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Glen B. Alleman
Boulder, Colorado
Performance-Based Project Management®
Interests: Earned Value, Risk, Cost, Program Performance, Integrated Master Plan, Integrated Master Schedule.
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10/24/2014 1024 - 2014 Thanks to Mr. Honner, a mathematics teacher in at Brooklyn Technical High School. If you like mathematics and appreciate the contribution a good teacher can make to mathematically understanding which is woefully lacking in our project... Continue reading
Posted 7 hours ago at Herding Cats
Brilliant, worthy of republishing beyond the comments
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The #NoEstimates movement appears to be based on a 27 year old report† that provides examples of FORTRAN and PASCAL programs as the basis on which estimates is done. A lot has happend since 1987. For a short crtiique on... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at Herding Cats
Ascertaining of the success and applicability of any claims made that are outside the accepted practices of business, engineering, or governance processes require careful testing of ideas through tangible evidence they are actually going to do what it is conjectured... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at Herding Cats
If a man will begin with certainties, he shall end in doubts, but if he will be content to begin with doubts, he shall end in certainties. - Francis Bacon Everything in project work is uncertainty. Estimating is required to... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at Herding Cats
The writer of the original post is in the business of telling people how to not estimate when spending other peoples money, with anecdotal examples. A book and $2,500 seminar ae in the works on how to violate the microeconomic principles of SW Dev. So we'll see how that goes. Having set up process of medical instruments, BioPharma research, early animal trials, production and human trials, and larger manufacturing of drugs, it's clear that if anecdotal he got the facts wrong, or lives in a country where 21CFR is not applicable.
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Patrick, Nice to hear from you. The Strategy Making processes are difficult to start with. I only come to my current understanding after being "schooled" by Harvard Norton and Kaplan representatives. The result was a Strategy Map on page 88. I went on to build the map on page 89. It is unlikely SW developers are going to connect what they do with the strategy of the organization, until such a map is in place and the projects that implement that strategy have their KPI's defined
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In a recent post there are 5 suggestions of how decisions about software development can be made in the absence of estimating the cost, duration, and impact of these decisions. Before looking at each in more detail, let's see what... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at Herding Cats
To achieve great things, two things are needed; a plan, and not quite enough time. − Leonard Bernstein The notion that planning is a waste is common in domains where mission critical, high risk - high reward, must work, type... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at Herding Cats
If we were setting out to build a home, we would first lay out the floor plans, grouping each room by function and placing structural items within each room according to their best utility. This is not an arbitrary process... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at Herding Cats
We gave a recent College of Performance Management webinar on using techncial progress to inform Earned Value. Here's the annotated charts. Continue reading
Posted Oct 15, 2014 at Herding Cats
After working with Ed it was a life changing experience. From that came the next step - the Irreducible and Reducible risk management paradigm. We're making progress at our client in getting those concepts into policy for the Integrated Baseline Review and EV reporting for "risk adjusted EAC." Handbook due out in Feb of 15.
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In a recent post to “Who Is Ed Conrow?” a responder asked about the differences between the PMBOK® Risk approach and the DoD PMBOK risk approaches as well as a summary of the book Effective Risk Management: Some Keys to... Continue reading
Posted Oct 14, 2014 at Herding Cats
Scott Adams provides cartons of what not to do for most things technical. Software and Hardware. I actually saw him once, when he worked for PacBell in Pleasanton, CA. I was on a job at major oil company deploying document... Continue reading
Posted Oct 13, 2014 at Herding Cats
It seems lately there is an intentional disregard of the core principles of business development of software intensive systems. The #Noestimates community does, but other collections of developers do as well. We'd rather be writing code than estimating how much... Continue reading
Posted Oct 12, 2014 at Herding Cats
Principles, Practices, and Processes are the basis of successful project management. It is popular in some circles to think that practices come before Principles. The principles of management, project management, software development and its management, product development management are immutable.... Continue reading
Posted Oct 11, 2014 at Herding Cats
In recent discussion (of sorts) about estimating - Not Estimating actually - I realized something that should have been obvious. I travel in a world not shared by the staunch advocates of #NoEstimates. They appear to be sole contributors. I... Continue reading
Posted Oct 10, 2014 at Herding Cats
Peter Kretzman has a nice post in his series on #NoEstimates. Peter and I share a skepticism of "making decisions in the absence of estimating the cost and impact" of those decisions. In Peter's current post there is a quote... Continue reading
Posted Oct 9, 2014 at Herding Cats
There is a popular quote used by many in the #NoEstimates community, that is sadly misinformed. Those who have knowledge, don’t predict. Those who predict, don’t have knowledge. − Lao Tseu This of course was from a 6th Century BC... Continue reading
Posted Oct 8, 2014 at Herding Cats
The unassisted hand, and the understanding left to itself, posses but little power. Effects are produced by the means of instruments and helps, which the understanding requires no less than the hand. And as instruments either promote or regulate the... Continue reading
Posted Oct 6, 2014 at Herding Cats
Nothing is too wonderful to be true, if it is consistent with the laws of nature, and in such things as these, experiment is the best test of such consistency − Michael Faraday's Diary, March 19, 1849 When we hear... Continue reading
Posted Oct 5, 2014 at Herding Cats
The are numerous conjectures about waste of software project estimates. Most are based on personal opinion divorced from the business processes of writing sofwtare for money. From the Introduction of the book to the left. Good estimates are key to... Continue reading
Posted Oct 3, 2014 at Herding Cats
Complex and unstable environments encountered in project work - especially software development project work - calls for critical thinking by all participants. Complexity comes in part from technical uncertainties, starting with requirements for software capabilities. If there is uncertainty in... Continue reading
Posted Oct 2, 2014 at Herding Cats
We shall not cease from exploration We shall not cease from exploration and the end of all our exploring will be to arrive where we started and be to arrive where we started and know the place for the first... Continue reading
Posted Oct 2, 2014 at Herding Cats
For all the words written and posted around estimating or not estimating - and I've contributed my share - the basis of estimates has yet to be addressed outside of a few people. @PeterKretzman @aritanninen @kalapaistos@fscavo come to mind. The... Continue reading
Posted Oct 1, 2014 at Herding Cats