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SPaMCAST 340 -Tom Howlett - Scrum Master, Teams, Collaboration, Distributed Agile

Software Process and Measurement Cast 340 features our interview with Tom Howlett.  Tom is a Scrum Master.  We talked about teams, collaboration and how to effectively be Agile in distributed teams.

Tom’s bio:

Tom's been building and working with teams that focus on continuous improvement for 15 years. In that time he's written about the difficulties he faced and how he overcame them in over 100 blog posts on "Diary of a Scrummaster", and a book called "A Programmer's Guide To People". He has a strong focus on breaking down the barriers that restrict collaboration (whether remote or co-located) and ensuring the people who do the work can effectively decide how it's done. He's becoming well known in the Agile community through his speaking and running his local group the "Cheltenham Geeks'. His company LeanTomato provides help forming new teams and helping existing ones meet people’s needs more effectively.

Contact information
Blog: Diary of a ScrumMaster
Twitter: @diaryofscrum
Website: LeanTomato

Remember:

Jo Ann Sweeny (Explaining Change) is running her annual Worth Working Summit.  Please visit http://www.worthworkingsummit.com/

Call to action!

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Re-Read Saturday News

The Re-Read Saturday focus on Eliyahu M. Goldratt and Jeff Cox’s The Goal: A Process of Ongoing Improvement began on February 21ndThe Goal has been hugely influential because it introduced the Theory of Constraints, which is central to lean thinking. The book is written as a business novel. Visit the Software Process and Measurement Blog and catch up on the re-read.

Note: If you don’t have a copy of the book, buy one.  If you use the link below it will support the Software Process and Measurement blog and podcast.

Dead Tree Version or Kindle Version 

I am beginning to think of which book will be next. Do you have any ideas?

Upcoming Events

CMMI Institute Global Congress
May 12-13 Seattle, WA, USA
My topic - Agile Risk Management
http://cmmiconferences.com/

DCG will also have a booth!

Next SPaMCast

The next Software Process and Measurement Cast will feature our essay on Agile team decision making. Team based decision making requires mechanisms and prerequisites for creating consensus among team members. The prerequisites are a decision to be made, trust, knowledge and the tools to make a decisions. In many instances team members are assumed to have the required tools and techniques in their arsenal. In many instances team members are assumed by management and other team members to have the required tools and techniques in their arsenal.  Next week we will explore decision making and give you tools to make decisions.

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 315 – Scrum Masters, Hughson, Form Follows Function

SPaMCAST 315 features our essay on Scrum Masters.  Scrum Masters are the voice of the process at the team level.  Scrum Masters are a critical member of every Agile team. The team’s need for a Scrum Master is not transitory because they evolve together as a team.

In this edition of the Software Process and Measurement Cast we debut a new column.  Gene Hughson brings the wisdom from his Form Follows Function blog to the SPaMCAST.  Gene appeared on SPaMCAST 268 to talk architecture, people and process.  We are glad to have him back on a regular basis.  This first column discusses the idea that quick fixes might not always be the right answer!

The essay on Scrum Masters begins:

The difference between facilitating and enabling is at the core of the Agile concept of self-organizing and self-managing teams. An effective scrum master should be a facilitator in a well functioning Agile team. However, when there is a breakdown in a self-organizing and self-managing team, sometimes scrum masters become enablers. This makes scrum masters more like project managers. A facilitator helps to unstick something that has stopped or creates an environment where progress can be made by the team.  An enabler provides the team with permission for making a decision.  For example, I recently watched as a team asked their scrum master if they were allowed to hold an interim show and tell/demonstration to prompt the product owner for feedback. The team saw the scrum master as an enabler rather than a facilitator.

Listen to the rest on the Software Process and Measurement Cast!

Call to action!

What are the two books that have most influenced you career (business, technical or philosophical)?  Send the titles to spamcastinfo@gmail.com.  What will we do with this list?  We have two ideas.  First, we will compile a list and publish it on the blog.  Second, we will use the list to drive “Re-read” Saturday. Re-read Saturday is an exciting new feature that bagan on the Software Process and Measurement blog on November 8th with a re-read of Leading Change. So feel free to choose you platform and send an email, leave a message on the blog, Facebook or just tweet the list (use hashtag #SPaMCAST)!

