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SPaMCAST 276 – Penny Pullan, Business Analysis and Leadership

Check out Software Process and Measurement Cast 276.  The SPaMCAST 276 features my interview with Dr. Penny Pullan. We discussed her book, Business Analysis and Leadership: Influencing Change, the impact of business analysts on projects and how to make project more effective.

 Dr. Pullan has led her consulting firm, Making Projects Work Ltd., since 2007. Penny works with people in multi-national organizations who are grappling with tricky projects (i.e. risky, ambiguous, with diverse stakeholders, with virtual teams). She hosts the global BA Summit in November each year. Recently she's also been in demand as a mentor for business analysts, especially with those keen to develop their leadership skills. 

Penny's books include "Business Analysis and Leadership: Influencing change" (published by Kogan Page, 2013), "A Short Guide to Facilitating Risk Management" (Gower, 2011) and a chapter in "The Gower Handbook of People in Project Management" (Gower, 2013).

You can find out more at www.makingprojectswork.co.uk and at her book site www.baleadership.com

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 Next week the SPaMCAST features our essay on Scrumban (I know compound words make some people crazy).  Scrumban combines the best parts of Kanban with the best parts of Scrum to create synergy.  I think of Scrumban as post-modern Agile.

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As many you know I do at least one webinar for the IT Metrics and Productivity Institute (ITMPI) every year. The ITMPI provides a great service to the IT profession. ITMPI's mission is to pull together the expertise and educational efforts of the world's leading IT thought leaders and to create a single online destination where IT practitioners and executives can meet all of their educational and professional development needs. The ITMPI offers a premium membership that gives members unlimited free access to 400 PDU accredited webinar recordings, and waives the PDU processing fees on all live and recorded webinars.  The Software Process and Measurement Cast some support if you sign up here. All the revenue our sponsorship generates goes for bandwidth, hosting and new cool equipment to create more and better content for you. Support the SPaMCAST and learn from the ITMPI.

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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, neither for you or your team." Support SPaMCAST by buying the book here.

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Direct download: SPaMCAST_276__Penny_Pullan_Business_Analysis_and_Leadership.mp3
Category:Business Analysis -- posted at: 5:00pm EDT

SPaMCAST 69 - Brennan, Business Analysts and CMMI, Traceability Part 4 The interview on the SPaMCAST 69 is with Kevin Brennan.  Kevin and I focused on how the business analysis role fits into the CMMI.  In the process we ended up discussing a wide range of topics from a business analysis point of view.

Kevin Brennan, CBAP, PMP, is the IIBA®s Vice President, Professional Development. He led the development of Version 2.0 of the Business Analysis Body of Knowledge® (BABOK® Guide) and was also one of the authors of the CBAP exam. He is a frequent speaker on business analysis, project management, and software quality assurance topics at conferences. Kevin has over a decade of experience as a business analyst and project manager across several industry sectors, including regulated professions, utilities, automobile manufacturing, courier services, and mortgage banking. During this time he has performed just about every task a business analyst could be expected to do, from developing corporate and product strategies to being paged by end-users looking for technical support.

Kevin has taught project management and requirements analysis at Humber College, and has a B.A. degree in History and Political Science from the University of Toronto. He is also a graduate of Second City's improv comedy program.

Contact:
Email:     kevin.brennan@theiiba.org
Website: http://www.theiiba.org/am/

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The essay is a continuation of my essay titled "Traceability: A Radical Approach Based on User Involvement".   Part four discusses the complexity leg of the model.   We are now into the heart of the model and I like your feedback on the assessment categories choosen and the idea in total.

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Next Software Process and Measurement Cast:
The interview in show 70 is with Suzanne Robertson, author, teacher, consultant and a member of The Atlantic Systems Guild.  We spoke about requirements and mastering the requirements process.
Direct download: SPaMCAST_69_-_Brennan_Business_Analysts_Traceability_Part_4.mp3
Category:Business Analysis -- posted at: 5:00pm EDT

SPaMCAST 65 - Brandau, Business Analysts, Ferdinandi The interview in SPaMCAST 65 is with Laura Brandau.  We discussed business analysis, the role of the business analyst, how business analysts impact projects and the organizations they serve and how we can measure both the role and the impact of the role.

Laura Brandau is passionate about helping organizations create value through their investments in software.  She helps stakeholders conceptualize comprehensive solutions and creates alignment about project outcomes through proactive communication and analysis. Laura is the President and Principal Consultant at Clear Spring Business Analysis, a company she founded to deliver results-oriented services enabling clients to achieve a greater return on their software investments. Prior to founding Clear Spring, Laura worked in a variety of roles across multiple disciplines, including enterprise business analysis, project management, quality assurance, and information architecture.

Laura is actively involved in the International Institute of Business Analysis, working at the international level as the Career Center Product Manager and the local level as the Vice President of Marketing for the Denver chapter. She also contributes to the business analyst profession by hosting Bridging the Gap between Business and IT, a blog dedicated to helping technology professionals improve how they engage with the business community. She recently published How to Start a Business Analyst Career, an eBook to help professionals looking to become BAs.

Contact:
Email:     laura@clearspringanalysis.com
Blog:     http://www.bridging-the-gap.com
Website: http://www.clearspringanalysis.com

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We have a guest essay on SPaMCAST 65.  Pat Ferdinandi is back with her essay the Valley of Indecision.  Pat explores what happens if you love what you do but you can't do it anymore. For many, change is an imperative.  Pat shares her ideas and motivation with SPaMCAST listeners.

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Upcoming Speaking Engagements:
ITMPI webinar
Process Improvement in a Multi-Model World
September 15, 2009
11:00 am - 12:30 pm Eastern Time

Model based process improvement typically has centered on a single model or framework as the lynch pin to control software process improvement within an organization. The use of a model or framework is an excellent means of reducing random activity unfortunately one model does not cover the whole organization. Process improvement has matured to a point where the span of control needs to be extended which suggests the use of more than one model (e.g. CMMI, ISO, ITIL and Business Process Re-engineering to name a few). This webinar with Tom Cagley will discuss how to manage process improvement in a complex, multi-model environment.

More information - http://solutions.compaid.com/forms/WebinarB20090915?ProcessType=PreReg

ISMA 4 Conference
Boundaries, Boundaries Everywhere
September 15, 2009
9:00 - 9:45 AM    
     
    
Identifying applications and project boundaries are critical to accurate and repeatable counts however the rules have a lot of flexibility. The presentation will evaluate a variety of types of applications to evaluate the impact of varied perspectives on application boundaries. The presentation will include at least one hands-on exercise to drive home the impact of boundaries

The ISMA conference will be held this September 13-16, 2009 at the Palmer House Hilton – Chicago, Illinois see
More informaton - http://www.IFPUG.org
    

Next Software Process and Measurement Cast:
The interview in the Software Process and Measurement Cast is with Chuck Tryon.  We discussed knowledge management.  Chuck provides solid advice on knowledge management while explain why not dealing with knowledge management is a burning platform you should not ignore.  Frankly this one of the most important interviews SPaMCAST has recorded.
Direct download: SPaMCAST_65_-_Brandau_Business_Analysts_Ferdinandi.mp3
Category:Business Analysis -- posted at: 5:00pm EDT