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  • Alex Omeyer and I discussed defining, tracking, and measuring technical debt. Technical debt generates a liability that every organization must deal with. As Alex states, “tech debt might not be the sexiest topic” but if teams and organizations don’t address their liabilities it will be difficult to deliver the value customers need and expect.

    We also talk about the practicalities of pivoting life ambitions and entrepreneurship.

    Alex is the Co-founder and CEO of Stepsize.

    Alex personally spends most of his time speaking to the best software development teams in the world about how they handle technical debt. Hit him up to talk tech debt. He loves to share what they taught him.

    Alex and his co-founders are building Stepsize—a free tool for engineering teams to track and prioritize technical debt. Stepsize’s mission is to make software development more accessible, efficient, and powerful.

    Website: https://www.stepsize.com/

    LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/alexandre-omeyer-060a0175/

    Twitter @AlexOmeyer

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    The First Global Scrum Master Summit

    Week of May 17th, 2021, Live and Recorded

    Organized by the Scrum Master Toolbox Podcast

    http://bit.ly/scrummastersummit21

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    Last call! The DevOps Online Summit is nearly here! During the week of April 26th – 30th Tom Henricksen and crew will deliver the third summit. The goal is to bring together 5000 DevOps professionals. Grab a ticket!

    Re-Read Saturday News

    Chapter 11 in Fixing Your Scrum, Practical Solutions to Common Scrum Problems, by Ryan Ripley and Todd Miller, talks about the sprint backlog. The sprint backlog is the work teams do on a day-to-day basis.

    If you have not bought your copy -- what are you waiting for? Fixing Your Scrum: Practical Solutions to Common Scrum Problems

    This Week’s Installment

    Week 11: Sprint Backlog - https://bit.ly/3njezit

    Previous Installments

    Week 1: Re-read Logistics and Front Matter - https://bit.ly/3mgz9P6

    Week 2: A Brief Introduction To Scrum, and Why Scrum Goes Bad - https://bit.ly/37w4Dv9

    Week 3: Breaking Bad Scrum with a Value-Driven Approach - http://bit.ly/3stGc9Q

    Week 4: The Product Owner - https://bit.ly/3qpKvSn

    Week 5: The Product Backlog - http://bit.ly/3cAEk9c

    Week 6: The Development Team - http://bit.ly/2OLVAAs

    Week 7: Embracing The Scrum Master Role - https://bit.ly/3m0HB5D

    Week 8: Management - https://bit.ly/31Kv39l

    Week 9: Thinking In Sprints - https://bit.ly/321wXTg

    Week 10: Sprint Planning - https://bit.ly/3stWOhx

    Next SPaMCAST

    In the next SPaMCAST, we talk to Tammy Gretz. Experimentation is a dirty word in many organizations. Tammy explains how she uses powerful experiments to change the behavior and culture of people and organizations.

    Thanks to the Women in Agile, Cleveland for the great introduction!

  • The majority of work entry problems are caused by eight problems. The eight problems often occur in clusters and are a reflection of organizational culture. Knowing that there are eight problems is useful when they can be recognized. Unless people wear their motivations on signs hung around their neck, recognition requires conversation and observation. Fixing any problem starts with recognizing that problem.

    We will also have a visit from Susan Parente who brings her, Not A Scrumdamentalist column to the podcast. Today Susan and I discuss the concept of Hybrid Agile and the new book Hybrid Project Management https://amzn.to/3al4b4F that Susan wrote with Mark Tolbert

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    The First Global Scrum Master Summit

    Week of May 17th, 2021, Live and Recorded

    Organized by the Scrum Master Toolbox Podcast

    http://bit.ly/scrummastersummit21

    The Software Process and Measurement Cast is a proud media sponsor of the DevOps Online Summit.

    Next Week! The DevOps Online Summit is nearly here! During the week of April 26th – 30th Tom Henricksen and crew will deliver the third summit. The goal is to bring together 5000 DevOps professionals. Grab a ticket!

    Re-Read Saturday News

    Chapter 10 in Fixing Your Scrum, Practical Solutions to Common Scrum Problems, by Ryan Ripley and Todd Miller, dives into planning. Sprint planning is one of the major events in Scrum. All sprints should start with planning (not planning is one of the silliest, but a common antipattern).

    If you have not bought your copy -- what are you waiting for? Fixing Your Scrum: Practical Solutions to Common Scrum Problems

    This Week’s Installment

    Week 10: Sprint Planning - https://bit.ly/3stWOhx

    Previous Installments

    Week 1: Re-read Logistics and Front Matter - https://bit.ly/3mgz9P6

    Week 2: A Brief Introduction To Scrum, and Why Scrum Goes Bad - https://bit.ly/37w4Dv9

    Week 3: Breaking Bad Scrum with a Value-Driven Approach - http://bit.ly/3stGc9Q

    Week 4: The Product Owner - https://bit.ly/3qpKvSn

    Week 5: The Product Backlog - http://bit.ly/3cAEk9c

    Week 6: The Development Team - http://bit.ly/2OLVAAs

    Week 7: Embracing The Scrum Master Role - https://bit.ly/3m0HB5D

    Week 8: Management - https://bit.ly/31Kv39l

    Week 9: Thinking In Sprints - https://bit.ly/321wXTg

    Next SPaMCAST

    In the next SPaMCAST, Alex Omeyer and I talk about technical debt. Everyone uses the term and sometimes they even mean the same thing! Mr. Omeyer describes why tech debt is such an important concept, how we can agree on a definition, and how to measure it.

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  • In the Software Process and Measurement Cast 646, Albert Ahdoot and I focus on discussing the impact of strong off-premise infrastructure on the delivery of value, the impact on the bottom line, and the mitigation of risk.

    Albert Ahdoot is a successful entrepreneur focused on building IT businesses through meaningful relationships. His flagship company, Colocation America, was founded to serve as the premier data center provider for IT solutions looking for a secure and scalable IT.

    Albert is a highly respected business development expert who has helped many technology companies achieve great success. Albert received his Bachelor of Science in Physiology and Bachelor of Arts in Sociology from UCLA and his masters in Bio-Technology from NYU.

    Albert A.’s Profile linkedin.com/in/albertahdoot

    Website ColocationAmerica.com (Company Website)

    Email albert@colocationamerica.com

    Twitter AlbertAhdoot

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    The First Global Scrum Master Summit

    Week of May 17th, 2021, Live and Recorded

    Organized by the Scrum Master Toolbox Podcast

    http://bit.ly/scrummastersummit21

    The Software Process and Measurement Cast is a proud media sponsor of the DevOps Online Summit.

