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SPaMCAST 231 - Metrics Minute, Burden Rate

Welcome to the Software Process and Measurement Cast 231  

The Software Process and Measurement Cast 231 features an entry in the Metrics Minute.  In the SPaMCAST 231 we tackle burden rate. Burden rate is the tax paid for not having perfect engineering practices. Perfection is ruined by many factors including miscommunication, mistakes, poor processes or management overhead. 

Daily Process Thoughts!

Many of you visit or have subscribed to the Daily Process Thoughts. Others of you have not been introduced yet. The Daily Process Thought is delivering a quick daily idea, thought or simple smile to help you become a better change agent. I am including one of my favorite entries after the essay, to whet your whistle so to speak. Check it out at www.tcagley.wordpress.com. The entry I have included is titled, A Map Is Not Enough! for March 6, 2013.

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! 

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One more thing!  Help support the SPaMCAST by reviewing and rating the Software Process and Measurement Cast on ITunes!  It helps people find the cast. 

Next:

The next few Software Process and Measurement Casts may well swtch thing around just a bit with a combination of new content and highlights from years one through six.  I will be on vacation in China or recovering.  SPaMCAST listeners in China shoot me an email and perhpas we can have a listeners meet-up. 

Direct download: SPaMCAST_231_-_Metrics_Minute_Burden_Rate.mp3
Category:Metrics Minute -- posted at: 5:00pm EDT

SPaMCAST 217 - Metrics Minute, Automated Test Cases Passed

Welcome to the Software Process and Measurement Cast 217!   

The Software Process and Measurement Cast 217 features an entry from the Metrics Minute.  The entry is on Automated Test Cases Passed.  A listener, Tor Skude, requesed we deal with this metric.  Remember that there is a page at www.tcagley.wordpress.com with links to all of the Metrics Minute Entries.

Have a great holiday season!  

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?

Contact information for the Software Process and Measurement Cast
Email:  spamcastinfo@gmail.com
Voicemail:              +1-206-888-6111      
Website: www.spamcast.net
Twitter: www.twitter.com/tcagley
Facebook:  http://bit.ly/16fBWV

One more thing!  Help support the SPaMCAST by reviewing and rating the Software Process and Measurement Cast on ITunes!  It helps people find the cast. 

Next:
The Software Process and Measurement Cast 218 will feature an interview with Bob Galen.  We talked agile, agile charters, prodcut owners and beginning agile projects WELL!

Direct download: SPaMCAST_217_-_Metrics_Minute_Automated_Test_Cases_Passed.mp3
Category:Metrics Minute -- posted at: 4:53pm EDT

SPaMCAST 171 - Meta-Cast, Metrics Minute, Customer Satisfaction

Welcome to the Software Process and Measurement Cast 171! 

The SPaMCAST 171 includes a double feature!  Part One is Meta-Cast discussing where the Cast has been and where it is going.  The short answer is 2012 is going to really COOL! Part Two is an entry in the Metrics Minute. We tackle Customer Satisfaction.

Shameless Ad for my book! 

Mastering Software Project Management: Best Practices, Tools and Techniquesco-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."  Buy the book!

Contact information for the Software Process and Measurement Cast
Email:  spamcastinfo@gmail.com
Voicemail:  +1-206-888-6111
Website: www.spamcast.net
Twitter: www.twitter.com/tcagley
Facebook:  http://bit.ly/16fBWV

Next!

SPaMCAST 172 will my interview with Dr. David Fraser.  We discussed his book Relationship Mastery, A Business Professional’s Guide.  Can you answer the question why are relationships important in business?  You will know the answer after the interview!

Direct download: SPaMCAST_171_-_Meta-Cast_Metrics_Minute_Customer_Satisfaction.mp3
Category:Metrics Minute -- posted at: 5:34pm EDT

Welcome to the Software Process and Measurement Cast 161!

The SPaMCAST 163 features an entry in the Metrics Minute.  We discusse Retun on Investment.  ROI is critical factor in proioritization whether at an epic or a story level!  

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A panel of independent judges will review all submissions to consider how each nominee has led their PMO over at least the last 12 months and how they plan to grow the PMO under their stewardship in the coming months.

Interested in the PMO Leader of the Year award?  Check out www.leadingsuccessfulpmos.com

 

Interested in becoming a radio star?  If you are interested in reviewing tools or books?  Drop me a note at spamcastinfo@gmail.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."Have you bought your copy?

Contact information for the Software Process and Measurement Cast

Email:  spamcastinfo@gmail.com
Voicemail:  +1-206-888-6111
Website: www.spamcast.net
Twitter: www.twitter.com/tcagley
Facebook:  http://bit.ly/16fBWV

Next!

SPaMCAST 164 features my interview with Joe Raynus.  Joe and I discussed Quantitative Business Process Management.  A great discussion on measurement and business process improvement.


