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The Software Process and Measurement Cast 434 features our essay on Change Implementations - To Big Bang or Not To Big Bang? The knee jerk reaction amongst transformation leaders is usually a loud NO! However, the answer is not nearly that cut and dry.  Big Bang approaches to change have a place in bag of tricks every transformation leader has at their fingertips.

The second column this week is from Steve Tendon. Steve Tendon brings another chapter in his Tame The Flow: Hyper-Productive Knowledge-Work Performance, The TameFlow Approach and Its Application to Scrum and Kanban, published by J Ross (buy a copy here) to the cast.  In this installment, we talk about Chapter 16, The (Super)-Human Side of Flow. In Chapter 16 Steve and Wolfram go into detail on in Kotter’s attributes of flow state.  A good discussion and a good read.

Our third column is from the Software Sensei, Kim Pries.  Kim discusses Fermi Problems. Fermi problems or questions are a tool to teach approximation and estimation.  These problems usually can be solved logically as a back-of-the-envelope calculation. The last time we talked about Fermi Problems was when we were re-reading How To Measure Anything (Hubbard).

Re-Read Saturday News

This week we tackle Chapter 7 of Carol Dweck’s Mindset: The New Psychology of Success (buy your copy and read along).  Chapter 7, titled “Parents, Teachers, Coaches: Where Do Mindsets Come From? explores the impact of some of the most intimate and earliest relationships on our mindsets. Understanding how parents, teachers, and coaches affect mindsets helps us learn to lead change.

We are quickly closing in on the end of our re-read of Mindset.  I anticipate two more weeks (Chapter 8 and a round up).  The next book in the series will be Holacracy (Buy a copy today). After my recent interview with Jeff Dalton on Software Process and Measurement Cast 433, I realized that I had only read extracts from Holacracy by Brian J. Robertson, therefore we will read (first time for me) the whole book together.

Every week we discuss a chapter then consider the implications of what we have “read” from the point of view of both someone pursuing an organizational transformation and using the material when coaching teams.  

Remember to buy a copy of Carol Dweck’s Mindset and read along!

Visit the Software Process and Measurement Cast blog to participate in this and previous re-reads.

Next SPaMCAST

The next Software Process and Measurement Cast will feature our interview with Allan Kelly.  Our discussion touched on the concepts behind #NoProject.  Allan describes how the concept of projects leads to a number of unintended consequences.  Those consequences aren’t pretty.

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 308 – Michael West, Return on Process

Software Process and Measurement Cast number 308 features our interview with Michael West discussing his book Return on Process.  Process improvement can have a dramatic impact to an organization's bottom line BUT ONLY with careful thought and planning.  Michael West explains that process improvements with real impact are rarely an accident.

Michael’s bio . . .

Michael West is a life-long practitioner and student of process improvement. He is the co-founder of Natural Systems Process Improvement (Natural SPI), a consultancy specializing in designing, developing, and deploying process systems that enable measurable business performance improvement gains. Mr. West’s process insights and innovations have helped many organizations in various sectors of the economy achieve real process and performance improvement. His process consulting clients include ATK, Autodesk, AVL, BAE, BB&T, Crane Aerospace, DCS, Deloitte, Sandia National Labs, Reliability First, and the US Navy. Mr. West frequently presents and speaks at industry conferences, and is the author of Real Process Improvement Using the CMMI (CRC Press, 2004) and Return On Process (ROP): Getting Real Performance Results from Process Improvement (CRC Press, 2013).

Contact Michael at:
Web: http://www.naturalspi.com/
Email: michael@naturalspi.com
Twitter: @ItsTheProcess

Did you like the interview?  Buy Michael's books
Return On Process (ROP): Getting Real Performance Results from Process Improvement
Real Process Improvement Using the CMMI

Next

SPaMCAST 309 features our essay on Agile user acceptance testing. Agile user acceptance testing (AUAT) confirms that the output of a project meets the business’ needs and requirements. The concept of acceptance testing early and often is almost inarguable, whether you are using Agile or any other method. AUAT generates early customer feedback, which increases customer satisfaction and reduces the potential for delivering defects. The problem is that implementing an effective and efficient AUAT isn’t always easy.

