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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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A popular phrase in some agile areas is X is the Smell of Dysfunction. Y will fix that, usually by NOT doing some established principle known to work, only if you knew how to make it work. Estimates, governance, planning,... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at Herding Cats
It isn't only art that's incompatible with happiness; it's also science. Science is dangerous; we have to keep it most carefully chained and muzzled. − Mustafa Mond, Brave New Worlld, Aldous Huxley, 1932 Related articles Architecture -Center ERP Systems in... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at Herding Cats
“One of the most dangerous forms of human error is forgetting what one is trying to achieve.” – Paul Nitze (1907–2006), SecDef 1967–1969 Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at Herding Cats
“There is nothing which rots morale more quickly and more completely than … the feeling that those in authority do not know their own minds.” — “Span of Control," Lionel Urwick, Harvard Business Review, May/June 1956 Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at Herding Cats
If we are to make logical decisions and choices in product and systems development, we need to have criteria to measure the value or relative importance of aspects of alternative proposals. This is an essential pre‒requisite for part of trade... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at Herding Cats
It is popular to claim we've never done this before, so how can we possibly estimate the cost and schedule. If it truly hasn't been done before, then the software project is likely to be an inventing new physics project.... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at Herding Cats
Let's start with a fundamental principle of all project management... Risk Management is How Adults Manage Projects - Tim Lister All risk comes from Uncertainty - reducible uncertainty and irreducible uncertainty. [1] No uncertainty No Risk. If you're not managing... Continue reading
Posted May 18, 2017 at Herding Cats
It is popular to state that Agile IS Risk Management - but that is not correct. Agile software development is a software development process. Risk Management is a process as well. The two - agile and risk management - are... Continue reading
Posted May 17, 2017 at Herding Cats
The human understanding is no dry light, but receives an infusion from the will and affections; whence proceed sciences which may be called “sciences as one would.” For what a man had rather were true he more readily believes. Therefore... Continue reading
Posted May 17, 2017 at Herding Cats
Would you tell me please which way I ought to walk from here? asked Alice. That depends a good deal on where you want to get to, said the Cat. I don't much care where - said Alice. Then it... Continue reading
Posted May 16, 2017 at Herding Cats
Nothing is too wonderful to be true, if it be consistent with the laws of nature; and in such things as these, experiment is the best test of consistency - Farady, Laboratory Journal Entry #10,040, March 18, 1849 Got an... Continue reading
Posted May 13, 2017 at Herding Cats
Let’s work the problem, people. Let’s not make things worse by guessing. - Gene Kranz When solving important problems - or any problem actually - if we go with our intuition, and as Kranz admonished, it only makes things worse.... Continue reading
Posted May 12, 2017 at Herding Cats
I started my career as a Software Engineer, writing Fortran 77 signal processing algorithms to find and track missile launchers in the middle eastern desert. This skill was an extension of the signal processing work I did as a grad... Continue reading
Posted May 11, 2017 at Herding Cats
It seems of late there is a campaign in the software development community, especially in the agile community where ignorance is a virtue. Ignorance of the microeconomics of decision making. The ignorance that all project work contains uncertainty, that uncertainty... Continue reading
Posted May 9, 2017 at Herding Cats
A common chant in the agile community is we focus on value. What does this mean? What are the units of measure of Value? How do we know we are actually producing the RIGHT Value? How much will it cost... Continue reading
Posted May 7, 2017 at Herding Cats
No member of a crew is praised for the rugged individuality of his rowing. - Ralph Waldo Emerson Continue reading
Posted May 5, 2017 at Herding Cats
Performance–Based Project Management® integrates five critical program management process areas with – Cost, Schedule, and Technical Performance Measures. The inclusion of Technical Performance Measures (TPM) separates this approach from conventional methods based solely on managing cost and schedule. In conventional... Continue reading
Posted May 1, 2017 at Herding Cats
Why aren't you posting to your blog any more. I enjoyed it
Toggle Commented Apr 30, 2017 on Velocity versus Speed (Update) at Herding Cats
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Gene, I'd say yes. As a military person and as one working with the military, there are unique attributes of those paradigm. First is "no whining." Do you job as you are trained. Learn to do your job better as you go. Next is "support your co-workers." It's not about Me. Then come "follow the rules." This does not mean command and control, that's a myth from those with no experience in the military. It means if we have a process, follow the process. Only if the process is not working, do we look for process improvement. In immature organizations, this is going to be a problem, so this is seem as a process improvement opportunity, not an opportunity to toss out the process.
Toggle Commented Apr 30, 2017 on Bad Management Behaviours at Herding Cats
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What is an estimate? An estimate as a noun is an approximate calculation or judgment of the value, number, quantity, or extent of something. An estimate as a verb is to roughly calculate or judge the value, number, quantity, or... Continue reading
Posted Apr 29, 2017 at Herding Cats
Organizational Effectiveness is a basis of rational management. The organization is one of mankind's all-time greatest inventions. An organization is intended to operate as one unit, with all its parts in efficient coordination. But all too often it does not.... Continue reading
Posted Apr 27, 2017 at Herding Cats
Reality is that which when you stop believing in it, doesn’t go away - Philip K. Dick Continue reading
Posted Apr 25, 2017 at Herding Cats
I belong to an invitation blog for military people. In a recent post, they had a post from the York Region District School Board D'Youville College, Aleksandr Noudelman about leadership. This post resonanted with me when I hear about simple... Continue reading
Posted Apr 23, 2017 at Herding Cats
I posted some comments on the #NoEstimates book awhile back. I have a break this week and would like to sum up Chapter 1. Chapter 1 Introduction Why estimates don't work - Carmen is assigned a project that will make... Continue reading
Posted Apr 15, 2017 at Herding Cats
When process improvement starts with the solution, it's common to anchor this improvement on the Bad Apple syndrome. The Dilbert Manager, the bad apple on the team, and another example of starting with the symptom and skipping to the solution,... Continue reading
Posted Apr 13, 2017 at Herding Cats