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Interviews, essays, facts and tips about process improvement and measurement in the Information Technology arena!
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SPaMCAST 299 – Systems Thinking

Sun, 07/20/2014 - 22:00

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.

Categories: Process Management

SPaMCAST 298 – Brian Federici, Continuous Integration, A Practitioners View

Sun, 07/13/2014 - 22:00

Listen to SPaMCAST 298

SPaMCAST 298 features our interview with Brian Federici.  Brian discussed continuous integration and nearly continuous delivery from a practitioner’s point of view. Continuous integration and delivery are at the heart of fast, better and higher customer satisfaction promised by Agile methods however, in many environments, continuous integration and nearly continuous delivery are still a merely interesting theory.  Brian discussed how these concepts affect how work is delivered.

Brian has been programming professionally since 2003, focusing primarily on C# and Web technologies.  He's a big proponent of test-driven and behavior-driven development.  He has contributed to the NuGet open source project as well as created some of his own.  He is also an active member of Agile Philly, Philly .NET, Philly GameWorks, and Philly Application Lifecycle Management groups.  In his free time, he enjoys video games, drumming, tennis, and dodge ball. You can interact with Brian in many different ways!  

Personal:
http://brian-federici.com
http://twitter.com/brianfederici
http://www.extra-life.org

Code:
https://bitbucket.org/mrcode
https://gist.github.com/benerdin

Groups:
http://www.agilephilly.com/
http://phillydotnet.org/
http://phillygameworks.org/
http://www.meetup.com/Philly-Application-Lifecycle-Management-User-Group/

 

Next week we will feature our essay on Systems Thinking.  Many process improvement programs falter when, despite 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 simply being influence by a single event. 

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.

 

Categories: Process Management

SPaMCAST 297 – IFPUG Function Points

Sun, 07/06/2014 - 22:00

SPaMCAST 297 features our essay on IPFUG Function Points. IFPUG Function Points are a measure of the functionality delivered by the project or application being counted based on a set of rules documented in the IFPUG Counting Practices Manual (CPM). The measure of delivered functionality is a proxy for size which can be used in estimating and measuring work. An analogy for function points is the measure of the number of square feet (or square meters) of a house.

Next week we will feature our interview with Brian Federici.  We discussed working in an environment with a nearly continuous delivery model from the point of view of a practitioner. Does what sounds good in theory really work when it is implemented?

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. http://agile2014.agilealliance.org/

I will be presenting at the International Conference on Software Quality and Test Management in San Diego, CA on October 1.  I HAVE A PROMO CODE!  Send me an email and I will share.
http://www.pnsqc.org/international-conference-software-quality-test-management-2014/

I will be presenting at the North East Quality Council 60th Conference October 21st and 22nd in Springfield, MA.
http://www.neqc.org/conference/60/location.asp

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.

Categories: Process Management

SPaMCAST 296 – Jeff Dalton, CMMI, Agile, Resiliency

Sun, 06/29/2014 - 22:00

SPaMCAST 296 features our interview with Jeff Dalton we talked about Agile and resiliency. If Agile is resilient it will be able spring back into shape after being bent or compressed by the pressures of development and support.  In the conversation Jeff and I discussed whether Agile was resilient and how frameworks like the CMMI can be used to make Agile more resilient.

Jeff is Broadsword’s President, Certified Lead Appraiser, CMMI Instructor, ScrumMaster and author of “agileCMMI,” Broadsword’s leading methodology for incremental and iterative process improvement.  He is Chairman of the CMMI Institute’s Partner Advisory Board and former President of the Great Lakes Software Process Improvement Network (GL-SPIN).  He is a recipient of the Software Engineering Institute’s SEI Member Award for Outstanding Representative for his work uniting the Agile and CMMI communities together through his popular blog “Ask the CMMI Appraiser.”  He holds degrees in Music and Computer Science and builds experimental airplanes in his spare time.  You can reach Jeff at appraiser@broadswordsolutions.com.

Contact Data:
Email:  appraiser@broadswordsolutions.com.
Twitter:  @CMMIAppraiser
Blog: http://askthecmmiappraiser.blogspot.com/
Web:  http://www.broadswordsolutions.com/
also see:  www.cmmi-tv.com

Next week we will feature our essay on IFPUG Function Points.  IFPUG function points are an ISO Standard means to size projects and applications. IFPUG function points are used across a wide range of project types, industries and countries.

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 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.

Categories: Process Management

SPaMCAST 295 - TDD, Software Sensei, Cognitive Load

Sun, 06/22/2014 - 22:00

SPaMCAST 295 features our essay on Test Driven Development (TDD). TDD is an approach to development in which you write a test that proves the piece of work you are working on, and then write the code required to pass the test. You then refactor that code to eliminate duplication and any overlap, then repeat until all of the work is completed. Philosophically, Agile practitioners see TDD as a tool either to improve requirements and design (specification) or to improve the quality of the code.  This is similar to the distinction between verification (are you doing the right thing) and validation (are you doing the thing right).