Next

SPaMCAST 316 features a return visit from Dr. David Rico.  We talked about the cost of quality and Agile. Does Agile impact the cost of quality?  Dr. Rico walks us through the evidence that not only does Agile improve customer satisfaction but it also improve the cost of quality.  If you are interested in effectiveness, efficiency and quality then this interview for you!

Upcoming Events

DCG Webinars:

How to Split User Stories
Date: November 20th, 2014
Time: 12:30pm EST
Register Now

Agile Risk Management - It Is Still Important
Date: December 18th, 2014
Time: 11:30am EST
Register Now

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.

In this edition of the Software Process and Measurement Cast we debut a new column.  Gene Hughson brings the wisdom from his Form Follows Function blog to the SPaMCAST.  Gene appeared on SPaMCAST 268 to talk architecture, people and process.  We are glad to have him back on a regular basis.  This first column discusses the idea that quick fixes might not always be the right answer!

The essay on Scrum Masters begins:

The difference between facilitating and enabling is at the core of the Agile concept of self-organizing and self-managing teams. An effective scrum master should be a facilitator in a well functioning Agile team. However, when there is a breakdown in a self-organizing and self-managing team, sometimes scrum masters become enablers. This makes scrum masters more like project managers. A facilitator helps to unstick something that has stopped or creates an environment where progress can be made by the team.  An enabler provides the team with permission for making a decision.  For example, I recently watched as a team asked their scrum master if they were allowed to hold an interim show and tell/demonstration to prompt the product owner for feedback. The team saw the scrum master as an enabler rather than a facilitator.

Listen to the rest on the Software Process and Measurement Cast!

Call to action!

What are the two books that have most influenced you career (business, technical or philosophical)?  Send the titles to spamcastinfo@gmail.com.  What will we do with this list?  We have two ideas.  First, we will compile a list and publish it on the blog.  Second, we will use the list to drive “Re-read” Saturday. Re-read Saturday is an exciting new feature that bagan on the Software Process and Measurement blog on November 8th with a re-read of Leading Change. So feel free to choose you platform and send an email, leave a message on the blog, Facebook or just tweet the list (use hashtag #SPaMCAST)!

Next

SPaMCAST 316 features a return visit from Dr. David Rico.  We talked about the cost of quality and Agile. Does Agile impact the cost of quality?  Dr. Rico walks us through the evidence that not only does Agile improve customer satisfaction but it also improve the cost of quality.  If you are interested in effectiveness, efficiency and quality then this interview for you!

Upcoming Events

DCG Webinars:

How to Split User Stories
Date: November 20th, 2014
Time: 12:30pm EST
Register Now

Agile Risk Management - It Is Still Important
Date: December 18th, 2014
Time: 11:30am EST
Register Now

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_315__Scrum_Masters_Hughson_Form_Follows_Function.mp3
Category:Scrum -- posted at: 5:00pm EDT

SPaMCAST 291 – Splitting User Stories, Tame The Flow, Steve Tendon

Listen to the Software Process and Measurement Cast 291. SPaMCAST 291 features our essay on splitting user stories. User stories are a powerful tool used by many Agile teams to conceptualize the value they will deliver. Generally when stories are captured they can range from granular units of work that can be accomplished in a day to gargantuan features that will require multiple sprints to complete (epics). Epics are very difficult to work with therefore all Agile teams need techniques for splitting user stories into smaller units of work.

We also have another of Steve Tendons great Tame The Flow columns. Steve continues to discuss constraints, bottleneck, lean and hyper-productivity!

I have shortened the introduction of the cast this week. I would like your feedback. 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 interview with Dr. Ginger Levin. Dr. Levin and I discussed her book, Implementing Program Management: Templates and Forms. Dr Levin and her co-author Allen Green wrote their go-to reference for program practitioners, colleges, universities, and those sitting for the PgMP. Ginger provides great advice for program managers who are interested in consistently delivering value to their clients.

