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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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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 yesterday 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 3 days ago 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 4 days ago 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 5 days ago 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 7 days ago 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
The Planning Fallacy is well documented in many domains. Bent Flyvbjerg has documented this issue in one of his books, Mega Projects and Risk. But the Planning Fallacy is more complex than just the optimism bias. Many of the root... Continue reading
Posted May 13, 2015 at Herding Cats
When our children were in High School, I strongly suggested they both take an economics class. Our daughter came home one day and announced at the dinner table Dad, we learned something important today in Economics Class. Whats that dear?,... Continue reading
Posted May 12, 2015 at Herding Cats
All project work is probabilistic. All decision making in the presence of probabilistic systems requires making estimates of future emerging outcomes. But to do this properly we need to have a standard set of terms that can form the basis... Continue reading
Posted May 11, 2015 at Herding Cats
So what does this actually mean in the project management domain? Plans are strategies for the success of the project. Strategies are hypothesis. Hypothesis needs to be tested to determine their validity. These tests - in the project domain -... Continue reading
Posted May 11, 2015 at Herding Cats
What’s the difference between estimate and guess? One way to distinguish between them is degree of care taken when we arrive at a conclusion. A conclusion about how much effort work will take. How much it will cost to perform... Continue reading
Posted May 7, 2015 at Herding Cats
Managing other people's money - our internal money, money from a customer, money from an investor - means making rational decisions based on facts. In an uncertain and emerging future, making those decisions means assessing the impact of that decision... Continue reading
Posted May 5, 2015 at Herding Cats
Working over the week on a release of a critical set of project capabilities and need a break from that. This post will be somewhat scattered as I'm writing it in the lobby to get some fresh air. Here's the... Continue reading
Posted May 3, 2015 at Herding Cats
In the governance paradigm there are two terms used to test ideas, processes, and their outcomes. Fit for Purpose and Fit for Use Both these terms are used to describe value of an IT outcome. A product or service value... Continue reading
Posted May 2, 2015 at Herding Cats
Full attribution to Gaping Void for this carton. Wayne makes realtime estimates on every skate stroke of where he is going, where the puck is going, and where all the defensemen are going to be when he plans to... Continue reading
Posted May 1, 2015 at Herding Cats
From Mark Kennaley's book. When we hear of a new and exciting approach to old and never ending problems, we need to first ask in what domain is your new and clever solution applicable No domain, not likely to have... Continue reading
Posted Apr 30, 2015 at Herding Cats
I had the pleasure of meeting Mark Kennaley a week ago in Boulder when he attended the Denver PMI conference. I have talked with Mark on several occasions on social media about the SDLC 3.0 book and concepts. And now... Continue reading
Posted Apr 29, 2015 at Herding Cats
Customers buy capabilities to accomplish a business goal or successfully complete a mission. Deliverables are the foundation of the ability to provide this capability. Here's how to manage a project focused on Deliverables. Deliverables Based Planning from Glen Alleman These... Continue reading
Posted Apr 28, 2015 at Herding Cats
It's popular in the agile world and even more popular in the No Estimates paradigm to use the term empirical data as a substitute for estimating future outcomes. And my favorite meme that further confuses the conversation. Probabilistic forecasting will... Continue reading
Posted Apr 26, 2015 at Herding Cats
In the agile community it is popular to use the terms complex, complexity, complicated many times interchangeably and and many times wrongly. These terms are many times overloaded with an agenda used to push a process or even a method.... Continue reading
Posted Apr 25, 2015 at Herding Cats
When we hear about project planning and scheduling, we think about tasks being planned, organized in the proper order, durations assigned to the work, resources committed to perform the work. This is all well and good, but without a risk... Continue reading
Posted Apr 24, 2015 at Herding Cats
If you work in a domain, as I do, the need to answer the question when will we providing that needed capability to produce the planned value for the planned amount of money, then estimating is going to be part... Continue reading
Posted Apr 22, 2015 at Herding Cats