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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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"For God's sake, Mane, do not strike at what you are looking but at what you intend to hit" - Nikola Tesla's father admonition to his cross-eyed helper while chopping wood on the farm, My Inventions, Nikola Tesla, published in... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at Herding Cats
Our first endeavors are purely instinctive, promptings of an imagination vivid and undisciplined. As we grow older reason asserts itself and we become more and more systematic and designing ‒Nikola Tesla, My Inventions, 6 part series in Electrical Experimenter, Feb-Jun... Continue reading
Posted Dec 8, 2018 at Herding Cats
I've studied now Philosophy And Jurisprudence, Medicine, And even, alas! Theology All through and through with ardour keen! Here now I stand, poor fool, and see I'm just as wise as formerly. Goethe (1808) Continue reading
Posted Nov 24, 2018 at Herding Cats
“Nothing is more difficult and, therefore, more precious than to be able to decide.” Napoleon Bonaparte French General and Emperor, 1769-1821 If you're going to decide in the presence of uncertainty, you're going to have to estimate the outcome of... Continue reading
Posted Nov 23, 2018 at Herding Cats
“Never express yourself more clearly than you are able to think.” - Niels Bohr Continue reading
Posted Nov 22, 2018 at Herding Cats
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There's a popular notion going around the agile community that says ... we focus on Value and don't need to worry about Cost. This, of course, is a violation of the principles of Managerial Finance and Microeconomics of software development... Continue reading
Posted Nov 21, 2018 at Herding Cats
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Risk Management has six steps: Planning risk management - decides how to approach and plan the risk management activities for the project. Identifying the Risks - determines with risk are likely to affect the project and documenting the characteristics of... Continue reading
Posted Nov 20, 2018 at Herding Cats
I came across a post on Twitter that led me to the blog post 3 Questions You Need to Ask at Your Next Meeting. Please subscribe to their newsletter The three questions are the foundation for any meeting, but they're... Continue reading
Posted Nov 19, 2018 at Herding Cats
“I Have Tens of Thousands of Hours of Experience. I’ve made Every Mistake That They're Going to Make.” — ­Deputy Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan on the importance of putting experienced leaders in Army Futures Command Continue reading
Posted Nov 16, 2018 at Herding Cats
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When we hear of the difficulties of making decisions in the presence of uncertainty, especially about software features and capabilities, there are straightforward ways to solve this problem. Decision Analysis is a principle, technique, and application to address complex decisions... Continue reading
Posted Nov 14, 2018 at Herding Cats
To the layperson, puffery seems like a license to lie, which, frankly, isn’t totally wrong. A well-known book on torts by William Prosser and W. Page Keeton stated it this way: “The puffing rule amounts to a seller’s privilege to... Continue reading
Posted Nov 13, 2018 at Herding Cats
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To all my friends, neighbors, and colleagues, who along with me, served our country and their country, in time of war and time of peace Happy Veterans Day. In Flanders fields the poppies blow Between the crosses, row on row,... Continue reading
Posted Nov 11, 2018 at Herding Cats
There is nothing more difficult to carry out, nor more doubtful of success, nor more dangerous to handle, than to initiate a new order of things. For the reformer has enemies in all who profit by the old order, and... Continue reading
Posted Nov 10, 2018 at Herding Cats
Information technology project risk often comes from non-technical aspects of the initiative. Assessing the impact of technology on people, management systems and other initiatives is essential to assure project success. "We automate problems" This department slogan was posted on an... Continue reading
Posted Nov 9, 2018 at Herding Cats
"Uncertainty management is not just about managing perceived threats, opportunities, and their implications; it is about identifying and managing all the many sources of uncertainty that give rise to and shape our perceptions of threats and opportunities. It implies exploring... Continue reading
Posted Nov 9, 2018 at Herding Cats
For companies where software is important to business operations and to the products that they market, excellence in software is a vital business goal. However, software has long been one of the most troublesome technologies of the 20th century, and... Continue reading
Posted Nov 8, 2018 at Herding Cats
I am used to thinking three or four months in advance, about what I must do, and I calculate on the worst. If I take so many precautions, it is because it is my custom to leave nothing to chance.... Continue reading
Posted Nov 7, 2018 at Herding Cats
Strategies are intellectually simple; their execution is not From "The CEO as Coach: An Interview with Allied Signal's Lawrence A. Bossidy," N. M. Tichy and R. Charan, Harvard Business Review, Mar-Apr, 1994, pp. 68-78. Continue reading
Posted Nov 6, 2018 at Herding Cats
A previous post, Why Johnny Can't Estimate, mentioned some resources for estimating, the principles of business and technical management that demand estimates be made to make decisions, and background on the sources of uncertainty, that create risk, that require estimating... Continue reading
Posted Nov 5, 2018 at Herding Cats
Critics are our friends, they show us our faults ― Benjamin Franklin Continue reading
Posted Oct 31, 2018 at Herding Cats
There have been some recent posts about managing scope, defining needed Features, determining how to release software to stakeholders - in both traditional and agile processes. While most are good ideas and are necessary, they are NOT Sufficient for project... Continue reading
Posted Oct 30, 2018 at Herding Cats
"Would you tell me, please which way I ought to go from here? 'That depends a good deal on where you want to get to,' said the Cat. 'I don't much care,' said Alice. 'Then it doesn't matter which way... Continue reading
Posted Oct 28, 2018 at Herding Cats
By concentrating on what, and leaving out why, mathematics is reduced to an empty shell. The art is not in the “truth” but in the explanation, the argument. It is the argument itself which gives the truth its context, and... Continue reading
Posted Oct 27, 2018 at Herding Cats
“Only those general principles and attitudes that result from clear and deep understanding can provide a comprehensive guide to action.” [1] Agile Program Management contains practices found in traditional program management, delivered through the principles of agile. For the traditional... Continue reading
Posted Oct 26, 2018 at Herding Cats
At the program level and above, the choice of a people focus or a process focus is not between two competing paradigms. They are two sides of the same coin. People are the raw material for teams, for not only... Continue reading
Posted Oct 25, 2018 at Herding Cats