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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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The first responsibility of the key leaders in the acquisition workforce is to think. —Frank Kendall Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition, Technology, and Logistics Continue reading
Posted yesterday at Herding Cats
Correct, Closed loop control - sample cycle and action cycle - is the time interval between decision points. There is a defined number of samples - this is the Nyquist Frequency sampling rate based on the dynamics of the process. This answers the question "how long are you willing to wait until you find out you're late.
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We have this terrible struggle to try to explain things to people who have no reason to want to know - Richard Feynman Feynman spoke at our Student Physics Society, UC Irvine, on Quantum Chromo Dynamics (QCD), when that theory... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at Herding Cats
The beneficial result that I can hope for as a consequence of this work is that more attention will be paid to the precise statement of the alternatives involved in the questions being asked. – Theory of Probability, H. Jeffery,... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at Herding Cats
There was a twitter thread today where I suggested for any project in any domain, using any product development method is subject to the Five Immutable Principles of Project Success. When the dust settled, I had posted links to all... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at Herding Cats
No matter the project domain or the technical development method, project success is dependent on knowing what Done looks like in units of measure meaningful to the decision maker. These measures are: Measures of Effectiveness (MOE) – are the operational... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at Herding Cats
“Things are seldom what they seem, skim milk masquerades as cream.” —W. S. Gilbert, in "HMS Pinafore" This little phrase from Pinafore, from Little Buttercup, who is just a bumboat woman, is telling in our world of toss off agile... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at Herding Cats
We find that whole communities suddenly fix their minds upon one object, and go mad in its pursuit; that millions of people become simultaneously impressed with one delusion, and run after it, till their attention is caught by some new... Continue reading
Posted Aug 9, 2017 at Herding Cats
In life our first job is this, to divide and distinguish things into two categories: externals I cannot control, but the choices I make with regard to them I do control. Where will I find good and bad? In me,... Continue reading
Posted Aug 8, 2017 at Herding Cats
If God had made the world for humans we would have alcohol that made the head cleared instead of drowsy and the tongues of men more articulate instead of slurred. For it is when a man has consumed alcohol that... Continue reading
Posted Aug 7, 2017 at Herding Cats
you’ve lost your privilege to comment, since you appear to be a troll. Glen B. Alleman Integrated Program Performance Management DOD, DHS, DOE, NASA, DOJ, GSA 303-241-9633
Toggle Commented Aug 6, 2017 on Quote of the Day at Herding Cats
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Managing Cost, Schedule, & Technical Performance Risk Is The Basis Of Good Project Management. Risk management is essential to the success of any significant project. Certain information about key project cost, performance, and schedule attributes are often unknown until the... Continue reading
Posted Aug 5, 2017 at Herding Cats
Inexperience is a dreadful thing — comment by a women in Aristophanes (Ἀριστοφάνης) Ecclesazusae 115 When you hear a conjecture about some topic, stop and ask, does this person have any experience in this topic, any foundational understanding of the... Continue reading
Posted Aug 5, 2017 at Herding Cats
I am going to tell you something that you will never forget. And then he said, To every man is given the key to the gates of heaven. The same key opens the gates of hell. - Richard Feynman in... Continue reading
Posted Aug 3, 2017 at Herding Cats
Thanks for the comments That paper needed a good editor! There seems to be a gap in the current agile world as to the role of the business and the management of that business and the role of those who work for that business. It may be a lack of "good management" but there also seems to be a sense of entitlement from those "spending the money" that was not present a few years ago.
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It's popular in the agile community and especially in the #Noestimates community to denigrate Taylor for his Scientific Principles of Management. I first wonder of those making claims like... Taylor would turn in his grave if he saw how little... Continue reading
Posted Aug 2, 2017 at Herding Cats
Geniuses are the luckiest of the mortals because what they must do is the same as what they most want to do, even if their genius is unrecognized in their lifetime, the essential earthly reward is always theirs, the certainty... Continue reading
Posted Jul 30, 2017 at Herding Cats
Better have a plan to reduce technical and programmatic uncertainty (both of which have aleatory and epistemic behaviours respectively) at a planned rate, for a planned cost, on a planned time. Or plan on being late, over budget, and reduced... Continue reading
Posted Jul 29, 2017 at Herding Cats
According to Teller, the master magician of Penn and Teller fame, magic is best conceived of as "a form of theatre that depicts impossible events as though they were really happening". One sure magic trick is making decisions in the... Continue reading
Posted Jul 28, 2017 at Herding Cats
In the agile world, people have datasets from their projects, their friends projects, or made up projects. They use these datasets to support some position. Ranging from Story Points don't work, the Cone of Uncertainty is a hoax, all projects... Continue reading
Posted Jul 28, 2017 at Herding Cats
We were speaking at Homeland Security yesterday on Agile development in the Federal Government and there was a senior director who brought up a paradigm that resonated with me. The infrastructure for enterprise IT has a critical impact on the... Continue reading
Posted Jul 27, 2017 at Herding Cats
He is a great man who uses earthenware dishes as if they were silver; but he is equally great who uses silver as if it were earthenware. It is the sign of an unstable mind not to be able to... Continue reading
Posted Jul 25, 2017 at Herding Cats
The paper on the Cone of Uncertainty is used by many in the No Estimates community as an example of why estimates are of little use, since uncertanty is not reduced. It's not reduced in the paper, because no specific... Continue reading
Posted Jul 24, 2017 at Herding Cats
Thanks, I was cleaning out a server when I came across a presentation from long ago. The notion of leadership and follow-ship seems to have been lost in the current world of :it's all about me"
Toggle Commented Jul 23, 2017 on Developing Leadership Skills at Herding Cats
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Here's a quote I'm thinking about — “I very frequently get the question: ‘What’s going to change in the next 10 years?’ And that is a very interesting question; it’s a very common one. I almost never get the question:... Continue reading
Posted Jul 23, 2017 at Herding Cats