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SPaMCAST 353 -Learning Styles, Microservices for All, Tame Flow

This week’s Software Process and Measurement Cast features three columns.  The first is our essay on learning styles.  Learning styles are useful to consider when you are trying to change the world or just and an organization.  While opposites might attract in poetry and sitcoms, however rarely do opposite learning styles work together well in teams without empathy and a dash of coaching. Therefore, the coach and teams need to have an inventory of learning styles on the team. Models and active evaluation against a model are tools to generate knowledge about teams so they can tune how they work to maximize effectiveness.

Our second column features Gene Hughson bringing the ideas from his wonderful Form Follows Function Blog.  Gene talks about the topic of microservices. Gene challenges the idea that microservices are a silver bullet.

We anchor this week’s SPaMCAST with Steve Tendon’s column discussing the TameFlow methodology and his great new book, Hyper-Productive Knowledge Work Performance.   One of the topics Steve tackles this week is the idea of knowledge workers and why a knowledge worker is different.  The differences Steve describes are key to developing a hyper-productive environment.

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Re-Read Saturday News

Remember that the Re-Read Saturday of The Mythical Man-Month is in full swing.  This week we tackle the essay titled “The Second-System Effect”!  Check out the new installment at Software Process and Measurement Blog.

Upcoming Events

Software Quality and Test Management 

September 13 – 18, 2015

San Diego, California

http://qualitymanagementconference.com/

I will be speaking on the impact of cognitive biases on teams!  Let me know if you are attending! If you are still deciding on attending let me know because I have a discount code!

 

Agile Development Conference East

November 8-13, 2015

Orlando, Florida

http://adceast.techwell.com/

I will be speaking on November 12th on the topic of Agile Risk!  Let me know if you are going and we will have a SPaMCAST Meetup.

Next SPaMCAST

The next Software Process and Measurement Cast features our interview with Allan Kelly.  We talked #NoProjects and having a focus of delivering a consistent flow of value.

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

Available in English and Chinese.

Direct download: SPaMCAST_353_-Learning_Styles_Micro.mp3
Category:Management -- posted at: 5:00pm EDT

SPaMCAST 262 - Kevin Kruse, Employee Engagement

The Software Process and Measurement Cast 262 features my interview with Kevin Kruse (@Kruse) best selling author of Employee Engagement for Everyone.  If you are involved with people and want to improvement engagement this is an important interview 

Kevin's Bio

Serial entrepreneur and bestselling author, Kevin Kruse, used a relentless focus on talent and employee engagement to build and sell several, multi-million dollar technology companies, winning both Inc 500 and Best Place to Work awards along the way. He is currently an investor and advisor to Team Capital Bank, one of the fastest growing banks in America with a billion dollars in assets.

Kevin is also the author of several books including the NY Times bestseller, We: How to Increase Performance and Profits Through Full Engagement, which was named one of the top leadership books in 2011 by 800-CEO-Read.  In Employee Engagement 2.0, Kevin provides a detailed action plan that turns “task-managers” into “people-leaders” and in his latest book, Employee Engagement for Everyone, Kevin guides individuals to greater happiness at work. 

Kruse writes regularly as a columnist for Forbes.com, CEO.com and has published over 100 articles for various publications on topics related to leadership, engagement and entrepreneurship. 

Kevin’s mission is to convince everyone that “super human capital” (i.e., a fully engaged workforce, using their unique talents) is the key to unlocking both dramatic business results and to better health and relationships for individuals. Based on his own experience as a CEO, and on the results of surveys of over 10 million people in 150 countries, Kevin reveals how Growth, Recognition and Trust are the drivers that turn average groups into high performing teams. He shares specific tactics to:

• Unlock emotional commitment
• Activate discretionary effort
• Generate future confidence and clarity to combat the effects of change

Kevin also finds time to give back to communities worldwide through the Kevin Kruse Foundation, which has supported The USNaval War College, The Library Project, The Acumen Fund, Senior Adults for Greater Education, and the Bucks County Health Improvement Partnership. 

When not writing or speaking, Kevin is busy juggling life as a single Dad, with three kids, in Bucks County, PA. 

Check out Kevin's website www.kevinkruse.com

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The Software Process and Measurement Cast 263 features our essay on transactional analysis. TA explores and helps to develop an understanding of the interactions between ego states.  Understanding TA will improve your ability to communicate and therefore increase your effectiveness when dealing with people.

Direct download: SPaMCAST_262_-_Kevin_Kruse_Employee_Engagement.mp3
Category:Management -- posted at: 5:00pm EDT

SPaMCAST 226 - John Hunter, Management Matters, Worth Working Summit

Welcome to the Software Process and Measurement Cast 226!   

The Software Process and Measurement Cast 226 features my interview with John Hunter.  We talked about his new book Management Matters: Building Enterprise Capability.  A great interview with someone who has an amazing perspective on the world!  Jo Ann Sweeney also stopped in to talk about the Worth Working Summit  . . . I was one of the speakers and higly recommend checking it out!

John Hunter combines technology with management expertise to improve the performance of organizations. He has served as an information technology program manager for the American Society for Engineering Education, the Office of Secretary of Defense Quality Management Office and the White House Military Office.

In 2013, he published his first book - Management Matters: Building Enterprise Capability.

John currently lives in Malaysia and serves as a senior facilitator for The W. Edwards Deming Institute and a senior consultant for Hexawise.  He also write blogs for both of those organizations in addition to <a href="http://www.curiouscatblog.net/">authoring many other blogs</a>.

John created and operates one of the first, and still one of the most popular, management resources on the internet.  He continues to use the internet to aid managers in their efforts to improve their organizations.  His blog is widely recognized</a> as a valuable resource for leaders and managers.

He is the founder and CEO of Curious Cat ltd., managing over 20 web sites on management, software development, investing, engineering, travel and other topics.

Contact Information:
http://curious-cat-media.com
http://johnhunter.com/blogging_honors.cfm

Have you checked out Daily Process Thoughts?  Daily Process Thoughts is delivering a quick daily idea, thought or simple smile to help you become a better change agent.  Check it out at www.tcagley.wordpress.com. 

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, neither for you or your team."

NOW AVAILABLE IN CHINESE! 

Have you bought your copy?

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The Software Process and Measurement Cast 227 will wrap up my essay titled "Underperforming Agile?"  What should you do if you have embraced Agile and it is not embracing you back?

Direct download: SPaMCAST_226_-_John_Hunter_Management_Matters_Worth_Working_Summit.mp3
Category:Management -- posted at: 5:00pm EDT