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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 27, 2020

The Software Process and Measurement Cast 618 is a conversation about “process” that I had with two great people, Mike King and Beth Leonard, in March of 2020. Just doing the process to check the box for a rating or certification, whether the CMMI, CMMC, Scrum, or any other framework, destroys legitimacy and trust.  

Michael King is a technology executive with over seventeen years of experience serving in technology roles supporting the Federal Government.  He currently serves as Halfaker and Associates’ Chief Information Officer and Chief Information Security Officer (CIO/CISO), where he leads enterprise IT Strategy with a focus on user experience, the information security program, and the Quality Management System with a focus on improving engineering maturity and customer experience. Prior to this role, he served Halfaker’s CTO and COO, as well as completing a five-year tenure at Lockheed Martin in cybersecurity and critical infrastructure security domains. Michael holds degrees in Computer Engineering (Bachelor’s from UVA) and Information Systems (Master’s from JHU) and several professional certifications including PMP, PMI-ACP, SAFe SA, and ITIL.




Ms. Beth Leonard is an award-winning speaker in her field; frequently invited to both local and international-level industry events to speak about such topics as customer satisfaction, organizational statistical analysis and metrics development, CMMI, ISO, management reviews and techniques, as well as quality assurance. She is also a recognized patient advocate and blogger for NET Cancer; supporting several organizations both nationally as well as internationally.

Ms. Leonard is a well-respected executive with over 24 years of IT software development and service management lifecycle expertise as well as InfoSec/Cyber management, facility security management, risk and compliance, quality assurance, and process improvement experience across the government contracting industry. 






Re-Read Saturday News 

In Chapter 16 charts a path to support the execution of the work. Execution requires an appropriate mechanism that can signal trouble coming that is information-based rather than gut-based. 

Have you bought your copy of  Steve Tendon and Daniel Doiron’s  Tame your Work Flow?  Use the link to support the authors and blog!  

Week 1: Logistics and Front Matter

Week 2: Prologue (The Story of Herbie) –

Week 3: Explicit Mental Models 

Week 4: Flow Efficiency, Little’s Law and Economic Impact 

Week 5: Flawed Mental Models  

Week 6: Where To Focus Improvement Efforts 

Week 7: Introduction to Throughput Accounting and Culture 

Week 8: Accounting F(r)iction and  Show Me the Money 

Week 9: Constraints in the Work Flow and in the Work Process - 

Week 10: Understanding PEST Environments and Finding the Constraint in PEST Environments - 

Week 11: Drum-Buffer-Rope Scheduling - 

Week 12: Portfolio Prioritization and Selection in PEST Environments - 

Week 13: Flow Efficiency, DBR, and TameFlow Kanban Boards - 

Week 14: Outcomes, Values, and Efforts in PEST Environments -

Week 15: Introduction to Execution Management Signals -

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The Software Process and Measurement Cast 619 features the return of Joe Schofield.  Joe and I talked about his new book, Aligning People and Culture for Agile Transformation: A Leadership & Change Story (  Joe’s book is not a recitation of techniques, but rather a business novel that exposes the human side of change.