Sep 10, 2017
SPaMCAST 459 features our essay on resistance. Organizational change is a common, almost ubiquitous, feature in today’s business world. Change is known under many monikers ranging from transformation to creative destruction. The variety of names is a portent to the one constant in any organizational change: resistance. Some resistance is inevitable, even if everyone is involved in the plan.Organizational change will always foment some degree of resistance that unless recognized can fester and lead to failure. This essay will help you find and mitigate the risk of resistance!
The second column this week is from Gene Hughson and his Form Follows Function column. Gene discusses his essay titled Innovation, Intention, Planning, and Execution. One of the gems Gene delivers in our discussion is that effectiveness requires reasoned, intentional action. While we might all agree, why is it so hard to remember that when push comes to shove in a project?
Jeremy Berriault brings his QA Corner to the cast in order to discuss testing packages. Jeremy weighs in on whether testing a package is any different than testing any other piece of code.
A promo for 2017 Agile Leadership Summit:
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For other events, SPaMCAST team members will be attending check the recent blog entry titled Upcoming Conferences and Webinars!
Re-Read Saturday News
This week Steven dives into Chapter 8 of Paul Gibbons’ book The Science of Successful Organizational Change. Change is a central activity of every organization. Three more weeks are left Steven intends to spend two weeks on Chapter 9 and then we will have a grand finale. Remember to use the link in the essay to buy a copy of the book to support the author, the podcast, and the blog!
Special note – I will publish a poll for the next book early next week soon. Are there other suggestions?
The current list of suggestions are:
Peter Senge – The Fifth Discipline: The Art & Practice of The
Daniel S. Vacanti – Actionable Agile Metrics for Predictability (An Introduction)
Kahneman – Thinking fast and slow
Burrows – Kanban from the inside
Kruse – 15 secrets successful people know about time management
This week and previous installments:
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SPaMCAST 460 features our interview with Peter Varhol. Peter and I discussed machine learning and how it will impact software development and testing.
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