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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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The Five Laws of Software Estimating contains several Bunk ideas. let's look at each of the Five 1. Estimates are a Waste Time spent on estimates is time that isn’t spent delivering value. It’s a zero-sum game when it comes... Continue reading
Posted 5 hours ago at Herding Cats
I'm working two programs where Agile at Scale as the development paradigm. When we start an engagement using other peoples money, in this case the money belongs to a sovereign, we make sure everyone is on the same page. When... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at Herding Cats
Just back from the Integrated Program Management Workshop in Bethesda MD these week, where the topic of Agile and Earned Value Management occupied 1/3 of the conference speaks and training - I was one speaking and training. I'm current working... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at Herding Cats
A 2013 webinar at Cyber Security & Information Systems Information Analysis Center, presented some Immutable Laws of Software Development. These are worth repeating every time there is a suggestion hat some method or another, or some new and untested idea... Continue reading
Posted Nov 13, 2015 at Herding Cats
One of the primary responsibilities of management is to make decisions during the execution of projects so that gains are maximized and losses are minimized. Decision analysis is critical for projects with built-in flexibility, or options. when these choices operate... Continue reading
Posted Nov 12, 2015 at Herding Cats
It's common these days to re-purpose a quote or a platitude from one domain into another and assume it's applicable to the second domain. My favorite recent one is "Layers of redundancy are the central risk management property of natural... Continue reading
Posted Nov 11, 2015 at Herding Cats
For all who have served. For those I know directly in my professional and personal life. For all who have served throughout our United States. Let's celebrate our service. Continue reading
Posted Nov 11, 2015 at Herding Cats
Having served with Marines, Happy Birthday. Having had Marines on my work teams, Happy Birthday Semper Fi Continue reading
Posted Nov 10, 2015 at Herding Cats
One serious problem with Agile is the notion of "margin" is not present. As Agile and our domain's Earned Value Management come together, this notion of margin will be added to Agile to protect from having to drop needed capabilities from the Release
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Thanks, I've heard the word didactic, but didn't know what it meant. Many opportunities to be didactic in the estimating domain, even in our A&D domain, where much information is misapplied. We still haven't made it mandatory to connect the Risk Register with the Integrated Master Schedule to produce a Risk Informed Estimate To Complete and Estimate at Completion. One of the Root Causes of program overruns is that missing connection.
Toggle Commented Nov 10, 2015 on The Unmyths of Estimating at Herding Cats
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When we here about focusing on value first, delivery early and often, there is rarely any mention of the cost of that delivery. Or anything about the customers ability to accept those early and often deliveries and actually put them... Continue reading
Posted Oct 27, 2015 at Herding Cats
In any discussion of project management, software development, and business management, agreeing on a shared set of definitions is critical por progress in exchanging ideas. When standard definitions are redefined to suit the needs of those conjecturing a new approach,... Continue reading
Posted Oct 21, 2015 at Herding Cats
Risk Management is How Adults Manage Projects - Tim Lister Here's a formal definition of Risk Management. Risk management is an endeavor that begins with requirements formulation and assessment, includes the planning and conducting of a technical risk reduction phase... Continue reading
Posted Oct 19, 2015 at Herding Cats
We've been successful in defining the Measures of Effectiveness, Measures of Performance, technical Performance Measures, and Key Performance Parameter Parameters, then defining the tests that confirm these values are within the needed boundaries. Each "requirement" must tehn be traceable to one of those "measures." With this tests can then be defined to assure compliance. This is a Systems Engineering view of the product or service. The V&V aspects of the system can then always be traced to one or more of the MOE, MOP, TPM, and KPP
Toggle Commented Oct 19, 2015 on The Unmyths of Estimating at Herding Cats
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Hofstadter's Law: It always takes longer than you expect, even when you take into account Hofstadter's Law — Douglas Hofstadter, Gödel, Escher, Bach: An Eternal Golden Braid Hofstadter's Law is actually about self-referencing systems. The statement about how long it takes... Continue reading
Posted Oct 18, 2015 at Herding Cats
Phillip Armour has a classic article in CACM titled "Ten Unmyths of Project Estimation," Communications of the ACM (CACM), November 2002, Vol 45, No 11. Several of these Unmyths are applicable to the current #NoEstimates concept. Much of the misinformation... Continue reading
Posted Sep 30, 2015 at Herding Cats
As far as hypothesis are concerned, let no one expect anything certain from astronomy, which cannot furnish it, lest he accept as the truth ideas conceived for another purpose, and depart from this study a greater fool than when he... Continue reading
Posted Sep 29, 2015 at Herding Cats
There's a common notion in some agile circles the projects aren't the right vehicle for developing products. This is usually expressed by Agile Coaches. As a business manager, applying Agile to develop products as well as delivering Operational Services based... Continue reading
Posted Sep 28, 2015 at Herding Cats
Risk Management is How Adults Manage Projects - Tim Lister Let's start with some background on Risk Management Tim's quote sets the paradigm for managing the impediments to success in all our endeavors It says volumes about project management and... Continue reading
Posted Sep 27, 2015 at Herding Cats
We all wish that there was a simple answers to this question, but there are not. Anyone suggesting there is, doesn't understand the complexities of non-trivial projects in any domain. There are enough opinions to paper the side of a... Continue reading
Posted Sep 26, 2015 at Herding Cats
When confronted with making decisions on software projects in the presence of uncertainty, we can turn to an established and well tested set of principles found in Software Engineering Economics. First a definition from Guide to the Systems Engineering Body... Continue reading
Posted Sep 25, 2015 at Herding Cats
Constructing a credible Integrated Master Schedule (IMS) requires sufficient schedule margin be placed at specific locations to protect key deliverables. One approach to determining this margin is the use of a Monte Carlo simulation tool. This probabilistic margin analysis starts... Continue reading
Posted Sep 22, 2015 at Herding Cats
When I hear a post like: If you use deterministic estimates you must ask the team. If you use probabilistic estimates you must not. #NoEstimates Two things come to mind: All project work is probabilistic. There is no such thing... Continue reading
Posted Sep 21, 2015 at Herding Cats
On the way home last week from a program managers conference, was listening to Bob Dylan's Idiot Wind Everything's a little upside down, matter of fact the wheels have stopped. What’s good is bad, what’s bad is good. Idiot Wind,... Continue reading
Posted Sep 19, 2015 at Herding Cats
The development of software in the presence of uncertainty is a well developed discipline, a well developed academic topic, and a well developed practice with numerous tools, database, and models in many different SW domains. Economics is the study of... Continue reading
Posted Sep 18, 2015 at Herding Cats