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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. 


Oct 6, 2019

This week in SPaMCAST 567  we discuss the impact of herding on work entry.  Herding in decision making effectively takes “no” off the table, leading to uncontrolled work entry. This type of behavior is response-driven and dangerous.

We will also have a visit from Gene Hughson to complete his three-part discussion of the solution architect. Today we discuss the solution architect as risk mitigation. 

Re-Read Saturday News

This week in our re-read of Thinking, Fast and Slow, we have a chapter that needs to be read by anyone ever who has been asked for an estimate… ever.  The chapter title is The Outside View and makes the case for another point of view when estimating.

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!

This week’s installment! Chapter 23: The Outside View 

Upcoming Events

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Pacific NW Software Quality Conference will be held in Portland, Oregon beginning October 14th through the 16th.  I will be speaking on the 15th! Register now:

Webinar on value stream and process flow mapping for The Great IT Professional Organization on October 22, 11:00 AM - 12:30 PM EST. The registration link is  The webinar is free!  I hope you have time to be in the audience!


SPaMCAST 568 will feature a discussion with Sandeep Koorse.  Sandeep returns to talk Agile mindset, passion, and experimentation.