SPaMCAST 139 - Metrics Minute - ROA Return on Assets

Welcome to the Software Process and Measurement Cast 139!

In the SPaMCAST 139  we begin an exploration of financial metrics.  The first class of financial metrics is those metrics that are used to decide which projects should be done.  I call these return metrics and they ask the questions: Should we do this project? And more broadly, are their better uses for our assets? Generally these are questions are asked at the beginning of a project but can be equally powerful at different times during the project life cycle. Return metrics are focused on the financial aspect of project but less tangible assets can be incorporated.  Attributes such as risk and strategy are examples of attributes that are often quantified and incorporated. 

Examples of this class of metric include Return on Assets (ROA), Return on Investment (ROI), payback period and Internal Rate of Return (IRR). In all cases these metrics account for income, a hurdle rate (interest rate or expected rate of return) and a comparison cost either based on assets, income, or equity. While these ratios are a rich source of decision making information, what they are not are tools to manage a project or programs. 

We begin with Return on Assets (ROA) is a ratio of the earnings generate from a project compared to the assets used to generate that revenue. ROA is a classic financial metric that when applied to projects, is typically used as a technique for project acceptance or in retrospective as a tool to evaluate overall performance. 

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."

Have you bought your copy?

Contact information for the Software Process and Measurement Cast:
Email:  spamcastinfo@gmail.com
Voicemail:  +1-206-888-6111
Website: www.spamcast.net
Twitter: www.twitter.com/tcagley
Facebook:  http://bit.ly/16fBWV

Next!

SPaMCAST 140 features my interview with Raja Bavani from Mindtree.  We discussed his recent article,“The 10 best influences on software product engineering.”  THis is a fantastic interview that gives context to the world of software engineering we inhabit. 

Direct download: SPaMCAST_139_-_Metrics_Minute_-_ROA_Return_on_Assets.mp3
Category:Metrics Minute -- posted at: 5:00pm EDT

SPaMCAST 135 - Metrics Minute - Value at Risk

Welcome to the Software Process and Measurement Cast 133!

SPaMCAST 135 features an entry in the Metrics Minute.  We are covering a Value at Risk.  WValue at Risk represents the potential impact of risk on the value of a project or portfolio of projects.  Risk is monitored at specific points (a topic of further discussion in the near future) of the project life cycle.  Monitoring includes an evaluation of the potential cost impact of remediating the risks that have not been fully remediated weighted by the probability of occurrence.  Where the cost impact of risk is above program risk tolerance specific remediation plans will be established to reduce the estimated risk impact.  The value at risk metric provides the team with a tool for prioritizing risks and risk management activities.  

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."

Have you bought your copy?

Contact information for the Software Process and Measurement Cast

Email:  spamcastinfo@gmail.com
Voicemail:  +1-206-888-6111
Website: www.spamcast.net
Twitter: www.twitter.com/tcagley
Facebook:  http://bit.ly/16fBWV

Next!

SPaMCAST 136 features my first live interview with Paul Brynes.  We discussed the changes in the SCAMPI methodology used to appraise the CMMI.  Important stuff if you have anything to do with the CMMI.

Direct download: SPaMCAST_135_-_Metrics_Minute_-_Value_at_Risk.mp3
Category:Metrics Minute -- posted at: 5:22pm EDT

SPaMCAST 133 - Metrics Minute - Burn-up Charts

Welcome to the Software Process and Measurement Cast 133!

SPaMCAST 133 features an entry in the Metrics Minute.  We tackle burn-up charts.  The burn-up chart  can be thought of as the mirror image of the burn-down chart but is generally extended over multiple sprints to show the strategy being followed as the project builds toward release and product delivery.

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."

Have you bought your copy?

Contact information for the Software Process and Measurement Cast

Email:  spamcastinfo@gmail.com
Voicemail:  +1-206-888-6111
Website: www.spamcast.net
Twitter: www.twitter.com/tcagley
Facebook:  http://bit.ly/16fBWV

Next!

SPaMCAST 134 features my interview with Cynthia Kurtz on stories and how stories can be a VERY powereful tool for gathering requirements and for knowledge management.  I am already planning to listen to this one again because of the huge amount of value Cynthia provided!

Direct download: SPaMCAST_133_-_Metrics_Minute_-_Burn-up_Charts.mp3
Category:Metrics Minute -- posted at: 5:00pm EDT

SPaMCAST 123 - Metrics Minute - Burn Down Charts

Welcome to the Software Process and Measurement Cast 123!

In this week’s Software Process and Measurement Cast we have an entry in the Metrics Minute.  We cover Burn down charts are a critcial part of what makes agile work.

The esay begins . . .

Burn Down Charts are a graphical representation of the work left to be done and of the progress that has been made. The chart is typically drawn to show progress against predictions. The analogy of a glide path has been used to paint a picture of the slope and the ultimate destination of a burn down chart which targeted at completion. One of the most powerful attractions of the burn down chart is that it involves psychology by emotionally tying the metric to completion through the visual representation of a path counting down to zero.

