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SPaMCAST 400 – Jim Benson, Personal Kanban and More

Software Process and Measurement Cast 400 features our interview with Jim Benson. Jim and I talked about personal Kanban, micromanagement, work-in-process limits, pattern matching, pomodoro and more. A great interview to cap our first 400 episodes!

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 work groups. 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/

 

Re-Read Saturday News

This week we continue the Re-read Saturday of  Kent Beck’s XP Explained, Second Edition with a discussion of Chapters 2 and 3.  The first two chapters in section One provide us with an overview of the conceptual framework that underpins XP.  Use the link to XP Explained in the show notes when you buy your copy to read along to support both the blog and podcast. Visit the Software Process and Measurement Blog (www.tcagley.wordpress.com) to catch up on past installments of Re-Read Saturday.

 

Next SPaMCAST

The next Software Process and Measurement Cast will feature our essay on listening.  Effective listening is CRITICAL to every aspect of software development  and maintenance. Listening is a complex set of tasks that is more than simply receiving audio data. You also need to interpret that data.

We will also have columns from Jeremy Berriault who brings us the QA Corner and Jon M. Quigley’s second column which covers the gamut of product development.

 

Shameless Ad for my book!

Mastering Software Project Management: Best Practices, Tools and Techniques co-authored by Murali Chematuri and myself and published by J. Ross Publishing. We have received unsolicited reviews like the following: “This book will prove that software projects should not be a tedious process, for you or your team.” Support SPaMCAST by buying the book here. Available in English and Chinese.

Direct download: SPaMCAST_400__Jim_Benson_Personal_Kanban_and_More.mp3
Category:Kanban -- posted at: 5:00pm EDT

SPaMCAST 399 – Storytelling and The Big Picture, Manifesto, Deliberate Practice

The Software Process and Measurement Cast 399 features our essay titled, Storytelling: Developing The Big Picture for Agile Efforts. Agile reminds us that the focus of any set of requirements needs to be on an outcome rather than a collection of whats and whos.  Storytelling is a powerful tool to elevate even the most diehard requirements analyst from a discussion of individual requirements to a discussion of outcomes. Before we can generate a backlog composed of features, epics, and user stories, we need to understand the big picture.

Our second column is a visit to Gene Hughson’s Form Follows Function Blog.  We discussed an entry titled A Meaningful Manifesto for IT.  Do we need a manifesto to know that how well we are meeting the needs of our customers is a reflection of how fit IT is for purpose? Perhaps the answer is yes, if for no other purpose than to ensure we make sure that what we deliver is not a waste of money.

Anchoring the cast this week is the Software Sensei, Kim Pries.  Kim discusses the role of deliberate practice in increasing the capability and capacity of teams. Kim’s provides practical advice on improving team performance.

 

Re-Read Saturday News

This week we begin the Re-read Saturday of  Kent Beck’s XP Explained, Second Edition with a discussion of the Preface and Chapter 1.  These sections provide a definition of XP and context for the diving into the principles and techniques. Using the link to XP Explained when you buy your copy to read along will support both the blog and podcast. Visit the Software Process and Measurement Blog (www.tcagley.wordpress.com) to catch up on past installments of Re-Read Saturday.

 

Next SPaMCAST

The next Software Process and Measurement Cast, #400!, features our interview with Jim Benson. Jim and I talked about personal Kanban, micromanagement, work-in-process limits, pattern matching, pomodoro and more. This was a marvelous interview to commemorate our first 400 shows!

 

Shameless Ad for my book!

Mastering Software Project Management: Best Practices, Tools and Techniques co-authored by Murali Chematuri and myself and published by J. Ross Publishing. We have received unsolicited reviews like the following: “This book will prove that software projects should not be a tedious process, for you or your team.” Support SPaMCAST by buying the book here. Available in English and Chinese.

 


SPaMCAST 398 – Kevin Kruse, 15 Secrets Successful People Know About Time Management

The Software Process and Measurement Cast 398 features our interview with bestselling author Kevin Kruse.  We discussed his new book, 15 Secrets Successful People Know About Time Management.  The ideas Kevin presents on managing time and more accurately managing focus are extremely useful and in some cases just a bit controversial. Surprising findings include:

  •         Most high achievers do NOT use to-do lists.
  •         The Harvard experiment that showed how 3 questions saved 8 hours a week.
  •         Procrastination is cured by time traveling to defeat your future self.
  •         Most high achievers practice a consistent morning ritual.
  •         How high achievers manage their email

If you haven’t bought a copy of 15 Secrets Successful People Know About Time Management, I would recommend that you start your personal program to improve your productivity by using the link in the show notes and buying a copy!

