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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. 


Dec 3, 2017

SPaMCAST 471 features our essay on the top 20 transformation killers.  Each transformation killer is a big deal, but if you combine two or more you are in big trouble. That said, forewarned is forearmed . . .hopefully?

In the second spot, this week is Jeremy Berriault and the QA Corner!  Jeremy and I discussed involving testers in requirements.  The ultimate in shifting “left.”    

In the third spot, Gene Hughson completes the cast by bringing a discussion of a recent missive, Systems Thinking Complicates Things.  Rock, paper, scissors, lizard, Spock and more!

Re-Read Saturday News

This week,  we tackle Chapter 6 of Actionable Agile Metrics for Predictability: An Introduction by Daniel S. Vacanti. Chapter 6 is titled, Interpreting CFDs.  Learning to read CFDs provides teams and individuals with a huge amount of information through data visualization.  Chapter six continues to build on flow metrics, data visualization, and Little’s Law.  Buy your copy today and read along!

Catch up on the all the installments of Actionable Agile Metrics for Predictability: An


Introduction and Game Plan

Week 2: Flow, Flow Metrics, and Predictability

Week 3: The Basics of Flow Metrics

Week 4: An Introduction to Little’s Law

Week 5: Introduction to CFDs

Week 6: Flow Metrics and CFDs

Week 7: Interpreting CFDs

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A Call To Action

I still need a few more leaders of Agile PMOs for a special podcast and for background interviews.  Please contact me to discuss the topic at if you are interested in telling me your story!


SPaMCAST 472 will feature my interview with Mike Harris.  We discussed his new book, The Business Value of Software. We discussed the definition of value and why value matters!

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