Upcoming Events
ITMPI Webinar!
On June 3 I will be presenting the webinar titled “Rescuing a Troubled Project With Agile.” The webinar will demonstrate how Agile can be used to rescue troubled projects. Your will learn how to recognize that a project is in trouble and how the discipline, focus, and transparency of Agile can promote recovery. Register now!

Upcoming DCG Webinars:
June 19 11:30 EDT – How To Split User Stories
July 24 11:30 EDT - The Impact of Cognitive Bias On Teams
Check these out at www.davidconsultinggroup.com

I look forward to seeing or hearing 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.

Direct download: SPaMCAST_291__Splitting_User_Stories_Tame_The_Flow_Steve_Tendon.mp3
Category:Scrum -- posted at: 5:00pm EDT

SPaMCAST 256 - Kenny Rubin, Scrum, Economic Frameworks for Agile

Welcome to the Software Process and Measurement Cast 256

The Software Process and Measurement Cast 256 features my second interview with Kenny Rubin.  We talked about Scrum as well as economic frameworks for applying agile. An incredible interview!

Kenny Rubin provides Scrum and agile training and coaching to help companies develop products in an effective and economically sensible way. A Certified Scrum Trainer, Kenny has trained over 20,000 people on agile and Scrum, Smalltalk development, managing object-oriented projects, and transition management. He has coached over 200 companies, ranging from start-ups to Fortune 10.

Kenny was the first Managing Director of the worldwide Scrum Alliance, a nonprofit organization focused on the successful adoption of Scrum. In addition to this book, Kenny is also the coauthor of the 1995 book Succeeding with Objects: Decision Frameworks for Project Management. He received his B.S. in Information and Computer Science from the Georgia Institute of Technology and his M.S. in Computer Science from Stanford University.

Kenny’s background is rooted in the object-oriented technology community. He started as a Smalltalk developer on a NASA-funded project back in 1985 and developed the first blackboard expert system outside of LISP. In 1988 he was fortunate to join ParcPlace Systems, a start-up company formed as a Xerox PARC spin-off, whose charter was to bring object-oriented technology out of the research labs and release it to the world. As a Smalltalk development consultant with many different organizations in the late 1980s and throughout the 1990s, Kenny was an early adopter of agile practices. His first use of Scrum was in 2000 for developing bioinformatics software.

In the course of his career, Kenny has held many roles, including successful stints as a Scrum product owner, ScrumMaster, and member of development teams. In addition, he has held numerous executive management roles: CEO, COO, VP of Engineering, VP of Product Management, and VP of Professional Services. He has also overseen the development of five commercial software product suites, generating over $200M in aggregate revenue. In addition, he has been directly involved in raising over $150M in venture capital funding and assisted in taking two companies public on the NASDAQ.

His multifaceted background gives Kenny the ability to understand (and explain) Scrum and its implications equally well from multiple perspectives: from the development team to the executive board.

Contact Kenny:

Website: http://innolution.com/
Email:  krubin@innolution.com
Twitter:  @krubinagile

Buy Kenny'sBook Here!

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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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?

It is conference season!

ISMA8

ISMA Rio will be an opportunity for all members of the Software Measurement Community to meet in beautiful Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, in the week of September 30th, 2013. The eighth edition of the IFPUG International Software Measurement & Analysis Conference will be co-located with the 1st edition of the ISBSG IT Confidence Conference. That will bring together many international consultants, practitioners, and researchers from the Software Measurement arena. You can’t afford to miss it! The New York Times has nominated Rio the #1 tourist destination in the world. See you in Rio!

http://www.ifpug.org/?page_id=980

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

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

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 257 we will features the essay Why Agile Implementations Fail. Agile implementations fail many times due to the same "anti-patterns" that can be avoided.  Don't fail to listen!

Direct download: SPaMCAST_256_-_Kenny_Rubin_Scrum_Economic_Frameworks_for_Agile.mp3
Category:Scrum -- posted at: 5:00pm EDT

SPaMCAST 246 - Tobias Mayer, The People's Scrum

Welcome to the Software Process and Measurement Cast 246

The Software Process and Measurement Cast 246 features my interview with Tobias Mayer.  We discussed his new book, The People's Scrum: Agile Ideas for Revolutionary Transformation. We met on the barricades and I was informed and radicalized a little bit!

