SPaMCAST 665 - Organizations Culture Drive Teams, Decisions at Last Responsible Moment, Essays and Conversations


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The Software Process and Measurement Cast 665 features our essay on the organizational aspects that impact teams. Teams don’t live in a vacuum, so when the word organization gets used it reflects the influence of all sorts of organizations. Organizations facilitate teams to a greater or lesser extent. In the workplace, the employer’s organization will have the most significant impact on how teams form and perform but it is not the totality. Other influences can affect the structure and performance of teams.

We will also have a visit from Jon M Quigley who will bring his Alpha and Omega of Product Development column to the podcast. In this installment, Jon and I discussed the idea of making decisions at the last responsible moment. We decided on the topic just before we began recording (just kidding).

The SPaMCAST will be on summer holiday for the next two weeks. We will be re-releasing two favorite episodes from the archives to tide you over.

Re-Read Saturday News

This week concluded our re-read of Monotasking by Staffan Nöteberg with the Afterword and some final thoughts. This book received my highest accolade for non-fiction books, “Very Useful.” I will have to read the book again in a year or so to see what nuances I missed. I think putting the ideas in the book to use every week drove the ideas home and exposed where I had misinterpreted the book during my first read.

In this week’s experiment, I was able to move the phone further from the bed (I need to buy an alarm clock to move it outside of the room). Did I sleep more? I am not sure, but I am sure I was able not to look at the phone until I got up for the day which is a step. I also was able to make sure I used my standing desk more which helped my energy level near the end of the day (and made my feet sore -- shoes maybe?).

The poll for the next book in the series has begun! Note there are two books in the list I have not read yet that I am going to read and have been highly recommended. Therefore I would be happy to read them with you rather than re-read them with you. I will close the poll when I leave radio silence on August 28th’ish.

Mik Kersten - Project to Product

Charles Duhigg - The Power of Habit

Tony Bouzón - The Mind Map Book

Chris Voss - Never Split The Difference

Douglas Squirrel and Jeffrey Fredrick - Agile Conversations

Karin Tenelius and Lisa Gill - Moose Heads on the Table

This week’s Re-read entry:

Week 10 - Afterword and Afterthoughts -

Previous Entries in Monotasking by Staffan Nöteberg

Week 1 – Logistics, Game Plan, and Preface

Week 2 – Introduction

Week 3 – Monotasking In A Nutshell

Week 4 – Cut Down on Things to Do

Week 5 – Focus on One Task

Week 6 – Never Procrastinate

Week 7 – Progress Incrementally

Week 8 – Simplify Cooperation

Week 9 - Recharge Creative Thinking -

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Next week, the SPaMCAST will be on summer holiday. In lieu of new content, we will present an interview released on December 27, 2015, with Gerald (Jerry) M. Weinberg. We discussed quality and how quality is related to value. A talk with Jerry is always profound; however, I must admit that Jerry’s humor caused me to laugh more times than I can count during our conversation. Mr. Weinberg died on August 7, 2018, I wish I had interviewed him more times for the podcast.

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