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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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It's popular in the agile world and even more popular in the No Estimates paradigm to use the term empirical data as a substitute for estimating future outcomes. And my favorite meme that further confuses the conversation. Probabilistic forecasting will... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at Herding Cats
In the agile community it is popular to use the terms complex, complexity, complicated many times interchangeably and and many times wrongly. These terms are many times overloaded with an agenda used to push a process or even a method.... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at Herding Cats
When we hear about project planning and scheduling, we think about tasks being planned, organized in the proper order, durations assigned to the work, resources committed to perform the work. This is all well and good, but without a risk... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at Herding Cats
If you work in a domain, as I do, the need to answer the question when will we providing that needed capability to produce the planned value for the planned amount of money, then estimating is going to be part... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at Herding Cats
The notion that planning is of little value, seems to be lost on those not accountable for showing up on or before the need date, at or below the needed cost, and with the planned capabilities needed to fulfill the... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at Herding Cats
In the business of building software intensive systems; estimating, performance forecasting and management, closed loop control in the presence of uncertainty for all variables is the foundation needed for increasing the probability of success. This means math is involved in... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at Herding Cats
Estimation and measurement of project attributes are critical success factors for designing, building, modifying, and operating products and services. † Good estimates are the key to project success. Estimates provide information to the decision makers to assess adherence to performance... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at Herding Cats
Root Cause Analysis is a means to answer to why we keep seeing the same problems over and over again. When we treat the symptoms, the root cause remains. In Lean there is a supporting process of 5S's. 5S's is... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at Herding Cats
Economics is called the Dismal Science. Economics is the branch of knowledge concerned with the production, consumption, and transfer of wealth. Economics is generally about behaviors of humans and markets, given the scarcity of means, arises to achieve certain ends.... Continue reading
Posted Apr 19, 2015 at Herding Cats
The world of projects, project management, and the products or services produced by those projects is uncertain. It's never certain. Seeking certainty is not only naive, it's simply not possible. Making decisions in the presence of this uncertainty is part... Continue reading
Posted Apr 17, 2015 at Herding Cats
No matter your life experience, your view of the world, whether you've had military experience or not, this is - or should be - an inspirational commencement speech. Continue reading
Posted Apr 16, 2015 at Herding Cats
This Blog has been focused on improving program and project management process for many years. Over that time I've run into several bunk ideas around projects, development, methods, and process of managing other peoples money. When that happens, the result... Continue reading
Posted Apr 14, 2015 at Herding Cats
When we hear a suggestion about a process that inverts the normal process based on a governance framework - say Microeconomics of Software Development, we need to ask who benefits? How would that suggestion be tangibly beneficial to the recipient... Continue reading
Posted Apr 13, 2015 at Herding Cats
The testability and the difference between experiment and development is more clearly - I would conjecture - defined in the Systems Engineering world. Great comment.
Toggle Commented Apr 13, 2015 on Who Builds a House without Drawings? at Herding Cats
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This month's issue of Communications of the ACM, has a Viewpoint article titled "Who Builds a House without Drawing Blueprints?" where two ideas are presented: It is a good idea to think about what we are about to do before... Continue reading
Posted Apr 12, 2015 at Herding Cats
There is a popular notion in the #NoEstimates paradigm that Empirical data is the basis of forecasting the future performance of a development project. In principle this is true, but the concept is not complete in the way it is... Continue reading
Posted Apr 10, 2015 at Herding Cats
Thanks Andy and thanks for the follow. I actually had no intention of garnering any awards. I'm motivated by the former Librarian of Congress - "I write to discover what I think"
Toggle Commented Apr 10, 2015 on Top Project Management Blogs of 2015 at Herding Cats
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The List in alphabetical order includes this blog. Thanks Continue reading
Posted Apr 10, 2015 at Herding Cats
The notion that we can ignore - many times willfully - the microeconomics of decision making is common in some development domains. Any project driven paradigm has many elements, each interacting with each in random ways, in nonlinear ways, in... Continue reading
Posted Apr 9, 2015 at Herding Cats
An estimate is the most knowledgeable statement you can make at a particular point in time regarding, cost/effort, schedule, staffing, risk, the ...ilities of the product or service.[1] Immature versus Mature Software Organizations [3] Setting sensible goals for improving the... Continue reading
Posted Apr 6, 2015 at Herding Cats
We don't need to Hope the sun will come up tomorrow. That probability is 100%. The probability that the outpatient surgery you've scheduled next week will be successful is high. The surgeon has done this procedure 1,000's of time with... Continue reading
Posted Apr 5, 2015 at Herding Cats
If you're on a project that has certainty, then you're wasting your time estimating. If you are certain things are going to turn out the way you think they are when you have choices to make about the future, then... Continue reading
Posted Apr 4, 2015 at Herding Cats
An announcement can across in email today from AACEI (Association for the Advancement of Cost Engineering International), about a Denver meeting on Decision Analysis. Decision Analysis provides ways to incorporate judgments about uncertainty into the evaluation of alternatives. Cost professionals... Continue reading
Posted Apr 2, 2015 at Herding Cats
One suggestion from the #NoEstimates community is the use of empirical data of past performance. This is many time called yesterdays weather. First let's make sure we're not using just the averages from yesterdays weather. And even adding the variance... Continue reading
Posted Mar 29, 2015 at Herding Cats
I know. It''s because the World Scientific publisher arrangements I sure.
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