Tobias Mayer has a background in software development, publishing, theatre arts, and community service work. He began his Agile journey at Yahoo! in 2003, and spent the years 2005-12 working as a freelance change agent, trainer and facilitator, providing coaching and consulting services to teams and organizations wishing to make a transition to more agile, trustful and team-centered ways of working. An online essayist, Tobias blogs at businesscraftsmanship.com, where he frequently challenges the status quo, and offers ideas to inspire other practitioners in the organizational development field. Tobias returned to Yahoo! in 2013 where he is engaged as a Scrum coach and internal consultant.

Check out Tobias's Blog - http://businesscraftsmanship.com/

Buy The People's Scrum (dead tree - http://ow.ly/mRpWG ) (Kindle - http://ow.ly/mRpLu )

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 247 will feature my essay on Sprint Reviews and Demonstrations.  It is all about the feedback.

Direct download: SPaMCAST_246_-_Tobias_Mayer_The_Peoples_Scrum.mp3
Category:Scrum -- posted at: 5:00pm EDT

SPaMCAST 206 - Kenny Rubin, Essential Scrum, Broza AgileTrek Preview

Welcome to the Software Process and Measurement Cast 206!  

Software Process and Measurement Cast 206 features my interview with Kenny Rubin.  We disucssed is book Essential Scrum, A Practical Guide to the Most Popular Agile Process.  Help support the SPaMCAST by reviewing and rating the Software Process on ITunes!  It helps people find the cast. 

Kenny Rubin provides Scrum and agile training and coaching to help companies develop products in an effective and economically sensible way. A Certified Scrum Trainer, Kenny has trained over 18,000 people on agile and Scrum, Smalltalk development, managing object-oriented projects, and transition management. He has coached over 200 companies, ranging from start-ups to Fortune 10.

Kenny was the first Managing Director of the worldwide Scrum Alliance, a nonprofit organization focused on the successful adoption of Scrum. In addition to this book, Kenny is also the coauthor of the 1995 book Succeeding with Objects: Decision Frameworks for Project Management. He received his B.S. in Information and Computer Science from the Georgia Institute of Technology and his M.S. in Computer Science from Stanford University.

Kenny’s background is rooted in the object-oriented technology community. He started as a Smalltalk developer on a NASA-funded project back in 1985 and developed the first blackboard expert system outside of LISP. In 1988 he was fortunate to join ParcPlace Systems, a start-up company formed as a Xerox PARC spin-off, whose charter was to bring object-oriented technology out of the research labs and release it to the world. As a Smalltalk development consultant with many different organizations in the late 1980s and throughout the 1990s, Kenny was an early adopter of agile practices. His first use of Scrum was in 2000 for developing bioinformatics software.

In the course of his career, Kenny has held many roles, including successful stints as a Scrum product owner, ScrumMaster, and member of development teams. In addition, he has held numerous executive management roles: CEO, COO, VP of Engineering, VP of Product Management, and VP of Professional Services. He has also overseen the development of five commercial software product suites, generating over $200M in aggregate revenue. In addition, he has been directly involved in raising over $150M in venture capital funding and assisted in taking two companies public on the NASDAQ.

His multifaceted background gives Kenny the ability to understand (and explain) Scrum and its implications equally well from multiple perspectives: from the development team to the executive board.

Contact Kenny:

Website: http://innolution.com/
Email:  krubin@innolution.com
Twitter:  @krubinagile

Buy Kenny'sBook Here!

The SPaMCAST 206 is sponsored by LeanKit Kanban. 

LeanKit's visual management tools provide industry leading visibility and control for teams following any flavor of Agile process from XP, to Scrum, to Kanban or any hybrid in-between. LeanKit makes it amazingly easy for you to visualize "Your" process, whatever it may be, so you can better see how your work is getting done, improve collaboration, communicate results to managers and customer, and analyze results for process improvement and improved forecasting. LeanKit works great as a standalone tool or integrated with other tools for issue tracking, release management, source control and more. For a free trial go to leankit.com. Use "Essential Scrum" as a coupon code when you sign-up for a 10% discount.

