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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. 


May 30, 2010

Welcome to the Software Process and Measurement Cast 86!

The interview in the SPaMCAST 86 is with Bob Thames.  Bob is a co-author of Chasing Change: Building Organizational Capacity in a Turbulent Environment. Bob and I talked about change.  No one is immune from change therefore understanding how to deal with change makes good sense.

Bob Thames has 34 years of experience in the technology and consulting industries.  He is currently a Senior Program Manager at SAS Institute, a leading global supplier of Business Analytics software solutions.  He has been with SAS for 7 years, with previous positions at KPMG LLP, IBM Consulting Group, Arthur Andersen Business Consulting, and Digital Equipment Corporation.

He is also the founder and CEO of Pathways to Transformation LLC, an executive and life coaching company that helps individuals enhance their life purpose and step into greater balance and fulfillment in their lives. 

Bob has been involved for the past 17 years in CAM-I, an international research consortium for cost, process, and performance management.  After observing the unacceptably high rate of failure in many organizational performance improvement initiatives over the years, he led an interest group within CAM-I to research best practices on facilitating organizational change and developing resilient change capabilities.  The results of this research effort culminated in the book Chasing Change, published by John Wiley and Sons. 

Passionate about helping individuals navigate the turbulence of personal change, Bob became a Certified Professional Coactive Coach through Coaches Training Institute and a certified coach with Blueprint for Life.  Periodic blogs on personal change and contact information can be found on his website:

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The essay is . . . not a bout collaboration.  I finished reading David J. Anderson's book on  kanban and have recorded a review.  I will be back to the second part of Collaboration: Business's Duct Tape in SPaMCAST 87.

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Conferences and Speaking Engagements in 2010 (To Date)  ISMA Cinco in São Paulo September 13-15.  I will be one of the featured speakers.  More on the topic the near future.  The website to get more information is  I hope to see you there!

Next! The interview in the Software Process and Measurement Cast 87 is with Hans Sassenberg.  We discussed his paper "Affordable Software Quality Assessment" and why typical process improvement programs are not enough.