 

Upcoming Events

DCG Webinars:

Agile Risk Management – It Is Still Important! October 24, 2014 11:230 EDT
Has the adoption of Agile techniques magically erased risk from software projects? Or, have we just changed how we recognize and manage risk?  Or, more frighteningly, by changing the project environment through adopting Agile techniques, have we tricked ourselves into thinking that risk has been abolished?

 

Upcoming Conferences:

I will be presenting at the International Conference on Software Quality and Test Management in San Diego, CA on October 1.  I have a great discount code!!!! Contact me if you are interested.

I will be presenting at the North East Quality Council 60th Conference October 21st and 22nd in Springfield, MA.

More on all of these great events in the near future! I look forward to seeing all SPaMCAST readers and listeners that attend these great events!

The Software Process and Measurement Cast has a sponsor.

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.

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_308__Michael_West_Return_on_Process.mp3
Category:Process Improvement -- posted at: 5:00pm EDT

Listen to the Software Process and Measurement Cast 282. In the SPaMCAST 282 we feature our interview with Ben Linders and Luis Gonçalves.  We discussed retrospectives and their great new book Getting Value out of Agile Retrospectives - A Toolbox of Retrospective Exercises. Retrospectives power the continuous improvement all projects and organizations need to deliver more value over time.

Luis Gonçalves is an Agile Coach, Co-Author, Speaker and a Blogger. He has been working in the software industry since 2003, being an Agile practitioner since 2007. Luis is the co-author of “Getting Value Out of Agile Retrospectives” and a co-founder of a MeetUp group in Munich called High Performing Teams.

He likes to write and share ideas with the world and this made him passionate blogger. You can follow his blog: http://lmsgoncalves.com. People can find Luis on twitter: @lgoncalves1979

Ben Linders is a Senior Consultant in Agile, Lean, Quality and Process Improvement, based in The Netherlands. Co-author of Getting Value out of Agile Retrospectives. As an advisor, coach and trainer he helps organizations by deploying effective software development and management practices. He focuses on continuous improvement, collaboration and communication, and professional development, to deliver business value to customers. Ben is an active member of several networks on Agile, Lean and Quality, and a frequent speaker and writer. He shares his experience in a bilingual blog (Dutch and English) and as an editor for Agile at InfoQ. You can find him on twitter: @BenLinders.

Get in touch with us anytime or leave a comment here on the blog. Help support the SPaMCAST by reviewing and rating it on iTunes. It helps people find the cast. Like us on Facebook while you’re at it.

Next week we will feature our essay on user stories.  A user story is a brief, simple requirement statement from the user perspective. User stories are narratives describing who is interacting with the application; how they are interacting with the application and the benefit they derive from that interaction.

Upcoming Events

ISMA 9

I will be attending the International Function Point Users Group conference and workshops in Madrid, Spain on March 27th with workshops on March 25th and 26th.

More information

QAIQuest 2014

I will be facilitating a ½ Day tutorial titled Make Integration and Acceptance Testing Truly Agile. The tutorial will wrestle with the flow of testing in Agile projects and will include lots of practical advice and exercises. Remember that Agile testing is not waterfall done quickly. I will also be around for the conference and look forward to meeting and talking with SPaMCAST readers and listeners.  More confernce information   ALSO I HAVE A DISCOUNT CODE…. Email me at spamcastinfo@gmail.com or call 440.668.5717 for the code.

StarEast

I will be speaking at the StarEast Conference May 4th – 9th in Orlando, Florida.  I will be presenting a talk titled, The Impact of Cognitive Biases on Test and Project Teams. Follow the link for more information on StarEast. ALSO I HAVE A DISCOUNT CODE…. Email me at spamcastinfo@gmail.com or call 440.668.5717 for the code.

I look forward to seeing all SPaMCAST readers and listeners at all of these great events!

The Software Process and Measurement Cast has a sponsor.

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.

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.


SPaMCAST 258 - Steve Tendon, Hyper-productivity

Welcome to the Software Process and Measurement Cast 258

The Software Process and Measurement Cast 258 features my interview with Steve Tendon!  Steve focuses on helping to create high-performance organizations and teams.  He is also the the author of Tame the Flow.  Are you ready to make the jump to hyper-productivity?

