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SPaMCAST 299 – Systems Thinking

SPaMCAST 299 features our essay on systems thinking.  Many process improvement programs falter despite our best efforts because they don't improve the overall performance of IT. The impact of fixing individual processes can easily get lost in the weeds, the impact overtaken by the inertia of the overall systems. Systems thinking is a way to view the world, including organizations, from a broad perspective that includes structures, patterns, and events, rather than simply based on a single event.  The essay begins:

In a world made up of interlocking systems, understanding requires defining a set of general principles independent of the system being measured. At a more finite level, such as a company or product, understanding systems is crucial for being effective and efficient.  Many process improvement programs falter when, despite our best efforts, they don't improve the overall performance of IT.

More? Listen to SPaMCAST 299!

Next week is show 300!  We will feature our interview with Vasco Duarte. We discussed #NoEstimates.  The topic of #NoEstimates evokes a great deal of passion.  Our interview will embrace that passion and sort through the noise to get to the core of the idea which is highly useful despite all of the controversy.

Upcoming Events

Upcoming DCG Webinars:

July 24 11:30 EDT – The Impact of Cognitive Bias On Teams
Check these out at www.davidconsultinggroup.com

I will be attending Agile 2014 in Orlando, July 28 through August 1, 2014.  It would be great to get together with SPaMCAST listeners, let me know if you are attending.

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_299__Systems_Thinking.mp3
Category:Systems Thinking -- posted at: 5:00pm EDT

SPaMCAST 159 - Systems Thinking and Process Improvement

Welcome to the Software Process and Measurement Cast 159!

The SPaMCAST 159 features my essay titled, Systems Thinking and Process Improvement.  The essay begins:

Many process improvement programs falter when, despite best efforts, they don't improve the overall performance of IT.  The impact of fixing individual processes can easily get lost in the weeds, the impact overtaken by the inertia of the overall systems.  

I think this is a situation we can all recognize.  Systems Thinking is a mechanism for addressing complex, hard to solve problems. The Software Process and Measurement Cast is looking for listeners that are interested in wrting and sharing reviews of thier favorate tools.  Have a favorite?  Send me an email and we can discuss making you an internet star!

Reminder from SPaMCAST 158

Peter Taylor has also provided two copies of his book The Lazy Project Manager for Software Process and Management listeners.  I will draw two names at random (not random names) on November 27th and Peter will send the winners a copy. To participate send an email to spamcastinfo@gmail.com with the subject line "Lazy Project Manager." Include you full shipping address.  

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 160 will feature an interview with Dean Leffingwell, the author several books including Scaling Software Agility.  If you will ever be involved in scaling agily to the organizaiton level this is an important interview.

Direct download: SPaMCAST_159_-_Systems_Thinking_and_Process_Improvement.mp3
Category:Systems Thinking -- posted at: 5:20pm EDT

SPaMCAST 155 - Systems and Systems Thinking, Part 1

Welcome to the Software Process and Measurement Cast 155!

The SPaMCAST 155 features the first part of my essay Systems Thinking and Process Improvement:  Systems and Systems Thinking, Part 1.  A short part of a larger essay (flying today to Ireland). The essay begins:Have you ever researched, prototyped, piloted and implemented changes to processes only to find that that the final product takes just about as much time, effort and has about the level of quality.  The second or third times that happens strongly suggests that optimizing steps within  a system doesn’t always translate into better overall performance.

Interested in sponsoring the SPaMCAST?

If you are interested in being a sponsor please contact me 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?

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

Next!

SPaMCAST 156 will feature an interview with Linda Rising.  One word, AGILE!  Another word, IMPORTANT!

Direct download: SPaMCAST_155_-_Systems_and_Systems_Thinking_Part_1.mp3
Category:Systems Thinking -- posted at: 5:00pm EDT