Software Process and Measurement Cast

Thomas M. Cagley Jr

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SPaMCAST explores the varied world of software process improvement and measurement. The cast covers topics that deal with the challenges found in information technology organizations as they grow and evolve.

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SPaMCAST 715 - Work Entry or Work Intake, Product Owner, Scrum Master, and Meeting Scheduler - NOT!, Essays and Conversations

A funny thing happened on the way to the essay this week. I was distracted by feedback from a colleague on a workshop Jeremy Willets and I developed and delivered this week. We discuss why the phrase work entry describes how work gets to teams and organizations, and why “work intake” masks problems in the real world.  We also have a visit from Susan Parente and her Not A Scrumdamentalist column. This month Susan answers a listener's question about whether it makes sense for a Scrum Master to also play other roles on a team.    Do you have questions that you would like Susan, Jon, Jeremy, Tony, or myself to answer?  Leave a voice message at 01.440.668.5717 or an email at spamcastinfo@gmail.com. RE-READ SATURDAY NEWS Chapter 4 of Coaching Agile Teams by Lyssa Adkins, discusses the idea that a team, individual, or organization follows a path from a learner to mastery to a teacher using the Shu Ha Ri metaphor. The concept of Shu Ha Ri represents a continuum of learning. In martial arts or any demonstrable activity, practitioners must learn and practice before they can take the next step forward. Carol Dweck, in her book Mindset, postulated that even the most gifted athletes need an open mindset to succeed in the long run. To progress across the continuum of learning everyone needs to put in the work. I suspect that for many, the Shu state is the hardest to accept because we all want to believe we are special and we are all impatient to meet the prize of mastery. Remember to buy a copy of  Coaching Agile Teams by Lyssa Adkins (SPaMCAST Amazon affiliate line https://amzn.to/38G0ZD3 https://amzn.to/38G0ZD3) and read along! Previous Installments Week 1: Logistics and Introduction - https://bit.ly/3A1aNTe  Week 2: Will I Be A Good Coach - https://bit.ly/3nzDAHg https://bit.ly/3nzDAHg  Week 3: Expect High Performance - https://bit.ly/3Rl4fFf  Week 4: Master Yourself - https://bit.ly/3zL8t2n https://bit.ly/3zL8t2n  Week 5: Let Your Style Change - https://bit.ly/3Q8zHWa https://bit.ly/3Q8zHWa    NEXT SPAMCAST  The SPaMCAST 716 features our interview with Jeff Perry.  Jeff and I talked about consciously guiding a career in technology. We also wrestled with the difference between a series of jobs and a career. Jeff delivers a ton of hard-won advice.  

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Aug 07
SPaMCAST 714 - Shift Right! A Conversation With Jonathon Wright

Today Jonathon Wright will shift us…right? After decades of listening to the mantra shift left, you probably think you are entering the twilight zone. Maybe, but not on our account! Jonathan and I talked about putting customers first, testing AI, quality, and leadership.   Jonathon Wright is the Chief Technology Evangelist and heads up Solution Engineering (R&D) for Eggplant a Keysight Technologies company. He is a strategic thought leader and distinguished technology evangelist. He specializes in emerging technologies, innovation, and automation, and has more than 25 years of international commercial experience within global organizations. Jonathon combines his extensive practical experience and leadership with insights into real-world adoption of Cognitive Engineering (Enterprise A.I. and AIOps). Thus, he is frequently in demand as a speaker at international conferences such as TEDx, Gartner, Oracle, AI Summit, ITWeb, EuroSTAR, STAREast, STARWest, UKSTAR, Guild Conferences, Swiss Testing Days, Unicom, DevOps Summit, TestExpo, and Vivit Community. Jonathon also hosts the QA lead (based in Canada) and is the author of several award-winning books (2010 – 2022) the latest with Rex Black on ‘AI for Software Testing.  Podcast: https://theqalead.com/podcasts/ LinkedIn: linkedin.com/in/automation Twitter: @Jonathon_Wright Webpage: https://www.keysight.com/zz/en/home.html  UPCOMING EVENTS Jeremy Willets and I have been accepted as speakers for this year’s Path to Agility! Our workshop is titled “Managing Work Entry: How the Mushy Middle is Killing Your Agility.” I’m very excited to be part of this wonderful conference and hope to reconnect with long-time colleagues at a fabulous venue — The Ohio Union at The Ohio State University. See you soon Columbus! August 1 - 2  in Columbus, Ohio Register Today: https://bit.ly/3otqg7u  RE-READ SATURDAY NEWS I am still recovering from a Covid infection I picked up at or getting to Agile 2022. All in all I have been lucky (and prepared) and have weathered a mild brush with this disease. My chest still feels like I was mugged, but every day I am getting better. The lack of self-awareness that I was getting sick until things were full-blown is fairly startling. It was more startling when I was re-reading Chapter 3 of Coaching Agile Teams by Lyssa Adkins (SPaMCAST Amazon affiliate line https://amzn.to/38G0ZD3 https://amzn.to/38G0ZD3 - buy a copy) again this week in preparation to write this essay.  Previous Installments Week 1: Logistics and Introduction - https://bit.ly/3A1aNTe  Week 2: Will I Be A Good Coach - https://bit.ly/3nzDAHg https://bit.ly/3nzDAHg  Week 3: Expect High Performance - https://bit.ly/3Rl4fFf  Week 4: Master Yourself - https://bit.ly/3zL8t2n https://bit.ly/3zL8t2n    NEXT SPAMCAST  We will map the attributes of flow explored in SPaMCAST 708 to a basic palette of flow metrics. This will complete the circle defining flow, establishing basic attributes, and then identifying how to measure flow through its attributes.  We will also have a visit from Susan Parente who will bring her Not A Scrumdamentalist column to the cast!   

36m
Jul 31
SPaMCAST 713 - Agile 2022, Who Is Responsible For Quality, Essays and Conversations

Today’s cast is a very short podcast.  Over the past week, I spent an amazing week at Agile 2022. My goal was to be re-radicalized. I reconnected with friends, made new friends, learned a new set of personal pronouns (while not for me, they really work well), picked up a bunch of swag, learned a ton, got re-energized and re-radicalized, and got Covid19. I could have done without the latter. I will get better, but right now it is moving up on my personal least fun thing to do list. I told Jeremy  Berriault (you will hear from him later) that Covid is somewhere between the sixth and seventh least fun thing I've ever been involved with. It was a solid #7 yesterday. With luck, things will be back to normal soon.   All that aside, the money shot presentation (for me) was given by Bethany Andres-Beck, titled “A Radical Culture of Culture Building.” Zie rocked it. The combination of small group influencing techniques combined with anarchist meeting design, community activism from the civil rights era, and the women’s movent was simply brilliant. Better yet, none of it was pie in the sky theory but the relating of an experience report. I need to talk hir into appearing on the podcast. This presentation was worth the price of admission for me. I will share more in the near future.  This week we return to the QA Corner with Jeremy Berriault to discuss who is responsible for quality. In many organizations quality is on QA’s shoulders, should it be? UPCOMING EVENT Jeremy Willets and I have been accepted as speakers for this year’s Path to Agility! Our workshop is titled “Managing Work Entry: How the Mushy Middle is Killing Your Agility.” I’m very excited to be part of this wonderful conference and hope to reconnect with long-time colleagues at a fabulous venue — The Ohio Union at The Ohio State University. See you soon Columbus!   August 1 - 2  in Columbus, Ohio Register Today: https://bit.ly/3otqg7u    RE-READ SATURDAY NEWS WE WILL BE BACK NEXT WEEK BARRING ANY CATASTROPHES. Remember to buy a copy of Coaching Agile Teams by Lyssa Adkins https://amzn.to/38G0ZD3 and read along.   Previous Installments Week 1: Logistics and Introduction - https://bit.ly/3A1aNTe  Week 2: Will I Be A Good Coach - https://bit.ly/3nzDAHg https://bit.ly/3nzDAHg  Week 3: Expect High Performance - https://bit.ly/3Rl4fFf    NEXT SPAMCAST  Next week we will feature our interview with Jonathan Wright. Jonathan and I will discuss shifting right. If, after decades of listening to the mantra shift left, you just experienced whiplash, I understand. 

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Jul 24
SPaMCAST 712 - The Collaboration Equation, A Conversation With Jim Benson

Jim Benson has a new book titled, The Collaboration Equation. Jim states that collaboration “is the base of the human condition, we need other people in order to live, but always seem to be at odds with each other.” Jim also states that unless you are striving for improvement, you are unprofessional. I really like talking to Jim; Jim is a force of nature.  Jim’s career path has taken him through government agencies, Fortune 10 corporations, and start-ups. Through them all, his passion has remained consistent – applying new technologies to workgroups. In each case asking how they can be leveraged to collaborate and cooperate more effectively. Jim loves ideas, creation, and building opportunities. He loves working with teams who are passionate about the future, pushing boundaries, and inclusion. His goal with all technologies is to increase beneficial contact between people and reduce the bureaucratic noise which so often tends to increase costs and destroy creativity. Jim is the author of the Shingo Research Award-winning book Personal Kanban (use the link to buy a copy and support the podcast). He is a noted expert in business process, personal work management, and the application of Lean to personal work and life. Jim believes that the best process is the least process necessary to achieve goals. He has zero tolerance for process waste. All said, Jim enjoys helping people and teams work out sticky problems, an advocate of people actually seeing their work, and inventing new ways to work at the intersection of Lean thinking, brain science, and leadership. Contact Jim Twitter: https://twitter.com/ourfounder LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/jimbenson Personal Kanban: http://www.personalkanban.com/pk/#sthash.MtOA96sV.dpbs Modus Cooperandi: http://moduscooperandi.com/ http://moduscooperandi.com/ RE-READ SATURDAY NEWS We are talking the week off on our re-read Coaching Agile Teams by Lyssa Adkins (SPaMCAST Amazon affiliate line https://amzn.to/38G0ZD3 - buy a copy). I was traveling to Nashville for Agile 2022 (let me know if you are here).  Next week we will be back on track but in the interim remember to buy a copy of Coaching Agile Teams by Lyssa Adkins https://amzn.to/38G0ZD3 and read along. Previous Installments Week 1: Logistics and Introduction - https://bit.ly/3A1aNTe  Week 2: Will I Be A Good Coach - https://bit.ly/3nzDAHg https://bit.ly/3nzDAHg  Week 3: Expect High Performance - https://bit.ly/3Rl4fFf    NEXT SPAMCAST  We will map our basic flow metrics palttet a simple organizational hierarchy. Some metrics tell us where we were and some tell us where we are going. This essay reflects work that Jeremy WIllets and I are exploring.  We will also have a visit from Jeremy Berriault who brings his QA Corner to the Software Process and Measurement Cast.  

