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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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The right question for any suggested improvement, change, or suggesting we stop doing that need to produce an answer to ... Does this suggestion increase the probability of project success? This means tracing the suggestion to the outcome of the... Continue reading
Posted 14 hours ago at Herding Cats
Wisdom begins when we learn the difference between "that makes no sense" and "I don't understand". Mary Doria Russell It is that difference that is needed to assess when a idea passes the smell test. Continue reading
Posted yesterday at Herding Cats
Thanks for the comment. As a fan of the 9th and Von Karajan's performances, even he has good ones, one fantastic one, and others than are nice, but not over the top. I think of Glenn Gould's "interpretation" of Bach Partitas and other works that were simply "over the top" in tempo changes. The Jazz paradigm is misused many times as an excuse for not being competent in you art before performing.
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Peter, here's a starting point I'll do a post this week on the overall concept of IT projects
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There is a popular notion that writing software is like jazz. A loose collection of participants, improvising around a theme to produce an emergent outcome. These participants play off each other, react to emergent streams of melody, contribute their own... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at Herding Cats
There is a continuing discussion in the agile community about delivering value in the order set by the customer. Along with this discussion is the use of the word DONE. A popular phrase is no requirement or piece of software... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at Herding Cats
Ninety percent of everything is crud - Theodore Sturgeon Related articles Models ... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at Herding Cats
When I hear the phrase we're exploring I'm reminded that in fact many who explore without a plan, measures of their progress progress against this plan, a risk management Plan-B for getting home when things go wrong, and without insufficient... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at Herding Cats
In the discussions around #NoEstimates, it's finally dawned on me - after walking the book shelf in the office - the conversation is split across a chasm. Governance based organizations and non-governance based organizations. Same is the case for product... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at Herding Cats
These 5 questions need credible answers in units of measure meanigful to the decision makers. Capabilities Based Planning starts with a Concept of Operations for each deliverable and the system as a whole. The ConOps describes how these capabilities will... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at Herding Cats
Lot's of myth floating around about requirements elicitation and management. Starting with requirements is not how large, complex, mission critical DOD and NASA programs work. Start with Capabilities. This cna be directly transferred to Enterprise IT. Here's a map of... Continue reading
Posted Apr 8, 2014 at Herding Cats
Extensive research has shown given that a current project is more than fifteen percent complete, the overrun at completion will not be less than the overrun incurred to date; and the percent overrun at completion will be greater than the... Continue reading
Posted Apr 7, 2014 at Herding Cats
And the OTB I'm working is evidence of that
Toggle Commented Apr 6, 2014 on Do It Right or Do It Twice at Herding Cats
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The dictionary definition of economics is a social science concerned with the description and analysis of production, distribution, and consumption of goods and services. [1] Another definition of economics, closer to software developemnt is the study of how people make... Continue reading
Posted Apr 6, 2014 at Herding Cats
There is a nearly unlimited collection of views about how to write software for money. From the anarchy of gaming coders sitting in the basement of the incubator on 28th and Pearl Street here in Boulder to the full verification... Continue reading
Posted Apr 5, 2014 at Herding Cats
I heard this phrase in a conference call yesterday with a DOD client and thought, how clever I'll write a blog about this. Only to find out there is a Forbes article with same name and several other articles as... Continue reading
Posted Apr 4, 2014 at Herding Cats
Jordan, thanks for the read. In today's world of "emergent everything," missing principles, practices, and processes lays the groundwork for disappointment. Systems Engineering is one way to ask the questions before trying to connect the dots. In our DOD and Space domain, SE is common. Not so much in commercial IT. Maybe its time to re-introduce enterprise IT to these concepts
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In yesterday's post, the notion of Systems Engineering was suggested as one solutuion to project failure. Here's the next step. The Agile notion started with a manifesto that turned into many interpretations and practices. In the standard project management paradigm,... Continue reading
Posted Apr 3, 2014 at Herding Cats
There are endless reasons for why projects fail. Some are correct, some are bogus, some are down right nonsense. Into this list I'd like at add my opinion, informed by hands on experience on software intensives programs in defense, energy,... Continue reading
Posted Apr 1, 2014 at Herding Cats
One of the suggestions in #NoEstimates is the slicing of work - either Stories or any word needed to indicate an agile projects chunking of the work - into small pieces. This of course doesn't actually address the issue of... Continue reading
Posted Mar 30, 2014 at Herding Cats
I was on the Inertial Upper Stage guidance system for TDRSS launch. TRW was the SI for the Hughes elements
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There is a popular myth that the estimating problem in software development starts with comparing software development to bridge design and development. This lays the groundwork that software development is not the same as any other engineering discipline and estimating... Continue reading
Posted Mar 27, 2014 at Herding Cats
All the project world a non-linear, non-stationary stochastic process, driven by the exchange of cost, schedule, and technical capabilities - act accordingly This means: No single point estimate can be credible in the absence of knowing the variance on that... Continue reading
Posted Mar 23, 2014 at Herding Cats
Once we've identified the problem, we've gone 80% of the way toward fixing it - Capture Manager, in our morning proposal stand up. Continue reading
Posted Mar 21, 2014 at Herding Cats
Every assumption is a project risk Each risk requires a handling plan Unhandled assumptions, means unhandled risks, means a reduction in the Probability of Project Success The list of assumption that can create issues for the project are nearly unlimited.... Continue reading
Posted Mar 20, 2014 at Herding Cats