    Tick Tock! The DevOps Online Summit is nearly here! During the week of April 26th – 30th Tom Henricksen and crew will deliver the third summit. The goal is to bring together 5000 DevOps professionals. Grab a ticket!

    https://bit.ly/3syp2c5

    Re-Read Saturday News

    Chapter 9 in Fixing Your Scrum, Practical Solutions to Common Scrum Problems, by Ryan Ripley and Todd Miller, addresses the ubiquitous concept of sprints. I have observed teams using weekly sprints and have even run into a team doing 6-month sprints (it did not end well). Everyone is sprinting; Todd and Ryan address some of the more critical antipatterns in this chapter.

    If you have not bought your copy -- what are you waiting for? Fixing Your Scrum: Practical Solutions to Common Scrum Problems

    This Week’s Installment

    Week 9: Thinking In Sprints - https://bit.ly/321wXTg

    Previous Installments

    Week 1: Re-read Logistics and Front Matter - https://bit.ly/3mgz9P6

    Week 2: A Brief Introduction To Scrum, and Why Scrum Goes Bad - https://bit.ly/37w4Dv9

    Week 3: Breaking Bad Scrum with a Value-Driven Approach - http://bit.ly/3stGc9Q

    Week 4: The Product Owner - https://bit.ly/3qpKvSn

    Week 5: The Product Backlog - http://bit.ly/3cAEk9c

    Week 6: The Development Team - http://bit.ly/2OLVAAs

    Week 7: Embracing The Scrum Master Role - https://bit.ly/3m0HB5D

    Week 8: Management - https://bit.ly/31Kv39l

    Next SPaMCAST

    Broken record time, work entry is the single most important process for any team’s health. Teams with little to no control of work entry will always be running around like their hair is on fire...which actually might be more pleasant.

    We will also have a visit from Susan Parente who brings her, Not A Scrumdamentalist column to the podcast.

  • The headlines of 3 and 4 April 2021 are stark - the data of 533 million Facebook users available on the web (change your password now). You have 533 MILLION reasons to take Paul Katzoff’s message on data security to heart.

    Paul Katzoff (Twitter) For almost a decade, Paul has worked with technology companies seeking manageable growth and brand loyalty/expansion. His career has ranged from being an integral part of a new business start-up team to becoming a key driver in the business enabling it to become both sustainable and profitable. Currently, Paul serves as the CEO of White Canyon Software -- a data security company used by 44 of the fortune 100 companies. As a leader in the data security industry, Paul would love to chat about how to mitigate any potential data breaches with work-from-home becoming the new norm.

    The Software Process and Measurement Cast is a proud media sponsor of the Global Scrum Master Summit.

    The First Global Scrum Master Summit

    Week of May 17th, 2021, Live and Recorded

    Organized by the Scrum Master Toolbox Podcast

    http://bit.ly/scrummastersummit21

    The Software Process and Measurement Cast is a proud media sponsor of the DevOps Online Summit.

    DevOps professionals throughout the world come together and share their learnings here at the DevOps Online Summit. This coming April 26th – 30th we are having our third summit. Our goal is to bring together 5000 DevOps professionals. Grab a ticket!

    https://bit.ly/3syp2c5

    Re-Read Saturday News

    Chapter 8 in Fixing Your Scrum, Practical Solutions to Common Scrum Problems, by Ryan Ripley and Todd Miller, tackles management. The gap between labor and management is an age-old problem. I am sure that the artisans and workers that constructed the pyramids had their own version of Dilbert. The focus on the team, a core tenant of agile and Scrum, is perceived as exacerbating the management versus worker dichotomy. By identifying anti-patterns and proposing approaches to solving those issues this chapter is useful for bridging the gap.

    If you have not bought your copy -- what are you waiting for? Fixing Your Scrum: Practical Solutions to Common Scrum Problems

    This Week’s Installment

    Week 8: Management - https://bit.ly/31Kv39l

    Previous Installments

    Week 1: Re-read Logistics and Front Matter - https://bit.ly/3mgz9P6

    Week 2: A Brief Introduction To Scrum, and Why Scrum Goes Bad - https://bit.ly/37w4Dv9

    Week 3: Breaking Bad Scrum with a Value-Driven Approach - http://bit.ly/3stGc9Q

    Week 4: The Product Owner - https://bit.ly/3qpKvSn

    Week 5: The Product Backlog - http://bit.ly/3cAEk9c

    Week 6: The Development Team - http://bit.ly/2OLVAAs

    Week 7: Embracing The Scrum Master Role - https://bit.ly/3m0HB5D

    Next SPaMCAST

    In the Software Process and Measurement Cast 646, Albert Ahdoot and I ocus on discussing the impact of strong off-premise infrastructure on the delivery of value, the impact on the bottom line and the mitigation of risk.

  • In the SPaMCAST 644, we talk teams. At the core of agile is the belief that the team is the fundamental building block of work. Because they are so important, organizations put tons of effort into helping and guiding teams. The problem is not that teams aren’t important or that we aren’t working hard to make them better, teams are still chronically messed up. We discuss a framework for guiding support for teams.

    We also have a visit from Jeremy Berriault who brings his QA Corner to the podcast. Jeremy and I discuss the differences between static and dynamic testing. Understanding the definition of each is an important step in improving quality.

    The Software Process and Measurement Cast is a proud media sponsor of the Global Scrum Master Summit.

    The First Global Scrum Master Summit

    Week of May 17th, 2021, Live and Recorded

    Organized by the Scrum Master Toolbox Podcast

    http://bit.ly/scrummastersummit21

    The Software Process and Measurement Cast is a proud media sponsor of the DevOps Online Summit.

    DevOps professionals throughout the world come together and share their learnings here at the DevOps Online Summit. This coming April 26th – 30th we are having our third summit. Our goal is to bring together 5000 DevOps professionals. Grab a ticket!

    https://bit.ly/3syp2c5

    Re-Read Saturday News

    In SPaMCAST 642 Vasco Duarte made the startling statement that a Scrum Master will be your next CEO. Chapter 7 in Fixing Your Scrum, Practical Solutions to Common Scrum Problems, by Ryan Ripley and Todd Miller echoes the power of that statement by emphasizing the definition of a scrum master.

    If you have not bought your copy -- what are you waiting for? Fixing Your Scrum: Practical Solutions to Common Scrum Problems

    This Week’s Installment

    Week 7: Embracing The Scrum Master Role - https://bit.ly/3m0HB5D

    Previous Installments

    Week 1: Re-read Logistics and Front Matter - https://bit.ly/3mgz9P6

    Week 2: A Brief Introduction To Scrum, and Why Scrum Goes Bad - https://bit.ly/37w4Dv9

    Week 3: Breaking Bad Scrum with a Value-Driven Approach - http://bit.ly/3stGc9Q

    Week 4: The Product Owner - https://bit.ly/3qpKvSn

    Week 5: The Product Backlog - http://bit.ly/3cAEk9c

    Week 6: The Development Team - http://bit.ly/2OLVAAs

    Next SPaMCAST

    Next up is data security. We live in frightening times in the cyber world. Paul Katzoff and I discuss why data security is more important than ever and what we can do to make the cbyer-world less scary. Everyone in the value chain is responsible for data security.