Steve's Bio: Steve is a senior, multilingual, executive management consultant, experienced at leading and directing multi¬national and distributed knowledge¬work organizations. Expert in organizational performance transformation programs. Adviser, consultant, coach, mentor, speaker and author, specializing in organizational productivity, organizational design, process excellence and process innovation. Steve helps businesses create high-performance organizations and teams. 

Steve can be contacted at:

Email: steve.tendon@gmail.com
Web: http://tendon.net/
LinkedIn: http://www.linkedin.com/in/tendon

Measurement Cast has a sponsor . . .

As many you know I do at least one webinar for the IT Metrics and Productivtity Intstiute (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 recieves a fee if you sign up using the URL in the show notes.  

http://mbsy.co/fGdw  All revenue our sponsors goes for bandwidth, hosting and new cool equipment to create more and better content for you!  Support the SPaMCAST and learn from the ITMPI!

THe Software Process and Measurement Cast is a proud member of the Tech Podcast Network.  If it is tech it is on the Tech Podcast Network.  Check out the Software Process and Measurement and other great podcasts on the TPN!  

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The Daily Process Thoughts is my project designed to deliver a quick daily idea, thought or simple smile to help you become a better change agent. Each day you will get piece of thought provoking text and a picture or hand drawn chart to illustrate the idea being presented. The goal is to deliver every day; rain or shine, in sickness or in health or for better or worse! 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?

It is conference season!

Agile Phily - AgileTour 2013
http://www.ifpug.org/?page_id=980
Time: October 7, 2013 from 12:30pm to 4:30pm
Location: EbayEnterprise (previously known as GSI Commerce) in King of PrussiaStreet: First Avenue
City/Town: King of Prussia
http://www.agilephilly.com/events/agiletour-2013

AgileDC - Agile, it's not just for big complex projects anymore.
Date: October 8, 2013 
http://agiledc.org/

Testrek 2013
October 28-30, 2013 to the Eaton Chelsea Downtown Toronto!
http://www.qaitestrek.org/2013Toronto/

Agile Practical Techniques Workshop
Monday, October 28, 2013: 8:30 AM - 4:30 PM
Format: Full-day Class

Agile Practical Techniques Workshop helps developers, testers, business analysts, scrum masters and project managers to develop an understanding of Agile development techniques focusing on concepts such as test driven development that integrate testing into the Agile process. The workshop combines concepts from Agile (e.g. Scrum, xP and Test Driven Development) and Learning Organizations, providing participants with the tools to both participate on Agile projects and to develop and deploy related processes.

Lean Software Development Workshop
Tuesday, October 29, 2013: 8:30 AM - 12:00 PM
Format: Half-day Tutorial
Lean Software Development Workshop (e.g. Kanban, Flow and Kaizen) uses a lean-agile focus to help everyone involved in developing, enhancing and maintaining software employ the Principles of Lean to enhance the delivery of value-added work. This workshop is hands-on and “things” will be thrown!

Presentation: Agile Underperforming? Keys to Improving Delivery
Wednesday, October 30, 2013: 9:45 AM - 10:45 AM
Just because you have implemented Agile techniques does not mean you are performing to the level which your organization is capable. Is your implementation of Agile underperforming? Agile has been promoted as delivering higher customer satisfaction, better quality, faster time to market, increased productivity and — in some cases — to deliver world peace. The question is do you know and if you think you know, is your knowledge more than anecdotal? The only way to know truly is to measure.

Measurement is only the first step in finding issues and taking action. Measurement provides focus. Being aware of problems and not spending the time and effort to study performance is a waste. W. Edwards Deming admonished us to have “constancy of purpose.” I would use the term “attention-span” in an attempt to make the same argument. Once we understand we have a problem, our next step is to take action and to perhaps make a difference in the value we deliver. Is your Agile underperforming? It doesn’t matter if you’re not going to fix it.

Contact information for the Software Process and Measurement Cast

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Twitter: www.twitter.com/tcagley
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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 Software Process and Measurement Cast 259 will feature an essay on agile testing.  We will answer the question, "Is it possible?"

Direct download: SPaMCAST_258_-_Steve_Tendon_Hyper-productivity.mp3
Category:Process Improvement -- posted at: 5:00pm EDT

SPaMCAST 248 - Pat O'Toole, Project Improvement, Process Improvement

Welcome to the Software Process and Measurement Cast 248

The Software Process and Measurement Cast 248 features my intreview with Pat O'Toole.  We discussed project improvement and process improvement. A wonderfully practical interiew!

