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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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Vasco Duarte posted on twitter a quote (without link) ... Bad estimation is a systematic problem, not an individual failure ... The chart below is from a much larger briefing on Essential Views needed to increase the probability of success... Continue reading
Posted 10 hours ago at Herding Cats
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There is much confusion in the domain of project management and especially software projects between complexity, complex, and complicated. Wikipedia definitions almost always fall short. The book on the left is the latest addition to this topic in the domain... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at Herding Cats
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The current issue of ICEEAWorld, has an article on estimating on agile projects. Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at Herding Cats
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To build a credible estimate for any project, in any domain, to produce a solution to any problem, we need to start with a few core ideas. Gather historical data. Unless you're inventing new physics, it is very unlikely what... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at Herding Cats
Rally Software is a local firm providing tools for the management of agile project. Project Managers provide the glue for all human endeavors involving complex work processes. Rally has those tools as do many others. Rally also has message that... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at Herding Cats
So this is yet another example of "knowing" versus "doing" It'd be unlikely that "knowing" that plans change and acting accordingly is not the norm, behaving in that way seems to somehow be harder outside of the domains where "Program Planning and Controls" is the norm, even for agile software intensive systems https://www.nasa.gov/sites/default/files/files/Session3ConsolidatedCharts%281%29.pdf
Toggle Commented 5 days ago on Mike Cohn's Agile Quotes at Herding Cats
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No credible planning process "sticks to it too rigidly." The "plan" is actually the process of executing the strategy. So the "plan" is an object that is adjusted. The confusion comes when some see the "plan" as a throw away "object." It is not. The "plan" is the representation of the current strategy for success. I can look at the "plan," touch it, put it on the wall, send it to the participants, so they know what work must be done to "increase the probability of success." The "plan" is a "thing" developed from the strategy. Here's how we apply those concepts http://www.acq.osd.mil/se/docs/IMP_IMS_Guide_v9.pdf and where the capabilities that the plan describes come from www.acq.osd.mil/ttcp/reference/docs/JSA-TP-3-CBP-Paper-Final.doc That original phrase is often misused in the absence of guidance on how to plan, and how to execute from the plan. It becomes a platitude to escape answering the question "what does done look like."
Toggle Commented 5 days ago on Mike Cohn's Agile Quotes at Herding Cats
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Mike Cohn of Mountain Goat Software has a collection of 101 Agile Quotes. There are few I have heart burn with, but the vast majority are right on. Some of my favorite: Planning is everything, plans are nothing - Field... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at Herding Cats
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When we read on a blog post that estimates are not meaningful unless you are doing very trivial work, † I wonder if the poster has worked on any non-trivial software domain. Places like GPS OCX, SAP consolidation, Manned Space... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at Herding Cats
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I n a recent email exchange, the paper by Todd Little showing projects that exceeded their estimates was used as an example for how porrly we estimate, and ultimately one of the reasons to adopt the #NoEstimates paradigm of making... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at Herding Cats
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On a twitter discussions and email exchanges there is a notion of populist books versus technical books used to address issues and problems encountered in our project management domains. My recent book Performance-Based Project Management® is a populist book. There... Continue reading
Posted Nov 20, 2014 at Herding Cats
Mike, Thanks for the follow as always. The notion that ideas can live in the absence of testing appears to be troubling for some. From our common experience in the physics world, we both know the feeling of standing in front of the PI (in our case a Nobel Laureate) and making a suggestion about something we know quite a bit about. Only to have him ask a simple question - "have you tested you observation and explanation of that observation against all the other possibilities that may be the cause of what you have seen?" No, please do, then come back. As experimentalist, we be asked to stop by the theorist student's office as well just to confirm we actually had the underlying principles well in hand before proceeding to confirm what we saw, which could possibly have been "statistical noise."
Toggle Commented Nov 20, 2014 on Quote of the Day at Herding Cats
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They, it's coming to an end though. The BS meter is pegged. But it's made me become much cleared in messages of "what does good project management look like." I have a new client in the conventional IT business that develops SW using pretty much the notions in #NE, so it provides a good foil to testing how to test ideas.
Toggle Commented Nov 19, 2014 on Quote of the Day at Herding Cats
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All ideas require credible evidence to be tested, suspect ideas require that even more so - Deep Inelastic Scattering, thesis adviser, University of California, 1978 When the response to questions about the applicability of an idea is push back with... Continue reading
Posted Nov 19, 2014 at Herding Cats
In a sufficiently complex project we need measures of progress to plan beyond burning down our list of same sized stories, which by the way require non-trivial work to make same sized and keep same sized. And of course if... Continue reading
Posted Nov 17, 2014 at Herding Cats
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Much has been written about the Estimating Problem, the optimism bias, the planning fallacy, and other related issues with estimating in the presence of Dilbert-isk style management. The notion that the solution to the estimating problem is not to estimate,... Continue reading
Posted Nov 16, 2014 at Herding Cats
We're aging gracefully
Toggle Commented Nov 12, 2014 on Veterans Day at Herding Cats
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Thanks for the post, My intent was vectors show direction and velocity, while scalars show point values. Vectors are programmatic values, showing closure to a target. Scalars alone tell us little about our progress other than the passage of time and consumption of money.
Toggle Commented Nov 9, 2014 on Vectors and Scalars at Herding Cats
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With the plethora of opinions on estimating - some informed, many uninformed - here's my list of books and papers that inform our software estimating activities for Software Intensive Systems. These books range for hard core engineering to populist texts... Continue reading
Posted Nov 9, 2014 at Herding Cats
Is there a correlation between medical compliance and say accounting compliance or Earned Value Management compliance with DCMA/DCAA audits. Or in out current domain, compliance the HHS/CMS/HIPAA software management - release, configuration, security, reference architectures. Seems a bit is a stretch from medical to a software domain. Currently the compliance officer is an attorney with experience on both sides of the process - supplier and consumer of medical services insurance processing in Medicaid and ACA domains. I'll forward this to her for comment.
Toggle Commented Nov 8, 2014 on Vectors and Scalars at Herding Cats
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In the mathematics of physics, there are two essential types of values in all calculations - Scalars and Vectors. Scalars are isolated values, with no outside context. Indeed They remain the same regardless of any context. A common example would... Continue reading
Posted Nov 8, 2014 at Herding Cats
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Much of the noise around agile is based on platitudes and words in the absence of a domain and a context in that domain. Here's a possible anchoring processes Product development kaizen (pdk) from Glen Alleman And an example paper... Continue reading
Posted Nov 7, 2014 at Herding Cats
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Speaking at the Integrated Program Management Conference in Bethesda MD this week. The keynote speaker Monday was Katrina McFarland, Assistant Secretary of Defense (Acquisition)(ASD(A)), the principal adviser to the Secretary of Defense and Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition. During... Continue reading
Posted Nov 4, 2014 at Herding Cats
Never attribute to malice that which is adequately explained by stupidity - Hanlon's Razor Continue reading
Posted Nov 2, 2014 at Herding Cats