  • This week, Caleb Woods, CEO and Senior Software Craftsman at RoleModel Software joins the podcast. Caleb and I talk about the role of craftsmanship in developing and maintaining software (or really anything else).

    Caleb Woods - RoleModel’s CEO - Caleb is a proven leader with extensive experience evaluating technology trends, leading teams, and implementing best practices. As CEO, Caleb promotes continuous improvement while cultivating a collaborative work environment.

    Caleb is a technologist who understands and solves complex business problems. He has a passion for software craftsmanship and producing sustainable software and has become the visionary leader of the next generation of RoleModel Software.

    Caleb began his software career as a web developer at an academic coaching company, where he gained experience in infrastructure migrations, team leadership, and business analysis. He’s continued that dedication to technology advancement. At his previous position as Chief Technology Officer for RoleModel, Caleb led the expansion of the company's technical and design craftsmanship capabilities. That background helps Caleb effectively develop and evaluate RoleModel's technology landscape. Caleb sets the vision for the company's strategic full-stack architecture and is an expert at putting together high-performance teams and matching them to clients/projects’ needs.

    Caleb also applies the ideas of continuous improvement to his personal life through effective micro habits and is a big believer in intermittent fasting. He also enjoys playing disc golf, cycling, and watching Michigan State football and basketball. He and his wife, Kimberly, have three young kids.

    LinkedIn: linkedin.com/in/calebwoods

    Websites:

    calebwoods.com (calebwoods.com)

    rolemodelsoftware.com (RoleModel Software)

    Twitter calebwoods

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    The First Global Scrum Master Summit

    Week of May 17th, 2021, Live and Recorded

    Organized by the Scrum Master Toolbox Podcast

    http://bit.ly/scrummastersummit21

    The Software Process and Measurement Cast is a proud media sponsor of the DevOps Online Summit.

    DevOps professionals throughout the world come together and share their learnings here at the DevOps Online Summit. This coming April 26th – 30th we are having our third summit. Our goal is to bring together 5000 DevOps professionals. Grab a ticket!

    Re-Read Saturday News

    This week we read Chapter 6 of Fixing Your Scrum, Practical Solutions to Common Scrum Problems, by Ryan Ripley and Todd Miller. This chapter discusses some of the antipatterns for the second role in Scrum, the development team. The development team covers the people that aren’t the scrum master or product owner — the group of people that actually takes an idea and converts it into something tangible. If you have not bought your copy -- what are you waiting for? Fixing Your Scrum: Practical Solutions to Common Scrum Problems

    Installments

    Week 1: Re-read Logistics and Front Matter - https://bit.ly/3mgz9P6

    Week 2: A Brief Introduction To Scrum, and Why Scrum Goes Bad - https://bit.ly/37w4Dv9

    Week 3: Breaking Bad Scrum with a Value-Driven Approach - http://bit.ly/3stGc9Q

    Week 4: The Product Owner - https://bit.ly/3qpKvSn

    Week 5: The Product Backlog - http://bit.ly/3cAEk9c

    Week 6: The Development Team - http://bit.ly/2OLVAAs

    Next SPaMCAST

    Next, we will revisit the topic of teams and what constitutes a team. Putting six people together (in-person or virtually) and assigning a manager does not a team make. In order to get work done effectively and efficiently, we need to get this right!

  • Vasco Duarte returns to the podcast to discuss the Scrum Master. Scrum Masters are the face of agile in many organizations. Helping team facilitators get the role right benefits not only the agile community but every business they are involved with!

    Vasco has been working in the software industry since 1998 and has learned the hard way what works (most of the time) and what does not work (almost never).

    His goal is to help our industry evolve. We can’t become better without trying out new and innovative approaches to software development. The majority of our businesses run on software. We owe it to our society to get better at an activity that affects so much our lives and our countries’ economies.

    Vasco consults companies that understand software is a key component of their business model. Get in touch via twitter: @duarte_vasco; or on his company’s web-site: http://www.oikosofy.com/.

    Check out the Scrum Master’s Toolbox Podcast: https://scrum-master-toolbox.org/

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    The First Global Scrum Master Summit

    Coming Soon. Sign-up to be notified when registrations open

    Week of May 17th, 2021, Live and Recorded

    Organized by the Scrum Master Toolbox Podcast

    http://bit.ly/scrummastersummit21

    The Software Process and Measurement Cast is a proud media sponsor of the DevOps Online Summit.

    DevOps professionals throughout the world come together and share their learnings here at the DevOps Online Summit. This coming April 26th – 30th we are having our third summit. Our goal is to bring together 5000 DevOps professionals. Grab a ticket!

    https://bit.ly/3syp2c5

    Re-Read Saturday News

    This week we read Chapter 5 of Fixing Your Scrum, Practical Solutions to Common Scrum Problems, by Ryan Ripley and Todd Miller. Chapter 5 dives into fixing the antipatterns that hover around the product backlog. This chapter reinforces that a team and product owner are only as good as the backlog they are working from. If you have not bought your copy -- what are you waiting for? Fixing Your Scrum: Practical Solutions to Common Scrum Problems

    This Week’s Installment

    Week 1: Re-read Logistics and Front Matter - https://bit.ly/3mgz9P6

    Week 2: A Brief Introduction To Scrum, and Why Scrum Goes Bad - https://bit.ly/37w4Dv9

    Week 3: Breaking Bad Scrum with a Value-Driven Approach - http://bit.ly/3stGc9Q

    Week 4: The Product Owner - https://bit.ly/3qpKvSn

    Week 5: The Product Backlog - http://bit.ly/3cAEk9c

    Next SPaMCAST

    Next week we will talk with Caleb Woods, CEO and| Senior Software Craftsman at RoleModel Software. Caleb and I talk about the role of craftsmanship in developing and maintaining software (or really anything else).

  • In the podcast this week, we discuss the Agile Coaching Code of Ethics and the process of building an ethical foundation. Shane Hastie and Craig Smith have been leading the effort to craft a useful Agile Coaching Code of Ethics for the past year. These two thought leaders have helped to pull together a diverse group of coaches, and then guide that herd of cats in order to create a new force to guide agile coaches of all stripes.

    In May 2017 Shane Hastie joined ICAgile as the Director of Agile Learning Programs, tasked with ensuring the learning objectives remain valid and useful, supporting the various communities that make up the ICAgile ecosystem, and seeking ways to advance the state of agile learning.

