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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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It's true that many projects fail for a variety of reasons. Here's some in our domain. Similar causes of failure can be found in other domains. But when there's a claim about software project failures AND there are no root... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at Herding Cats
Jordan Peterson put forth the idea that “empirical” truth (e.g. the Earth is a sphere) is all well and good, but if that truth runs contrary to information that will allow you to spread your genes then it stops being... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at Herding Cats
Our conventional modernization programs seek a 99% solution in years. Stability and counterinsurgency missions - the wars we are in - requires 75% solutions in months. The challenge is whether in our bureaucracy and in our minds these two different... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at Herding Cats
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Some #Noestimates advocates are heard quoting the Standish Report, reporting the non-data date that 60% of IT projects fail and of course that NOT ESTIMATING would have someone, by some means, through some magical force has saved these projects. And... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at Herding Cats
I've spoken twice at the PGCS, in Canberra Australia. And I'm returning in 2020. There is now a web site with all the presentations and Master Classes for this conference. Here's the link to the Library of these materials. The... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at Herding Cats
Making decisions is part of spending other people's money. It's part of Risk Management. It's part of our everyday lives. Many of the decisions we make in our live's are qualitative. When we're spending other people's money, we need to... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at Herding Cats
My workshop for the Project and Program Management Symposium in Canberra this August on the topic of integrating Systems Engineering and Project Management is now complete. The charts are available to the attendees and available here Projects delivered in complex... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at Herding Cats
In 2018, the notion of Agile Software Development has become the norm where we work. Here's a small sample of the guidance Update 2016: Considerations for Using Agile in DOD Acquisition Handbook for Implementing Agile in Department of Defense Information... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at Herding Cats
When you encounter any suggestion, any conjecture, any claim that goes beyond yea that makes sense, check out the statement with some searching. Especially when you come across the unsubstantiated claims of #NoEstimates advocates. You can use Google of course.... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at Herding Cats
In a previous post Why Johnny Can't Do The Math, the suggestion that estimates are non-ergodic is a Category error. It's the underlying processes that are ergodic or non-ergodic. In this case, the project is the underlying process. When I... Continue reading
Posted Sep 9, 2019 at Herding Cats
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Pat Mayfield has a nice post on Strategy and execution of strategy. Since the word Strategy is misused many times, let's start with a defintion used in the Balanced Scorecard world, focused on IT functions. A strategy is a hypothesis... Continue reading
Posted Sep 8, 2019 at Herding Cats
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Let's start with some classes of projects. Here's a chart like to use because it covers most of the classes of project's I've worked over my career from simple family gardening to the International Space Station. Each of these projects... Continue reading
Posted Sep 8, 2019 at Herding Cats
Thanks for the link Timing is perfect, we have a client, spending 100's of Millions of government money with no credible WBS. Showing them MIL-STD-881C is not the right place to start. You linked document will be where we start
Toggle Commented Sep 6, 2019 on What Does A Good WBS Look Like? at Herding Cats
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If I had only one hour to save the world, I would spend fifty-five minutes defining the questions, and only five minutes finding the answers - attributed to Albert Einstein. When we hear a proposed solution to an observed problem... Continue reading
Posted Sep 6, 2019 at Herding Cats
I've come across several ideas recently that need addressing. One is from Ron Jeffries blog If you are not producing working, running, tested usable software in every single Sprint or iteration, you are not [yet] “doing” Agile, you are not... Continue reading
Posted Sep 5, 2019 at Herding Cats
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Forgetfulness in the learner's souls, because they will not use their memories ... they will be hearers of many things and will have learned nothing; they will appear to be omniscient and will generally know nothing; they will be tiresome... Continue reading
Posted Sep 5, 2019 at Herding Cats
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Evaluating the evidence of good project management processes is critically important to both the developers, management and those paying for the software. These 12 points help separate the principles, practices, and processes from the pseudoscience, bad mathematics, willful ignorance of... Continue reading
Posted Sep 1, 2019 at Herding Cats
Men occasionally stumble over the truth, but most of them pick themselves up and hurry off as if nothing had happened. – Winston Churchill The management of software development is fraught with risk: technical risk, market risk, requirements risk, and... Continue reading
Posted Sep 1, 2019 at Herding Cats
All project work, agile or traditional, operates in the presence of uncertainty. There are four fundamental root causes of Project or Program Failure, and their drivers that are addressed by Risk Management and the Estimating processes that go with them.... Continue reading
Posted Aug 26, 2019 at Herding Cats
C-Span event part of a conference hosted by George Washington University’s Elliot School of International Affairs on the 10th anniversary of the Space Shuttle Columbia disaster. Panelists talked about the lessons learned from the Columbia Space Shuttle tragedy ten years... Continue reading
Posted Aug 24, 2019 at Herding Cats
The most dangerous man to any government is the man who is able to think things out... without regard to the prevailing superstitions and taboos. Almost inevitably he comes to the conclusion that the government he lives under is dishonest,... Continue reading
Posted Aug 15, 2019 at Herding Cats
The Dunning-Kruger effect is a cognitive bias in which "people reach erroneous conclusions and make unfortunate choices but their incompetence robs them of the metacognitive ability to realize it." The unskilled therefore suffer from illusory superiority, rating their own ability... Continue reading
Posted Aug 13, 2019 at Herding Cats
Skills that engender competence in a particular domain are often the very same skills necessary to evaluate competence in that domain one's own or anyone else's - Justin Kruger and David Dunning, in "Unskilled and Unaware of It: How Difficulties... Continue reading
Posted Aug 10, 2019 at Herding Cats
The estimator’s charter is not to state what developers should do, but rather to provide a reasonable projection of what they will do. – T. DeMarco, Controlling Software Projects, Prentice Hall PTR, 1982. This quote is from the paper "Quantifying... Continue reading
Posted Aug 10, 2019 at Herding Cats
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The notion - a fallacious notion - that done will emerge, is common in some circles of Agile and especially those agile advocates proferring No Estimates. The Greeks and Romans had a good understanding of most things we take for... Continue reading
Posted Aug 8, 2019 at Herding Cats