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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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Populist books provide an important role in the processes of "thinking about things." They are simple, understandable in ways that resonant with the those not familiar with a topic, and are hopefully gateway sources to then next level of understanding.... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at Herding Cats
Semper Fidelis to all my colleagues and friends. Wait till minute 3:57 Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at Herding Cats
Making decisions in the presence of uncertainty of a future outcomes resulting from that decision is an important topic in the project management, product development, and engineering domains. The first question in this domain is... If the future is not... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at Herding Cats
Decision making is hard. Decision making is easy when we know what to do. When we don't know what to do there are conflicting choices that must be balanced in the presence of uncertainty for each of those choices. The... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at Herding Cats
The estimator's charter is not to state what the developers should do, but rather to provide a reasonable project of what they will do. - Tom DeMarco Here's a few resource materials for estimating cost, schedule, and technical outcomes on... Continue reading
Posted Jun 28, 2015 at Herding Cats
Our daughter is an elementary teacher in Austin Texas. A nice school, Number 2 school in Texas. While visiting this week, we were talking about a new book a group of us are working on. While showing her the TOC,... Continue reading
Posted Jun 25, 2015 at Herding Cats
The Art of Systems Architecting† is a book that changed the way I look at development of software intensive systems. As a manager of software in the system of systems domain, this book created a clear and concise vision of... Continue reading
Posted Jun 21, 2015 at Herding Cats
There was an interesting post on the #NoEstimates thread that triggered memories of our hiking and climbing days with our children (now grown and gone) and our neighbor who has summited many of the highest peaks around the world. The... Continue reading
Posted Jun 21, 2015 at Herding Cats
There are several paradigms for Systems Thinking. Ranging from Psychobabble to hard core Systems Engineering. A group of colleagues are starting a book with a working title Increasing The Probability of Project Success, several of the chapters are based on... Continue reading
Posted Jun 21, 2015 at Herding Cats
Yes he did. But it seems those conjecturing all kinds of things without evidence, beyond personal anecdotes, take offense to pointing out the gap in the logic that evidence can close. We've experienced an epiphany of sorts with "Reality Charting" and the Apollo Method of Root Cause Analysis. The cause and effect process of reveal a Primary Effect has turned around many of the operational problems, removed the wastful process of "looking for the root cause," and understanding that cause and effect are the same thing, just depends where you sit in the time line.
Toggle Commented Jun 7, 2015 on Carl Sagan's BS Detector at Herding Cats
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There are several BS detector paradigms. One of my favorites is Carl Sagan's. This one has been adapted from Reality Charting the book that goes along with the Apollo Method Root Cause Analysis process we use in our governance process... Continue reading
Posted Jun 5, 2015 at Herding Cats
Myths, misinformation, and magic bullets abound in the software development business. No more so than in the management and estimating of complex development projects. The Standish report is a classic example of applying How to Lie with Statistics. This book... Continue reading
Posted Jun 4, 2015 at Herding Cats
When we hear all the difficulties, misuse, abuse, and inabilities for making software development estimates, the real question is what does the business think of this? Good question. When our children were young - 6 or 7 - they asked... Continue reading
Posted Jun 3, 2015 at Herding Cats
When I use a word Humpty Dumpty said in a rather scornful tone, it means just what I choose to to mean - neither more nor less. The question is, said Alice, whether you can make words mean so many... Continue reading
Posted Jun 2, 2015 at Herding Cats
When we hear things like ... Why promising nothing delivers more and planning always fails, or It's in doing the work that we discover the work that we must do, or If estimates were real the team wouldn't have to... Continue reading
Posted May 26, 2015 at Herding Cats
In case you thought it was about the 3 day weekend, parties, and the beach Thanks to all my neighbors, friends, and colleagues for their service. Continue reading
Posted May 24, 2015 at Herding Cats
Trevor, Your observation appears common by those without a seat at the table where business decisions are made.We've had long conversations at conferences and over drinks in the neighborhood (where many of work in the software intensive systems world) about the growing gap between "coding" and "business" The coding POV is "I'm a coder and I produce value. With little understanding of the business processes. The business is growing tired of workforce assumes they are sitting at the table where decisions are being made in the absence of both the accountability for those decisions and the understanding of the basis of business decision making. There seems to be many misplaced ideas about the "value" of an opinion in the absence of anyone asking for that opinion. I a previous era I'd caulk it up to impetuous youth. I was on of those in 1976 on my first serious development project. But now I think it's just willful ignorance of how business works.
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It's been popular recently in some agile circles to mention we use the 5 whys when asking about dysfunction. This common and misguided approach assumes - wrongly - causal relationship are linear and problems come from a single source. For... Continue reading
Posted May 22, 2015 at Herding Cats
The book Software for Your Head was a seminal work when we were setting up our Program Management Office in 2002 for a mega-project to remove nuclear waste from a very contaminated site in Golden Colorado. Here's an adaptation of... Continue reading
Posted May 21, 2015 at Herding Cats
We've been doing this for 20 years and therefore you can as well Is a common phrase used when asked in what domain does you approach work? Of course without a test of that idea outside the domain in which... Continue reading
Posted May 20, 2015 at Herding Cats
Education is not the learning of facts, but the training of the mind to think - Albert Einstein So if we're going to learn how to think about managing the spending of other peoples money in the presence of uncertainty,... Continue reading
Posted May 18, 2015 at Herding Cats
Any process that does not have provisions for its own refinement will eventually fail or be abandoned - W. R. Corcoran, PhD, P.E., The Phoenix Handbook: The Ultimate Event Evaluation Manual for Finding Profit Improvement in Adverse Events, Nuclear Safety... Continue reading
Posted May 15, 2015 at Herding Cats
Project work is random. Most everything in the world is random. The weather, commuter traffic, productivity of writing and testing code. Few things actually take as long as they are planned. Cost is less random, but there are variances in... Continue reading
Posted May 14, 2015 at Herding Cats
When we hear words about any topic, my favorite of course is all things project manage, it doesn't make them true. Earned Value is a bad idea in IT projects because it doesn't measure business value Turns out this is... Continue reading
Posted May 13, 2015 at Herding Cats