziness is just the unpredictable thinking we need to stimulate new ideas and trigger needed action.

Keep \'em coming, and thanx.