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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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In the project management world, everyone is selling something to solve some problem. This includes product vendors, consulting firms, and internal providers. I'm on the internal provider side most of the time. Other times, I on the consulting firm acting... Continue reading
Posted 4 hours ago at Herding Cats
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In the estimating business, like many things in project management, there is confusion about principles, practices, and processes. And sometimes even outright misinformation. Here's an example used by the #NoEstimates advocates. Starting in 1986, there is a sentence that says... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at Herding Cats
“The real value of computers is communication, not computation.” - Natasha Kalatin Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at Herding Cats
You can sway a thousand men by appealing to their prejudices quicker than you can convince one man by logic. – Robert A. Heinlein, Revolt in 2100 Continue reading
Posted Mar 20, 2017 at Herding Cats
Most programs I work are in trouble in some form - other wise they would not have hired us to help. One quote we use to describe these situations is What's the difference between this program and the Boy Scouts?... Continue reading
Posted Mar 19, 2017 at Herding Cats
Insight, untested and unsupported, is an insufficient guarantee of truth. - Bertrand Russell, Mysticism and Logic 1929 When we hear an extraordinary claim, demand extraordinary evidence. Continue reading
Posted Mar 18, 2017 at Herding Cats
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It's common to hear, projects are overhead, we just need to get the value to the customer as fast as possible. This seems to be a lament from agile developers. Anything getting in the way of them coding is seen... Continue reading
Posted Mar 17, 2017 at Herding Cats
Ignorance more frequently begets confidence than does knowledge: it is those who know little, and not those who know much, who so positively assert that this or that problem will never be solved by science. - Charles Darwin, Introduction, The... Continue reading
Posted Mar 16, 2017 at Herding Cats
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If you don’t pay appropriate attention to what has your attention, it will take more of your attention than it deserves. — David Allen, Consultant Since all project work is uncertain, both reducible and irreducible randomness, we need to pay... Continue reading
Posted Mar 16, 2017 at Herding Cats
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It's common in the software development domain, especially agile to provide anecdotes in support for some suggested change to worked good for the person conveying the anecdote. But has not verification that the suggestion works anywhere else Here's some background... Continue reading
Posted Mar 15, 2017 at Herding Cats
Magic, it must be remembered, is an art which demands collaboration between the artist and his public - E. M. Butler The Myth of the Magus, 1948 When we hear the magic of making decisions in the presence of uncertainty... Continue reading
Posted Mar 14, 2017 at Herding Cats
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Here's a paper from a prior agile conference that is still applicable today Continue reading
Posted Mar 13, 2017 at Herding Cats
Trust a witness in all matters in which neither his self-interest, his passions, his prejudices, nor the love of the marvelous is strongly concerned. When they are involved, require corroborative evidence in exact proportion to the contravention of probability by... Continue reading
Posted Mar 12, 2017 at Herding Cats
Magic, it must be remembered, is an art which demands collaboration between the artist and his public - E. M. Butler The Myth of the Magus, 1948 When we hear the magic of making decisions in the presence of uncertainty... Continue reading
Posted Mar 11, 2017 at Herding Cats
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There was a Tweet a few days ago from one of the founders of eXtreme Programming, that said... What happens if you shift focus from "accurate estimation" to "reliably shipping by a date"? This quote shows the missing concept of... Continue reading
Posted Mar 11, 2017 at Herding Cats
An anecdote is usually a short narrative of an interesting, amusing, or biographical incident. Anecdotal are sometimes the starting point of a proper investigation, but it is all too often the ending point and every point of a pseudo-investigation. Man... Continue reading
Posted Mar 11, 2017 at Herding Cats
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Planning is an unnatural process, it’s much more fun to get on with it. The real benefit of not planning is that failure comes as a complete surprise and is not preceded by months of worry. ‒ Sir John Harvey... Continue reading
Posted Mar 10, 2017 at Herding Cats
Thanks for the comment. So it's true No Estimates means make estimates.
Toggle Commented Mar 10, 2017 on The Fallacy of Wild Numbers at Herding Cats
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DeMacro made this post, which has been picked up by the agile community to mean estimating is a waste. My early metrics book, Controlling Software Projects: Management, Measurement, and Estimation (Prentice Hall/Yourdon Press, 1982), played a role in the way... Continue reading
Posted Mar 9, 2017 at Herding Cats
It's popular to speak about the Agile Manifesto and the 12 Principles of Agile. When we hear that the next big thing in agile is Not Estimating, let's look to see how those 12 Principles can be applied without those... Continue reading
Posted Mar 8, 2017 at Herding Cats
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The common definition of the Definition of Done in agile software development is (mostly from the Scrum Alliance and other official Scrum sites): A simple list of activities (coding, comments, unit testing, integration, release notes, design documents, etc.) that add... Continue reading
Posted Mar 5, 2017 at Herding Cats
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Let's say you're the project or program manager of a large complex system. Maybe an aircraft, or a building, or an ERP system deployment. Your project is valued in the 100's of millions of dollars. Or say your project is... Continue reading
Posted Mar 4, 2017 at Herding Cats
Alistair Cockburn's talk on 21st Century Software development. Pay attention the hoax of #Noestimates and most major misunderstandings of the Agile Manifesto and the 12 Principle Continue reading
Posted Mar 3, 2017 at Herding Cats
To increase the Probability of Project success we have to know something about the attributes and measures of the Five Immutable Principles that enable this success, while managing in the presence of uncertainty All engineering projects, including software projects, are... Continue reading
Posted Feb 27, 2017 at Herding Cats
Simplicity is key, because it is tied up with being fundamental - Harvey Freidman Now the question really becomes - how simple is simple enough? When we hear some phrase like this, and we don't hear the units of measure... Continue reading
Posted Feb 24, 2017 at Herding Cats