Kevin Kruse is an Inc 500 serial entrepreneur, New York Times bestselling author, and Forbes columnist. Kruse has been named a Top 100 Business Thought Leader by Trust Across America. Over the last 20 years Kevin has started or co-founded several multi-million dollar companies which have won awards for both fast growth (Inc 500) as well as employee engagement (#4 Best Place to Work in PA). As a keynote speaker and performance coach, Kevin has worked with Fortune 500 CEOs, startup founders, US Marine Corps officers and non-profit leaders.

 

Contact Information:

twitter.com/Kruse

facebook.com/KruseAuthor

instagram.com/kevin__kruse

www.15TimeSecrets.com

www.KevinKruse.com

info@kevinkruse.com

 

Re-Read Saturday News

We concluded the read of Commitment Novel About Managing Project Risk by Maassen, Matts, and Geary. This week’s installment will addresses the epilogue (everybody lives happily ever after) and summarizes some of the key concepts that I have already found useful.  Next week we will begin re-reading  Kent Beck’s xP Explained, Second Edition. I originally read the first edition several years ago on flights traveling between clients.  The book provides an important explanation for xP and the even today confronts us with the realization that Agile is more than just Scrum. Visit the Software Process and Measurement Blog (www.tcagley.wordpress.com) to catch up on past installments of Re-Read Saturday.

 

Next SPaMCAST

In the next Software Process and Measurement Cast will feature our essay on using storytelling to jumpstart Agile efforts. Telling stories is a natural human activity from time immemorial that can be used to create a succinct and informative story to describe a business need or the future of an organization.  The essay provides an approach for using storytelling and suggests that sometimes the journey an organization must take to achieve a goal needs facilitation.

We will also have columns from the Software Sensi, Kim Pries and an entry from Gene Hughson’s Form Follows Function Blog.

 

Shameless Ad for my book!

Mastering Software Project Management: Best Practices, Tools and Techniques co-authored by Murali Chematuri and myself and published by J. Ross Publishing. We have received unsolicited reviews like the following: “This book will prove that software projects should not be a tedious process, for you or your team.” Support SPaMCAST by buying the book here. Available in English and Chinese.


The Software Process and Measurement Cast 397 features our essay on cumulative flow diagrams.  The following file includes all of the figures referenced in the cumulative flow diagrams  essay which is part of SPaMCAST 397.

Direct download: Cumulative_Flow_Diagrams__Figures_for_SPaMCAST_397.pdf
Category:Kanban -- posted at: 5:10pm EDT

SPaMCAST 397 – Cumulative Flow Diagrams, QA Sign Off, Project Strategy

The Software Process and Measurement Cast 397 features our essay on cumulative flow diagrams. A CFD can help everyone from team members to program managers to gain insight into issues, cycle time and likely completion dates. Cumulative flow diagrams are extremely versatile tools for managing work.

Figures for this essay are included as a separate entry in the feed.

Our second column is a visit to the QA Corner. Jeremy Berriault weighs in on the thorny question of who signs off or approves the results of testing for projects. We discuss some strange behaviors that occur when responsibility and authority for the results of testing are ambiguous.

We also have the debut column from Jon M. Quigley. Jon inaugurates his column with a discussion of whether project risk, scope and strategy are related. The short answer is yes, and the longer answer suggests what happens when all of the options are not considered. Jon is a principle at Value Transformation, LLC (www.valuetransform.com) along with being a teacher, coach, serial author and past guest on SPaMCAST 346.

Re-Read Saturday News
We continue the read of Commitment – Novel About Managing Project Risk by Maassen, Matts, and Geary. Buy your copy today and read along (use the link to support the podcast). This week’s installment will address Chapter 7, which using the monomyth structure represents both atonement and the return home, the completion of the cycle. Next week we will conclude with a few final thoughts. The next book in the Re-read Saturday Series will be Kent Beck’s xP Explained, Second Edition. Visit the Software Process and Measurement Blog (www.tcagley.wordpress.com) to catch up on past installments of Re-Read Saturday.


Next SPaMCAST
The next Software Process and Measurement Cast features our interview of with bestselling author Kevin Kruse. We discussed his new book, 15 Secrets Successful People Know About Time Management. The ideas on managing time and more accurately managing focus are extremely useful and in some cases just a bit controversial. Listen to the interview, then buy a copy of his book and become more productive!

Shameless Ad for my book!
Mastering Software Project Management: Best Practices, Tools and Techniques co-authored by Murali Chematuri and myself and published by J. Ross Publishing. We have received unsolicited reviews like the following: “This book will prove that software projects should not be a tedious process, for you or your team.” Support SPaMCAST by buying the book here. Available in English and Chinese.