36m
Jul 17
SPaMCAST 711 - Why Re-read Saturday, Team Leaders In Scrum, Essays and Conversations

This week we make a quick side trip. Earlier this week I was asked why I “did” the Re-read Saturday column. Today, I offer a short explanation and highlight the experiments I am running as part of our re-read of Coaching Agile Teams by Lyssa Adkins https://amzn.to/38G0ZD3. We also have a visit from Jon M. Quigley. In this installment of his Alpha and Omega of Product Development, Jon and I discuss the role of the team lead in agile teams that have coaches, scrum masters, and just might be self-organizing. There is a role but it is not the classic version that is in common use. Why Do I “Do” Re-read Saturday. Re-read Saturday is a long-running column featured on my blog (tcagley.wordpress.com) and at tomcagley.com. The books selected for the column are nominated and then voted on by readers. Because most books are selected by the acclaim from readers of the blog, the re-read is sometimes actually the first read for me. During the re-read we read, discuss, and highlight concepts chapter by chapter.  There are three major reasons for the column. One, the column draws eyes. A blog without readers is a diary. Over the years, many of the top 10 annual posts have been from the re-read feature. A second reason, and perhaps the original reason was that I had not read some of these books before and really needed to read them. For some of the other books we have re-read, the re-read drove home the point that memory erodes over time. For example, I am embarrassed to say I had forgotten the story of Herby (check out the re-read of The Goal). Reason two is that the re-read is a forcing function to guide behavior. The books we read and re-read help shape how we behave. The third reason is that the column generates a lot of interaction. I have heard from readers and authors with ideas and opinions. The interactions have certainly improved my understanding of how work is done and how to improve. The level of interaction suggests that the readers get similar benefits. Recently, I decided to run weekly experiments based on the chapter I am reading. The weekly experiment is another forcing function. Doing the activity drives home a point so it is harder to forget. For example from the re-read of Chapter 2 of Coaching Agile Teams by Lyssa Adkins titled Expect High Performance I am focusing on using metaphors to guide behaviors. As an experiment, I am establishing a metaphor for myself. The goal is to see whether having a metaphor changes my behavior. The concept of the weekly experiment might end up being the best reason for me to “do” Re-read Saturday and perhaps the best reason for you, the reader, to participate. PS -- I am not convinced that the person that asked was really looking for this much information. I actually think they we asking why read books at all when you watch videos which lead us to a different discussion which I will share another day.  Finally, have you downloaded the book referenced in last week's interview? Check out at www.agileagonist.com http://www.agileagonist.com/  RE-READ SATURDAY NEWS This week, Chapter 2 of Coaching Agile Teams by Lyssa Adkins (SPaMCAST Amazon affiliate line https://amzn.to/38G0ZD3 https://amzn.to/38G0ZD3 - buy a copy). The chapter’s title is Expect High Performance. As a coach, you need to have high expectations of yourself and those you are coaching.  Remember to buy a copy of Coaching Agile Teams by Lyssa Adkins https://amzn.to/38G0ZD3 and read along. Previous Installments Week 1: Logistics and Introduction - https://bit.ly/3A1aNTe  Week 2: Will I Be A Good Coach - https://bit.ly/3nzDAHg https://bit.ly/3nzDAHg  Week 3: Expect High Performance - https://bit.ly/3Rl4fFf    NEXT SPAMCAST  Jim Benson has a new book titled, The Collaboration Equation. The first sentence in the description of the book is:  “It is the base of the human condition, we need other people in order to live, but always seem to be at odds with each other.”  We went from there,  

21m
Jul 10
SPaMCAST 710 - Seeing Money Clearly, Throughput Accounting, A Conversation With Daniel Doiron

Daniel Doiron's new book challenges Agile Centers of Excellence to view decision-making through the lens of Throughput Accounting.  Throughput Accounting is a lot of things: __ __ Daniel’s Bio “I am the only CPA in the world - negative assurance provided - to give a one-day Throughput Accounting class to a CPA chapter (Québec) within the scope of their mandatory Professional Development Program. A few CPA chapters in the world give diluted Throughput Accounting classes in a recorded format and ignore the Five Focusing Steps, thereby disqualifying them from the spirit of Throughput Accounting”, states Doiron.   “For Agile CoEs (Center of Excellence), I wrote the only Throughput Accounting book dealing exclusively with Knowledge Work. It has received rave reviews from the top minds in Throughput Accounting as I have brought numerous novelties never thought of before.” In short, :  __ __ Download at www.agileagonist.com and reach out at daniel_doiron@hotmail.com and on Twitter @AgileAgonist RE-READ SATURDAY  NEWS This week, Chapter 1 of Coaching Agile Teams by Lyssa Adkins (SPaMCAST Amazon affiliate line https://amzn.to/38G0ZD3 https://amzn.to/38G0ZD3 - buy a copy). The chapter tackles more than just the question embedded in the title exploring why a coach is needed, the path to becoming a coach, and both the mindsets and skills a coach needs.    Read all of Week 1’s entry https://bit.ly/3A1aNTe https://bit.ly/3A1aNTe and next week we will cover Part 1, Chapter 1: Will I Be A Good Coach.    Remember to buy a copy of Coaching Agile Teams by Lyssa Adkins and read along. Week 1: Logistics and Introduction - https://bit.ly/3A1aNTe  Week 2: Will I Be A Good Coach - https://bit.ly/3nzDAHg https://bit.ly/3nzDAHg  NEXT SPAMCAST  We will map the attributes of flow explored in SPaMCAST 708 to a basic palette of flow metrics. This will complete the circle defining flow, establishing basic attributes, and then identifying how to measure flow through its attributes.    We will also have a visit from Jon M. Quigley who brings his Alpha and Omega of Product Development to the cast! 

40m
Jul 03
SPaMCAST 709 - Basics, Flow Attributes, Agile Requirements, Essays and Conversations With Tony Timbol

Definitions provide several benefits. The first is that once a definition for an object or concept is agreed upon, it is far easier to have a discussion without getting confused. A second and equally important benefit is that definitions provide a platform for establishing attributes that can be used to describe the object or idea. Attributes are critical because even with a definition we need to communicate and measure nuances. Just think if you only had one word to describe rain or hot; a lot would be lost. Today we identify four basic attributes of flow.  We will also have a visit from Tony Timbol who brings his “To Tell A Story” column to the podcast. In this installment, Tony and I talk about agile requirements. They really exist…really! RE-READ SATURDAY  NEWS This week we began our re-read of Coaching Agile Teams by Lyssa Adkins (SPaMCAST Amazon affiliate line https://amzn.to/38G0ZD3 https://amzn.to/38G0ZD3 buy a copy). I am re-reading my Kindle version of the book.  The front matter includes Forwards by Mike Cohn, Jim Highsmith, Acknowledgments, Introduction, and a section titled, About the Author. The main body of the book is in three parts comprised of 13 chapters. It is indexed -- useful for reference books! I estimate 16 or 17 weeks to complete the re-read depending on my travel. Note: The Kindle edition of the book has not been updated and will not run on the Paperwhite Version 10 models, so we will re-read it on the iPhone and Laptop -- I did not have a happy chat with Kindle support on this issue.  Wake up, Addison Wesley! Read all of Week 1’s Entry https://bit.ly/3A1aNTe https://bit.ly/3A1aNTe and next week we will cover Part 1, Chapter 1: Will I Be A Good Coach.    Remember to buy a copy of Coaching Agile Teams by Lyssa Adkins and read along. If you are still catching up on the re-read of Why Limit WIP are are all of the links”: Week 1: Preface, Foreword, Introduction, and Logistics – https://bit.ly/3iDezbp Week 2: Processing and Memory – https://bit.ly/3qYR4yg https://bit.ly/3qYR4yg  Week 3: Completion - https://bit.ly/3usMiLm Week 4: Multitasking - https://bit.ly/37hUh5z  Week 5: Context Switching - https://bit.ly/3K8KADF https://bit.ly/3K8KADF  Week 6: Creating An Economy -  https://bit.ly/3F1XKkZ  Week 7: Healthy Constraints - https://bit.ly/3kM8xqh https://bit.ly/3kM8xqh  Week 8: Focus - https://bit.ly/3PkE0hg  Week 9: Awareness - https://bit.ly/3LBZfIl  Week 10: Communication - https://bit.ly/39Tji7Q  Week 11: Learning - https://bit.ly/38HQNtJ  Week 12: Epilogue and Final Notes - https://bit.ly/3y3LH4M https://bit.ly/3y3LH4M  NEXT SPAMCAST  Daniel Dorion returns to the podcast next week to talk about his new book, Throughput Accounting - Seeing Money Clearly. Daniel begins the Prologue of his new book with the statement “My aim is to have you think differently and lose your reflexes and cognitive biases that are the fabric of society.” You will have a lot to think about after you listen!

