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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 notion of not knowing the impact of decisions, choices, approaches is like putting your head in the sand because you don't like the answer or don't what to know the answer. In our domain there are three common root... Continue reading
Posted 3 hours ago at Herding Cats
Project Manager: How's the project progressing to plan? Developers: We're spending money, consuming resources, producing outputs that the customer likes. Project Manager: I was more interested in what's our performance against our planned spend, planned resource consumption, and planned outputs... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at Herding Cats
The term Systems Thinking is many times used in vague and unspecified ways to mean think about the system and all will emerge in a way needed to produce value. Systems Thinking is a term toosed around many times with... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at Herding Cats
In the absence of a control system that provides feedback to the progress to plan, the project is just wandering around looking for what Done looks like. The notion of emergent requirements is fine. The notion of emergent capabilities is... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at Herding Cats
A Guiding Principle defines the key criteria for making decisions about the application of a project's Practices and Processes. The Principles provide the project with the foundation to test the practices and processes in pursuit of the project's goals in... Continue reading
Posted Aug 14, 2014 at Herding Cats
The Software Engineering Institute is a FFRDC (Federally Funded Research and Development Center). An FFRDC, IDA, is a client. SEI is focused on helping the DOD improve the development of software. Here are Pod Casts of the Principles of Agile... Continue reading
Posted Aug 13, 2014 at Herding Cats
Awhile back I posted about Don't Do Stupid Things On Purpose (DDSTOP). This caused some comments about this being a very Theory-X management approach. The notion of Don't Do Stupid Things on Purpose comes from observinig people DSTOP with other... Continue reading
Posted Aug 13, 2014 at Herding Cats
For most projects showing up on or near the planned need date, at or near the planned cost, and more or less with the planned capabilities is a good measure of success. Delivering capabilities late and over budget is usually... Continue reading
Posted Aug 11, 2014 at Herding Cats
"You cannot have an execution culture without robust dialog - one that brings reality to the surface through openness, candor, and informality. This is called "truth over harmony" in Execution: The Discipline of Getting Things Done, Larry Bossidy and Ram... Continue reading
Posted Aug 10, 2014 at Herding Cats
There is a suggestion that only the final target of a project's performance is needed to steer toward success. This target can be budget, a finish date, the number of stories or story points in an agile software project. With... Continue reading
Posted Aug 9, 2014 at Herding Cats
Strategy without tactics is the slowest route to victory Tactics without strategy is the noise before defeat. — Sun Tzu Every time you hear about some conjectured great new idea on how to solve a vexing problem, ask what's the... Continue reading
Posted Aug 8, 2014 at Herding Cats
The notion of self-directed development teams has a range of applicable domains. Much of the rancor around agile development these days is about how to apply the core principles of agile software development. Do we need estimates? What's the role... Continue reading
Posted Aug 7, 2014 at Herding Cats
No data hath meaning apart from their context. ~unknown Related articles How to Forecast the Future Failure is NOT an Option! Continue reading
Posted Aug 6, 2014 at Herding Cats
A point of view can be a dangerous luxury when substituted for insight and understanding. ~ Marshall McLuhan Continue reading
Posted Aug 5, 2014 at Herding Cats
In a recent Skype conversation around agile, estimating, Little's Law and the #NoEstimate hashtag, the term agile community was used. My first reaction was whose agile community? The community of sole contributors? The community of $1B weapons systems and all... Continue reading
Posted Aug 4, 2014 at Herding Cats
Little's Law and the Central Limit Theorem are used many times in agile software discussions when speaking about flow processes based on Deming's principles. These discussions usually start by quoting something from a summary of Little's Law or the Central... Continue reading
Posted Aug 3, 2014 at Herding Cats
Much of the objection to SAFe comes from its seemingly Top Down paradigm. Many agile voices object that this approach is not agile, in the way they define agile - individual teams making their own decisions about what to do... Continue reading
Posted Aug 2, 2014 at Herding Cats
When we hear about new and possibly innovative ways of improving the probability of success of project work, ask this simple question... How Do I Make Your Suggestion Actionable on My Project? With the answer to that question in some... Continue reading
Posted Aug 1, 2014 at Herding Cats
“Everything has been said before, but since nobody listens we have to keep going back and beginning all over again.” — Andre Gide 1869–1951 It worth repeating, Rudyard Kipling’s Six Trusted Friends What – to do? When – to do... Continue reading
Posted Jul 31, 2014 at Herding Cats
The notion of Fit for Use and Fit for Purpose can be applied in many ways, much in the same way as Measures of Effectiveness and Measures of Performance and Verification and Validation. Fit to purpose - describes a Process,... Continue reading
Posted Jul 30, 2014 at Herding Cats
"Great minds discuss ideas; average minds discuss events; small minds discuss people." - Eleanor Roosevelt Continue reading
Posted Jul 29, 2014 at Herding Cats
Decisions are about making Trade Offs for the project. These decisions are about: Evaluating alternatives. Integrating and balancing all the considerations (cost, performance, Producibility, testability, supportability, etc.). Developing and refining the requirements, concepts, capabilities of the product or services produced... Continue reading
Posted Jul 28, 2014 at Herding Cats
"in order to reason well ... it is absolutely necessary to possess ... such virtues as intellectual honesty and sincerity and a real love of the truth." — C. S. Pierce Continue reading
Posted Jul 27, 2014 at Herding Cats
When it is mentioned project management is a control system many in the agile world whince. But in fact project is a control system, a closed loop control system. Here's how it works. We have a goal, a target, some... Continue reading
Posted Jul 25, 2014 at Herding Cats
Obvious not every decision we make is based on mathematics, but when we're spending money, especially other people's money, we'd better have so good reason to do so. Some reason other than gut feel for any sigifican value at risk.... Continue reading
Posted Jul 24, 2014 at Herding Cats