Direct download: SPaMCAST_397__Cumulative_Flow_Diagrams_QA_Sign_Project_Strategy.mp3
Category:Kanban -- posted at: 5:00pm EDT

SPaMCAST 396 - Mike Burrows, Agendashift

The Software Process and Measurement Cast 396 begins our run up to Episode 400 with our interview of with Mike Burrows. Mike and I talked about his game changing idea of Agendashift. Agendashift identifies opportunities for positive change by exploring an organization’s alignment to the values of transparency, balance, collaboration, customer focus, flow, and leadership. Along the way, we also revisited parts of our previous interview on the podcast covering Mike’s book, Kanban From The Inside.

Mike’s Bio
Mike is the founder of Agendashift, author of the book Kanban from the Inside, consultant, coach, and trainer. In recent months, he has been the interim delivery manager for two UK government digital "exemplar" projects and consultant to public and private sector organisations at home and abroad. Prior to his consulting career, he was global development manager and Executive Director at a top tier investment bank, and IT Director for an energy risk management startup.

Agendashift Blog: https://www.agendashift.com/
Twitter: @asplake and @KanbanInside

Re-Read Saturday News
We continue the read of Commitment – Novel About Managing Project Risk by Maassen, Matts, and Geary. Buy your copy today and read along (use the link to support the podcast). This week we tackle chapter 6. Chapter 6 layers ideas from game theory to explain why real options works. Visit the Software Process and Measurement Blog (www.tcagley.wordpress.com) to catch up on past installments of Re-Read Saturday.

Next SPaMCAST
The next Software Process and Measurement Cast includes three columns. The first is our essay on cumulative flow diagrams. Cumulative flow diagrams are extremely versatile tools for managing work. I am becoming more and more convinced that they should be used universally.


We will also have a visit to the QA Corner with Jeremy Berriault. Jeremy brings us his unique wisdom to testing topics. Our conversations are always illuminating!

Jon M. Quigley. Jon is a serial author and consultant, who first appeared on SPaMCAST 346. We discussed. We began his unnamed column (we need your help) with a discussion of project risk and scope and strategy selection.

Shameless Ad for my book!
Mastering Software Project Management: Best Practices, Tools and Techniques co-authored by Murali Chematuri and myself and published by J. Ross Publishing. We have received unsolicited reviews like the following: “This book will prove that software projects should not be a tedious process, for you or your team.” Support SPaMCAST by buying the book here. Available in English and Chinese.

Direct download: SPaMCAST_396__Mike_Borrows_Agendashift.mp3
Category:Kanban -- posted at: 5:00pm EDT

SPaMCAST 395 – Productivity, Accidental Innovation, Assimilation and Accommodation

The Software Process and Measurement Cast 395 features our essay on productivity. While productivity might not be the coolest subject, understanding the concept is critical to every company’s and every worker’s financial well-being.

Gene Hughson brings another entry from his Form Follows Function blog to the Software Process and Measurement Cast. Gene discusses the idea of accidental innovation. Gene suggests that innovation is not a happy accident, but is a result of a process, structure, and technology that can enhance innovation. However, it can just as easily get in the way.

In our third column this week, Kim Pries, the Software Sensei, brings us a discussion of how software developers leverage assimilation and accommodation in the acquisition of knowledge.

Re-Read Saturday News
We continue the read of Commitment – Novel About Managing Project Risk by Maassen, Matts, and Geary. Buy your copy today and read along (use the link to support the podcast). This week we tackle chapter 5. It is a relatively short chapter, but it exposes one of the critical mechanisms for how Agile teams are able to self-organize and self-manage. Visit the Software Process and Measurement Blog to catch up on past installments of Re-Read Saturday.

Next SPaMCAST
The next Software Process and Measurement Cast begins the final approach to Episode 400 with our interview of with Mike Burrows. Mike and I talked about his game changing idea of Agenda Shift . Agenda Shift Identifies opportunities for positive change by exploring an organization’s alignment to the values of transparency, balance, collaboration, customer focus, flow, and leadership. Along the way, we also revisited parts of our first interview on the podcast covering Mike’s book, Kanban From The Inside.

Shameless Ad for my book!
Mastering Software Project Management: Best Practices, Tools and Techniques co-authored by Murali Chematuri and myself and published by J. Ross Publishing. We have received unsolicited reviews like the following: “This book will prove that software projects should not be a tedious process, for you or your team.” Support SPaMCAST by buying the book here. Available in English and Chinese.


SPaMCAST 394 – Yves Hanoulle, Lessons From Coaching Children

The Software Process and Measurement Cast 394 features our interview with Yves Hanoulle. Yves returns to the Software Process and Measurement Cast to discuss his experiences as a coach with CoderDojo Ghent which brings coding and life lessons to children in Ghent, Belgium. We also explored how Yves has been able to incorporate the lessons he has learned volunteering into his day job. This is a fun interview that has a profound message about our obligation to the future.


This is a great interview to come back from vacation to edit and deliver!

