Software Process and Measurement Cast
Summary: The Software Process and Measurement Cast explores 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.
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.
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.
The dates for the third Agile Online Summit is getting close! If history is a harbinger, Tom Henricksen will serve up marvelous content for all agile practitioners in easily consumed chunks. I hope to "see" you there! Watch the video and then sign up at https://www.agileonlinesummit.com/2019 October 7 -11th online!
SPaMCAST 565 tackles three ways to mess up sprint goals. Sprint goals are a statement of the value that teams strive to deliver. It is possible to complete all of the stories or work items only to realize that the team has lost sight of the goal. We also have a promo for the Agile Online Summit https://www.agileonlinesummit.com/2019 T Rounding out the cast, we have a visit from Jon M Quigley with an installment of The Alpha and Omega of Product Development.
SPaMCAST 564 is part 2 of my conversation with Steve Tendon and Daniel Dioron. We discussed their book Tame Your Work Flow. Steve and Danie ask the question “Do you need a high-performance enterprise management & governance approach improving planning, execution, and delivery while dealing with multiple projects, events, and teams?”, the interview probes potential answers. In order to answer the question, the three of us take a deep dive into applying Goldratt’s ToC in the real world.
SPaMCAST 563 is part one of my conversation with Steve Tendon and Daniel Dioron. We discussed their new book Tame Your Work Flow. Steve and Daniel share deep insights into applying Goldratt’s Theory of Constraints in the real world. After you have listened to the conversation you will never view the flow of work as an esoteric topic. Steve, Daniel, and I had a wide-ranging conversation, I decided to ignore my own guideline on two-part interviews and let the tape run (metaphorically).
SPaMCAST 562 features our essay on the power of saying no. I firmly believe that unless you have control over the amount of work you take, you are asking for a trainwreck. The problem is that saying no is often harder than being late or over budget. We will also have a visit from the Software Sensei. Kim Pries is back to kick off September with an essay titled, Real Planning. While the actual plan might not be exactly what happens in real life, the act of planning is crucial.
In SPaMCAST 561 we discuss making the Daily Scrum work for the mission it was intended. When the goal of a daily meeting is something other than group planning there are more efficient and less expensive approaches even for highly agile teams to address status and have a social event. Also in this podcast, Susan Parente brings us her Not A Scrumdamentalist column. Susan discusses the product owner's role and why it is important.
In SPaMCAST 560 we complete our wide-ranging interview with Al Shallow. We continue our conversations about the troubles dogging classic agile, the Agile Industrial Complex, using a scientific approach to change, and FLEX. I recommend that you listen to SPaMCAST 559 before listening to this week’s podcast
SPaMCAST 559 part one of our interview with Al Shalloway. I am breaking two guidelines this week. First, rarely do I bring guests back so quickly. And secondly, I have not broken an interview into two parts for 7 years (ish). Al and I talked about about the troubles dogging classic agile, the Agile Industrial Complex, using a scientific approach to change, and FLEX. Today we have part one and next week we will complete the interview.
SPaMCAST 558 features our essay Story Points – Leave Them, Don’t Love Them. Story Points are not evil and they may be useful in some circumstances. But like most tools, at some point, they lose focus. They have outlived their usefulness, therefore, I will leave them when at all possible. This week, Jeremy Berriault brings his QA Corner to the podcast. We talked about focus. How much focus is enough and how much is too much? Mr. Berriault has an opinion and stories to back his opinion up.
SPaMCAST 557 features our interview with Jorgen Hesselberg. We talked about his book Unlocking Agility, assessing agility, and whether leadership and structure lead culture when adopting an agile mindset. A thought-provoking and fun interview. Jorgen’s irrepressible nature shines through even when tackling tough topics!
SPaMCAST 556 features our essay on Socratic Questioning. Questions are a critical tool that every coach, mentor or leader uses to help shape and improve the performance of those they interact with — I don’t think this statement should surprise anyone. We also have a visit from Susan Parente. Susan brings her Not A Scrumdamentalist column to the SPaMCAST. In this installment, Professor Parente discusses being agile in name only. Being agile in name only is not an enviable place to be!
SPaMCAST 555 features our essay applying a simple filter to determine whether an interaction or event is collaborative. Collaboration is an important tool, so let's recognize what is or isn’t collaboration and stop calling everything collaboration. We will also have a visit from the Software Sensei, Kim Pries. In this installment, Kim returns to the topic of lean software development. Understanding concepts like waste is important for everyone involved in delivering value.
SPaMCAST 554 features our essay on the misuse of the word 'collaboration'. Collaboration is a hallmark of agile techniques, but people confuse collaboration with many other forms of interactions. When that happens everyone gets confused and disheartened. We'll also hear from Gene Hughson who brings his Form Follows Function Column to the podcast. In the second part of a three-part series on architects, Gene discusses the role of the solutions architect.