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Glen B. Alleman
Performance-Based Project Management® in software intensive system of system
Interests: Earned Value, Risk, Cost, Program Performance, Integrated Master Plan, Integrated Master Schedule.
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Paul Boos has a post about estimating and makes a case for the Principles of when NOT to estimate. This struck a cord around a bigger topic - the inversion of estimating. When should we NOT estimate? What business decision... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at Herding Cats
Competence beats Obedience. Unite people under a goal and let them act autonomously - Dr. Jordan Peterson with Jocko Willink on Jocko's Podcast Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at Herding Cats
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Network Science addresses a topic popular in the agile community but addressed with little or no mathematical foundation. The book describes topics in network and the complexity of network from physics to computer science, engineering, economics and the social sciences,... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at Herding Cats
We are all agreed that your theory is crazy. The question which divides us is whether it is crazy enough to have a chance of being correct. My own feeling is that it is not crazy enough." ― Niels Bohr... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at Herding Cats
Requirements, as traditionally used, are a separation tool. To separate the "thinkers" from the "doers". In software this is a HUGE mistake! This conjecture is a fallacy. The purpose of requirements elicitation, use, and implementation of the requirement that result... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at Herding Cats
Carl Popper, in The Open Society and Its Enemies, speak to a paradox of tolerance and intolerance Less well known is the paradox of tolerance: Unlimited tolerance must lead to the disappearance of tolerance. If we extend unlimited tolerance even... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at Herding Cats
Facts strung together don't necessarily result in the truth - Carl Bernstein Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at Herding Cats
There is a notion floating around that Unless you have skin in the game your estimate for the work can't be credible Let's look at the potential for such an approach in light of the credibility of an estimate. First... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at Herding Cats
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During a twitter today, there was a question about what are the drivers of project success. This is the picture I provided The question was where is the Quality as a driver. Here's the answer to that Related articles Architecture... Continue reading
Posted Nov 13, 2017 at Herding Cats
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To all veteran friends and colleagues - in the US and Foreign Lands. Navy, Army, Air Force, Marines and Coast Guard. Let's remember those who serve, those who supported them, and those who experience the benefits of their service. Continue reading
Posted Nov 11, 2017 at Herding Cats
I came across a paper by Charles Munger, Warren Buffet's advisor. His paper "The Psychology of Human Misjudgement." He starts his talk on the same subject with. I never allow myself to have an opinion on anything that I don't... Continue reading
Posted Nov 10, 2017 at Herding Cats
Cumulative values wipe out the variances of the past, hiding the underlying aleatory uncertanties of the work as well as the potential for epistemic uncertanty of event based uncertanty. With the cumulative velocity the decision makers have no visible into the "actual" performance variances and are subject to the "Flaw of Averages" as stated in the post.
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I reserve the right to be ignorant. That's the Western way of life - The Spy Who Came in From the Cold Continue reading
Posted Nov 9, 2017 at Herding Cats
A few centuries earlier ... humans still knew pretty well when a thing was proved and when it was not; and if it was proved they really believed it. - C. S. Lewis, The Screwtape Letters Yeah, well, you know,... Continue reading
Posted Nov 7, 2017 at Herding Cats
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Integrating Program Management and Systems Engineering makes the case for improving program performance by integrating the roles, activities, and outcomes of Program Managers and Systems Engineers. I work in domains, where Systems Engineering is a critical success factor. I work... Continue reading
Posted Nov 6, 2017 at Herding Cats
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The creation of solutions that solve actual problems depends on a critical assessment of those solutions in the context of Principles, Processes, and Practices.When critics do their job properly, the exchange of ideas can take place in a meaningful manner.... Continue reading
Posted Nov 5, 2017 at Herding Cats
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Behavioral Economics studies the effects of psychological, social, cognitive, and emotional factors on the economic decisions of individuals and organization and the consequences of prices, returns, and resource allocation, of the impact of different kinds of behavior, in different environments... Continue reading
Posted Nov 3, 2017 at Herding Cats
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I wrote a post about Process is King a few years ago. Came across a few posts about how people trump process. That may be for small de minimus work efforts. But those same voices conjecturing people come first -... Continue reading
Posted Nov 2, 2017 at Herding Cats
Little boys and matches neither logically nor inevitably lead to fires, but the probability is distressingly high if it’s your boy and house. Armen A. Alchian “A Proper Role of Systems Analysis,” 1954 Continue reading
Posted Oct 30, 2017 at Herding Cats
One of the platitudes of the agile community is trust. Asking to be trusted, asking to be allowed to self-organize and spend other people's money in the development of value. Many times asking to not be asked for an estimate,... Continue reading
Posted Oct 27, 2017 at Herding Cats
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This was the question asked at a Town Hall meeting that made the news here in Denver... When will the G-Line be ready for use? The answer was we don't know. This response reminds me of the notion conjectured by... Continue reading
Posted Oct 26, 2017 at Herding Cats
Life can only be understood backwards but you have to live it forward. You can only do that by stepping into uncertainty and by trying, within this uncertainty, to create your own islands of security….The new security will be a... Continue reading
Posted Oct 25, 2017 at Herding Cats
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Systems amenable to Little's Law looks like this Inputs can be a discrete or continuous flow of work arriving for service in the System. The System is a general concept that defines the boundary for all the work activities that... Continue reading
Posted Oct 20, 2017 at Herding Cats
Somebody someplace has already solved this problem (or one very similar to it.) Creativity is now finding that solution and adapting it to this particular problem. — The TRIZ Journal So when you hear we've never done this before and... Continue reading
Posted Oct 17, 2017 at Herding Cats
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When we see things happen, we attribute them to a reason. Not just basic observations in life, but observations on projects, and all the way down to the basics of ontology. If we observe certain things and those things behave... Continue reading
Posted Oct 16, 2017 at Herding Cats