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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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It seems to be common invoke Laws in place of actual facts when trying to support a point. Here's two recent ones I've encountered with some Agile and #NoEstimates advocates. Two of my favorite are: Goodhart's Law Hofstadter's law These... Continue reading
Posted Aug 19, 2016 at Herding Cats
Is never permanent. Makes you like yourself. Is fun. Is sometimes tedious, painful, frustrating, monotonous, and at the same time gives a sense of accomplishment. Bases compensation on productivity. Is complete: One thinks, plans, manages and is the final judge... Continue reading
Posted Aug 18, 2016 at Herding Cats
The current PMI Pulse titled Delivering Value: Focus on Benefits during Project Execution provides some guidance on how to manage the benefits side of an IT project. But the article misses the mark on an important concept. This is a... Continue reading
Posted Aug 17, 2016 at Herding Cats
Once again I've encountered a conversation about estimating where there was a broad disconnect between the world I work in - Software Intensive System of Systems - and our approach to Agile software development, and someone claiming things that would... Continue reading
Posted Aug 16, 2016 at Herding Cats
For some reason the notion if value is a big mystery in the agile community. Many blogs, tweets, books are spent of speaking about Value as the priority in agile software development We focus on Value over cost. We produce... Continue reading
Posted Aug 14, 2016 at Herding Cats
Here's an article, recently referenced by a #NoEstimates twitter post. The headline is deceiving, the article DOES NOT suggest we don't need deadlines, but that deadlines without credible assessment of their credibility are the source of many problems on large... Continue reading
Posted Aug 12, 2016 at Herding Cats
Acquisition Category 1 (ACAT 1) programs are large - large is greater than $5B, yes Billion with a B. This Integrated Program Management Conference (IPMC) 2013 presentation addresses the issues of managing these programs in the presence of uncertanty. Like... Continue reading
Posted Aug 3, 2016 at Herding Cats
It would seem counter intuitive to apply Agile (Scrum) to large Software Intensive System of Systems. But it's not. Here's how we do it with success. Agile in the government from Glen Alleman Related articles The Microeconomics of a Project... Continue reading
Posted Aug 2, 2016 at Herding Cats
It's popular in some agile circles to question everything. This begs the question - is there any governance process in place? No? Then you're pretty much free to do whatever you want with the money provided to you to build... Continue reading
Posted Aug 2, 2016 at Herding Cats
Without a Plan, you're making it up as you go. If you make it up as you go, it's the basis of getting it horribly wrong - Salman Rushdie Related articles Architecture -Center ERP Systems in the Manufacturing Domain IT... Continue reading
Posted Jul 28, 2016 at Herding Cats
There is a popular Agile and No Estimates phrase... It is by doing the work we discover the work we must do. This of course ignores the notion of engineering or designing a solution to the needed Capabilities of the... Continue reading
Posted Jul 26, 2016 at Herding Cats
If you can't explain what you are doing as a process, then you don't know what you are doing - Deming Process is the answer to the question How do we do things around here? All organizations should have a... Continue reading
Posted Jul 25, 2016 at Herding Cats
A skeptic will question claims, then embrace the evidence. A denier will question claims, then reject the evidence. - Neil deGrase Tyson Think of this whenever there is a conjecture that has no testable evidence of the claim. And think... Continue reading
Posted Jul 21, 2016 at Herding Cats
Avoid software project horror stories - check the reality value of the estimate first from Harold van Heeringen Related articles Want To Learn How To Estimate? Local Firm Has Critical Message for Project Managers Populist Books Can Be Misleading Continue reading
Posted Jul 21, 2016 at Herding Cats
A common assertion in the Agile community is we focus on Value over Cost. Both are equally needed. Both must be present to make informed decisions. Both are random variables. As random variables, both need estimates to make informed decisions.... Continue reading
Posted Jul 20, 2016 at Herding Cats
Where You Stand Depends On Where You Sit This notion of the basis of all good discussions. It is also the basis of discussions that get us in trouble. For example, I sit in a FAR 34.2/DFARS 234.2 Federal Procurement... Continue reading
Posted Jul 18, 2016 at Herding Cats
On our morning road bike ride, the conversation came around to Systems. Some of our group are like me - a techie - a few others are business people in finance and ops. The topic was what's a system and... Continue reading
Posted Jul 18, 2016 at Herding Cats
There is a popular graph showing project performance versus the estimated project performance in "Schedule Estimation and Uncertainty Surrounding the Cone of Uncertainty," Todd Little, IEEE Software, May/June 2006. This chart (above) shows data from samples of software development projects... Continue reading
Posted Jul 17, 2016 at Herding Cats
The question of the viability of #NoEstimates starts with a simple principles based notion. Can you make a non-trivial (NOT de minimis) decision in the presence of uncertainty without estimating? The #NoEstimates advocates didn’t start there. They started with “Estimates... Continue reading
Posted Jul 10, 2016 at Herding Cats
Sitting in our seats at last night's Rockie v. Phillies game and dawned on me the analogy between Moneyball strategy and good management of software development. In Moneyball, Billy Beane was faced with a limited budget for players. He hired... Continue reading
Posted Jul 9, 2016 at Herding Cats
There appears to be a resurgence in the No Projects conversation, similar to the No Estimates notion that has been around for awhile. I’m going to suggest that most of the disconnects around ideas of software development ‒ from No... Continue reading
Posted Jul 8, 2016 at Herding Cats
I work on Agile software development programs. Most everyone in Boulder Colorado works on Agile development programs. We meet once a month or so for coffee and talk about Agile. We have formal MeetUps hosted by local vendors - Rally,... Continue reading
Posted Jul 7, 2016 at Herding Cats
It's popular in the #NoEstimates community to claim Forecasting is not Estimating. Using English Dictionaries, they build a case using logical like this. It's been repeating nearly continuously since the start of the discussion about how to make decisions in... Continue reading
Posted Jul 6, 2016 at Herding Cats
The misuse of Hofstadter's Law is common in many agile development domains. The quote is ... It always takes longer than you expect, even when you take into account Hofstadter's Law This quote is misused to suggest that estimating can't... Continue reading
Posted Jul 5, 2016 at Herding Cats