19m
Jun 26
SPaMCAST 708 - The CEO As Leader and Visionary Two Years Later, An Interview With Brian Weaver

107 podcasts ago (just a little over two years ago) on SPAMCAST 601 I interviewed Brian Weaver of Torch.AI about leadership. Lots of things have happened since then, a pandemic, Europe in flames again and Torch.AI thriving.  It was great to touch base with Brian to talk about how his perspective as a leader has changed.  While not needed for this interview, I highly recommend listening to SPaMCAST 601 either before or after.   Brian serves as CEO of Torch.AI and has more than 20 years of experience leading mission-driven, high-growth, technology-focused companies. Torch.AI helps leading organizations leverage artificial intelligence in a unique way via a proprietary enterprise data management software solution. Today, Torch.AI supports clients like H&R Block with fraud detection and mitigation and the U.S. Department of Defense with machine learning-enabled background investigations for all federal employees, supporting the determination of an individual’s trustworthiness and security credentialing. LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/briangweaver/ Torch.AI – https://torch.ai/ RE-READ SATURDAY  NEWS Completing a re-read is always bittersweet. Today we say goodbye to a friend, Why Limit WIP: We Are Drowning In Work. The final chapter is the Epilogue and interwoven are our final notes.  Next week we lay out the logistics for our re-read of Coaching Agile Teams by Lyssa Arkins https://amzn.to/38G0ZD3 https://amzn.to/38G0ZD3.    Remember to buy a copy and read along.  Amazon Affiliate LInk:  https://amzn.to/36Rq3p5    Previous Entries Week 1: Preface, Foreword, Introduction, and Logistics – https://bit.ly/3iDezbp Week 2: Processing and Memory – https://bit.ly/3qYR4yg https://bit.ly/3qYR4yg  Week 3: Completion - https://bit.ly/3usMiLm Week 4: Multitasking - https://bit.ly/37hUh5z  Week 5: Context Switching - https://bit.ly/3K8KADF https://bit.ly/3K8KADF  Week 6: Creating An Economy -  https://bit.ly/3F1XKkZ  Week 7: Healthy Constraints - https://bit.ly/3kM8xqh https://bit.ly/3kM8xqh  Week 8: Focus - https://bit.ly/3PkE0hg  Week 9: Awareness - https://bit.ly/3LBZfIl  Week 10: Communication - https://bit.ly/39Tji7Q  Week 11: Learning - https://bit.ly/38HQNtJ  Week 12: Epilogue and Final Notes - https://bit.ly/3y3LH4M https://bit.ly/3y3LH4M    NEXT SPAMCAST  Everyone has a set of attributes they use to describe and measure flow.  Let's narrow the field to the most important few and start from there. We will also have a visit from Tony TImbol and his To Tell A Story Column. 

33m
Jun 19
SPaMCAST 707 - Leadership And Management, Next Re-read Saturday Books, A Conversation With Susan Parente

In SPaMCAST 707 Susan Parente and I discuss the difference between leadership and management in her Not A Scrumdamentalist column. These two concepts are related but not the same.  The votes are in!  The next three books for Re-read Saturday are: Coaching Agile Teams by Lyssa Arkins https://amzn.to/38G0ZD3 https://amzn.to/38G0ZD3  Extraordinarily Badass Agile Coaching by Bob Galen https://amzn.to/3wJsbtS  Team Topologies by Matthew Skelton, Manuel Pais, and Ruth Malan https://amzn.to/3yXINzo  RE-READ SATURDAY  NEWS This week, we are revisiting (and re-editing) the conclusion of the first re-read to tide you over to the completion of Why Limit WIP.  I have been backpacking, glamping, and visiting my father for the past eight days. That in its own right would not have precluded completing our re-read, but I also forgot the power cord for my laptop.  Next week we will conclude our re-read of Why Limit WIP: We Are Drowning In Work. Remember to buy a copy and read along.  Amazon Affiliate LInk:  https://amzn.to/36Rq3p5  Previous Entries Week 1: Preface, Foreword, Introduction, and Logistics – https://bit.ly/3iDezbp Week 2: Processing and Memory – https://bit.ly/3qYR4yg https://bit.ly/3qYR4yg  Week 3: Completion - https://bit.ly/3usMiLm Week 4: Multitasking - https://bit.ly/37hUh5z  Week 5: Context Switching - https://bit.ly/3K8KADF https://bit.ly/3K8KADF  Week 6: Creating An Economy -  https://bit.ly/3F1XKkZ  Week 7: Healthy Constraints - https://bit.ly/3kM8xqh https://bit.ly/3kM8xqh  Week 8: Focus - https://bit.ly/3PkE0hg  Week 9: Awareness - https://bit.ly/3LBZfIl  Week 10: Communication - https://bit.ly/39Tji7Q  Week 11: Learning - https://bit.ly/38HQNtJ  NEXT SPAMCAST  Brian Weaver returns to the Software Process and Measurement Cast to discuss the impact of AI on business, leadership, and development. 

23m
Jun 12
SPaMCAST 706 - Humans Are Hard, Code Is Easy, A Conversation With Tom Henricksen

SPaMCAST 706 features a conversation with Tom Henricksen. Tom makes a strong case that ignoring soft skills will limit your ability to deliver real value. Tom says, "Humans Are Hard, Code Is Easy." Tom’s Bio: Tom Henricksen is a problem-solving technology professional. He has worked in various roles in technology for over twenty years. Tom has learned how to solve challenging issues in technology and lead technical teams. He can help you develop those skills too! URL: codeiseasy.co LinkedIn: linkedin.com/in/tomhenricksen  Twitter: @tomhenricksen RE-READ SATURDAY  NEWS The bottom line to Chapter 10 of Why Limit WIP: We Are Drowning In Work https://amzn.to/36Rq3p5 is simple (assuming you have been re-reading along): too much WIP interferes with learning. Without the time or inclination to experiment, the best scenario is learning by accident.  In Chapter 10, the author discusses how knowledge workers learn.   Remember to buy a copy and read along.  Amazon Affiliate LInk:  https://amzn.to/36Rq3p5  Previous Entries Week 1: Preface, Foreword, Introduction, and Logistics – https://bit.ly/3iDezbp Week 2: Processing and Memory – https://bit.ly/3qYR4yg https://bit.ly/3qYR4yg  Week 3: Completion - https://bit.ly/3usMiLm Week 4: Multitasking - https://bit.ly/37hUh5z  Week 5: Context Switching - https://bit.ly/3K8KADF https://bit.ly/3K8KADF  Week 6: Creating An Economy -  https://bit.ly/3F1XKkZ  Week 7: Healthy Constraints - https://bit.ly/3kM8xqh https://bit.ly/3kM8xqh  Week 8: Focus - https://bit.ly/3PkE0hg  Week 9: Awareness - https://bit.ly/3LBZfIl  Week 10: Communication - https://bit.ly/39Tji7Q  Week 11: Learning - https://bit.ly/38HQNtJ  NEXT SPAMCAST  In SPaMCAST 707 it is back to flow basics with a discussion of the attributes of flow. Scott Ambler described two attributes of flow as smoothness and scent. We will discuss.  We will also have a visit from Susan Parente who will bring her Not A Scrumdamentalist column to the podcast. 

26m
Jun 05
SPaMCAST 705 - Flow, Agile Basics, Scrum Master Not Your Admin, Essays and Conversation

In the SPaMCAST 705 we stay with the basics and define the term flow. I recently listened to a conversation where the term flow was used 30ish times in 30 minutes. Each use of the term meant something different. Today we draw a line in the sand to improve communication.  We also have a visit from Jeremy Berriault from the QA Corner.  Jeremy and I discussed the mistaken belief that Scrum Master and Coach can be translated to administrative assistant.  RE-READ SATURDAY  NEWS In Chapter 9 of   Why Limit WIP: We Are Drowning In Work https://amzn.to/36Rq3p5, the author extols the virtues of transparency. The Kanban board provides a platform for everyone (I am not being hyperbolic) to understand how much work is in process. Remember to buy a copy and read along.  Amazon Affiliate LInk:  https://amzn.to/36Rq3p5  Previous Entries Week 1: Preface, Foreword, Introduction, and Logistics – https://bit.ly/3iDezbp Week 2: Processing and Memory – https://bit.ly/3qYR4yg https://bit.ly/3qYR4yg  Week 3: Completion - https://bit.ly/3usMiLm Week 4: Multitasking - https://bit.ly/37hUh5z  Week 5: Context Switching - https://bit.ly/3K8KADF https://bit.ly/3K8KADF  Week 6: Creating An Economy -  https://bit.ly/3F1XKkZ  Week 7: Healthy Constraints - https://bit.ly/3kM8xqh https://bit.ly/3kM8xqh  Week 8: Focus - https://bit.ly/3PkE0hg  Week 9: Awareness - https://bit.ly/3LBZfIl  Week 10: Communication - https://bit.ly/39Tji7Q  NEXT SPAMCAST  In SPaMCAST 706 we have a visit from Tom Henricksen. We walked about programmers and soft skills… like communication. As Tom says, "Humans Are Hard, Code Is Easy."