We also have a new entry from the Software Sensei, Kim Pries. Kim addresses cognitive load theory.  Cognitive load theory helps explain how learning and change occur at personnel, team and organizational levels.

Next week we will feature our interview with Jeff Dalton. Jeff and I talked about making Agile resilient.  Jeff posits that the CMMI can be used to strengthen and reinforce Agile. This is an important interview for organizations that are considering scaled Agile frameworks.

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. http://agile2014.agilealliance.org/

I will be presenting at the International Conference on Software Quality and Test Management in San Diego, CA on October 1

http://www.pnsqc.org/international-conference-software-quality-test-management-2014/

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

http://www.neqc.org/conference/60/location.asp

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. 

Categories: Process Management

SPaMCAST 294 – Sean Robson, Agile and SAP

Sun, 06/15/2014 - 22:00

SPaMCAST 294 features our interview with Sean Robson. We discussed his book, Agile SAP: Introducing flexibility, transparency and speed to SAP implementations. SAP and Agile, some say it can’t be done and they would just be wrong.

Sean’s bio reads:
Sean Robson, MBA, PMP, CSM, has been working with SAP software since 1998.  He started as an ABAP Developer then moved into configuring the Enterprise Asset Management module.  From there he transitioned to Business Warehouse and Portal support and later consulting where he worked as team lead, test manager and project manager. A Project Management Professional and Certified ScrumMaster, with wide consulting and industry experience, Sean has managed a variety of SAP project types and sizes. He has worked on projects in several industries throughout North America, including manufacturing, utilities, insurance, health care, aerospace and defense, and the public sector.  He currently works as an SAP Program Manager in the Insurance Industry.

Sean’s contact Information:
Email: sean.p.robson@gmail.com
Blog: http://agilesap.wordpress.com
Buy Sean’s book Agile SAP

Thanks for the feedback on shortening the introduction of the cast this week. Please keep your feedback coming. 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 covering Test Driven Development (TDD). TDD is a development technique that can help teams build the right thing right. Think about it and stop back next week!
Upcoming Events
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 will be adding a long list of conferences I will be attending and/or speaking at in the near future.

The first is Agile 2014, July 28 through August 1 in Orlando. Are you going? I look forward to seeing or hearing all SPaMCAST readers and listeners at this great event!

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.

Categories: Process Management

SPaMCAST 293 – Test Maturity Model Integration, TMMi

Sun, 06/08/2014 - 22:00

SPaMCAST 293 features our essay on the Test Maturity Model Integration (TMMi). The TMMi is a maturity model focused on improving both the process and practice of testing! The TMMi covers the entire testing environment not just typical dynamic testing. The essay begins:

“All models are wrong, but some are useful.”  - George E. P. Box

Information Technology (IT) has many useful models for addressing the complexity of developing, delivering and running software.  Well known models include the Capability Maturity Model Integration (CMMI®), the Information Technology Infrastructure Library (ITIL®) and the Test Maturity Model Integration (TMMi®) to name a few. The TMMi delivers a framework to help practitioners and IT executives understand and improve the quality of the products they deliver through better testing.
To listen to the rest listen of the essay on the Software Process and Measurement Cast 293.


Thanks for the feedback on shortening the introduction of the cast this week. Please keep your feedback coming. 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 Sean Robson. We discussed his book, Agile SAP: Introducing flexibility, transparency and speed to SAP implementations. SAP and Agile, some say it can’t be done and they would just be wrong. 

Upcoming Events
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.

Categories: Process Management

SPaMCAST 292 – Ginger Levin, Implementing Program Management

Sun, 06/01/2014 - 22:00

Listen to the Software Process and Measurement Cast 292. SPaMCAST 292 features 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.


Note the audio is not perfect this week however the content is great. I hope you can stay with the interview!

Dr. Ginger Levin is a Senior Consultant and Educator in project management with over 45 years of experience. Her specialty areas are portfolio management, program management, the PMO, metrics, and maturity assessments. She is a PMP, PgMP (second in the world), and an OPM3 Certified Professional. She presents regularly at PMI Conferences and conducts numerous seminars on various topics. She is the editor, author or co-author of 20 books focusing on program management, portfolio management, the PMO, virtual teams, and interpersonal skills and is a book series editor for CRC Press. She has managed programs and projects of various sizes and complexity for public and private sector organizations. She is an Adjunct Professor at SKEMA University in Lille, France, in its doctoral program in project management and also for the University of Wisconsin-Platteville in its masters program in project management. Dr. Levin received her doctorate in Information Systems Technology and Public Administration from The George Washington University and the Outstanding Dissertation Award for her research on large organizations. Please see: linkedin.com/in/gingerlevin

Buy your copy of Implementing Program Management: Templates and Forms NOW!

