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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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I hear all the time estimating is the same as guessing. This is not true mathematically nor is not true business process wise. This is an approach used by many (guessing), not understanding that making decisions in the presence of... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at Herding Cats
I never met Carl Sagan. I've read his materials (both technical and popular) and listened to his talks. Dr. Sagan was a fierce questioner of many things. But in that questioning process is a framework by which answers can be... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at Herding Cats
There is a popular notion in the Agile world that with continuous deployment and frequent shipping, dates should cease to matter. The next big feature should be ‘just’ one release of many. But the Capabilities provided by the software system... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at Herding Cats
There is much discussion around project failures. Looking for the root cause of failure is the approach taken by organizations seeking to establish the processes for avoiding failure in the future. Many voices in the IT Project Failure domain reference... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at Herding Cats
When there is a discussion around making improvements to anything, trouble starts when we don't have a shared understanding of the outcomes. For example, speculating that something can be done or that something should be stopped in pursuit of improvement... Continue reading
Posted Jul 20, 2015 at Herding Cats
There is a nice post from Trent Hone on No Estimates. This triggered some more ideas about why we estimates, what the root cause of the problem #NoEstimates is trying to solve and a summary of the problem A Few... Continue reading
Posted Jul 17, 2015 at Herding Cats
On any project with significant Value at Risk Economic Analysis provides visibility to the data needed for decision making. This Value at Risk paradigm is a critical starting point for applying all processes of decision making. The choice of decision... Continue reading
Posted Jul 16, 2015 at Herding Cats
In the project management business we have numerous methods, process, tools, and techniques to plan and execute project. When we search for tools, processes, and practices. Project success starts with a simple principle. We have to Know What Done looks... Continue reading
Posted Jul 11, 2015 at Herding Cats
The #NoEstimates advocates have asked us to see estimates as a smell: an indication of possible decision making dysfunction. It might be useful to explore what's causing the smell. In the normal business process world, when we encounter a dysfunction,... Continue reading
Posted Jul 10, 2015 at Herding Cats
It is common to confuse strategy with operational effectiveness. Strategy for Information Technology (IT) projects contains three major themes. These form the foundation of the IT Strategy as well as the tactical processes that will be deployed in support of... Continue reading
Posted Jul 9, 2015 at Herding Cats
With the principles of Capabilities Based Planning in place from the previous post, here's how to implement it. The key here is to have a capabilities delivery map in place showing what capabilities need to be delivered in what sequence... Continue reading
Posted Jul 8, 2015 at Herding Cats
Over the years the success rate of traditional project management methods applied to software development projects has been underwhelming. Traditional project management methods are based on a retrospective approach, which measures variance against plan rather than providing a performance–forecast that... Continue reading
Posted Jul 7, 2015 at Herding Cats
There's a popular meme going around that asking for estimates and making estimates is the smell of dysfunction. We can assume it's management dysfunction. So what are the dysfunctions of management that they ask for estimates from those spending their... Continue reading
Posted Jul 6, 2015 at Herding Cats
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 Jul 5, 2015 at Herding Cats
Semper Fidelis to all my colleagues and friends. Wait till minute 3:57 Continue reading
Posted Jul 4, 2015 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 Jun 30, 2015 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 Jun 29, 2015 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