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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. 


Sep 29, 2019

SPaMCAST 566 features our interview with Christopher Gerg. Security issues can range from clicking on the wrong thing in emails to ransomware and is painful and costly. Security might be everybody’s responsibility however someone needs to lead the charge. Our conversation covered the role of the CISO in today’s organization, security in software development, and cybersecurity in the real world.  

Chris’s bio:

Christopher Gerg is the CISO and Vice President of Cyber Risk Management at Gillware. He is a technical lead with over 15 years of information security experience. Christopher has worked as a Systems Administrator, Network Engineer, Penetration Tester, Information Security Architect, Vice President of Information Technology, Director and Chief Information Security Officer.  He has experience in the challenges of information security in cloud-based hosting, DevOps, managed security services, e-commerce, healthcare, financial, and payment card industries. He has worked in mature information security teams and has built information security programs from scratch and leading them into maturity in wide variety of compliance regimes. While an expert in the theoretical aspects of information security best practice, he is also experienced in the practical aspects of building secure technical environments – and working with the boardroom to promote executive understanding and support. He also authored the O’Reilly and Associates book “Managing Network Security with Snort and IDS Tools.”

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Re-Read Saturday News

This week in our re-read of Thinking, Fast and Slow, Kahneman discusses when expert intuition can be trusted. A chapter that is germane to all walks of life.  

Remember, if you do not have a favorite, dog-eared copy of Thinking, Fast and Slow, please buy a copy.  Using the links in this blog entry helps support the blog and its alter-ego, The Software Process and Measurement Cast. Buy a copy on Amazon,  It’s time to get reading!  

The installments:

Week 1: Logistics and Introduction

Week 2: The Characters Of The Story

Week 3: Attention and Effort

Week 4: The Lazy Controller

Week 5: The Associative Machine

Week 6: Cognitive Ease

Week 7: Norms, Surprises, and Causes

Week 8: A Machine for Jumping to Conclusions - 

Week 9: How Judgement Happens and Answering An Easier Question - 

Week 10:  Law of Small Numbers - 

Week 11: Anchors - 

Week 12: The Science of Availability - 

Week 13: Availability, Emotion, and Risk - 

Week 14: Tom W’s Speciality - 

Week 15: Linda: Less Is More - 

Week 16: Causes Trump Statistics - 

Week 17: Regression To The Mean - 

Week 18: Taming Intuitive Predictions  

Week 19: The Illusion of Understanding -  

Week 20: The Illusion of Validity - 

Week 21: Intuitions vs Formulas - 

Week 22: Expert Intuition - 

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SPaMCAST 567 will tackle the concept of herding.  Herding is a pattern where an individual or team acts based on the behavior of others. Stated very simply, herding is just like the children’s game follow-the-leader. Sounds innocuous?  This type of behavior can lead to work entry problems and other team level snafus!  

We will also have a visit from Gene Hughson!