    In November 2019 he moved into the Director of Community Development role, building and supporting the global community of thought leaders, members, instructors, and certification holders.

    Shane’s Profile - linkedin.com/in/shanehastie

    Email - snhastie@gmail.com

    Twitter - shanehastie

    Craig Smith has been active in the IT industry for over 15 years. He has been an Agile practitioner for over 10 years and is a Certified Scrum Master and a member of both the Scrum Alliance and Agile Alliance and as an Agile Coach, he has worked on a number of high-profile technical and business projects. He regularly conducts Agile training and has presented at a number of Australian and international conferences. He is also an Agile Editor for InfoQ and co-hosts an Agile podcast called The Agile Revolution.

    Craig’s Profile - linkedin.com/in/craigsmithau

    Websites

    craigsmith.id.au (Blog)

    theagilerevolution.com (Podcast)

    unbounddna.com (Company Website)

    Email - craig@craigsmith.id.au

    Twitter - smithcdau

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    The First Global Scrum Master Summit

    Coming Soon. Sign-up to be notified when registrations open

    Week of May 17th, 2021, Live and Recorded

    Organized by the Scrum Master Toolbox Podcast

    http://bit.ly/scrummastersummit21

    The Software Process and Measurement Cast is a proud media sponsor of the DevOps Online Summit.

    DevOps professionals throughout the world come together and share their learnings here at the DevOps Online Summit. This coming April 26th – 30th we are having our third summit. Our goal is to bring together 5000 DevOps professionals. Grab a ticket! https://bit.ly/3syp2c5

    Re-Read Saturday News

    This week we read Chapter 4 of Fixing Your Scrum, Practical Solutions to Common Scrum Problems, by Ryan Ripley and Todd Miller. I have argued that the role of the Product Owner is the hardest in Scrum. The role is difficult for many reasons, Todd and Ryan tackle seven of the most pernicious antipatterns of product ownership in Chapter 4, The Product Owner, of Fixing Your Scrum. Compromising Scrum by accepting any of these antipatterns will need other compromises which will increase the overhead needed to deliver value. That, in turn, will hurt the business.

    If you have not bought your copy -- what are you waiting for? Fixing Your Scrum: Practical Solutions to Common Scrum Problems

    Previous Installments

    Week 1: Re-read Logistics and Front Matter - https://bit.ly/3mgz9P6

    Week 2: A Brief Introduction To Scrum, and Why Scrum Goes Bad - https://bit.ly/37w4Dv9

    Week 3: Breaking Bad Scrum with a Value-Driven Approach - http://bit.ly/3stGc9Q

    Week 4: The Product Owner - https://bit.ly/3qpKvSn

    Next SPaMCAST

    Next week, Vasco Duarte returns to the podcast to discuss the Scrum Master. Scrum Masters are the face of agile in many organizations. Helping team facilitators get the role right benefits not only the agile community but every business they are involved with!

  • The idea of Communities of Practice is thrown around alot in organizations, often without thinking about the goals of a CoP. Why? Organizations are increasingly becoming more diverse and distributed, while at the same time pursuing mechanisms to increase collaboration between groups and consistency of knowledge and practice hence the rapid growth of Communities of Practice. Let's explore the goals of a CoP.

    This week also marks the premiere of Tony Timbol’s new column, “To Tell A Story.” In this week’s installment, we begin to explore the nuances of User Stories. Tony is a practitioner, consultant, entrepreneur, and science fiction author -- Tony does it all.

    Email: tony.timbol@agileready.net

    Web: BeAgileReady.com

    Interested in Mikolaj Pawlikoski’s book, Chaos Engineering, Site reliability through controlled disruption I have discount codes for the listeners of the Software Process and Measurement Cast, ping me @tcagley@tomcagley.com and I will share them with you!

    The Software Process and Measurement Cast is a proud media sponsor of the DevOps Online Summit.

    DevOps professionals throughout the world come together and share their learnings here at the DevOps Online Summit. This coming April 26th – 30th we are having our third summit. Our goal is to bring together 5000 DevOps professionals. Grab a ticket! https://bit.ly/3syp2c5

    Re-Read Saturday News

    This we continue our re-read of Fixing Your Scrum, Practical Solutions to Common Scrum Problems, by Ryan Ripley and Todd Miller with Chapter 3 titled Breaking Bad Scrum with a Value-Driven Approach. You can make a good argument that values shape behaviors.

    If you have not bought your copy -- what are you waiting for? Fixing Your Scrum: Practical Solutions to Common Scrum Problems

    This Week’s Installment

    Week 1: Re-read Logistics and Front Matter - https://bit.ly/3mgz9P6

    Week 2: A Brief Introduction To Scrum, and Why Scrum Goes Bad - https://bit.ly/37w4Dv9

    Week 3: Breaking Bad Scrum with a Value-Driven Approach - http://bit.ly/3stGc9Q

    Next SPaMCAST

    Next week, the Agile Coaching Code of Ethics takes center stage with Shane Hastie and Craig Smith. Shane and Craig have been leading the effort to craft a useful Agile Coaching Code of Ethics for the past year. The two have helped to pull together a diverse group of coaches, and then guide that herd of cats in order to create a first draft of the code.

  • Chaos Engineering comes to the Software Process and Measurement Cast this week delivered (chaotically) by Mikolaj Pawlikoski. Miko and I talked about the definition of chaos engineering, why chaos is not scary, and most importantly his new book Chaos Engineering, Site reliability through controlled disruption. One of the most important side effects of chaos engineering is uninterrupted sleep caused by things not going bump in the night!

    Mikolaj Pawlikowski is a recognized authority on chaos engineering. He is the creator of the Kubernetes chaos engineering tool PowerfulSeal, and the networking visibility tool Goldpinger.

    https://mikolajpawlikowski.com/

    https://twitter.com/mikopawlikowski

    https://www.linkedin.com/in/mikolajpawlikowski/

    I have discount codes for the listeners of the Software Process and Measurement Cast, ping me @tcagley@tomcagley.com and I will share them with you!

    The Software Process and Measurement Cast is a proud media sponsor of the DevOps Online Summit.

    Not to put too fine a point on it, one of the best ways to get your message heard is to speak. The crew at the DevOps Online Summit provides a phenomenal platform to network with fellow practitioners from all over the world. Start the journey to speaking at the DevOps Online Summit 2021 by submitting at https://bit.ly/3syp2c5

    Re-Read Saturday News

    Today we dive into the main part of Fixing Your Scrum, Practical Solutions to Common Scrum Problems, by Ryan Ripley and Todd Miller, published in 2020 by The Pragmatic Programmers. In this installment of Re-read Saturday, we tackle both Chapter 1: A Brief Introduction To Scrum and Chapter 2: Why Scrum Goes Bad.

