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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. 


Jun 1, 2009

Show 60 is the interview I had with Medha Umarji discussing her research on Metrics Acceptance Model.  If you are involved with software measurement programs this is important stuff! I know I have already begun using some of the concepts.  I am doing this as one large interview rather than in two parts.  I would like your input on this format.

Medha Umarji is currently a PhD candidate at the Department of Information Systems at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County. Her focus is on the human aspects of software engineering, and she has had the opportunity to observe, survey and interview developers as they searched for source code, or communicated with their remote teams, or voiced their opinions about organizational initiatives. As she makes plans to graduate this summer, she is motivated by the idea of making a difference in the life of people in the trenches. During the course of her career she has worked at prestigious firms like Microsoft Research, ABB Corporate Research, and SuccessFactors Inc.

Her other research interests are in studying how distributed organizations seek information and share knowledge, how domain-specific communities of practice interact and learn, and how developers leverage documentation and human sources of information in their programming tasks.

Medha has published her research at several highly reputed conferences such as the International Symposium on Empirical Software Engineering and Measurement, the Software Engineering Process Group Conference, and the International Conference on Open Source Software and Systems.

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The essay is titled “Involvement versus Focus”.  I discussed the fact focus is important but not sufficient to affect change in todays IT environment.

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The next Software Process and Measurement Cast will complete the interview I had with Phil Stubbington on how to help fix troubled projects.  If you are project manager this one ought to be mandatory!

over fourteen years ago

Bob, thank you so much for the tip! As I get ready to write my dissertation, I will be sure to look up Robert Austin\'s book. I really appreciate your feedback.

Bob Ferguson
over fourteen years ago

Miss Umarji\'s approach is interesting. I will be interested to see her research. I want to also recommend reading Robert Austin\'s book \"Measuring and Managing Performance in Organizations.\" Austin\'s work gets at many of the underlying reasons for the differences in values between employer and agent (employee). Understanding of the underlying values is essential to getting useful measures.