Pat's bio

Pat O’Toole is a Principal Consultant at Process Assessment, Consulting & Training (PACT) where he provides a variety of services to his CMMI-based performance improvement clients.  Pat is one of the most active SCAMPI lead appraisers, and has led assessments spanning all maturity levels, including some of the largest and most complex Level 5 appraisals conducted to date.

With over 30 years of software development, project management, and consulting experience, Pat works with all levels of management, Engineering Process Groups, and Process Action Teams in establishing, evaluating, and sustaining performance improvement initiatives.  He has authored over 60 papers and research studies and is a popular instructor who supplements standard training material with his vast array of case studies and humorous examples.

Check out Pat's web page: http://www.pactcmmi.com/

The Software Process and Measurement Cast has a sponsor . . .

As many you know I do at least one webinar for the IT Metrics and Productivtity Intstiute (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 recieves a fee if you sign up using the URL in the show notes.  

http://mbsy.co/fGdw  All revenue our sponsors goes for bandwidth, hosting and new cool equipment to create more and better content for you!  Support the SPaMCAST and learn from the ITMPI!

THe Software Process and Measurement Cast is a proud member of the Tech Podcast Network.  Check out the Software Process and Measurement and other great casts like Geek News Central!  

TPN:  www.techpodcast.com   Geek News central: http://www.geeknewscentral.com/ 

Do you have a Facebook account?  If you do please visit and like the Software Process and Measurement Cast page on Facebook.  http://ow.ly/mWAgU 

The Daily Process Thoughts is my project designed to deliver a quick daily idea, thought or simple smile to help you become a better change agent. Each day you will get piece of thought provoking text and a picture or hand drawn chart to illustrate the idea being presented. The goal is to deliver every day; rain or shine, in sickness or in health or for better or worse! 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?

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:

The Software Process and Measurement Cast 249 will feature my essay titled, Agile Teams Making Decisions. Leadership and decision making in Agile organizations and teams requires different processes and skills. We dive right in!


SPaMCAST 213 - Bad Words For Process Improvement

Welcome to the Software Process and Measurement Cast 213!   

The Software Process and Measurement Cast 213 features my essay titled Bad Words For Process Improvement.  Words have power; the power to sell ideas, to rally the troops and provide motivation when used correctly. Or words can be a tactic signal of resistance to change and an abrogation of responsibility.  If the later set of scenarios, perfectly good words go bad. 

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."

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 214 will feature an interview with Iain McCowatt on the comditization of testing.

Direct download: SPaMCAST_213_-_Bad_Words_For_Process_Improvement.mp3
Category:Process Improvement -- posted at: 5:06pm EDT

SPaMCAST 195 - Routines, The Good and The Bad

Welcome to the Software Process and Measurement Cast 195!

The SPaMCAST 195 features my essay, Routines:  The Good and The Bad.  Routines are an important part of how we work. Like many other things routines can givith and can taketh away.

The SPaMCAST 195 is sponsored by LeanKit Kanban

By now, most of you in the Lean-Agile community have heard of LeanKit, recognized by community leaders and practitioners alike as the most flexible and powerful tool available for implementing visual management. Since their launch in 2009, LeanKit has helped hundreds of companies around the world to quickly and easily model even very complex processes as vertical and horizontal lanes on a virtual whiteboard with cards representing work flowing from step to step.

Well, LeanKit has now announced the launch of groundbreaking new features that allow even the largest enterprise portfolio and projects to be managed using multiple levels of drill-down Kanban boards, detailed sub-taskboards, and roll-up Lean metrics - as well as a complete overhaul of their user interface that makes LeanKit more attractive, more intuitive, and easier to manage. If you haven't checked out LeanKit or haven't lately, check out the website to explore how they can help Lean-Agile scale within your organization. 

Visit LeanKit Kanban! (and say hello for the SPaMCAST!)

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."

News just in  . . . We also just got word that the SPM book has been adopted for a class at the University of West Flroida for the Fall.

Have you bought your copy?