Book Plug . . .
Mastering Software Project Management: Best Practices, Tools and Techniques co-authored by Murali Chemuturi and myself and published by J. Ross Publishing has hit the bookshelves!  According to Robert C. Anderson, Director, Process Development and Quality Assurance, Computer Aid, Inc, "Mastering Software Project Management is a masterpiece of clarity, organization and depth of practical knowledge." If you a project manager or know project managers buy yourself a copy and a second to lend co-workers!  PS -- Want me to sign a bookplate for your copy?  Email me and include a picture of you with your copy of the book and I will send you a personalized, signed bookplate!

Contact information for the Software Process and Measurement Cast
Email:  spamcastinfo@gmail.com
Voicemail:  +1-206-888-6111
Website: www.spamcast.net
Twitter: www.twitter.com/tcagley
Facebook:  http://bit.ly/16fBWV

Check out my blog and show notes for upcoming conferences and webinars!

Next!
In SPaMCAST 124 my interview with Gerald Hill will run.  Gerald and project management are words that go together.  We talk about project management and his book The Complete Project Management Methodology and Toolkit.

Direct download: SPaMCAST_123_-_Metrics_Minute_-_Burn_Down_Charts.mp3
Category:Metrics Minute -- posted at: 7:48pm EDT

SPaMCAST 119 - Metrics Minute - Velocity, IFPUG News

Welcome to the Software Process and Measurement Cast 119!

In this week’s Software Process and Measurement Cast we have another installment of the Metrics Minute.  This Metrics Minute is focused on Velocity. 

The esay begins . . .

The simple definition of velocity, as it is currently used, is the amount of work that is completed in a period of time (typically a sprint). The definition is related to productivity which is the amount of effort required to complete a unit of work and delivery rate which measures the speed that work is completed.  The inclusion of a time box (the sprint) creates a fixed duration which transforms velocity into more of a productivity metric than a speed metric (how much work can be be done in a specific timescale by a specific team). Therefore to truly measure velocity you need to estimate the units of work completed, have a definition of complete and have a time box.

Book Plug . . .
Mastering Software Project Management: Best Practices, Tools and Techniques co-authored by Murali Chemuturi and myself and published by J. Ross Publishing has hit the bookshelves!  According to Robert C. Anderson, Director, Process Development and Quality Assurance, Computer Aid, Inc, "Mastering Software Project Management is a masterpiece of clarity, organization and depth of practical knowledge." If you a project manager or know project managers buy yourself a copy and a second to lend co-workers!  PS -- Want me to sign a bookplate for your copy?  Email me and include a picture of you with your copy of the book and I will send you a personalized, signed bookplate!

Contact information for the Software Process and Measurement Cast
Email:  spamcastinfo@gmail.com
Voicemail:  +1-206-888-6111
Website: www.spamcast.net
Twitter: www.twitter.com/tcagley
Facebook:  http://bit.ly/16fBWV

Check out my blog and show notes for upcoming conferences and webinars!

Next!
SPaMCAST 120 will feature my interview with Peter Thomas. I picked his brains on his presentation on mature measurement programs!

 

Direct download: SPaMCAST_119_-_Metrics_Minute_-_Velocity_IFPUG_News.mp3
Category:Metrics Minute -- posted at: 5:00pm EDT

SPaMCAST 113 - Assignment Scope, Metrics Minute

Welcome to the Software Process and Measurement Cast 113!

In the Software Process and Measurement Cast 113 features on of the entries in the Metrics Minute.  We talk about assignment scope!  Maintenance Assignment Scope is a measure of the efficiency of the application support function.

Mastering Software Project Management: Best Practices, Tools and Techniques co-authored by Murali Chematuri and myself and published by J. Ross Publishing is available on Amazon now!  A recent email sang the praises of Mastering like this:

"The book is extremely well written explaining the nuances of pro-active project management and can be used by Project Manager’s at every level including the beginners. Very straight forward, simple in application and easy to adopt."

If you a project manager or know project managers buy yourself a copy and a second to lend co-workers!

Contact information for the Software Process and Measurement Cast
Email:  spamcastinfo@gmail.com
Voicemail:  +1-206-888-6111
Website: www.spamcast.net
Twitter: www.twitter.com/tcagley
Facebook:  http://bit.ly/16fBWV

Next!
SPaMCAST 114 will feature my interview with Barbara Zimmerman.  We discussed contracts, negotiation and why doing your homework is important.  If you have deal with vendors or sell services this is a must Software Process and Measurement Cast. 

Direct download: SPaMAST_113_-_Assignment_Scope_Metrics_Minute.mp3
Category:Metrics Minute -- posted at: 5:00am EDT