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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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“Danger, disquiet, anxiety attend the unknown—the first instinct is to eliminate those distressing states. First principle: any explanation is better than none. . . . The first idea which explains that the unknown is in fact the known does so... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at Herding Cats
This week I taught a 4-day course on Progressive Concepts in Program Management at the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services. One of the workshops used the NASA Columbia accident as an example (NASA report calls these things mishaps). This... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at Herding Cats
Practices don't follow rules Rules follow emerging practices Space Shuttle Columbia Disaster 10 Years Later, Wayne Hale, Former NASA Space Shuttle Flight Director. Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at Herding Cats
If we understand what Capabilities are needed to produce business value or fulfill a mission, we can then identify what technical or operational requirements are needed to deliver those capabilities — Glen B. Alleman This is a closing quote from... Continue reading
Posted Jul 10, 2019 at Herding Cats
“I never allow myself to have an opinion on anything that I don’t know the other side’s argument better than they do.” — Charlie Munger “We all are learning, modifying, or destroying ideas all the time. Rapid destruction of your... Continue reading
Posted Jul 9, 2019 at Herding Cats
Thanks for the read and the comments The definitions above come from the project management frameworks in the domain we work http://www.evmpforum.com/uploads/4/0/1/0/40106223/d2_-_t2_p1__owen__evmp_schedule_best_practice_-_schedule_margin_and_sra_final_-_john_owen.pdf https://www.humphreys-assoc.com/evms/evms-documents/ndia/NDIA-IPMD-PASEG-v3.pdf The technical "margin" is usually defined through the compliance with the Technical Performance Measures https://www.incose.org/docs/default-source/midwest-gateway/events/incose-midwest_2012-04-30_lynn_presentation.ppt
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This is the 50th anniversary of the Apollo mission. Here's a special quote about the management of that mission, that is applicable today In my career, I've worked for a lot of really good managers, and of course, Gene Kranz... Continue reading
Posted Jul 7, 2019 at Herding Cats
I want to know God's thoughts. The rest is mere details - Albert Einstein Continue reading
Posted Jul 2, 2019 at Herding Cats
Eyes on the Prize Our mind works by error-correction, but we don't want to know about our errors, we only have eyes for the goal. As Chairman Iacocca has said: we like to read about success but what we have... Continue reading
Posted Jun 30, 2019 at Herding Cats
The #NoEstimates are right you can not Control projects. All projects, no matter the domain, processes, or technology, operate in the presence of uncertainty - reducible (Epistemic) and irreducible (Aleatory). The only thing that can take place is to Manage... Continue reading
Posted Jun 29, 2019 at Herding Cats
When mistakes occur, blame the process, not people. Root Cause Analysis is the means to fix the cause, rather than treat the symptom. • What allowed the mistake to happen? • What will prevent mistakes from occurring in the future?... Continue reading
Posted Jun 24, 2019 at Herding Cats
We can only see a short distance ahead, but we can see plenty there that needs to be done. - Alan Turing Continue reading
Posted Jun 23, 2019 at Herding Cats
The last 10 percent of the technical performance development generates one-third of the cost and two-thirds of the of problems - Norm Augistines 15th Law Using the NASA definition, Margin is the difference between the maximum possible value and the... Continue reading
Posted Jun 19, 2019 at Herding Cats
The most effective way to destroy people is to deny and obliterate their own understanding of their history — George Orwell Continue reading
Posted Jun 14, 2019 at Herding Cats
Some people make careers out of being self-proclaimed experts (or even being over-enthusiastic amateurs); some of us have careers clearing up after them. - John Sprigs, Product and Service Assurance Professional Continue reading
Posted Jun 13, 2019 at Herding Cats
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Here's a recent presentation on using #Noestimates. Let's deconstruct these ideas in light of several principles and practices of making decisions in the presence of uncertainty. Planning with #NoEstimates from Gil Zilberfeld Let's start with the title Planning with #NoEstimates.... Continue reading
Posted Jun 12, 2019 at Herding Cats
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If it can't be expressed in figures, it is not science; it is opinion - Robert Heinlein Any conjecture, that any fix, for some claimed problem or dysfunction, without numbers to support the claim a fix for the dysfunction will... Continue reading
Posted Jun 12, 2019 at Herding Cats
No Value can be determined without knowing something about the cost to produce that Value and the Time that Value will be arriving. † In the presence of uncertainty, this knowing must be estimated to some acceptable level of confidence.... Continue reading
Posted Jun 11, 2019 at Herding Cats
No systems can survive that doesn't serve a useful purpose - Harry Hillaker, Chief architect, General Dynamics, F-16, in Systems Architecting lecture, USC, November 1989 The classic architecting paradigm in technology projects is not the only way to create and... Continue reading
Posted Jun 11, 2019 at Herding Cats
If speculative ideas cannot be tested against established principles to assess their validity, they are not credible. They don't even rise to the level of being wrong - Wolfgang Pauli Continue reading
Posted Jun 10, 2019 at Herding Cats
“Anyone who expects a quick and easy solution to the multifaceted problem of resource estimation is going to be disappointed.” 1968, Alfred M. Pietrasanta at IBM System Research Institute Continue reading
Posted Jun 9, 2019 at Herding Cats
Just exactly what is it we manage on projects if not risks? Project management IS risk management. The risk-aware manager can show you a substantial list of causal risks. He/she can tell you the likely cost in time or money... Continue reading
Posted Jun 7, 2019 at Herding Cats
Accountability is a cultural attribute - Apollo Mission Program Manager Continue reading
Posted Jun 3, 2019 at Herding Cats
I've had an engagement on social media recently, where it was blatantly clear there is a low level of understanding of how managing in the presence of uncertainty is sorely missing in the agile development community, where the focus is... Continue reading
Posted Jun 1, 2019 at Herding Cats
When unimpeded by outside forces, we rapidly adapt to circumstances and succeed, but his perfect independence rarely exists - from Agility Language Continue reading
Posted May 31, 2019 at Herding Cats