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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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It is the first responsibility of every citizen to question authority ― Benjamin Franklin Think of this when you hear someone say protesting is a waste of time, and tell you to just be quiet and accept the situation you... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at Herding Cats
We must learn to live together as brothers or perish together as fools Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at Herding Cats
The notion of the Cone of Uncertainty has been around for awhile. Barry Boehm's work in “Software Engineering Economics”. Prentice-Hall, 1981. The poster below is from Steve McConnell's site and makes several things clear. The Cone is a project management... Continue reading
Posted Jan 13, 2017 at Herding Cats
Overheard on Twitter The Start of a Project Is the Worst Time to Estimate Its Duration or Cost This is only the case if those you've hired know nothing about what capabilities are needed to produce value the project, what... Continue reading
Posted Jan 11, 2017 at Herding Cats
Risk is everywhere on projects. This risk comes from two types of uncertainty. Aleatory uncertainty, which is the naturally occurring yields variances in the underlying processes. This uncertainty is handled with cost, schedule, and technical performance margins. Epistemic uncertainty comes... Continue reading
Posted Jan 9, 2017 at Herding Cats
It is very tempting to rely on what you are experiencing - Marlene Cimons Continue reading
Posted Jan 8, 2017 at Herding Cats
Risk Management is How Adults Manage Projects - Tim Lister Risk Management requires making estimates of many things. The uncertainties that create the risk - reducible (Epistemic) and irreducible (Aleatory), the impacts from the risks, the efficacy of the corrective... Continue reading
Posted Jan 8, 2017 at Herding Cats
Making decisions in the presence of uncertainty with limited resources is the domain of Macro and Micro Economics Making decisions in resource-limited situations at the national or global scale is macroeconomics. Macroeconomics is the study of how people make decisions... Continue reading
Posted Jan 7, 2017 at Herding Cats
Increasing the Probability of Project Success Simple in Theory, Complex in Practice When we hear any suggestion about improving the probability of success of a project, there are some simple tests to confirm there actually is such a thing. This... Continue reading
Posted Jan 5, 2017 at Herding Cats
I received a book over the Holidays - Managing Project Risk and Uncertainty: A Constructively Simple Approach to Decision Making, Chris Chapman and Stephen Ward. This is a seminal work on risk management in the presence of uncertainty. The introduction... Continue reading
Posted Jan 3, 2017 at Herding Cats
You may want to buy and read "Performance-Based Project Management." It contains all you're asking for.
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One of the principles of agile development is self-organizing teams. Self-Organizing is a powerful process. But Self-Directed is not the same as Self-Organizing. On all but de-minimis projects, there is some external organization that is defining what Done looks like... Continue reading
Posted Jan 2, 2017 at Herding Cats
For projects at scale, meaning the success or failure of the outcome impacts the firm in ways that cannot be corrected if it fails - loss of business, non-recoverable sunk cost, or other unfavorable impacts, there is usually a formal... Continue reading
Posted Jan 1, 2017 at Herding Cats
Posted Dec 31, 2016 at Herding Cats
To increase the probability of project success, many things have to happen at the same time. Here's are Five principles and practices that can increase that probability of success Principles and Practices of Performance-Based Project Management® from Glen Alleman Related... Continue reading
Posted Dec 28, 2016 at Herding Cats
I'm working an Implementation Review (IR) of a major space flight vehilce, that includes Software Intensive System of Systems. Here are the guidelines for a credible cost estimate (GAO-16-620) Comprehensive Includes all life-cycle costs Defines program, reflects current schedule, technically... Continue reading
Posted Dec 25, 2016 at Herding Cats
20 Logical Fallacy Found in Agile and related topics Appeal to ignorance – Thinking a claim is true (or false) because it can’t be proven true (or false). Ad hominem – Making a personal attack against the person saying the... Continue reading
Posted Dec 23, 2016 at Herding Cats
The suprising discovery of Newton's is just this, the clear seperation of laws of nature on one hand and initial conditions on the other - Eugene Wigner, in Newton's Principis for the Common Reader, S. Chandrasekhar There are 5 immutable... Continue reading
Posted Dec 22, 2016 at Herding Cats
All project work is uncertain. Uncertainty comes in two types - Reducible (Epistemic) and Irreducible (Aleatory). These uncertainties create the risk to the success of all projects. Without managing in the presence of risk, the probability of project success is... Continue reading
Posted Dec 21, 2016 at Herding Cats
The Due Date doesn't mean the Do Date If you have a Due date, you need the plan to show up on that date, with what is Due for the cost of that Due Item and have that Due Item... Continue reading
Posted Dec 19, 2016 at Herding Cats
Most people know nothing about learning; many despise it. Dummies reject as too hard whatever is not dumb - Thomas More, Utopia The Fallacy - We can't know much of anything about the Future. But in fact, the future is... Continue reading
Posted Dec 18, 2016 at Herding Cats
Those making the original assertion need to bring evidence. Without that evidence, those challenging the assertion have no need to bring evidence. For those making the assertation to ask for evidence as to why their conjecture is correct is the... Continue reading
Posted Dec 16, 2016 at Herding Cats
The speach I love is a simple, natural speach the same on paper as in the mouth; a speach succuleant and sinewy, brief and compressed not so much dainty and well-combed as vehement an brusque - Michel de Montaigne The... Continue reading
Posted Dec 12, 2016 at Herding Cats
Deming's approach to problem solving is based on The System of Profound Knowledge (SOPK). The anti-pattern to SOPK is The System of Profound Ignorance (SOPI). To obtain a System of Profound Knowledge, we need to start with the four components... Continue reading
Posted Dec 7, 2016 at Herding Cats
When you hear... #NoEstimates is a hashtag for the topic of exploring alternatives for making decisions in software development. That is, ways to make decisions with "No Estimates" Think about the conjecture. How would you assess a decision in the... Continue reading
Posted Dec 1, 2016 at Herding Cats