21m
May 29
SPaMCAST 704 - Leadership and Diving For Golf Balls, A Conversation With Stuart Leo

In the Software Process and Measurement Cast 704, we talk leadership with Stuart Leo Founder & CEO of Waymaker.io. One of the reasons I enjoy interviews is that I often stumble across great stories.  Stuart’s entrepreneurial origin story includes golf balls, icy Tasmanian lakes, and scuba divers -- I will remember this story until I die.  Stuart is a global thinker in strategy, systems, and leadership development. As the founder of Waymaker.io he has led the creation of Waymaker’s Leadership Curve - a revolutionary way of building clarity, alignment, and remarkable results for any organization. LinkedIn linkedin.com/in/stuartleo Company Website waymaker.io   Blog waymaker.io/blog-feed/   Twitter @stuartleo  RE-READ SATURDAY  NEWS This week’s chapter of Why Limit WIP: We Are Drowning In Work https://amzn.to/36Rq3p5 opens with a quote from The Dalai Lama linking effective self-discipline with awareness of consequences. The chapter, titled Awareness, speaks to me of redemption. Awareness is a precursor to shedding helplessness and ignites the desire to act. I have spent a large part of my career participating, influencing, and/or leading change. Struggle is a common thread in nearly all of these efforts when entrenched leaders push back against ideas that bubble up from teams or other levels of the organization. Whether from fear or myriad other reasons, there are consequences for everyone involved. Learned helplessness, as noted in Chapter 7, or a dawning awareness that there are other possibilities creates an impetus for change. Whether change creates better processes, products, relationships, or changes in the workforce (that means people leaving) boils down to agency. Remember to buy a copy and read along.  Amazon Affiliate LInk:  https://amzn.to/36Rq3p5  Previous Entries Week 1: Preface, Foreword, Introduction, and Logistics – https://bit.ly/3iDezbp Week 2: Processing and Memory – https://bit.ly/3qYR4yg https://bit.ly/3qYR4yg  Week 3: Completion - https://bit.ly/3usMiLm Week 4: Multitasking - https://bit.ly/37hUh5z  Week 5: Context Switching - https://bit.ly/3K8KADF https://bit.ly/3K8KADF  Week 6: Creating An Economy -  https://bit.ly/3F1XKkZ  Week 7: Healthy Constraints - https://bit.ly/3kM8xqh https://bit.ly/3kM8xqh  Week 8: Focus - https://bit.ly/3PkE0hg  NEXT SPAMCAST  In the SPaMCAST 705 we define the term flow. I listened to a conversation last week. The term flow was used 30ish times in 30 minutes. Each use of the term meant something different. Let's draw a line in the sand to improve communication.  We will also have a visit from Susan Parente who brings another fabulous installment of Not A Scrumdamentalist to the podcast. 

34m
May 22
SPaMCAST 703 - Commitment, Humans and Automation, Essays and Conversations

In the Software Process and Measurement Cast 703, we wrestle with one of the basics of agile.  What is the power of making a commitment? Making and keeping commitments are core components of professional behavior. It is a promise to perform. Whether Agile or Waterfall, commitments are used to manage software projects. They are used to drive the behavior of teams. We also have a visit from Jon M Quigley who brings his Alpha and Omega of Product Development column to the podcast.  RE-READ SATURDAY  NEWS Chapter 7 is one of my favorites in  Why Limit WIP: We Are Drowning In Work https://amzn.to/36Rq3p5. One of the chronic problems I help teams deal with is the perceived need to start everything that comes to them, generating huge amounts of WIP. Many of the items sit in an on-hold status until something else happens. The iron-willed self-discipline of starting is great at creating on-hold items and crap at getting work done. There is a gap in understanding the impact of the consequences.  Remember to buy a copy and read along.  Amazon Affiliate LInk:  https://amzn.to/36Rq3p5  Previous Entries Week 1: Preface, Foreword, Introduction, and Logistics – https://bit.ly/3iDezbp Week 2: Processing and Memory – https://bit.ly/3qYR4yg https://bit.ly/3qYR4yg  Week 3: Completion - https://bit.ly/3usMiLm Week 4: Multitasking - https://bit.ly/37hUh5z  Week 5: Context Switching - https://bit.ly/3K8KADF https://bit.ly/3K8KADF  Week 6: Creating An Economy -  https://bit.ly/3F1XKkZ  Week 7: Healthy Constraints - https://bit.ly/3kM8xqh https://bit.ly/3kM8xqh  Week 8: Focus - https://bit.ly/3PkE0hg  NEXT SPAMCAST  In the SPaMCAST 704, we talk leadership with Stuart Leo Founder & CEO at Waymaker.io. Leadership is incredibly important and requires constant attention. 

26m
May 15
SPaMCAST 702 - Geek Boss and Leadership, A Conversation With Matthew Stibbe

In SPaMCAST 702, Matthew Stibbe and I talk about the impact of leadership when building a technology-driven business. Mathew shared stories about learning to type, how he has reinvented himself numerous times, and why he blogs at https://geekboss.com/ https://geekboss.com/.  Note: I have not edited out the parts of the interview just before I welcome Matthew to the podcast.  Mr. Stibbe told a couple of very endearing stories that help set the tone for the entire interview. He agreed to allow me to share them.   MATTHEW STIBBE is a serial entrepreneur, marketing maven, writer, pilot, and wine enthusiast. But not necessarily in that order.  He created marketing strategies, content, and campaigns for clients including Microsoft, Google, LinkedIn, and HP and contributed to Wired, Forbes, and Popular Science.  Currently, he is CEO at Articulate Marketing, a UK marketing agency specializing in the technology sector. Also, his geek credentials are strong. Previously, he was founder and CEO at Intelligent Games, a 70-person computer games company where he designed games for LEGO and produced two games based on Dune.  Matthew also has his commercial pilots license and an advanced wine diploma. (Have you seen the film Somm? Like that!) At some point in the previous millennium, he studied history at Oxford University. These days, he blogs about modern management at www.geekboss. com, about marketing at www. articulatemarketing.com and wine at www.vincarta.com RE-READ SATURDAY  NEWS This week, we talk about Healthy Constraints in Why Limit WIP: We Are Drowning In Work. Many years (think decades) ago a friend of mine, Danny Bailus, had a cool mini-bike. He rode it around our neighborhood in Howland, Ohio all summer. It was the third coolest (text me the first two) thing that held my attention that summer. That was until Danny decided that it did not go fast enough and removed the governor from the small engine. He removed the constraint from the system and the engine burned out. His father was not very happy, Danny was not very happy, and I was very happy I was not riding it when it happened.  In this chapter, Mr. Benson discusses the difference between healthy and unhealthy constraints. Remember to buy a copy and read along.  Amazon Affiliate LInk:  https://amzn.to/36Rq3p5  Previous Entries Week 1: Preface, Foreword, Introduction, and Logistics – https://bit.ly/3iDezbp Week 2: Processing and Memory – https://bit.ly/3qYR4yg https://bit.ly/3qYR4yg  Week 3: Completion - https://bit.ly/3usMiLm Week 4: Multitasking - https://bit.ly/37hUh5z  Week 5: Context Switching - https://bit.ly/3K8KADF https://bit.ly/3K8KADF  Week 6: Creating An Economy -  https://bit.ly/3F1XKkZ  Week 7: Healthy Constraints - https://bit.ly/3kM8xqh https://bit.ly/3kM8xqh  NEXT SPAMCAST  We continue on the basics with an essay on Teams and team design.  We will also have a visit from Jon M Quigley who will regale us with tales of the Alpha and Omega of Product Development. 

42m
May 08
SPaMCAST 701 - When The Daily Scrum Doesn’t Make Sense, Agile Requirements, Essays and Conversation

With SPaMCAST 701 we go back to basics. Whether you call that quick meeting to coordinate the day the Daily Scrum, Stand-up, or a huddle is not material. Daily coordination is phenomenally powerful and useful unless it isn’t.  Just making teams meet without benefit is a really bad idea.  What else can be done?   We also have a visit from Tony Timbol with another installment from his Tell A Story Column. In this installment, Tony discusses agile requirements. Getting work done in agile is not just user stories and a cloud of dust.    RE-READ SATURDAY  NEWS The chapter of Why Limit WIP: We Are Drowning In Work this week is titled, Creating An Economy. In the past decade, certain words have become toxic. Words like process, waterfall, and output have become taboo in certain corners of software-related industries. Add the word productivity to the mix and many people would grab torches and pitchforks. The vilification of these words (or any words – it is sort of like burning books in my mind) makes it difficult to talk about systemic improvement. As a Kanban practitioner, I focus on flow. But not just flow, I advise my clients that they should keep their eye on continuously improving the flow. Continuous improvement yields better outcomes. Organizations, teams, and individuals that overextend and exceed their WIP limit are not improving their delivery of outcomes but rather in Jim Benson’s words “disrespecting your ability to create amazing things.” More bluntly they are neither effective nor efficient.    Remember to buy a copy and read along.  Amazon Affiliate LInk:  https://amzn.to/36Rq3p5    Previous Entries Week 1: Preface, Foreword, Introduction, and Logistics – https://bit.ly/3iDezbp Week 2: Processing and Memory – https://bit.ly/3qYR4yg https://bit.ly/3qYR4yg  Week 3: Completion - https://bit.ly/3usMiLm Week 4: Multitasking - https://bit.ly/37hUh5z  Week 5: Context Switching - https://bit.ly/3K8KADF https://bit.ly/3K8KADF  Week 6: Creating An Economy -  https://bit.ly/3F1XKkZ    NEXT SPAMCAST  Next week, Matthew Stibbe and I talk about the impact of leadership when building a  technology-driven business.   