    If you have not bought your copy -- what are you waiting for? Fixing Your Scrum: Practical Solutions to Common Scrum Problems

    This Week’s Installment

    Week 1: Re-read Logistics and Front Matter - https://bit.ly/3mgz9P6

    Week 2: A Brief Introduction To Scrum, and Why Scrum Goes Bad - https://bit.ly/37w4Dv9

    Next SPaMCAST

    Next week, we will explore the goals of Communities of Practice. Organizations are increasingly becoming more diverse and distributed, while at the same time pursuing mechanisms to increase collaboration between groups and consistency of knowledge and practice hence the rapid growth of Communities of Practice. What are their goals?

    Also, Tony Timbol brings his brand new column to the podcast. “To Tell A Story” will explore the nuances of User Stories led by a practitioner, consultant, entrepreneur, and science fiction author. Tony does it all.

  • This week we connect with Paul Clayson to talk about cybersecurity in the IoT space. When you are dealing with extreme constraints being secure is complicated and doing nothing is a really bad option. Paul also weighs in on the CMMC (new security model) and serial entrepreneurism.

    Paul’s Bio: CEO of AgilePQ. 98% of IoT devices are currently unsecured. On average a data breach costs $8.2 million. AgilePQ was born to address these issues. AgilePQ has raised a total of $10M. Paul has extensive experience in launching and growing early-stage companies. He has launched four disruptive technology companies and served as CEO to five early-stage companies in nanotechnology, automotive, graphene, carbon nanotube, PCB, microprocessor, and other advanced technologies.

    Connect with Paul at linkedin.com/in/paulclayson

    The Software Process and Measurement Cast is a proud media sponsor of the DevOps Online Summit.

    Not to put too fine a point on it, one of the best ways to get your message heard is to speak. The crew at the DevOps Online Summit provides a phenomenal platform to network with fellow practitioners from all over the world. Start the journey to speaking at the DevOps Online Summit 2021 by submitting at https://bit.ly/3syp2c5

    https://bit.ly/3syp2c5

    Re-Read Saturday News

    Today we begin the re-read of Fixing Your Scrum, Practical Solutions to Common Scrum Problems, by Ryan Ripley and Todd Miller, published in 2020 by The Pragmatic Programmers. Over the next 14 or 15 weeks we will have fun exploring the concepts in the book and sharing ideas on how to use the information Ryan and Todd deliver.

    If you have not bought your copy -- what are you waiting for? Fixing Your Scrum: Practical Solutions to Common Scrum Problems

    This Week’s Installment

    Week 1: Re-read Logistics and Front Matter - https://bit.ly/3mgz9P6

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    In the next podcast, I talk to Mikolaj Pawlikowski. Mikolaj and I discuss his new book from Manning Publications, Chaos Engineering, Site reliability through controlled disruption. Our discussion covered the definition of chaos engineering and how it can be applied to improve value and reliability.

  • This week the Cast features our essay titled, “Collaboration - Disconnected.” The improvement imperative is driven by the need to stay competitive at a holistic level. One would expect that continuous process improvement or continuous improvement would be discussed earnestly at every staff meetings at every level of an organization, and at every meeting. It isn’t.

    Jon M. Quigley returns with an installment of the Alpha and Omega of Product Development. Jon and I completed an arc on product quality with a discussion of the cost of poor quality.

    The Software Process and Measurement Cast is a proud media sponsor of the DevOps Online Summit.

    Not to put too fine a point on it, one of the best ways to get your message heard is to speak. The crew at the DevOps Online Summit provides a phenomenal platform to network with fellow practitioners from all over the world. Start the journey to speaking at the DevOps Online Summit 2021 by submitting at https://bit.ly/3syp2c5


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    Re-Read Saturday News

    On November 28, 2020, we began the reread of Great Big Agile, An OS for Agile Leaders by Jeff Dalton. Since jumping over quite a few chapters last week I have received a few emails asking what was up. For the record, I have not had any significant traumas falling during my daily runs and walks (I was asked – I think tongue in cheek). During the re-read, we primarily focused on the chapters that revolve around the Agile Performance Holarchy (APH). I chose not to focus on the almost encyclopedic listing of techniques that is an important feature of the book, but not most groundbreaking. The listing of techniques is useful even if not using agile methods. For example practices such as continuous integration or arc of conversation aren’t dependent on using a specific framework.

    Next week, we will begin Fixing Your Scrum: Practical Solutions to Common Scrum Problems (it is time to buy a copy).

    This week’s installment can be found at www.tomcagley.com/blog

    Previous installments:

    Week 1: Re-read Logistics and Front Matters - https://bit.ly/3mgz9P6

    Week 2: The API Is Broken - https://bit.ly/2JGpe7l

    Week 3: Performance Circle: Leading - https://bit.ly/2K3poWy

    Week 4: Performance Circle: Providing - http://bit.ly/3mNJJN7

    Week 5: Performance Circle: Envisioning - https://bit.ly/2JEVXdt

    Week 6: Performance Circle: Crafting - https://bit.ly/3ntsX69

    Week 7: Performance Circle: Affirming - http://bit.ly/35OvFgC

    Week 8: Performance Circle: Teaming - http://bit.ly/366CYk0

    Week 9: Using The Agile Performance Holarchy - http://bit.ly/3aqs75U

    Week 10: Final Thoughts - http://bit.ly/3oTd9KR

    Next SPaMCAST

    In the next podcast, I talk to Paul Clayson. We talked about serial entrepreneurism and cybersecurity in the IoT space. Cybersecurity in the IoT space is complicated not only by the sheer number of devices and but also by available storage and processing constraints. It is hard, and Paul provides penetrating advice!

  • Tony Timbol of Agile Ready joins the Software Process and Measurement Cast this week. Tony and I have worked together in a past life, so we had a bit of fun poking at each other as we talked about user stories, Tony's new product, Agile Ready, and entrepreneurship. Tony delivers a number of great tips, some of which I already have put to use.

    Tony Timbol is an agile coach, trainer, and consultant with a 35-year history in technology and software development. Currently serving as an Enterprise Agile Coach for a large healthcare insurance provider, Tony teaches and coaches agile best practice principles, the SAFE framework specializing in the Product Owner role, and agile requirements authoring processes. Other interests include cooking, writing novels, and binge-watching sci-fi (no matter how bad).

    Early in 2018 Tony conceptualized the Agile Ready Platform and began experimentation and preliminary design discussions with trusted friends and colleagues. This eventually led to a commitment to develop and launch the Agile Ready Platform in early 2021.

    Contact Data:

    Email: tony.timbol@agileready.net

    Web: BeAgileReady.com

    The Software Process and Measurement Cast is a proud media sponsor of the DevOps Online Summit.