Also in SPaMCAST 206 I continue featuring elevator speaches for the upcoming AgileTrek and TesTrek Conferences.  This time Gil Broza!

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."

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Upcoming Conferecnes

Conference season is coming.  I will be speaking at the following conferences and look forward to meeting up with all SPaMCAST listeners and contributors.

October 20 - Agile DC (just learning!)

AgileTrek, November 9th in Toronto 
http://www.qaiagiletrek.org/2012/agiletrek-at-a-glance/

TesTrek, November 5 - 8 in Toronto
http://www.qaitestrek.org/2012Toronto/

ISMA 7, October 28 - 31 in Phoenix, AZ
http://www.ifpug.org/?page_id=252

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Next:

The Software Process and Measurement Cast 207 will feature my essay whose working title is "Instant Gratification" or my review of Discover to Deliver and  Bill Fox's column.

Direct download: SPaMCAST_206_-_Kenny_Rubin_Essential_Scrum_Broza_AgileTrek_Preview.mp3
Category:Scrum -- posted at: 5:00pm EDT

SPaMCAST 192 - Mitch Lacey, Scrum Field Guide

Welcome to the Software Process and Measurement Cast 192!

The SPaMCAST 192 features my interview with Mitch Lacey.  We discuss his new book, The Scrum Field Guide

Mitch Lacey is an agile practitioner and consultant and is the founder of Mitch Lacey & Associates, Inc., a software consulting and training firm. Mitch specializes in helping companies realize gains in efficiency by adopting agile principles and practices such as Scrum and Extreme Programming. Mitch is a self-described “tech nerd” who started his technology career in 1991 at Accolade Software in San Jose, CA, a computer gaming company. After working as a software test engineer, a test manager, a developer, and a variety of other jobs in between, he settled on his true calling, project and program management.

Mitch was a formally trained program manager before adding agile to his project tool belt. He began developing agile skills at Microsoft Corporation, where his team successfully released core enterprise services for Windows Live, where he has two patents pending. Mitch’s first agile team was coached by Ward Cunningham, Jim Newkirk, and David Anderson. Mitch cut his agile teeth working as a product owner or ScrumMaster on a variety of projects. He continued to grow his skills to the point where he was able to help other teams adopt agile practices. Today, with more than 16 years of experience under his belt, Mitch continues to develop his craft by experimenting and practicing with project teams at many different organizations.

As a Certified Scrum Trainer (CST) and a PMI Project Management Professional (PMP), Mitch shares his experience in project and client management through Scrum Alliance Certified Scrum courses, agile coaching engagements, conference presentations, blogs, and white papers. Mitch works with companies across the world, from Austria to Colombia, California to Florida, Portugal to Turkey, and just about everywhere in between.

Mitch has presented at a variety of conferences worldwide, is the conference chair for Agile 2012,  on the board of directors for the Agile Alliance and was on the board of directors of the Scrum Alliance.

Web:   http://www.mitchlacey.com/ 
Twitter:   mglacey 

Buy the Scrum Field Guide (dead tree)  Kindle

The SPaMCAST 182 is sponsored by LeanKit Kanban. 

LeanKit Kanban is a software tool for kanban that is as simple to use as physical kanban. If you put it up on a touchscreen in your team area, it practically IS physical kanban. But your boards are available from anywhere, and updated in real-time. A slew of colors, icons, and avatars take your visual signaling to the next level. And the system tracks the metrics for you, providing analytics on bottlenecks, lead time, work distribution, process efficiency, and variability - for a single board or a whole company. It's kanban for the Lean enterprise. 

FYI . . . something special is coming to LeanKit Kanban.  Words like enterprise portfolio and groundbreaking, More to come soon!

I am working on several projects with friends that we are using kanban to control flow. We are using LeanKit Kanban as a mechanism to keep the project on track and organized. LeanKit allows us to share the Kanban board across the miles with ease!

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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Next

The Software Process and Measurement Cast 193 will feature my essay on the impact of routine on change, innovaton and goals! 

Direct download: SPaMCAST_192_-_Mitch_Lacey_Scrum_Field_Guide.mp3
Category:Scrum -- posted at: 5:00pm EDT