24m
May 01
SPaMCAST 700 - AI Today Will Not Be The AI Of Tomorrow, A Discussion With Slater Victoroff

SPaMCAST 700 features our interview with Slater Victoroff. Slater suggests that what we think of as AI today will be overtaken by human-machine partnerships. He uses the metaphor of a bionic arm. AI is the future and that future is not very far away. Slater Victoroff is the Founder and CTO of indico data solutions, an Enterprise AI solution for unstructured content with an emphasis on text and NLP. He has been building machine learning solutions for startups, governments, and Fortune 100 companies for the past 5 years and is a frequent speaker at AI conferences. linkedin.com/in/slatervictoroff slater.r.victoroff@gmail.com Twitter: @sl8rv Website: https://indicodata.ai/    RE-READ SATURDAY  NEWS The chapters of Why Limit WIP: We Are Drowning In Work this week and last are interrelated.  Last week we focused on multitasking. For those with a short memory, human multitasking is in the same category as unicorns and shiny vampires: a fun concept but dangerous to believe in. This week we deal with context switching. Because humans don’t have multiple cores and processors instead of multitasking we bounce between things. Each bounce requires shifting context – this takes time and effort. Remember that the author established earlier that things that are not done are sitting in the back of your mind sucking up capacity and an occasional conscious thought (another contest switch). Remember to buy a copy and read along.  Amazon Affiliate LInk:  https://amzn.to/36Rq3p5  Previous Entries Week 1: Preface, Foreword, Introduction, and Logistics – https://bit.ly/3iDezbp Week 2: Processing and Memory – https://bit.ly/3qYR4yg https://bit.ly/3qYR4yg  Week 3: Completion - https://bit.ly/3usMiLm Week 4: Multitasking - https://bit.ly/37hUh5z  Week 5: Context Switching - https://bit.ly/3K8KADF https://bit.ly/3K8KADF  NEXT SPAMCAST  Back to basics, whether you call that quick meeting to coordinate the day the Daily Scrum, Stand-up or a huddle is not material. Daily coordination is phenomenally powerful and useful unless it isn’t.  Just making teams meet without benefit is a really bad idea.  What else can be done? We will also have a visit from Tony Timbol with another installment from his Tell A Story Column. 

29m
Apr 24
SPaMCAST 699 - Using AI To Unlock The Potential Of Humanity, A Discussion With Eric Daimler

This week we feature our interview with Eric Daimler, PhD. Eric and I discussed how AI can unlock the potential of humanity.   Dr. Eric Daimler is an authority in Artificial Intelligence with over 20 years of experience in the field as an entrepreneur, executive, investor, technologist, and policy advisor. Daimler has co-founded six technology companies that have done pioneering work in fields ranging from software systems to statistical arbitrage. Daimler is the author of the forthcoming book "The Coming Composability: The roadmap for using technology to solve society’s biggest problems." A frequent speaker, lecturer, and commentator, he works to empower communities and citizens to leverage AI for a more sustainable, secure, and prosperous future. As a Presidential Innovation Fellow during the Obama Administration, Daimler helped drive the agenda for U.S. leadership in research, commercialization, and public adoption of AI. He has also served as Assistant Dean and Assistant Professor of Software Engineering in Carnegie Mellon’s School of Computer Science. His academic research focuses on the intersection of Machine Learning, Computational Linguistics, and Network Science (Graph Theory). He has a specialization in public policy and economics, helped launch Carnegie Mellon’s Silicon Valley Campus, and founded its Entrepreneurial Management program. A frequent keynote speaker, he has presented at venues including the engineering schools of MIT, Stanford, and Harvard. Daimler studied at Stanford University, the University of Washington-Seattle, and Carnegie Mellon University, where he earned his PhD in its School of Computer Science. Contact Information Twitter: @ead LinkedIn: linkedin.com/in/ericdaimler Website: http://www.conexus.com/  RE-READ SATURDAY  NEWS Multitasking is the first or second greatest LIE in the modern business world. The best description of multitasking would include thrash, waste, and hubris. The problem is that EVERYONE thinks they are special and can multitask their way to the effective delivery of value. Chapter 3 of Why Limit WIP: We Are Drowning In Work https://amzn.to/36Rq3p5 blasts away at multitasking (another take on the topic from 2015: Multitasking Yourself Away From Efficiency | Software Process and Measurement https://bit.ly/37XmrSY https://bit.ly/37XmrSY). Multitasking is bad, don’t do it.   Remember to buy a copy and read along.  Amazon Affiliate LInk:  https://amzn.to/36Rq3p5  Previous Entries Week 1: Preface, Foreword, Introduction, and Logistics – https://bit.ly/3iDezbp Week 2: Processing and Memory – https://bit.ly/3qYR4yg https://bit.ly/3qYR4yg  Week 3: Completion - https://bit.ly/3usMiLm Week 4: Multitasking - https://bit.ly/37hUh5z    UPCOMING EVENTS: FINAL CALL!  FREE WEBINAR WHEN PRIORITIZATION GOES BAD https://www.greatpro.org/Webinar-Live-Register?id=1954  April 19, 2022 11 AM EDT to 1230 EDT   NEXT SPAMCAST  Next week for SPaMCAST 700 we will feature our interview with Slater Victoroff. Slater presents an alternate definition for AI.  Compare and contrast to Dr. Daimler’s definition?    

31m
Apr 17
SPaMCAST 698 - Team Leads in Agile Teams, A Conversation WIth Susan Parente

This week Susan Parente and I had an extraordinary conversation about team leads in agile and leadership. In some cases, the role of a team leader is treated as if it were superfluous to requirements in other cases it is a tool to delegate work to people in an effort to subvert self-organization and when organizations get it right the role is a vehicle to unlocking the capabilities of teams. Contact Susan at parente.s3@gmail.com or on LinkedIn at linkedin.com/in/susanparente RE-READ SATURDAY  NEWS Week 3 of our re-read of Why Limit WIP: We Are Drowning In Work https://amzn.to/36Rq3p5 by Jim Benson talks about the thrill of getting things done. People with a lot of WIP look for more work, things they can grab and complete to feel good about themselves. I am as guilty as anyone else. Sometimes when items on my shortlist get stuck instead of breaking the items down into smaller chunks to progress the work I will grab a less valuable task and just do it so I can check something off.  Susan Parente, who you just heard from in one of her great “Not A Scrumdamentalist” podcast columns described the same scenario.  Remember to buy a copy and read along.  Amazon Affiliate LInk:  https://amzn.to/36Rq3p5  Previous Entries Week 1: Preface, Foreword, Introduction, and Logistics – https://bit.ly/3iDezbp Week 2: Processing and Memory – https://bit.ly/3qYR4yg https://bit.ly/3qYR4yg  Week 3: Completion - https://bit.ly/3usMiLm UPCOMING EVENTS: FREE WEBINAR WHEN PRIORITIZATION GOES BAD https://www.greatpro.org/Webinar-Live-Register?id=1954  April 19, 2022 11 AM EDT to 1230 EDT   SPECIAL CALL TO ACTION If you are a team lead I need your help! I believe the TL role is the least understood and least talked about in agile. It is time to change that. I am working on testing a model of TL behaviors in agile. I need examples of REAL TL job descriptions to map into the model. The glittering generalities that you find on the web don’t match what really happens in the real world. I do not need anything sensitive like salary or product details. I will happily share the first cut of the model with anyone that helps and sponsor a virtual meeting to discuss the model with all participants.   If you have a TL job description you can share please email me at tcagley@tomcagley.com     NEXT SPAMCAST  Next week we will feature our interview with Matthew Stibbe.  Matt and I discussed how leadership (or the lack thereof) contributes to projects in wide a range of environments (software and marketing).

30m
Apr 10
SPaMCAST 697 - Cultivating Transformations: A Leader's Guide to Connecting the Soulful and the Practical, A Conversation With Jarenda London

This week we talked with Jardena London. We discussed her book Cultivating Transformations - A Leader's Guide to Connecting the Soulful and the Practical. Being soulful sounds fluffy, but isn’t.  It is critical for delivering lasting change.  Jardena is a Business Transformation Consultant, Author, Keynote Speaker, and a Certified Facilitator of Dare to Lead; Brene Brown’s groundbreaking training program for organizations based on creating courageous workplaces. Jardena is also the Founder of Souls@Work.org which is focusing on leading a movement to create workplaces that nourish our souls and exude positive energy.  Her recent book, has been described as “the book you buy and carry around with you everywhere.” Her most recent successes have been transforming a large legacy organization into a modern workplace with breakout results. She also speaks at corporate events and on stages worldwide on the positive effects of organizational transformation. Jardena has also served as co-founder and CEO of Rosetta Technology Group since 1997.  Websites and Contact Information Cultivatingtransformations.com http://cultivatingtransformations.com rosettaagile.com http://rosettaagile.com LinkedIn:  https://www.linkedin.com/in/jardena/   UPCOMING EVENTS: FREE WEBINAR WHEN PRIORITIZATION GOES BAD https://www.greatpro.org/Webinar-Live-Register?id=1954  April 19, 2022 11 AM EDT to 1230 EDT   SPECIAL CALL TO ACTION If you are a team lead I need your help! I believe the TL role is the least understood and least talked about in agile. It is time to change that. I am working on testing a model of TL behaviors in agile. I need examples of REAL TL job descriptions to map into the model. The glittering generalities that you find on the web don’t match what really happens in the real world. I do not need anything sensitive like salary or product details. I will happily share the first cut of the model with anyone that helps and sponsor a virtual meeting to discuss the model with all participants.   If you have  TL job description you can share please email me at tcagley@tomcagley.com     NEXT SPAMCAST  We are finally going to tackle the difference between prioritization and sequencing. Sequencing is the forgotten cousin of prioritization, HOWEVER, just because you know the priority isn’t enough because if you don't get the order right value will be lost.  We will also have a visit from Susan “Not A Scrumdamentalist” Parente.