    Not to put too fine a point on it, one of the best ways to get your message heard is to speak. The crew at the DevOps Online Summit provides a phenomenal platform to network with fellow practitioners from all over the world. Start the journey to speaking at the DevOps Online Summit 2021 by submitting at https://bit.ly/3syp2c5


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    Re-Read Saturday News

    Today we take on Chapter73 of Great Big Agile, An OS for Agile Leaders by Jeff Dalton. I read (and re-read) this chapter as two pieces. The first part describes Jeff’s and Broadsword’s (his company) journey up to the point they decided to become agile. The background is important to understand why adopting the agile mindset and then the techniques was a natural step as the organization matured. The second part provides an example of applying the Agile Performance Holarchy. Remember, buy a copy and read along.

    In two weeks, we will begin Fixing Your Scrum: Practical Solutions to Common Scrum Problems (it is time to buy a copy).

    This week’s installment can be found at www.tomcagley.com/blog

    Previous installments:

    Week 1: Re-read Logistics and Front Matters - https://bit.ly/3mgz9P6

    Week 2: The API Is Broken - https://bit.ly/2JGpe7l

    Week 3: Performance Circle: Leading - https://bit.ly/2K3poWy

    Week 4: Performance Circle: Providing - http://bit.ly/3mNJJN7

    Week 5: Performance Circle: Envisioning - https://bit.ly/2JEVXdt

    Week 6: Performance Circle: Crafting - https://bit.ly/3ntsX69

    Week 7: Performance Circle: Affirming - http://bit.ly/35OvFgC

    Week 8: Performance Circle: Teaming - http://bit.ly/366CYk0

    Week 9: Using The Agile Performance Holarchy - http://bit.ly/3aqs75U

    Next SPaMCAST

    In the next cast, we are going back to the magazine format for a week. We will feature our essay titled, “Collaboration - Disconnected.” The improvement imperative is driven by the need to stay competitive at a holistic level. One would expect that continuous process improvement or continuous improvement would be discussed earnestly at every staff meeting at every level of an organization, and at every meeting. It isn’t.

    We will also have a visit from Jon M. Quigley to talk quality from a product development point of view.

  • Cue the music . . . Happy Birthday, Software Process and Measurement Cast! Today we begin year 15 with a visit from Johanna Rothman. We talked about her THREE new books:

    Practical Ways to Manage Yourself: Modern Management Made Easy, Book 1 https://amzn.to/2LXKkiQ

    Practical Ways to Lead & Serve (Manage) Others: Modern Management Made Easy, Book 2 - https://amzn.to/39Viwnj

    Practical Ways to Lead an Innovative Organization: Modern Management Made Easy, Book 3 - https://amzn.to/3qS90Z3

    We of course covered more ground. For example about 2/3rds of the way through we talked about why the word experiment is a dirty word in most organizations. This is a longer interview, but when I grow up I want to be just like Johanna (I am serious). Here is her bio:

    Johanna Rothman, known as the “Pragmatic Manager,” offers frank advice for your tough problems. She helps leaders and teams do reasonable things that work. Equipped with that knowledge, they can decide how to adapt their product development.

    With her trademark practicality and humor, Johanna is the author of 18 books about many aspects of product development. Her most recent books are the Modern Management Made Easy series, From Chaos to Successful Distributed Agile Teams (with Mark Kilby) and Create Your Successful Agile Project: Collaborate, Measure, Estimate, Deliver.

    See all her books, blog, and other resources at jrothman.com and createadaptablelife.com.

    The Software Process and Measurement Cast is a proud media sponsor of the DevOps Online Summit.

    Not to put too fine a point on it, one of the best ways to get your message heard is to speak. The crew at the DevOps Online Summit provides a phenomenal platform to network with fellow practitioners from all over the world. Start the journey to speaking at the DevOps Online Summit 2021 by submitting at https://bit.ly/3syp2c5


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    Re-Read Saturday News

    Today we take on Chapter 7 of Great Big Agile, An OS for Agile Leaders by Jeff Dalton. In three more weeks, we will begin Fixing Your Scrum: Practical Solutions to Common Scrum Problems (it is time to buy a copy).

    Remember, buy a copy and read along.

    This week’s installment can be found at www.tomcagley.com/blog

    Previous installments:

    Week 1: Re-read Logistics and Front Matters - https://bit.ly/3mgz9P6

    Week 2: The API Is Broken - https://bit.ly/2JGpe7l

    Week 3: Performance Circle: Leading - https://bit.ly/2K3poWy

    Week 4: Performance Circle: Providing - http://bit.ly/3mNJJN7

    Week 5: Performance Circle: Envisioning - https://bit.ly/2JEVXdt

    Week 6: Performance Circle: Crafting - https://bit.ly/3ntsX69

    Week 7: Performance Circle: Affirming - http://bit.ly/35OvFgC

    Week 8: Performance Circle: Teaming - http://bit.ly/366CYk0

    Next SPaMCAST

    User Stories and Tony Timbol will take center stage. User stories are ubiquitous in agile. Getting them right is really important. Tony gives us some ideas to move the ball forward.

  • In this edition of the Software Process and Measurement Cast, I talk with Rick Hall, CEO of Aginity. Rick and I talked about analytics, which has been Rick’s lifelong passion. Rick provides insights on how analytics fits in a modern organization and how to staff that group. We also discussed serial entrepreneurship. His advice is, if you don’t have passion for the idea, don’t try it.

    Rick Hall is a software entrepreneur focused on the analytics market. He has led the development of over a dozen software products and taken several companies from the early stage to an eventual sale.

    Rick led a group in the purchase of Aginity in March of 2020, and has taken over the CEO role as a result. Aginity was an early innovator in Analytics Management and launched Aginity Pro early last year. The product is off to a fast start attracting 13,000 subscribers in the first nine months and is set to grow by more than 250% through 2021.

    Reach out to Rick

    https://www.linkedin.com/in/richard-hall-6685513/

    https://www.linkedin.com/company/aginity-inc/

    https://www.aginity.com/

    The Software Process and Measurement Cast is a proud media sponsor of the DevOps Online Summit.

    Not to put too fine a point on it, one of the best ways to get your message heard is to speak. The crew at the DevOps Online Summit provides a phenomenal platform to network with fellow practitioners from all over the world. Start the journey to speaking at the DevOps Online Summit 2021 by submitting at https://bit.ly/3syp2c5

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    Re-Read Saturday News

    As we begin Chapter 6 this week, we have four more weeks of our re-read of Great Big Agile, An OS for Agile Leaders by Jeff Dalton. We have three more chapters and then we will conclude with a few final notes before beginning Fixing Your Scrum: Practical Solutions to Common Scrum Problems (it is time to buy a copy).

    Chapter 6 goes into detail on the Performance Circle: Affirming. This is the part of the Agile Performance Holoracy (APH), Affirming asks teams and organizations to continuously evaluate whether they are being effective, and then to take steps to improve.