Thanks for the feedback on shortening the introduction of the cast this week. Please keep your feedback coming.  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 onFacebook while you’re at it.

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.

Categories: Process Management

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

Sun, 05/25/2014 - 22:00

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.

Categories: Process Management

SPaMCAST 290 – Jan Beaver, The Agile Team Handbook

Sun, 05/18/2014 - 22:00

Listen to the Software Process and Measurement Cast 290. SPaMCAST 290 features our interview with Jan Beaver, author of The Agile Team Handbook. Jan’s book provides team members with the resources needed not only to become Agile but to practice Agile.

Jan Beaver is a Ph.D. educator with over 25 years of experience in the software industry. His experience covers the gamut of management, development, QA, and technical writing. His first practical exposure to Scrum was a dramatic eye-opening experience that for the first time demonstrated that there really was a better way not just to develop software, but a better way to work in general.

Jan is an expert Agile trainer and coach who has worked with a wide variety of companies in an equally wide variety of industries including telecommunications, medical, insurance, financial, media, utilities, and smart-grid energy. He specializes in bringing Scrum and broader Agile and Lean principles and practices to teams, helping them to become effective, productive, and self-sustaining. He also works at the enterprise level using both training and coaching to help organizations become successful in their Agile practice.

Jan recently brought his passion for teams and teamwork to bear in a concise, content-rich volume. Applying Agile values and principles through Scrum practices provides teams and organizations with a roadmap for success in today's challenging business environment. The Agile Team Handbook is a practical, hands-on guide to building great teams and great organizations.

Buy The Agile Team Handbook (I did!)

Contact Jan:
Twitter: @Jan_Beaver
Website: http://www.greyrockagile.com/home.html
Email: jbeaver@greyrockagile.com

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 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. Next week we will feature hands on practical advice.

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:
May 22 11:30 EDT – Agile User Stories
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.

 

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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: "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.

Categories: Process Management

SPaMCAST 289 – Sprint Planning, The Software Sensei, Pries, Scheduling Cycle

Sun, 05/11/2014 - 22:00

Listen to the Software Process and Measurement Cast 289. SPaMCAST 289 features our essay on sprint planning.  The essay begins:

It is often said that well begun is half done. In other words a good start contributes to a good finish (at least according to Mary Poppins). In Agile projects sprint planning is an important first step towards delivering value effectively. The planning process provides teams with an understanding of what needs to be delivered in the next increment of time and provides a platform for deciding on the approach they will take based on the up-to-date knowledge they developed during the previous sprint. Well started might not be the whole battle but it certainly makes the rest easier.

Listen to the rest of the essay on the SPaMcast 289.

Also on the SPaMCAST 289 Kim Pries is back with his “The Software Sensei” column. In this installment Kim’s essay is titled Schedule Cycles.  In the essay Kim talks about tasks and scheduling.

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 Jan Beaver, author of the Agile Team Handbook. Jan’s book provides team members with the resources needed not only to become Agile but to practice Agile.

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:
May 22 11:30 EDT – Agile User Stories
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. 

Categories: Process Management

SPaMCAST 288 - Susan Atkinson, Agile Governance and Contracts

Sun, 05/04/2014 - 22:00

Listen to the Software Process and Measurement Cast 288. SPaMCAST 288 features our interview with Susan Atkinson on Agile contracts, governance and trust.  Quite a set of topics that get at the heart of why governance of Agile projects requires different tools than we use today.

Susan Atkinson is a Consultant Solicitor at Keystone Law. She is a commercial lawyer, focusing on IT, outsourcing, e-commerce, intellectual property and payment services. She has over 15 years of legal experience, and has typically worked on high-value, complex commercial contracts, primarily in the technology, financial services and public sector, and often in an international context.

Email:   susan.atkinson@keystonelaw.co.uk

Twitter: satkinson42

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 sprint planning. If you don’t start a sprint well you will have problems that ripple through whole sprint.  Our essay will help all teams start a sprint so they have a better chance at delivering value.

Upcoming Events

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.

 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:

May 22 11:30 EDT – Agile User Stories

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.

Categories: Process Management

SPaMCAST 287 – Scrum The Face of Agile, Constraints, Tame the Flow

Sun, 04/27/2014 - 22:00

Listen to the Software Process and Measurement Cast 287

SPaMCAST 287 features our essay on Scrum. Scrum is the nearly ubiquitous project management process that has become the face of Agile to many people.