32m
Apr 03
SPaMCAST 696 - Why Limit WIP, Re-Read Saturday Introduction, Relative TIme, Conversations and Essays

We began the Re-Read Saturday feature in 2014 with a re-read of John Kotter’s classic Leading Change. The list of books we have re-read is quite long -- I am going to have to create a list. All that said, last week a person that regularly comments on the podcast indicated they really did not know what Re-Read Saturday was all about. So today to commemorate spring in the northern hemisphere (and the fact that it snowed) and the kick-off of the latest re-read (Why Limit WIP by Jim Benson) I am going to share an audio version of this week's entry.  As we always say, buy a copy of the book and read Jim Benson’s Why Limit WiP https://amzn.to/3u6Feml (buy a copy using our Amazon Affiliate link  https://amzn.to/3u6Feml https://amzn.to/3u6Feml get reading) along with us. The written version:  https://bit.ly/3iDezbp https://bit.ly/3iDezbp  This week we also have a visit from Jeremy Berriault, who brings his QA Corner to the podcast.  Jeremy and I explored the difference between relative and absolute time.  UPCOMING EVENTS: FREE WEBINAR WHEN PRIORITIZATION GOES BAD https://www.greatpro.org/Webinar-Live-Register?id=1954 April 19, 2022 11 AM EDT to 1230 EDT   NEXT SPAMCAST  Next week we will talk with Jardena London.  We will discuss her book Cultivating Transformations - A Leader's Guide to Connecting the Soulful and the Practical. We will also explore why being soulful in the workplace is critical for facilitating change.   

23m
Mar 27
SPaMCAST 695 - Agile In A Startup, A Conversation With Julianna Lamb

This week we talk to Julianna Lamb, co-founder and CTO at Stytch about agile in start-ups, hybrid working, how to keep a product backlog under control, grow a business in the early 2020’s, and more.  Julianna is the Co-Founder and CTO of Stytch, a platform for user infrastructure and passwordless authentication. She was previously a software engineer at Strava and Plaid and an early product hire at Very Good Security.  Originally from Idaho, Julianna studied computer science and history at Stanford. A former professional figure skater, she started racing triathlons in college and is now an Ironman triathlete. Contact Data: Website: https://stytch.com/ Twitter: juliannaelamb LinkedIn: linkedin.com/in/juliannaelamb   RE-READ SATURDAY NEWS  Today we complete our re-read of Agile Conversations by Douglas Squirrel and Jeffrey Fredrick touching on the Conclusion, Further Resources, and our concluding notes.  Next week we will begin re-reading Jim Benson’s Why Limit WiP https://amzn.to/3u6Feml (buy a copy using our Amazon Affiliate link  https://amzn.to/3u6Feml https://amzn.to/3u6Feml get reading) as we run a poll to select the next of books for the series.  Agile Conversations: https://amzn.to/3vEjr55 https://amzn.to/3vEjr55  Previous Installments: Week 1: Logistics and Introduction - https://bit.ly/3EZspxT  Week 2: Escaping The Software Factory - https://bit.ly/3HIlivg  Week 3: Improving Your Conversations - https://bit.ly/3ty0nYe  Week 4: The Trust Conversation - https://bit.ly/3ApUrSk https://bit.ly/3ApUrSk  Week 5 The Fear Conversation (Part 1) - https://bit.ly/3gahSpt  Week 6 The Fear Conversation (Part 2) - https://bit.ly/34lLON4  Week 7 The Why Conversation (Part 1) - https://bit.ly/3Jg6KE2  Week 8 The Why Conversation (Part 2)  – https://bit.ly/34YAsPc Week 9 The Commitment Conversation -  https://bit.ly/3pmaooj  Week 10 The Accountability Conversation - https://bit.ly/3KCJXD1  Week 11 Conclusion and More https://bit.ly/3wlGSn8 - https://bit.ly/3wlGSn8  Next SPaMCAST  Next week, are sequencing and prioritization different sides to the same coin or are they different coins entirely. Is a keystone topic when wrestling with work entry. We will also have a visit from Jeremy Berriault and the QA Corner. 

26m
Mar 20
SPaMCAST 694 - The Team Lead Role In Agile, Time, Essays and Conversations

Organizational design often collides with getting work done; generating friction that causes all manner of problems. No one goes out of their way to make things difficult, however poor operating metaphors and one size fits all solutions are never optimal. There is a way for agile and team leaders to coexist, but can you take that path? Also this week, Jon M Quigley and his Alpha and Omega of Product Development column make time for the cast. In this installment, we talk about time (including a few time-related puns). RE-READ SATURDAY NEWS  The accountability conversation is the fifth and last conversation addressed in our re-read of  Agile Conversations by Douglas Squirrel and Jeffrey Fredrick https://amzn.to/3pI8EGC. In Chapter 7 the authors define accountability as “being obligated to render an account of what you have done and why.” Next week we will cover the conclusions and some final thoughts. Then we will have a quick interlude re-reading Jim Benson’s Why Limit WiP while we run a poll to select the next books.      https://amzn.to/3vEjr55 https://amzn.to/3vEjr55    Week 1: Logistics and Introduction - https://bit.ly/3EZspxT  Week 2: Escaping The Software Factory - https://bit.ly/3HIlivg  Week 3: Improving Your Conversations - https://bit.ly/3ty0nYe  Week 4: The Trust Conversation - https://bit.ly/3ApUrSk https://bit.ly/3ApUrSk  Week 5 The Fear Conversation (Part 1) - https://bit.ly/3gahSpt  Week 6 The Fear Conversation (Part 2) - https://bit.ly/34lLON4  Week 7 The Why Conversation (Part 1) - https://bit.ly/3Jg6KE2  Week 8 The Why Conversation (Part 2)  – https://bit.ly/34YAsPc Week 9 The Commitment Conversation -  https://bit.ly/3pmaooj  Week 10 The Accountability Conversation - https://bit.ly/3KCJXD1    Next SPaMCAST  Next week, Julianna Lamb, co-founder and CTO at STYTCH.  We talked agile, start-ups, security, and more.

21m
Mar 13
SPaMCAST 693 - Driving Value With AI, An Interview With Prateek Joshi

Today we speak with Prateek Joshi. Prateek and I talked about the definition of AI,  machine learning, and an approach to using AI in the real world.  AI is in your future and it won't be the Matrix or Skywarn (or will it).    Prateek Joshi is the founder of Plutoshift and a published author of 13 books on AI. He has been featured in publications such as Forbes, CNBC, TechCrunch, and Bloomberg. You can visit www.prateekj.com to learn more about him. Plutoshift: https://plutoshift.com/  RE-READ SATURDAY NEWS  We had a bit of home repair this week and I did not get the Week 10 of our re-read of  Agile Conversations by Douglas Squirrel and Jeffrey Fredrick https://amzn.to/3pI8EGC completed (thanks to Laurie and Todd for use of their condo).  We will be back next week. Buy a copy now! https://amzn.to/3vEjr55 https://amzn.to/3vEjr55  Week 1: Logistics and Introduction - https://bit.ly/3EZspxT  Week 2: Escaping The Software Factory - https://bit.ly/3HIlivg  Week 3: Improving Your Conversations - https://bit.ly/3ty0nYe  Week 4: The Trust Conversation - https://bit.ly/3ApUrSk https://bit.ly/3ApUrSk  Week 5 The Fear Conversation (Part 1) - https://bit.ly/3gahSpt  Week 6 The Fear Conversation (Part 2) - https://bit.ly/34lLON4  Week 7 The Why Conversation (Part 1) - https://bit.ly/3Jg6KE2  Week 8 The Why Conversation (Part 2)  – https://bit.ly/34YAsPc Week 9 The Commitment Conversation -  https://bit.ly/3pmaooj    NEXT SPAMCAST  Next week, we revisit the role of the team lead and the concept of self-organizing teams. Can they co-exist?   We will also have a visit from Jon M Quigley who brings his Alpha and Omega of Product Development column to the podcast. 

