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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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“We trained hard, but it seemed that every time we were beginning to form up into teams, we would be reorganized. I was to learn later in life that we tend to meet any new situation by reorganizing; and a... Continue reading
Posted 5 hours ago at Herding Cats
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Here's a clear and concise discussion of the estimating topic. And just a reminder for making decisions in the presence of uncertainty. Continue reading
Posted 5 hours ago at Herding Cats
Management of Software Development projects is not like a Rocky movie, where strong desire overcomes lack of skill, experience, and talent. Skill, experience, tools, principles, processes, practices and talent are all needed to increase the probability success. Not understanding that... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at Herding Cats
While management and leadership are related and often treated as the same, their central functions are different. Managers clearly provide some leadership, and leaders obviously perform some management. However, there are unique functions performed by leaders that are not performed... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at Herding Cats
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The Death of Expertise describes how established knowledge is challenged and why this is critical in our modern society. With nearly unlimited access to information - the information age - we've become narcissistic and misguided intellectual egalitarians. Everything from webMD... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at Herding Cats
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The Cone of Uncertainty is a framing assumption used to model the needed reduction in some parameter of interest in domains ranging from software development to hurricane forecasting. This extended post covers The framing assumptions of the Cone of Uncertainty.... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at Herding Cats
Under the current imperfect administration of the Universe, most new ideas are false, so most ideas for improvement make matters worse Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at Herding Cats
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There is a posted question at an agile conference. Can you make a decision without an estimate? Like many discussions in the domain of agile, the statement is made without any evidence that it is true, nor can even be... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at Herding Cats
When we hear about some dysfunction in our work, a product, a system - Root Cause Analysis can provide the corrective action needed to remove the dysfunction and most importantly prevent the dysfunction from returning. There are Eight Questions needed... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at Herding Cats
Have a roadmap instead of a road - Adrian Bolboaca Without the map, we can't know if we're on the right road. But the map is not the terrain, so both are needed for success. Continue reading
Posted Jun 14, 2017 at Herding Cats
Successfully managing projects, no matter the domain, the size, the development or engineering method starts with a set of Principles, Practices, and Processes. Here are those Principles and Practices. The Principles are Immutable. The Practices are universal. The Processes need... Continue reading
Posted Jun 12, 2017 at Herding Cats
There's a blog post from a few years back that has resurfaced The 5 Laws of Software Estimates. It's one of those posts that's heavy on opinion and light on principles. Time to revisit this ill-informed idea on why, what,... Continue reading
Posted Jun 11, 2017 at Herding Cats
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There are Five Immutable Principles of Project Success. Each question requires an answer with sufficient confidence to make decisions about spending other people's money, that increases the probability of project success. All project work is probabilistic (actually statistical and probabilistic),... Continue reading
Posted Jun 10, 2017 at Herding Cats
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The classic paper “Software Engineering Economics,” Barry Boehm, IEEE Transactions on Software Engineering, Vol SE-10(1), 1984, pp. 4-21. opens with a dictionary definition of economics as a social science concerned chiefly with description and analysis of the production distribution, and... Continue reading
Posted Jun 9, 2017 at Herding Cats
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Many agilest use Waterfall as the Boogeyman of software development. They show pictures of Design-Code-Test process, with no feedback loops, linear connections from beginning to end in the project. Here in the DOD, Waterfall went away long ago as an... Continue reading
Posted Jun 7, 2017 at Herding Cats
Posted Jun 6, 2017 at Herding Cats
There is a lot of unsubstantiated claims going around about how agile should or should not be applied. How estimates are or are not needed. How the team should or should not be managed. From the point of view of... Continue reading
Posted Jun 6, 2017 at Herding Cats
lux in tenebris lucet et tenebrae eam non comprehenderunt Continue reading
Posted Jun 5, 2017 at Herding Cats
No matter the size of the project. No matter the project domain. No matter the engineering processes used to produce the outcomes from the project. There are Five Immutable Principles of project success. These principles are Immutable because they are... Continue reading
Posted Jun 4, 2017 at Herding Cats
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This is a chart from an agile conference where #Noestimates was a topic. For the most part, the briefing follows Tony Magennis' approach from his book. So the first part is following standard estimating principles. What's fascinating is the evolution... Continue reading
Posted Jun 2, 2017 at Herding Cats
It's popular in the Agile world to speak of Products and their value creation and the notion that Projects are not needed for this. The notion of #NoProjects follows the same logic as #Noestimates. There are #NoPrinciples at the foundation... Continue reading
Posted May 28, 2017 at Herding Cats
"We confide in our strength, without boasting of it; we respect that of others, without fearing it." Thomas Jefferson Continue reading
Posted May 27, 2017 at Herding Cats
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A popular phrase in some agile areas is X is the Smell of Dysfunction. Y will fix that, usually by NOT doing some established principle known to work, only if you knew how to make it work. Estimates, governance, planning,... Continue reading
Posted May 24, 2017 at Herding Cats
It isn't only art that's incompatible with happiness; it's also science. Science is dangerous; we have to keep it most carefully chained and muzzled. − Mustafa Mond, Brave New Worlld, Aldous Huxley, 1932 Related articles Architecture -Center ERP Systems in... Continue reading
Posted May 23, 2017 at Herding Cats