    Remember, buy a copy and read along.

    This week’s installment can be found at www.tomcagley.com/blog

    Previous installments:

    Week 1: Re-read Logistics and Front Matters - https://bit.ly/3mgz9P6

    Week 2: The API Is Broken - https://bit.ly/2JGpe7l

    Week 3: Performance Circle: Leading - https://bit.ly/2K3poWy

    Week 4: Performance Circle: Providing - http://bit.ly/3mNJJN7

    Week 5: Performance Circle: Envisioning - https://bit.ly/2JEVXdt

    Week 6: Performance Circle: Crafting - https://bit.ly/3ntsX69

    Week 7: Performance Circle: Affirming - http://bit.ly/35OvFgC



    Next SPaMCAST

    Year 14 is a wrap with this podcast, next week we start the next 14! Thank you to everyone that has been part of the first 14 years.

    The next week the Software Process and Measurement Cast week we begin year 15 with a visit from Johanna Rothman. We talked about her THREE new books, and, as usual, people, agile, and the world. I could not ask for a better start to our podcast year!

  • The Podcast this week features my interview with Unmesh Srivastava. We talked about organizational culture and disrupting health care through development that is customer-focused. We also spent time discussing the need for empathy in order to find critical business needs. Unmesh points out that many times technologists think with their technology before they think with their hearts.

    Unmesh is the Chief Technology Officer (CTO) at P3 Health Partners. Over the years, Unmesh and his teams have helped US healthcare with opportunities to drive innovation and disruptive transformation using digital enablement. He has worked with multiple innovative organizations building and deploying the next generation of healthcare. All the digital enablement projects have been geared towards driving a differentiated provider and patient experience while reducing the cost of care and improving quality of care. The technology products delivered by Unmesh and his teams range from clinical decision support technology for providers, data and artificial intelligence-enabled seamless care experience for patients, and multiple other innovations to drive down the administrative burden on the providers and health systems.

    Reach out on LinkedIn at https://www.linkedin.com/in/unmeshsrivastava/

    Re-Read Saturday News

    This week it is time for Chapter 5 of Great Big Agile, An OS for Agile Leaders by Jeff Dalton. This week we visit the Performance Circle, Crafting. I often state, somewhat tongue and cheek, that this part of agile is where all the stuff that’s required to actually create and deliver quality products and services occurs. If I wanted to be even blunter, I might state that this is where the magic happens – where words become something tangible.

    Remember, buy a copy and read along.

    This week’s installment can be found at www.tomcagley.com/blog

    Previous installments:

    Week 1: Re-read Logistics and Front Matters - https://bit.ly/3mgz9P6

    Week 2: The API Is Broken - https://bit.ly/2JGpe7l

    Week 3: Performance Circle: Leading - https://bit.ly/2K3poWy

    Week 4: Performance Circle: Providing - http://bit.ly/3mNJJN7

    Week 5: Performance Circle: Envisioning - https://bit.ly/2JEVXdt

    Week 6: Performance Circle: Crafting - https://bit.ly/3ntsX69

    Next SPaMCAST

    The next week the Software Process and Measurement Cast completes it’s 14th year with a discussion with Rick Hall. Rick and I talked about analytics and entrepreneurship. Rick is a successful serial entrepreneur who is happy to share his insights.

  • Software Process and Measurement Cast 632 reprises a panel from the 18th of March 2020 just as things were getting interesting on the working from the home front. Today we discuss what they have learned working with and supporting remote teams versus how it was supposed to work. The panel is:

    Jeff Dalton, jeff@broadswordsolutions.com

    Amy McDonough Amy, McDonough@spr.com

    Sandeep Koorse, Sandeep@koorse.com

    Christopher Hurney, Christopherhurney@gmail.com

    Tom Cagley, tcagley@tomcagley.com

    2020 was a year of firsts, this week one of those firsts intrudes on the podcast. Some sort of equipment error destroyed the first 8 ish minutes of the recording was lost. Actually lost was not a perfect description, in your mind picture a high-pitched screech. Then it was gone and the rest of the discussion was wonderful. I have chopped out the ear killing screech and we pick up late in the first question with Chris Hurney and go from there!

    Re-Read Saturday News

    This week it is time for Chapter 4 of Great Big Agile, An OS for Agile Leaders by Jeff Dalton. The Performance Circle, Envisioning, encompasses the behaviors and actions to describe what is required for “high-quality products and services.”

    Remember, buy a copy and read along.

    This week’s installment can be found at www.tomcagley.com/blog

    Previous installments:

    Week 1: Re-read Logistics and Front Matters - https://bit.ly/3mgz9P6

    Week 2: The API Is Broken - https://bit.ly/2JGpe7l

    Week 3: Performance Circle: Leading - https://bit.ly/2K3poWy

    Week 4: Performance Circle: Providing - http://bit.ly/3mNJJN7

    Week 5: Performance Circle: Envisioning - https://bit.ly/2JEVXdt

    Next SPaMCAST

    The next Software Process and Measurement Cast features my interview with Unmesh Srivastava. We talked about organizational culture and disrupting health care through development that is customer-focused.

  • This week’s Software Process and Measurement Cast features our interview with Ted Harrington, author of HACKABLE: How to Do Application Security Right. Application security requires planning, coding, and testing. It is not something that you can easily remedy after the fact - it needs to be part of the conversation before you write one line of code. Ted provides insights for developers, C-level executives, and product owners. If you have not bought a copy buy two copies (https://amzn.to/386w7Hr), one for you and one for your boss, and listen to the interview together.

    Ted’s Bio

    Ted Harrington is the author of HACKABLE: How to Do Application Security Right and the Executive Partner at Independent Security Evaluators (ISE), the company of ethical hackers famous for hacking cars, medical devices, and password managers. He’s helped hundreds of companies fix tens of thousands of security vulnerabilities, including Google, Amazon, Microsoft, Netflix, and more. For his stewardship of security research that Wired Magazine says “wins the prize, hands down,” Ted has been named both Executive of the Year by the American Business Awards and an SD Metro 40 Under 40 entrepreneur. He leads a team that started and organizes IoT Village, an event whose hacking contest is a three-time DEFCON Black Badge winner, representing the discovery of more than 300 zero-day vulnerabilities (and counting).

    Re-Read Saturday News

    This week we are talking a break from re-reading Great Big Agile, An OS for Agile Leaders by Jeff Dalton. I spent way too much time on Zoom calls enjoying physically distant holidays with family and friends.

    Remember, buy a copy and read along.