32m
Mar 06
SPaMCAST 692 - Continuous Improvement Versus Process Improvement, Agile Requirements, Essays and Conversation

In SPaMCAST 692 we discuss Process Improvement as a phrase or perhaps even a mantra. Uttering the phrase evokes all sorts of baggage and cognitive biases that affect behaviors, not always for the better. What are the listeners of the Software Process and Measurement Cast to do?   We also have a visit from Tony TImbol who brings his “To Tell A Story” column to the Podcast. We dive headlong into the tangled world of user stories and agile requirements.  Tony also announces his new ebook on agile requirements. Get your own copy!  https://bit.ly/3plyiAu https://bit.ly/3plyiAu  RE-READ SATURDAY NEWS  Week 9 of our re-read of  Agile Conversations by Douglas Squirrel and Jeffrey Fredrick https://amzn.to/3pI8EGC is about commitment. Over the years I have observed that there are some people who are very committed to adopting a new way of working, some people that pay lip service, and others who flat-out resist. This is obviously a continuum.  Update on last week’s experiment: I was not able to leverage the concepts of joint design directly.  I did use coherence busting techniques again (we are back to situational context).  I am going to try again this week and I am also going to experiment with calculating the ratio of defined important words to total important words in conversations that people are trying to generate commitment.    Amazon Affiliate Link https://amzn.to/3vEjr55  Week 1: Logistics and Introduction - https://bit.ly/3EZspxT  Week 2: Escaping The Software Factory - https://bit.ly/3HIlivg  Week 3: Improving Your Conversations - https://bit.ly/3ty0nYe  Week 4: The Trust Conversation - https://bit.ly/3ApUrSk https://bit.ly/3ApUrSk  Week 5 The Fear Conversation (Part 1) - https://bit.ly/3gahSpt  Week 6 The Fear Conversation (Part 2) - https://bit.ly/34lLON4  Week 7 The Why Conversation (Part 1) - https://bit.ly/3Jg6KE2  Week 8 The Why Conversation (Part 2)  – https://bit.ly/34YAsPc Week 9 The Commitment Conversation -  https://bit.ly/3pmaooj    NEXT SPAMCAST  More AI with a conversation with Prateek Joshi.  Mr. Joshi and I talked about the definition of AI,  machine learning, and how to test AI (this was just the tip of the iceberg).  AI is in your future and it won't be the Matrix or Skywarn (or will it).  

19m
Feb 27
SPaMCAST 691 - AI and Estimation, The End Of Software Estimators, An Interview with Kevin McKeel

In SPaMCAST 69, Kevin McKeel talks about using neurolinguistics to aid in software estimation tools. Is this the end of the world for the software estimating profession or the beginning of a golden age?  Probably both, listen and draw your own conclusions. Kevin’s Bio Mr. Kevin McKeel has over 25 years of experience in software cost estimation. He is a CCEA and SAFe Architect and received the prestigious 2021 Technical Achievement of the Year award from ICEAA related to the research of automated software sizing using AI and NLP. Mr. McKeel holds a Bachelor’s in Business Administration (Finance, ‘89) from James Madison University and a Master’s in Business Administration (Decision Systems, ’92) from The George Washington University. LinkedIn linkedin.com/in/kevin-mckeel-2457235 Website: logapps.com RE-READ SATURDAY NEWS  Week 8 of our re-read of  Agile Conversations by Douglas Squirrel and Jeffrey Fredrick https://amzn.to/3pI8EGC concludes our read of Chapter 5 addressing the ‘Why Conversation’. This week we spent time tackling the concepts of joint design and urging organizations to train team leads in decision making. They are not second class citizens My experiment of the week: Last week I proposed the experiment of creating a position-interest chart during the week. I actually used the technique to help frame an essay for the Software Process and Measurement Podcast within 12 hours of proposing the experiment. I also used the ideas in the approach to reframing several discussions (looking for the positions behind stated positions) during the week.    This week I will try to find a scenario to apply the concepts of joint design (no eggs will be harmed). https://amzn.to/3vEjr55 https://amzn.to/3vEjr55    Week 1: Logistics and Introduction - https://bit.ly/3EZspxT  Week 2: Escaping The Software Factory - https://bit.ly/3HIlivg  Week 3: Improving Your Conversations - https://bit.ly/3ty0nYe  Week 4: The Trust Conversation - https://bit.ly/3ApUrSk https://bit.ly/3ApUrSk  Week 5 The Fear Conversation (Part 1) - https://bit.ly/3gahSpt  Week 6 The Fear Conversation (Part 2) - https://bit.ly/34lLON4  Week 7 The Why Conversation (Part 1) - https://bit.ly/3Jg6KE2  Week 8 The Why Conversation (Part 2) https://bit.ly/34YAsPc  - https://bit.ly/34YAsPc NEXT SPAMCAST  What would you call a person with little training, a lot of responsibility, and little to no real authority?  This is not a Dad Joke.  I suggest the answer is often a team lead.    Also, Mr. Tony Timbol is back to talk about user stories in his To Tell A Story column.

22m
Feb 20
SPaMCAST 690 - I Don’t Want To Be Measured, QA Strategies and Agile, Essays and Conversations

This week we revisit the age-old statements, “I don't want to be measured” and its alter ego, “management will use metrics against me.”  While often stated as if they are questions, both are positions. We weave in two recent techniques from our Re-read of Agile Conversations to consider the interests behind the statements   Also, Jeremy Berriault weighs in on the need for testing strategies in agile on this edition of this QA Corner.   RE-READ SATURDAY NEWS  Week 7 of our re-read of  Agile Conversations by Douglas Squirrel and Jeffrey Fredrick https://amzn.to/3pI8EGC begins Chapter 5 addressing the ‘Why Conversation’. Like the ‘Fear Conversation’, we will approach this in two parts; focusing this week on two areas, positions and interests, and inquiry and advocacy. We will tackle joint design next week.  MY EXPERIMENT OF THE WEEK: I set out to create a fear matrix – that sounds like a movie title.  I failed, BUT more importantly, I was able to use the fear matrix approach as a structure for a retrospective.  It worked well. The idea of exposing and mitigating fears shifted perspectives nicely. Interestingly, what was hard was tying the fears and mitigations to an espoused norm. In conversations afterward, it became apparent that it is hard to admit that your behavior is or was at odds with the norms of the team and organization. It will be worth another conversation to make sure the link is clear.   Next week, I am going to explore building a position-interest chart. https://amzn.to/3vEjr55 https://amzn.to/3vEjr55    Week 1: Logistics and Introduction - https://bit.ly/3EZspxT  Week 2: Escaping The Software Factory - https://bit.ly/3HIlivg  Week 3: Improving Your Conversations - https://bit.ly/3ty0nYe  Week 4: The Trust Conversation - https://bit.ly/3ApUrSk https://bit.ly/3ApUrSk  Week 5 The Fear Conversation (Part 1) - https://bit.ly/3gahSpt  Week 6 The Fear Conversation (Part 2) - https://bit.ly/34lLON4  Week 7 The Why Conversation (Part 1) - https://bit.ly/3Jg6KE2    NEXT SPAMCAST  Next week Kevin McKeel will visit the SPaMCAST to talk about AI and software estimation tools. Is this the end of the world for the software estimating profession or the beginning of a golden age?  

21m
Feb 13
SPaMCAST 689 - AI and Process Improvement, A Conversation With Prabhjot Singh

Prabhjot Singh and I talk about AI using AI to improve the flow of work and the delivery of value.  AI, however you define it, is in your future. You need to be ready!   MR. SINGH’S BIO:  Prabhjot Singh is a serial entrepreneur who has started multiple for-profit, social enterprise, and non-profit ventures. He serves as President and CEO of Pyze, the most recent company he founded to enable the world’s largest enterprises to improve business operations through AI-driven Process Intelligence and Analytics. He has over 20 years of experience in sales, marketing, and product management. He previously co-founded Pixatel Systems, a social enterprise that utilizes mobile computing to deploy apps and e-Learning solutions to millions of users. LinkedIn: linkedin.com/in/psinghsf Twitter: https://twitter.com/psinghSF Company Website: https://www.pyze.com/ RE-READ SATURDAY NEWS  Week 6 of our re-read of  Agile Conversations by Douglas Squirrel and Jeffrey Fredrick https://amzn.to/3pI8EGC continues on Chapter 4: The Fear Conversation. We discussed two of the three major concepts in Chapter 4 last week, but we did not consider the fear conversation and more specifically the fear chart. Many years ago I worked with a manager, Rich Hisrich at BancSystems/EDS. I was the QA manager at the site. It was through my interaction with RIch that I learned the value of whiteboards and visualization. The fear chart is a visualization tool I can see having great value. My experiment of the week: I am going to double down and commit to creating a fear chart.  Whether an opportunity for a fear conversation presents itself, we shall see. https://amzn.to/3vEjr55 https://amzn.to/3vEjr55  Week 1: Logistics and Introduction - https://bit.ly/3EZspxT  Week 2: Escaping The Software Factory - https://bit.ly/3HIlivg  Week 3: Improving Your Conversations - https://bit.ly/3ty0nYe  Week 4: The Trust Conversation - https://bit.ly/3ApUrSk https://bit.ly/3ApUrSk  Week 5 The Fear Conversation (Part 1) - https://bit.ly/3gahSpt  Week 6 The Fear Conversation (Part 2) - https://bit.ly/34lLON4  NEXT SPAMCAST  Next week we continue an essay refining how we are using Flow Metrics in 2022 to … manage flow (surprise) rather than micromanaging tasks or kidding ourselves with relative sizing techniques. We will also have a visit from Jeremy Berriault and his QA Corner.    

