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Spamcast 380 - Kim Robertson, The Big Picture of Configuration Management

Software Process and Measurement Cast 380 features our interview with Kim Robertson. Kim and I talked about big picture configuration management.  Without good configuration managements work, products, and programs often go wildly astray. Kim describes the a process that is as old a dirt . . . but WORKS and delivers value. We also discussed the book Kim co-authored with Jon Quigley (Jon was interviewed in SPaMCAST 346) Configuration Management: Theory, Practice, and Application.

Kims Bio

Kim Robertson is a NDIA Certified Configuration Management (CM) practitioner, consultant, and trainer with over 30 years of experience in contracts, subcontracts, finance, systems engineering and configuration management. He has an advanced degree in organizational management with a government contracts specialty and is the co-author of Configuration Management: Theory Practice and Application. He can be reached at Kim.Robertson@ValueTransform.com

If you are interested in the seed questions used to frame our interview please visit the SPaMCAST Facebook page.

Re-Read Saturday News

We continue the re-read of How to Measure Anything, Finding the Value of “Intangibles in Business” Third Edition by Douglas W. Hubbard on the Software Process and Measurement Blog. In Chapter Eight, we begin the transition from what to measure to how to measure.

Upcoming Events

I am facilitating the CMMI Capability Challenge. This new competition showcases thought leaders who are building organizational capability and improving performance. Listeners will be asked to vote on the winning idea which will be presented at the CMMI Institute’s Capability Counts 2016 conference.  The next CMMI Capability Challenge session will be held on February 17 at 11 AM EST.

http://cmmiinstitute.com/conferences#thecapabilitychallenge

I will be at the QAI Quest 2016 in Chicago beginning April 18th through April 22nd.  I will be teaching a full day class on Agile Estimation on April 18 and presenting Budgeting, Estimating, Planning and #NoEstimates: They ALL Make Sense for Agile Testing! on Wednesday, April 20thRegister now

Next SPaMCAST

The next Software Process and Measurement Cast features our essay on Agile adoption.  Words are important. They can rally people to your banner or create barriers. Every word communicates information and intent. There has been a significant amount of energy spent discussing whether the phrase ‘Agile transformation’ delivers the right message. There is a suggestion that ‘adoption’ is a better term. We shall see!

We will also have an entry from Gene Hughson’s Form Follows Function Blog. Gene will discuss his blog entry, Seductive Myths of Greenfield Development. And a visit from the Software Sensei, Kim Pries!  Kim’s essay is on women in the tech field.

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.


** I know this show is a week late.  I had a motherboard failure; I am working on a replacement. **

 

Show 22 features an interview with Joe Levens of Wolters Kluwer discussing Configuration Management (CM).  Joe has worked in development, testing, configuration management, and process improvement roles for 24 years. He formed and led the Configuration Management group at Reuters for 8 years, which performed a unique process of integrity checking on software releases, to significantly improve product quality delivered to the customer. His group managed an average of 1000 software and document releases per year, distributed globally. Joseph is currently a Program Manager for Wolters Kluwer, where he chairs a Software Process Improvement Collaboration Forum among organizations throughout North America.

                                                     

The essay is titled "Attention as an Asset in Outsourcing".  The text of this commentary can be found at www.tcagley.wordpress.com.  Comments and corrections are welcome.

 

Remember that comments and feedback are welcome! 

There are a number of ways to share your thoughts . .

  • Email SPaMCAST at spamcastinfo@gmail.com
  • Voice messages can be left at 1-206-888-6111
  • Twitter - www.twitter.com/tcagley
  • BLOG – www.tcagley.wordpress.com

Next Software Process and Measurement Cast:

The next Software Process and Measurement Cast features an interview with Johanna Rothman titled “Project Management in the Post Waterfall World.  Johanna is an author, consultant and guru if you have any interest in Project Management you will not want to miss this interview!

 

 


SPaMCAST 8 - Build Management, Stephen Finegold, Involvement Show Eight features an interview with Stephen Finegoldon on the topic of build management.  Build Management is one of those basic blocking and tackling issues that every organization must wrestle with but few do well.  This is especially true for small and medium sized IT shops.

Stephen Finegold is the managing partner of SFT Consulting, LLC (www.sftconsulting.com).  SFT Consulting provides outsourced project management, custom software development, and process improvement consulting.  Over the past 15 years, Steve has managed software development in the government, non-profit and the commercial sectors.

Stephen Finegold is a Project Management Professional and a Microsoft Certified Professional.

The essay for this cast is titled, Involvement:  Whose Industry Is It Anyway?   The essay throws down the gauntlet on the obligation to get involved in the industry you involved in.  Involvement and content creation is CRITICAL to the intellectual vitality of the world around you!
Remember that comments and feedback are welcome! 

There are a number of ways to share your thoughts . . . 
Email SPaMCAST at spamcastinfo@gmail.com
Voice messages can be left at 1-206-888-6111It is my intent to share all emails and voice messages! 

Future Events:
On June 21 at 3 PM  I will  be presenting "When Good Numbers Go Bad" at Better Software 2007 in Las Vegas.  The conference and workshops run from Monday June 18 though Thursday June 21 at the Venetian in Las Vegas.  Information is available at http://tinyurl.com/d9fau.  If you are attending let me know.

Other Notes:
Ian Brown's article Controlling Software Acquisition Costs With Fnciton Points and Estimation Tool in the May 2007 Crosstalk can be found at http://tinyurl.com/86wxf3

Also Caper's Jones Estimating Software Costs Second Edition has hit the book stores!  Review soon.

Next Software Process and Measurement Cast:
The next Software Process and Measurement Cast features a great interview with Patricia Ferdinandi author of A Requirements Pattern:  Succeeding in the Internet Economy.  The interview will cover the topic of build management.  The essay will be on the first of the deadly sins of metrics.