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Glen B. Alleman
Performance-Based Project Management® in software intensive system of system
Interests: Earned Value, Risk, Cost, Program Performance, Integrated Master Plan, Integrated Master Schedule.
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Deming's approach to problem solving is based on The System of Profound Knowledge (SOPK). The anti-pattern to SOPK is The System of Profound Ignorance (SOPI). To obtain a System of Profound Knowledge, we need to start with the four components... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at Herding Cats
When you hear... #NoEstimates is a hashtag for the topic of exploring alternatives for making decisions in software development. That is, ways to make decisions with "No Estimates" Think about the conjecture. How would you assess a decision in the... Continue reading
Posted Dec 1, 2016 at Herding Cats
There is the misuse of the terms of statistics and probability in many domains. Politics being one. The #Noestimates advocates are another of the most prolific abusers of these terms. Here are the mathematical definitions. not the Wikipedia definition, not... Continue reading
Posted Nov 27, 2016 at Herding Cats
When you can measure what you are speaking about, and express it in numbers, you know something about it; but when you cannot measure it, when you cannot express it in numbers, your knpowledge is of a meager and unsatisfactory... Continue reading
Posted Nov 26, 2016 at Herding Cats
Risk Management is How Adults Manage Projects - Tim Lister Here's how we manage risk on our software intensive system of systems using Agile. Risk management requires making estimating of the reducible and irreducible uncertanties that create risk. If you're... Continue reading
Posted Nov 15, 2016 at Herding Cats
Just listened to Tony Richards "The Capital Role of Scrum" in Scrum Master Toolbox Podcast (yes I know, this is Vasco's podcast and it does have value when he sticks to Scrum topics). Vasco describes the scrum Master as the... Continue reading
Posted Nov 14, 2016 at Herding Cats
Long ago there were a set of small books from the Software Program Managers Network and Norm Brown's work on Industrial Strength Management Strategies, which was absorbed by an organization which is no longer around. I have all the Little... Continue reading
Posted Nov 14, 2016 at Herding Cats
The paper Agile Base Patterns in the Agile Canon, Daniel R Greening, 2016 49th Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences is an important contribution to the discussion of agile at scale in organizations beyond 5 developers at the table with... Continue reading
Posted Nov 12, 2016 at Herding Cats
For all of us who have served, are serving, and those who gave their lives in service of our country - honor them today Continue reading
Posted Nov 11, 2016 at Herding Cats
It's been a busy month for reading. I've been on the road, so I try and focus on reading rather than on working while on the plane. Here are three books underway that are related for the programs we work... Continue reading
Posted Nov 10, 2016 at Herding Cats
Estimating is a learned skill, used for any purpose from every-day life to management of projects. When I left for the airport this morning to catch my flight to a customer site I estimated, given the conditions, how much time... Continue reading
Posted Nov 7, 2016 at Herding Cats
I work in a domain where engineered systems are developed for complex software-intensive system of systems. These systems are engineered with a variety of development methods. Ranging from traditional to agile and combinations in between. These systems are developed for... Continue reading
Posted Nov 3, 2016 at Herding Cats
Josh, I'd start with which can produce an IMP esxtarcted from the IMS. I have a macro that codes the PE,SA,ACs on a separate line so you can link vertically to them from the exit of the Work Packages. The group on those codes to produce the IMP that is traceable from the IMS. I'm at the IPMW in Bethesda this week, but can send you some clips of the outputs of Critical Tools. Drop me an email on Twitter DM or email and I'll send examples
Toggle Commented Oct 31, 2016 on What Does an IMP IMS Look Like? at Herding Cats
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In a recent Blog post titled Precision it is suggested Precision (or the implication thereof) is perhaps the root problem of most, if not all dysfunction related to estimation. Yes, projects have uncertainty. Everything has uncertainty. Projects are no exception.... Continue reading
Posted Oct 28, 2016 at Herding Cats
Risk Management is how Adults Manage Projects - Tim Lister There are two kinds of uncertainty on all projects, no matter the domain, including software development projects Both these drivers of risk will impact the probability of success of projects... Continue reading
Posted Oct 27, 2016 at Herding Cats
When Agile development moves beyond a single scrum team and into the Enterprise IT domain, several considerations must be addressed. For Scrum (or most other agile methods) focus on the team is paramount. The behaviours of the team should follow... Continue reading
Posted Oct 26, 2016 at Herding Cats
"I am always doing that which I can not do, in order that I may learn how to do it." - Pablo Picasso When I'm asked to help a client with something new, it's usually close to the domain I'm... Continue reading
Posted Oct 25, 2016 at Herding Cats
Thanks for the read. Came to this from our news issues as well. Fair and Balanced assumes both sides have credible positions on a shared topic. This is not the case for #NoEstimates. There is no principle by which decision can be made in the presence of uncertanty without estimating the outcomes. Same for Climate, Immigration, Voter Fraud, MacroEcon and a raft of other contentious topics. We seem to have lost our critical thinking skills lately. But political debate needs to be "fact based" just like those other topics, and we've lost that ability as well. Here in the US we have many "fact checking" sites, many run by newspaper, but other independent, so there is hope if the populous will read them. BTW your book is in a bibliography for our Agile+EVM guide published by National Defense Industry Association and in another bibliography for "Measureable News" a journal of sorts for the College of Performance Management (www.mycpm./org) which and colleague and I edit.
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We hear fair and balanced is a desirable approach to problems. Turns out this is a false balance when the issue under discussion doesn't address an underlying principle. One side can be wrong It is seductive to state we're exploring... Continue reading
Posted Oct 16, 2016 at Herding Cats
The ability to generate reliable cost and schedule estimates is a critical success factor necessary to support business projects. Without this ability, business value is at risk of experiencing cost overruns, missed deadlines, and performance shortfalls—all recurring problems that projects... Continue reading
Posted Oct 15, 2016 at Herding Cats
So you mixed the axis. You seem to be using NE words. I know of no business in my 38 years of development and management of develope that doesn't consider Cost a critical success factor. YMMV.
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So the units of measure of the vertical axis are not cost? So the estimates weren't used to establish the budget for the project? So the project wasn't managed to the budget? What are your units of measure for "great?" I counted "words" not pages.
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OK, I'll change it to "your projects went over budget." when you say ... While controls and planning are useful, an overly strict focus can result in attempts to solve the wrong goal. Shipping on time, to specifications, and within budget might be meaningless if a competitor is shipping software that has a greater value to the market. In that case, the competitor will win nearly every time, and the prize for “good” project management might be losing market share. Seems you spent 90% of the paper showing 2X overages, Figure 2. I'd consider that a significant impact on ROI for those "desirable features." I guess Landmark considers that success. Why not have all three plus market success? Does shipping late and over budget have any impact on the market acceptance or your balance sheet. You're right I work in a domain where meeting market needs, having a superior product, AND showing up on time and on budget is the basis of success. YMMV
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There is a current rash of suggestions on how to improve the performance of software projects. Each of these, while well meaning, are missing the means to confirm their credibility. They are many times end up being personal anecdotes from... Continue reading
Posted Oct 11, 2016 at Herding Cats
Calculus is the most powerful weapon of thought yet devised by the wit of man - W. B. Smith Infinitesimal Analysis In the same book Burn Math Class and Reinvent Mathematics for Yourself, there is a joke that is applicable... Continue reading
Posted Oct 4, 2016 at Herding Cats