SPaMCAST 609 – Agile and Collaborative Contracts, An Interview with Dr David Rico



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The Software Process and Measurement Cast 608 features our essay, An Agile Team in a Waterfall Company. Teams like this exist, and sometimes even flourish. Our essay explores how that is possible and how teams in this circumstance can help evolve whole organizations.

Dr. Rico has been a technical leader in support of NASA, U.S. Air Force, U.S. Navy, and U.S. Army for over 30 years. He has led numerous projects based on Cloud Computing, Lean Thinking, Agile Methods, SOA, Web Services, Six Sigma, FOSS, ISO 9001, CMMI, Baldrige, TQM, Enterprise Architecture, DoDAF, and DoD 5000. He specializes in IT investment analysis, IT portfolio valuation, and IT-enabled change. He has been an international keynote speaker, presented at leading industry conferences, written seven textbooks, published numerous articles, and is a reviewer for multiple systems engineering journals. He is a Certified PMP, CSEP, ACP, CSM, and SAFe Agilist, and teaches at four Washington, DC-area universities. He has been in the field of information systems since 1983.

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Re-Read Saturday News 

This week we tackle Chapter 6 ofTame your Work Flow. Throughput accounting ties a number of threads together for me. The big one is the linkage between getting value from process improvement and the mental models created by cost accounting.

Remember to buy a copy of Tame your Work Flow to support the authors and blog!  

Week 1: Logistics and Front Matter

Week 2: Prologue (The Story of Herbie) –

Week 3: Explicit Mental Models

Week 4: Flow Efficiency, Little’s Law and Economic Impact

Week 5: Flawed Mental Models

Week 6: Where To Focus Improvement Efforts

Week 7: Introduction to Throughput Accounting and Culture



The Software Process and Measurement Cast 610 will feature our essay An Agile Team In A Waterfall Company – Organizing Around The Product Flow. This is another part of a larger essay that we began last week.  

We will also have a visit from Susan Parente with a discussion that I have named, Agile or Traditional, Pick One!  I know which I would pick (and the answer might not be one of the two).  


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