Clarizen as an alternative to MS Project

Clarizen

People need a solution that will solve the whole gamut of activities that they need to plan, execute and monitor, including project management, time tracking, change management, risk management and others. Business Model – it is Software-as-a-Service (SaaS). One of the things we asked ourselves when we founded Clarizen is why was MS Project so popular and so commonly used?

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What software projects and battlefields have in common

Guerrilla Project Management

Stephen Cohen wrote a wonderful blog post on 10 analogies for managing software projects. He wrote: While I don’t mean to in any way belittle the heroic efforts and significant risk to those in real battlefield situations; software, particularly large complex solutions, required. One analogy that really resonated with me is # 7 “Battlefield management”.

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Microeconomics and Risk Management in Decision Making for Software Development

Herding Cats

Microeconomics is applicable to the development is software systems. If we look at the discipline of software engineering, we see that the microeconomics branch of economics deals more with the types of decisions we need to make as software engineers or managers.

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Estimating the Risk

Herding Cats

Risk is everywhere on projects. This risk comes from two types of uncertainty. The idea of risk and its management and handling is a critical success factor for all software development. One of the most rigorous theorems of economics [1] proves that the existing means of production yields greater economic performance only through greater uncertainty that is, through greater risk. Without these estimates, there is no risk management. NoEstimates Risk

Basis of Estimating Software Development

Herding Cats

The estimating of software development is both straightforward and complex. Here are some resources that will provide guidance to produce credible software development estimates, in both traditional and agile domains. Software Sizing, Estimation, and Risk Management: When Performance is Measured Performance Improves , Daniel Galaorath and Michael Evans , Auerbach, 2006. Software Sizing and Estimating: Mk II FPA , Charles Symons, John Wiley & Sons, 1991.

Misunderstanding Making Decisions in the Presence of Uncertainty

Herding Cats

The naturally occurring work effort in the development of a software feature - even if we've built the feature before - is an irreducible uncertainty. The risk is created when we have not accounted for this natural variances in our management plan for the project. April, 2010.

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Why Johnny Can't Do The Math

Herding Cats

In software development, those managing the project have some understanding the market forces (from their marketing departments), the technology (from their engineering department), and how to manage in the presence of Aleatory and Epistemic risk (the managers running a successful firm).

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The 7 Habits of Successful Project Managers

ProjectManager.com

By now, I am sure many readers will be familiar with Tim Lister’s wise comment that: “ Risk management is how adults manage projects.”. So, get into the habit of thinking in terms of risk. Constantly working their risk register.

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Cone of Uncertainty - Revisited

Herding Cats

One chapter on the Principles of Risk Management and the second chapter on the Practices of Risk Management. Since reducible and irreducible uncertainties create risk, those uncertainties need to be reduced as the project proceeds for the probability of project success to increase.

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Reading List for the Cone of Uncertainty

Herding Cats

The primary purpose of software estimation is not to predict a project’s outcome; it is to determine whether a project’s targets are realistic enough to allow the project to be controlled to meet them ? 10 Deadly Sins of Software Estimation , Steve McConnell , Construx, 2002. "A

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Cone of Uncertainty - Part Cinq

Herding Cats

Barry Boehm's work in “Software Engineering Economics”. Aleatory and Epistemic uncertainties, which create the risk to the success of the project. Inadequate assessment of risks and unmitigated exposure to these risks with proper handling plans. Software Eng.,

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Decision Analysis - Ordinal and Cardinal Measures

Herding Cats

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. In our agile software development world, AHP is rarely found.

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Cone of Uncertainty - Part Trois

Herding Cats

Barry Boehm's work in “Software Engineering Economics”. Aleatory and Epistemic uncertainties, which create the risk to the success of the project. Inadequate assessment of risks and unmitigated exposure to these risks with proper handling plans. Software Eng.,

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Cone of Uncertainty - Part Cinq (Updated)

Herding Cats

Barry Boehm's work in “Software Engineering Economics”. Aleatory and Epistemic uncertainties, which create the risk to the success of the project. Inadequate assessment of risks and unmitigated exposure to these risks with proper handling plans. Software Eng.,

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Estimating is a Learned Skill

Herding Cats

The primary purpose of software estimation is not to predict a project’s outcome; it is to determine whether a project’s targets are realistic enough to allow the project to be controlled to meet them ‒ Steve McConnell. Believing is Seeing: Confirmation Bias Studies in Software Engineering, “Magne Jørgensen and Efi Papatheocharous, 41st Euromicro Conference on Software Engineering and Advanced Applications (SEAA). The Future of Systems-and Software Development.

Resources for Cone of Uncertainty

Herding Cats

The planned uncertainty not only needs to decrease over time passing, but this reduction diminishes any impacts of risk on the decision-making processes. Remember Risk Management is How Adults Manage Projects - Tim Lister. IT Risk Management.

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Managing in Presence of Uncertainty

Herding Cats

This is an immutable principle that impacts planning, execution, performance measures, decision making, risk, budgeting, and overall business and technical management of the project and the business funding the project no matter the domain, context, technology or any methods.

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Monte Carlo Simulation

Herding Cats

Monte Carlo simulation on projects examines all paths through the network of activities or all possible states of the project for the duration, cost, and risk that create impacts on duration and cost. Flight software is always an issue where we work, so those ranges are wider even more.

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FedEx Project Manager Profile: Leigh Espy

Project Management Hacks

Through many discussions with my husband – who works in software development – I discovered an interest in the technology field. I led an effort to develop a risk-based software development process. Editor’s Note: Rita Mulcahy passed away in 2010.

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LiquidPlanner: A Microsoft Project Alternative

LiquidPlanner

Which makes sense—after all, Microsoft Project was the go-to project management software for years. Being able to manage uncertainty effectively is the difference between leading a hair-on-fire reactive project and one where you can foresee incoming risk and act responsively. . The three-point PERT formula used to be supported as an add-in, but was removed with MS Project 2010. Which means, the schedule has those risks built in.

Deconstructing The Cone of Uncertainty

Herding Cats

Shipping on time, to specifications, and within budget might be meaningless if a competitor is shipping software that has a greater value to the market. It's suggested from observations, the Cone of Uncertainty (CoU) is not a valid model of how uncertainty behaves in software development projects. In all software development businesses, showing up late and over budget has a direct impact on the bottom line. . Thesis, George Mason University, 2010. "An

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