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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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There's a popular fallacy in the agile community of products over projects. This, of course, is based on the lack of knowledge of Managerial Finance, Systems Engineering and Product Development principles and processes. Here's a chart from an upcoming meeting... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at Herding Cats
The pale Usher - threadbare in cost, heart, body, and brain; I see him now. He was ever dusting his old lexicons and grammars, with a queer handkerchief, mockingly embellished with all the gay flags of all the known nations... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at Herding Cats
5 Minutes Early Is On Time; On Time Is Late; Late Is Unacceptable - Maj Peter Colquhoun, Australian Army And of course if you're going to show up 5 minutes early to be on time, and there are uncertainties (reducible... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at Herding Cats
Good, better, best. Never let it rest. 'Til your good is better and your better is best. - St. Jerome Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at Herding Cats
Chance, too, which seems to rush along with slack reins, is bridled and governed by Law - Boethius (480-524) All project work and product development operates in the presence of uncertainty. To manage in the presence of these uncertainties, which... Continue reading
Posted Aug 12, 2018 at Herding Cats
The 4 measures in Systems Engineering guidance are ▪︎ Measures of Effectiveness - ▪︎ Measures of Performance - ▪︎ Technical Performance Measures - ▪︎ Key Performance Parameters -
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“Risk Management is Project Management for Adults” - Tim Lister The only way there is no Risk is when there are No Uncertainties, either reducible (Epistemic) or irreducible (Aleatory). All software development projects have uncertainties in one of these two... Continue reading
Posted Aug 2, 2018 at Herding Cats
We're writing two chapters in an upcoming Project Management Book, with a working title, The Gower Handbook of Project Performance for Agile, Waterfall and Everything in Between, edited by Mark Phillips. One chapter on the Principles of Risk Management and... Continue reading
Posted Aug 1, 2018 at Herding Cats
There's a naïve notion on the web that Plans are not needed, Plans are a waste. The classic is its by doing the work we discover the work. It's actually worse than naïve, it's an idea that is simply wrong.... Continue reading
Posted Jul 31, 2018 at Herding Cats
"Science runs on the premise that experiments, and all the uncertainty involved in them, should be open for scrutiny." Editorial: Politics versus reality, Nature 434, 257 (17 March 2005) † When there are claims made about anything, in any domain,... Continue reading
Posted Jul 29, 2018 at Herding Cats
Tim Lister's quote is a universal principle for the success of any project, product, or program in the presence of uncertainty. I'm finishing up the charts for a one day workshop at the Project and Program Management Symposium as well... Continue reading
Posted Jul 28, 2018 at Herding Cats
The conjecture You can make a decision in the presence of uncertainty without estimating the outcome of that decision is an argument from ignorance, or argumentum ad ignorantiam that infers the conjecture is true from the fact that it is... Continue reading
Posted Jul 21, 2018 at Herding Cats
There is no beauty better than intellect - Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) Continue reading
Posted Jul 19, 2018 at Herding Cats
Eliminate all other factors, and the one which remains must be the truth — Sir Arthur Conan Doyle in “The Sign of the Four” When you hear a suggested fix for some problem, and there is no Root Cause identified... Continue reading
Posted Jul 18, 2018 at Herding Cats
In 1949, Popper turned his attention to questions like Is there a criterion for the character or status of a conjecture? (In his case a Theory, mostly around theoretical physics and General Relativity). The problem is not when a conjecture... Continue reading
Posted Jul 10, 2018 at Herding Cats
The domain I work in is categorized as Software Intensive System of Systems (SISoS). In this domain, we applied traditional program and project management methods for cost and schedule management at the top level. This means a Capabilities Based Plan... Continue reading
Posted Jul 9, 2018 at Herding Cats
One of the books used by a vocal No Estimates advocate is Black Swans by Nassim Taleb. This advocate continually confuses Macroeconomics of financial markets and sovereign finance with Microeconomics of software development. They are not the same, the processes... Continue reading
Posted Jul 8, 2018 at Herding Cats
I know not why I am so sad - Antonio, at the beginning of The Merchant of Venice Our brains have been designed from evolution to make calculations about possible futures. This is called deciding. When this deciding takes place... Continue reading
Posted Jul 7, 2018 at Herding Cats
Land of the Free - Because of the Brave Continue reading
Posted Jul 4, 2018 at Herding Cats
Some mathematicians are birds, others are frogs. Birds fly high in the air and survey broad vistas of mathematics out to the far horizon. They delight in concepts that unify our thinking and bring together diverse problems from different parts... Continue reading
Posted Jul 3, 2018 at Herding Cats
There is a Blog Video speaking the #NoEstimates that opens with the following. Let's look at the credibility of each of the statements below: Estimating can be an endemic problem in organisations these days because estimating is fundamentally guessing, yet... Continue reading
Posted Jun 21, 2018 at Herding Cats
This presentation is showing up again. When it first appeared, I thought, the author needed to do some more research because most of the principles presented here are erroneous in principle. And the practices are not connected to any principle.... Continue reading
Posted Jun 12, 2018 at Herding Cats
There is always lots of complaining about the biases introduced into managing projects and making the estimates needed to make project decisions. In Kahnemann's Thinking Fast and Slow there are three biases. † Cognitive bias - a mistake in reasoning,... Continue reading
Posted Jun 9, 2018 at Herding Cats
The term INVEST is an acronym for good User Stories Independent (of all others) Negotiable (not a specific contract for features) Valuable (to the business or the project) Estimable (to a good approximation) Small (so as to fit within an... Continue reading
Posted Jun 7, 2018 at Herding Cats
That’s your responsibility as a person, as a human being — to constantly be updating your positions on as many things as possible. And if you don’t contradict yourself on a regular basis, then you’re not thinking.— Malcolm Gladwell Continue reading
Posted Jun 6, 2018 at Herding Cats