Yves’s Bio:
Yves Hanoulle started working in IT in 1994. He has worked as software support, developer, team lead, trainer, agile coach, change artist, first follower, thought jockey. These days he calls himself Creative Collaboration Agent.

Yves believes that IT is mainly about working with people. A skill that can never be learned enough. Mr. Hanoulle is deeply involved in many communities including starting the book “Who is agile” together with a team of 20 people. There are now multiple local country spin-offs of the book (we talked about this project near the end of the interview)


Yearly Yves spends 10 to 20% of his revenue on training and books so that he stays at the forefront of thought on software development.
Since 2005, he has worked as coach or trainer for a wide range of firms across the globe.

Connect with Yves at:
Twitter: @yveshanoulle
LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/yveshanoulle

Re-Read Saturday News
We continue the read Commitment – Novel About Managing Project Risk by Maassen, Matts, and Geary. Buy your copy today and read along (use the link to support the podcast). This week we tackle chapter four, which delves into the visualization of work, staff liquidity and a focus on outcomes. Visit the Software Process and Measurement Blog to catch up on past installments of Re-Read Saturday.

Next SPaMCAST
The next Software Process and Measurement cast will feature an essay on productivity metrics: the good, the bad and the ugly. We will also feature columns from Kim Pries and Gene Hughson. Also, I hope to have news about a new columnist joining the SPaMCAST family and more!

Shameless Ad for my book!
Mastering Software Project Management: Best Practices, Tools and Techniques co-authored by Murali Chematuri and myself and published by J. Ross Publishing. We have received unsolicited reviews like the following: “This book will prove that software projects should not be a tedious process, for you or your team.” Support SPaMCAST by buying the book here. Available in English and Chinese.

Direct download: SPaMCAST_394__Yves_Hanoulle_Lessons_From_Coaching_Children.mp3
Category:Coaching -- posted at: 5:00pm EDT

SPaMCAST 393 – Mix Tape 2010, Foy, Reinertsen, Jacobson

One last week in mixtape format! I am completing a trip that is a mixture of vacation and a board meeting but that does not mean you have to forego your weekly SPaMCAST.  In place of our normal format, I am posting a mix tape of the answers to the “If you could change two things” question I have been asking interviewees for nearly ten years.  This week on SPaMCAST 393 we feature our top downloaded podcasts from the year 2010:

SPaMCAST 85 – Cory Foy on Agile Coaching

 

http://bit.ly/1Qmmx0g

Cory used his wishes to discuss the obsession with certification rather than performance and bring user into making critical business decisions so that usability is maximized.

SPaMCAST 92 – Don Reinertsen on Product Development Flow

 http://bit.ly/1WERCDZ

Don used his wishes to ask that people understand the economics of product development and then to use that understanding to measure and reduce WIP queues.

SPaMCAST 94 - Ivar Jacobson on SEMAT

http://bit.ly/1SYSmhA

Ivar discussed the SEMAT core defining software engineering and how SPaMCAST listeners can support the development of SEMAT.

If these excerpts tickled your fancy listen to the whole interview by clicking on the links shown above.

Next week we will return to regular programming with a thought provoking interview.

Direct download: SPaMCAST_393__Mix_Tape_2010_Foy_Reinertsen_Jacobson.mp3
Category:Agile -- posted at: 5:00pm EDT

SPaMCAST 392 – Mix Tape 2009, Lister, Chemuturi, Brennan

I am still traveling for the next two weeks. The trip is a mixture of vacation and a board meeting but that does not mean you will have to forego your weekly SPaMCAST.  In place of our normal format, I am posting a mix tape of the answers to the “If you could change two things” question I have been asking interviewees for nearly ten years.  This week on SPaMCAST 392 we feature our top downloaded podcasts from the year 2009:

SPaMCAST 51 - Tim Lister on Adrenaline Junkies and Template Zombies

http://bit.ly/1WERtk5

Tim discussed ending the estimating charade.  Tim stated it would be better if we recognized estimating as goal setting. Secondly, he noted that a lot of outsourcing has overshot its mark and reduced our organizational capabilities.

SPaMCAST 67 - Murali Chemuturi on Software Estimation Best Practices, Tools & Techniques

http://bit.ly/1MHDzeJ

Murali used his wishes to state that estimators need a better grasp and understanding the concepts of productivity and scheduling.

SPaMCAST 69 - Kevin Brennan on Business Analysis

http://bit.ly/1WERB2V

Kevin answered a different question and discussed the message he would share with a C-Level executive to describe why business analysis is important to them.

If you enjoyed the snippets please use the links to listen to the whole interviews.  Next week 2010! 

Direct download: SPaMCAST_392__Mix_Tape_2009_Lister_Chemuturi_Brennan.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 5:00pm EDT