36m
Feb 06
SPaMCAST 688 - Flow Metrics Not Velocity, TIme and Work Entry - Complexity, Essays and Conversations

Continuous improvement through inspecting and adapting is a core tenant of an agile mindset, which dovetails well with every executive’s need to deliver the most value possible.  Measurement is an important tool to help teams and organizations ask the right questions at the right time. Flow metrics, not burndowns and velocity, need to be a big part of any IT organization's approach to measurement.  We also have a visit from Jon M Quigley who brings his Alpha and Omega of Product Development column to the podcast.  Jon discusses the complicated relationship between time, work entry, and promises.  Have you checked out The Open Transformation Playbooks Martin Foster discussed last week? If not, you are missing something important.  https://transformationplaybooks.org/    The Open Transformation Playbooks is an initiative to build an open, remixable, body of knowledge for agile organizational transformation.   RE-READ SATURDAY NEWS  Week 5 of our re-read of  Agile Conversations by Douglas Squirrel and Jeffrey Fredrick https://amzn.to/3pI8EGC tackles Chapter 4: The Fear Conversation. Fear has a significant impact on what we think and how we behave. The changes that fear drives don’t stop at the individual, the behavior changes ripple through organizations.  MY EXPERIMENT OF THE WEEK: Update on last week’s experiment.  I was able to use some of the ideas from the trust conversation this week.  I actually used the statement, “the story I am telling myself is  . . .” in a real conversation twice. The first time it felt contrived; it is much easier to state something as fact than to admit it might not be true. For both conversations, I had created a conversation analysis sheet to record the conversation. I need conversation analysis practice. Also, both conversations would have gone better with a copy of the trust ladder close at hand.  This week’s experiment. I would like to try to generate a fear chart and have a fear conversation. I am still considering what type of job aids will be most useful.  https://amzn.to/3vEjr55 https://amzn.to/3vEjr55  Week 1: Logistics and Introduction - https://bit.ly/3EZspxT  Week 2: Escaping The Software Factory - https://bit.ly/3HIlivg  Week 3: Improving Your Conversations - https://bit.ly/3ty0nYe  Week 4: The Trust Conversation - https://bit.ly/3ApUrSk https://bit.ly/3ApUrSk  Week 5 The Fear Conversation (Part 1) - https://bit.ly/3gahSpt    NEXT SPAMCAST  Next week Prabhjot Singh and I talk about AI. If you are a developer or entrepreneur, AI (however you define it) is in your future.  You need to be ready!   Mr. Singh is a serial entrepreneur who has started multiple for-profit, social enterprise, and non-profit ventures. He serves as President and CEO of Pyze.  Continuous improvement through inspecting and adapting is a core tenant of an agile mindset, which dovetails well with every executive’s need to deliver the most value possible.  Measurement is an important tool to help teams and organizations ask the right questions at the right time. Flow metrics, not burndowns and velocity, need to be a big part of any IT organization's approach to measurement.  We also have a visit from Jon M Quigley who brings his Alpha and Omega of Product Development column to the podcast.  Jon discusses the complicated relationship between time, work entry, and promises.  Have you checked out The Open Transformation Playbooks Martin Foster discussed last week? If not, you are missing something important.  https://transformationplaybooks.org/    The Open Transformation Playbooks is an initiative to build an open, remixable, body of knowledge for agile organizational transformation.     RE-READ SATURDAY NEWS  Week 5 of our re-read of  Agile Conversations by Douglas Squirrel and Jeffrey Fredrick https://amzn.to/3pI8EGC tackles Chapter 4: The Fear Conversation. Fear has a significant impact on what we think and how we behave. The changes that fear drives don’t stop at the individual, the behavior changes ripple through organizations.  MY EXPERIMENT OF THE WEEK: Update on last week’s experiment.  I was able to use some of the ideas from the trust conversation this week.  I actually used the statement, “the story I am telling myself is  . . .” in a real conversation twice. The first time it felt contrived; it is much easier to state something as fact than to admit it might not be true. For both conversations, I had created a conversation analysis sheet to record the conversation. I need conversation analysis practice. Also, both conversations would have gone better with a copy of the trust ladder close at hand.    This week’s experiment. I would like to try to generate a fear chart and have a fear conversation. I am still considering what type of job aids will be most useful.  https://amzn.to/3vEjr55 https://amzn.to/3vEjr55    Week 1: Logistics and Introduction - https://bit.ly/3EZspxT  Week 2: Escaping The Software Factory - https://bit.ly/3HIlivg  Week 3: Improving Your Conversations - https://bit.ly/3ty0nYe  Week 4: The Trust Conversation - https://bit.ly/3ApUrSk https://bit.ly/3ApUrSk  Week 5 The Fear Conversation (Part 1) - https://bit.ly/3gahSpt  NEXT SPAMCAST  Next week Prabhjot Singh and I talk about AI. If you are a developer or entrepreneur, AI (however you define it) is in your future.  You need to be ready!   Mr. Singh is a serial entrepreneur who has started multiple for-profit, social enterprise, and non-profit ventures. He serves as President and CEO of Pyze. 

22m
Jan 30
SPaMCAST 687 - 2021 Business Agility Report, No Cats Were Actually Thrown, A Conversation with Martin Foster

Today we begin Year 16 with an interview, discussion, conversation -- call it what you like -- with Martin Foster.  We covered a ton of ground, including whether the goal of any organization should be to be more agile and the 2021 Business Agility Report. During one segment we discussed the statement, “the impediments are the path.” A wonderful and thought-provoking start to Year 16!   ANNOUNCING:  The Open Transformation Playbooks: https://transformationplaybooks.org/    A (very new) initiative to build an open, remixable, body of knowledge for agile organizational transformation.  To accompany this episode Martin and TeamForm have launched the first tranche of content.  MARTIN’S CONTACT INFORMATION: 2021 Business Agility Report: https://bit.ly/3GXfzBJ https://bit.ly/3GXfzBJ TeamForm: https://www.teamform.co/  Email: martin@orchestrated.io LinkedIn: linkedin.com/in/martinfoster   MARTIN’S BIO  Martin is a senior consultant at TeamForm.  His passion is working with organizations that are transforming themselves to cross-functional team structures, with all the nuances, benefits, and challenges that this brings.  With his past experience as a product owner and engineer, he enjoys bringing data into the people conversation.   RE-READ SATURDAY NEWS  Week 4 of our re-read of  Agile Conversations by Douglas Squirrel and Jeffrey Fredrick https://amzn.to/3pI8EGC tackles Chapter 3: The Trust Conversation. Trust is a requirement for people to work together toward a common goal. Misters Squirrel and Fredrick define trust as aligned stories. MY EXPERIMENT OF THE WEEK: First an update on my experiment from last week. I found that I need to create a job aid for conversational analysis in order to practice the R’s from Chapter 2. I must admit that not preparing for conversational analysis creates a scenario where I am looking back and trying to remember conversations, which makes them more susceptible to bias.  This week I am going to create a job aid for trust conversations, then find two or three scenarios to practice.  Practice will include the R’s from Chapter 2.  https://amzn.to/3vEjr55 https://amzn.to/3vEjr55    Week 1: Logistics and Introduction - https://bit.ly/3EZspxT  Week 2: Escaping The Software Factory - https://bit.ly/3HIlivg  Week 3: Improving Your Conversations - https://bit.ly/3ty0nYe  Week 4: The Trust Conversation - https://bit.ly/3ApUrSk https://bit.ly/3ApUrSk    NEXT SPAMCAST  Next week our first essay of Year 16 with thoughts on flow metrics and why focusing on flow is powerful,  important, and causes people to run around like their hair is on fire. Hopefully, we can dampen the blaze down a bit. 

44m
Jan 23
SPaMCAST 686 - Pitchforks and Torches, Work In 2022, A Panel Discussion

Today marks the end of year 15 on the Software Process and Measurement Cast, and we are closing the year with pitchfork and torches. We discussed the world of knowledge work in 2022. Leadership, principles, value, and values take center stage. Panels like this make me want to do panels every week! The panelists (other than myself) are: Jeremy Berriault https://www.linkedin.com/in/jeremy-berriault-mba/ Web: https://berriaultandassociates.com/  Jon M Quigley linkedin.com/in/jonmquigley Web: https://www.valuetransform.com/product-development-tools/ Kevin Rush linkedin.com/in/kezrush Twitter: @Kezrush Chris Hurney linkedin.com/in/chrishurney Web: https://www.inspiradoconsulting.com/ Twitter: chris_hurney Participating in spirit (they were on part one last week) Susan Parente linkedin.com/in/susanparente Web: http://www.s3-tec.com/ Jeremy Willets linkedin.com/in/jeremywillets   Blog: https://www.jeremywillets.com/    RE-READ SATURDAY NEWS  Week 3 of our re-read of  Agile Conversations by Douglas Squirrel and Jeffrey Fredrick https://amzn.to/3pI8EGC tackles Chapter 2, Improving Your Conversations. Chapter 2 begins the heavy lifting of improving conversations. This is a chapter I strongly suggest reading at least twice while you are putting the ideas into practice. The authors spend the first part of the chapter building a case for why conversations are so powerful. The authors state that through conversation “we are able to create and believe in shared fictions.” There is a ton to think about and practice! MY EXPERIMENT OF THE WEEK: First an update on my conversation experiment from last week. Last week I wanted to review my conversations to determine if I was correctly assessing scenarios using the Cynefin Framework. There was at least one conversation where I misjudged the complexity.  Whereas the participants viewed the scenario being discussed to be complicated (the solution being a framework or best practices), I viewed the scenario as complex or possibly chaotic.  The differences in mental models made the conversation tense and ungratifying. In my mind, my failure was not recognizing the issue until I was reviewing the conversation after the fact (one of the Four Rs in Chapter 2). I think a better approach, for me, will be to assess the complexity of the scenario before the conversion in the future. Perhaps a form of conversational premortem.  This week I am going to use the conversational analysis process on two or three different types of hard conversations – my weeks are always interesting. One of the areas I am interested in contemplating is whether different kinds of conversations have different question ratios.    https://amzn.to/3vEjr55 https://amzn.to/3vEjr55  Week 1: Logistics and Introduction - https://bit.ly/3EZspxT  Week 2: Escaping The Software Factory - https://bit.ly/3HIlivg  Week 3: Improving Your Conversations - https://bit.ly/3ty0nYe    NEXT SPAMCAST  Next week we have an interview with Martin Foster. Mr. Foster and I wrestle with the question, “Why don’t most agile transformations deliver tangible business value?”  A valuable start to year 16 and 2022!

55m
Jan 16