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The Software Process and Measurement Cast 196 will feature my inteview with Jeff Anderson of Deloitte on topics that spanned lean, kanban and using the ideas from lean startups as a process improvement tool.  Wow . . .

Direct download: SPaMCAST_195_-_Routines_The_Good_and_The_Bad.mp3
Category:Process Improvement -- posted at: 5:00pm EDT

SPaMCAST 189 - Experimentation in Process Improvement Programs

Welcome to the Software Process and Measurement Cast 189!

The Software Process and Measurement Cast 189 features my essay on the use of experiments to support process improvement programs.  The essay begins:

Is the use of experiments part of your process improvement culture? When I’m at conferences or networking events, I get asked whether or not an idea or technique will work in a specific organization or situation.  In many cases the answer I give is that in reality, it depends. I know that sounds like common consultant speak but what “it depends” means is that to really understand if something could work, you need to determine how to balance organizational culture, people, skills and the assets that can be deployed (not all tools are good).  The only way to increase the knowledge needed to forecast success of any specific change is through experimentation in a real world environment.

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?

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In the SPaMCAST 190 we have a return visit by Raja Bavani of Mindtree.  We discussed distributed agile.  Is was a great interview and a VERY pertinent topic for anyone practicing agile, methodologists or those who manage agile organizations.


SPaMCAST 154 - Bill Fox, 5 Minutes to Process Improvement Success

Welcome to the Software Process and Measurement Cast 154!

The SPaMCAST 154 features my interview with Bill Fox.  We discussed process improvement and his publishing project, 5 Minutes to Process Improvement Success. 5 Minutes to Process Improvement Success provides a wealth of process improvement advice and information.  

Bill is a project management and performance improvement consultant. Progressive organizations seeking to gain extraordinary value and results through performance improvement value his ability to focus and manage their improvement efforts on the right priorities. Bill is an expert at managing change projects in a way that builds momentum and enthusiasm throughout the organization while keeping the focus on delivering results.

Born out of frustration with the way most organizations attempt to improve their operations, Bill created and publishes the popular 5 Minutes to Process Improvement Success interview series. In this work, Bill has established himself as an authority on uncovering and leveraging the best performance improvement strategies and tactics of top consultants from around the world. Bill openly shares and promotes these strategies and tactics to advance the state of the industry to the benefit of all. Bill also combines his performance improvement work with his passion for flying and aerial photography to help organizations gain a higher perspective for advancing their organizations to higher levels of performance. 

Bill is originally from Western Pennsylvania and earned a BS degree at Penn State after serving in the US Navy Nuclear Submarine Service. He has over 25 years of experience working as a consultant, project manager, analyst and developer.

Bill and his wife are proud parents of two amazing daughters and a high-spirited daschund. He lives in Northern Virginia near Dulles Airport. When he’s not reading one of the fifty or more books he reads each year, he enjoys flying, photography, cycling and running.

Bill invites you to download his latest free interview series 5 Minutes to Process Improvement Success where you will find some of the best ideas anywhere on performance improvement, follow him on Twitter, or travel with him as he explores the world from 3,000 ft. at Fox High Perspective.

Contact Bill Fox:

Email:  bfox@5minutespisuccess.com
5 Minutes to Process Improvement Success: http://5minutespisuccess.com/
Twitter: http://twitter.com/Bi11Fox
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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: "Mastering Software Project Management is useful for business leaders and entrepreneurs who need to develop an understanding of the strengths and weaknesses of their team's approach to developing software." 

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In the SPaMCAST 155 I will feature an essay discussing system thinking and process improvement!


SPaMCAST 151 - Urgency and Importance

Welcome to the Software Process and Measurement Cast 151!

The SPaMCAST 151 features my essay Urgency and Importance:  A Balance? Today's world is complicated. The lines between home and work have all but been erased due to tools that provide 24x7 connections and data feeds. The competition for our attention is daunting. 

Interested in being a sponsor?  Contact Tom Cagley at SPaMCASTinfo@gmail.com for a rate sheet or to discuss options.

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?

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SPaMCAST 152 will feature an interview with Ron Rosenhead.  Can you say project management?  Even if you can't say project management, Ron will amuse and educate you!

Direct download: SPaMCAST_151_-_Urgency_and_Importance.mp3
Category:Process Improvement -- posted at: 5:00pm EDT