    This week’s installment can be found at www.tomcagley.com/blog

    Previous installments:

    Week 1: Re-read Logistics and Front Matters - https://bit.ly/3mgz9P6

    Week 2: The API Is Broken - https://bit.ly/2JGpe7l

    Week 3: Performance Circle: Leading - https://bit.ly/2K3poWy

    Week 4: Performance Circle: Providing - http://bit.ly/3mNJJN7

    Next SPaMCAST

    The next Software Process and Measurement Cast reprises a panel from the 18th of March 2020 just as things were getting interesting to discuss what they have learned working and supporting remote teams versus how supposed it would all work. The panel was comprised of:

    Jeff Dalton jeff@broadswordsolutions.com

    Amy McDonough Amy.McDonough@spr.com

    Sandeep Koorse Sandeep@koorse.com

    Christopher Hurney Christopherhurney@gmail.com

    And myself! tcagley@tomcagley.com

  • In March 2020, as our world was shrinking and words like 'lockdown' and 'zoom-bombing' were becoming a reality, we recorded and aired SPaMCAST 597. Paul Laberge, Susan Parente, Jo Ann Sweeney, John Voris, and I talked about how we could create or preserve interactions leading to serendipity. Remote working was new for many people. This week we discuss what went well and what have we learned from nearly a year of working remotely. As the editor of the SPaMCAST it is my great pleasure to reconvene a group of people that have such great insight into people. The discussion is full of great ideas to improve remote and hybrid working environments, but most of all it is full of ideas to help respect people in tough times or not.

    Panelist Bios

    Jo Ann Sweeney FCIM FIIC MCIPR is an engagement and communication consultant. Typically, she acts as change management lead on complex programs, facilitating the development of effective engagement, training, and communication strategies, and then assisting as the strategies are implemented.

    Clients value her deep understanding of audiences. Jo Ann is known for clarifying the complex and for persuading key stakeholders to get involved and actively support change.

    You are welcome to download a complimentary copy of Jo Ann’s guide How to Explain Change in 8 Easy Steps at https://freeguide.explaining-change.com/

    Contact Jo Ann at jo.ann@sweeneycomms.com

    John Voris is the current leader of AgilePhilly, the local user group in the Philadelphia area for Scrum, Kanban, and Lean Software. (www.AgilePhilly.com) His day job is working on financial applications for Crown Cork & Seal, an essential company with over 100 years of manufacturing food and beverage cans. Prior to Crown, John was an independent software consultant for 30+ years helping both small companies and Fortune 100 large companies with both applications and operating systems.

    Reach out on LinkedIn: linkedin.com/in/john-voris-7b20525

    With more than 30 years in the information technology industry, Paul Laberge – CGI Director Consulting-Expert, has a wide range of experience providing IT project management. He enjoys coaching leaders in deploying business technology solutions. His experience in organizational change management spans many different lifecycles including transitions to Agile frameworks (RUP, XP, Scrum, SAFe, Nexxus, LeSS) and incorporating Lean (Kanban) methodologies.

    Reach out on LinkedIn: linkedin.com/in/paullaberge

    Susan Parente is a Principal Consultant at S3 Technologies, LLC and a University Professor at multiple Universities. Mrs. Parente is an author, mentor and professor focused on risk management, traditional and Agile project management. Her experience is augmented by her Masters in Engineering Management with a focus in Marketing of Technology from George Washington University, DC, along with a number of professional certifications. Ms. Parente has 23+ years’ experience leading software and business development projects in the private and public sectors, including a decade of experience implementing IT projects for the DoD.

    Contact Susan at parente.s3@gmail.com

    Re-Read Saturday News

    This week the re-read of Great Big Agile, An OS for Agile Leaders by Jeff Dalton dives into Chapter 3. Chapter 3 describes the Providing Performance Circle. Providing is all about the logistics and the culture of the organization. If I were drawing a Venn Diagram, providing and leading (Chapter 2) have a significant overlap.

    Remember, buy a copy and read along.

    This week’s installment can be found at www.tomcagley.com/blog

    Previous installments:

    Week 1: Re-read Logistics and Front Matters - https://bit.ly/3mgz9P6

    Week 2: The API Is Broken - https://bit.ly/2JGpe7l

    Week 3: Performance Circle: Leading - https://bit.ly/2K3poWy

    Next SPaMCAST

    The next Software Process and Measurement Cast will feature our interview with Ted Harrington, author of HACKABLE: How to Do Application Security Right. Security is not something that you can easily remedy after the fact - it needs to be part of the conversation before you write one line of code. Ted provides insights for developers, C-level executives, and product owners. If you have not bought a copy buy two copies (https://amzn.to/386w7Hr), one for you and one for your boss. Then listen to the interview together.

  • This week we are staying with metrics and Manning Publications for a chat with Christopher W H Davis, author of Agile Metrics in Action, How to Measure and Improve Team Performance. Why more metrics? Well first, the M in SPaMCAST is for metrics. Secondly, metrics are important tools for teams and organizations when used wisely. Many in the agile world hear the term metric or measure and run screaming from the room. I asked Chris if he thought combining 'metics' and 'agile' was an oxymoron - he thinks not.

    After you have listened, buy a copy of Chris’s book using the link http://mng.bz/r2Og Don’t pay full price by using the discount code podspam20 to get a 40% discount code (good for all Manning products in all formats).

    Chris’s Bio:

    Christopher Davis has been working as an engineer, manager, author, and consultant focused on innovation since the 20th century. Since coming to Microsoft 4 years ago Chris has been focused on retail innovation with Fortune 500 companies. Prior to that he worked at Nike where he designed the platform behind the Nike+ Fuelband and running apps, helped redesign their ecommerce system, and led their initial push to go cloud native, while writing the influential book on measuring software development teams, Agile Metrics in Action. Currently finishing his Ph.D. in Technical Management designing state of the art working models for human-AI collaboration, Chris also enjoys playing classical guitar and building robots with his kids.

    Re-Read Saturday News

    This week the re-read of Great Big Agile, An OS for Agile Leaders by Jeff Dalton dives into chapter 2. Chapter 2 begins Part 2 which is focused on the six Performance Circles. Leading is first. Jeff points out that this is the most important of the circles because an organization without strong leadership will not allow teams to self-organize.

    Remember, buy a copy and read along.

    This week’s installment

    Week 3: Performance Circle: Leading - https://bit.ly/2K3poWy

    Previous installments:

    Week 1: Re-read Logistics and Front Matters - https://bit.ly/3mgz9P6

    Week 2: The API Is Broken - https://bit.ly/2JGpe7l

    Next SPaMCAST

    The next Software Process and Measurement Cast will feature a reprise of a panel interview originally recorded in March and aired on SPaMCAST 597 just as the pandemic was re-writing the landscape of the workplace. Paul Laberge, Susan Parente, Jo Ann Sweeney, John Voris, and I reconvene to reflect on an interesting year and the challenges of today’s workplace.