The essay begins:

When most people think of Agile, they really mean Scrum.  Scrum is a fairly simple framework whose origin is attributed to Jeff Sutherland and Ken Schwaber. There are numerous overviews of the history and evolutions of the framework; those at Scrum.org and Scrumalliance.org (where my CSM certification comes from) are two good ones.  The framework is simple. In its basic form it is comprised of three rolesfive events and four deliverables.

We also have the next installment of Steve Tendon’s column, Tame the Flow.  Steve revisits constraints and bottlenecks.

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 Susan Atkinson. We discussed Agile contracts, governance and trust.  Quite a set of topics and quite an interview!

Upcoming Events

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.

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:

May 22 11:30 EDT – Agile User Stories

June 19 11:30 EDT – How To Split User Stories

July 24 11:30 EDT - The Impact of Cognitive Bias On Teams

Register here!

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.

Categories: Process Management

SPaMCAST 286 – Brian Wernham, Agile Project Management for Government

Sun, 04/20/2014 - 22:00

Listen to the Software Process and Measurement Cast 286. SPaMCAST 286 features our interview with Brian Wernham, author of Agile Project Management for Government. Agile government does not have to be an oxymoron.

Brian Wernham has more than 30 years of experience in adaptive change program leadership.  He is an independent consultant and works in both the public and private sector.  He has extensive international experience in the USA, UK, Canada, Hong Kong, Germany and offshore development in Bangalore.

By the time that the term ‘Agile leadership’ was first coined, Brian had already been successfully leading iterative, adaptive projects for over 10 years on both sides of the Atlantic.  He works as a hands-on program director and has real-world implementation expertise together with a comprehensive understanding of the related international research.  He has consulted for major strategic international organizations such as Deloitte, PwC, Gartner Group, the National Audit Office in London and Seer Technologies in North Carolina. His comprehensive public sector experience includes the Department for International Development (DFID), the World Bank, the United Nations (Geneva), and local government authorities.

Brian is a Fellow of the Association for Project Management, a Fellow of the BCS and has a MBA from Henley Management College.  He applies adaptive planning approaches as an offshore Yachtmaster and as a keen off-piste skier.  He is currently consulting for the UK Government in London.

Read Brian’s blog, visit his website and of course buy the book!

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 Scrumban. Scrumban is the combination of agile (Scrum) and lean (Kanban) concepts that can be used to manage projects.

Upcoming Events

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.

An 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:

May 22 11:30 EDT – Agile User Stories
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. 

Categories: Process Management

SPaMCAST 285 – FAQ of a Consulting Kind, The Software Sensei, Failure Mode and Effects Analysis

Sun, 04/13/2014 - 22:00

Listen to the Software Process and Measurement Cast 285. SPaMCAST 285 features a compilation of frequently asked questions of a consulting kind.  Working as a traveling consultant, podcaster and blogger provides me with a fabulous mix of experiences. Meeting new people and getting to participate in a wide range of real life experiences is mind expanding and invigorating. Many of the questions that I have been asked during a client engagement, on the blog or in response to a podcast have similar themes. Since most of the answers were provided in one-on-one interactions I have compiled a few of the questions to share. If these questions spark more questions I promise to circle back and add to the FAQ list!

The SPaMCAST 285 also features Kim Pries’s column, The Software Sensei. In this edition, Kim tackles the concept of failure mode and effects.

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 an interview with Brian Wernham author or Agile Project Management for Government. Combining Agile and government used in the same phrase does not have to be an oxymoron.

Upcoming Events

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.

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!

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.

Categories: Process Management

SPaMCAST 284 – Evan Leybourn, Directing The Agile Organization

Sun, 04/06/2014 - 22:00

Listen to the Software Process and Measurement Cast 284. SPaMCAST 284 features our interview with Evan Leybourn, author of Directing the Agile Organization. We had a wide-ranging discussion on Agile business management. Agile is not just for IT anymore!

Evan’s Bio

Evan is an experienced leader, coach and published author in the developing field of Agile Business Management; applying the successful concepts and practices from the Lean and Agile movements to corporate management. Evan has a passion for building effective and productive organizations, filled with actively engaged and committed staff while ensuring high-levels of customer satisfaction. Evan's experiences when holding executive and board positions in both private industry and government has driven his passion for lean business management.

His background in Agile Project Management and Business Intelligence informed his understanding of the need for evidence-based decision making and quantitative analysis, to measure corporate success. As well as writing "Directing the Agile Organization", Evan currently consults to organizations around Australia and SE Asia on Agile management and governance.

All of Evan’s contact information and blog can be accessed on his website

Buy the book Paper Kindle

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 the essay will be a collection of questions you have asked on the blog, on the phone or in person. They are great questions when we discussed them one on one, it is time to share the answers with a broader audience.

Upcoming Events

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.

 

 

Categories: Process Management