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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. 


Feb 21, 2010

Welcome to the Software Process and Measurement Cast 79!

In the Software Process and Measurement Cast 79 I interviewed Scott Stribrny.  We discussed his recent Cutter Consortium Executive Update titled “We’re Gonna Be in the Hudson: Risk Management Expertise to Live by in an Economic Downturn."  The conversation and the article focused on risk and risk management.  Risk gets talked about in project management circles and can stay a bit theorectical  Scott makes the topic tangible in our interview.

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Scott's Bio:

J. Scott Stribrny is the Cofounder, President, and Managing Director of Group Atlantic, Inc., a consulting firm that has advised private, commercial, and governmental organizations on successful strategy development and operations improvement since 1992. He is also a Senior Consultant and writer with Cutter Consortium's Enterprise Risk Management  & Governance practice. He is currently advising senior management of Fortune 1000 firms on principles and techniques for effective risk management and leadership. He is a frequent speaker to professional organizations and a guest lecturer to MBA programs at DePaul, Loyola and National-Louis Universities. His courses on developing high-performance teams are well known for their innovative workshops and practical applicability.   Mr. Stribrny has more than 30 years experience in systems specification and building. He has designed and built real-time mission critical software and has led successful, multimillion-dollar development programs.  His accumulated management experience ranges from growth companies to Fortune 50 conglomerates in many industries, including aerospace, telecommunications, financial, insurance, retail, information services, and manufacturing.

Mr. Stribrny is a co-founder and former leader of the Chicago Software Process Improvement Network, and was an organizer of the 1998 Software Engineering Process Group conference. He can be reached at

Scott's contact information: Website: Cutter:

The SPaMCAST's production schedule is on the Software Process and Measurement Facebook page.  Yell at me if you have ideas for future interveiws or essays.  Your thoughts, comments, suggestions and ideas are welcome.

The essay SPaMCAST 79 is the completion of my essay about the central threads or core truths that can be extracted from the myriad of manifestos currently being published.  Remember, "I am not a cog and neither are you!"

Conferences and Speaking Engagements in 2010 (To Date) SEPG Conference in Savanah. March 22 - 25, I will be attending and will have lots of time to connect to SPaMCASTers in Savanah.  Let me know if you are attending and lets connect!

Quest Conference in Dallas April 21 - 23.  I will be talking on "Process Improvement in a Multi-Model World".  The conference includes two days of workshops.  The website to get more information is

Next! The next Software Process and Measurement Cast will feature an interview with Dr. David F Rico.  We discussed agile methods and the quantitative data that shows that it really works.

Tom Cagley
fourteen and a half years ago

From Bob Ferguson - Risk Related Books

The first is by Weick and Sutcliffe
Managing the Unexpected: Resilient Performance in an Age of Uncertainty. They have an earlier version that is not quite as good.

The second is by Dormer
The Logic of Failure

The first presents a discussion of “mindfulness”. How does an organization learn to observe and escalate concerns.

The second is about decision traps that people experience.

Neither is difficult reading. Both are strongly related to Scott’s discussion of risk. I’ve been investigating ways to observe small failures as they are precedents of large ones. Some are related to misbehavior, some to unexpected complexity and some to unexpected external events.

Part of Scott’s premise is about rapid escalation once the information first becomes available (lack of time).

I’ll have more to say about this later.

Bob Ferguson