5 Ways to Track and Measure Employee Performance

The Digital Project Manager

Monitoring performance is a matter of setting the right performance indicators, based on the type of work they do as well as the responsibilities have and tasks they perform to ensure the company’s continuous and successful operations. Some of the key questions you need to answer as you formulate employee performance measurement tools and practices include whether or not they are meeting personal objectives and whether they understand your major goals and expectations.

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Principles, Processes, and Practices of Project Success

Herding Cats

Practices and Process are Fads. A Process is a series of steps and decisions involved in the way work is completed. Here's my version in the form of questions that when answered form the foundation for the Practices and Processes. What does Done look like in units of measure meaningful to the decision makers? What impediments will be encountered along the way to Done and what work must be performed to handle these impediments? Principles are timeless.

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Increasing the Probability of Project Success

Herding Cats

This means having a set of Principles, Process, and Practices to test the suggestion against. These Five Immutable principles are time phased into Processes that provide answers to the Five Principles. and the connections between each Process are made to form a Closed Loop control systems needed to manage any project. With some details for each process area. To support these Principles and Processes, a set of Practices are needed.

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6 Tools and Techniques for Controlling Risks

Project Risk Coach

In these risk review sessions, the team discussed the effectiveness of the risk responses and the risk management processes. Evaluating the risk management processes. The team also examines the processes to identify, evaluate, respond to, and control risks. As with many control processes, we now look for variances between the schedule and cost baselines and the actual results. Technical performance measurement. Changes in project risks are inevitable.

Performance-Based Project Management®

Herding Cats

Performance–Based Project Management ® integrates five critical program management process areas with – Cost, Schedule, and Technical Performance Measures. The inclusion of Technical Performance Measures (TPM) separates this approach from conventional methods based solely on managing cost and schedule. Done” is always defined in units of measure meaningful to the decision maker.

How to Talk About Estimates

Herding Cats

We can't talk about estimates or estimate, without also talking about the precision and accuracy of the estimate (the noun) after we have performed the estimate (the verb). . Every month there is a Month End reports, both showing cumulative cost to date, cumulative schedule performance, and Physical Percent Complete. What is an estimate? An estimate as a noun is an approximate calculation or judgment of the value, number, quantity, or extent of something.

Cone of Uncertainty Bibliography

Herding Cats

I work in a domain where the CoU is baked into the Integrated Program Performance Management (IPPM) processes flowed down from the buyer, in this case, the Federal Government. The CoU paradigm defines the needed reduction in uncertainty is some performance metric. It can be the needed performance of a measure - Effectiveness, Performance, Key Performance Parameter, or a Technical Performance Measures.

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Integrated Master Plan - Revisited

Herding Cats

Transparent – Comprehensible display of what needs to be done and how completion is measured. It is essential that the IMP represent the work that must be performed. If the IMP is being prepared as part of a proposal, then the Request for Proposal (RFP) and RFP attachments will be the primary documents to define the work to be performed. The IMP shows the Accomplishments and the measures of Accomplishments that are essential to get through a design review.

Definition of Done

Herding Cats

These Measures have Little meaning to the Decision Makers. Do those capabilities meet the Measures of Effectiveness needed to accomplish the mission of the system in operational units of success closely related to the achievements of the mission or operational objectives evaluated in the operational environment, under a specific set of conditions? These are attributes to assure the system has the capability and capacity to perform.

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A Compendium of Works to Increase the Probability of Project Success

Herding Cats

Managment Processes. Integrated Master Plan: The Foundation of Program Success , College of Performance Management, May 21, 2014. The Nine "I's" of Program Success ," College of Performance Management. Making the Impossible Possible: Applying Heliotropic Abundance for creating Program and Project Management Processes. Forming, Storming, Norming, Performing, and Adjourning. Project Performance Management. Measures of Product Value is Exchange for Its Cost.

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Risk Management in Five Easy Pieces, with Apologies to Jack

Herding Cats

Managing Cost, Schedule, & Technical Performance Risk Is The Basis Of Good Project Management. Certain information about key project cost, performance, and schedule attributes are often unknown until the project is underway. These risks can be mitigated with a good risk management process. A good risk management process is proactive and fundamentally different than issue management or problem-solving, which is reactive. Risk Management Process Model.

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From Mission Capabilities to Done

Herding Cats

No matter the project domain or the technical development method, project success is dependent on knowing what Done looks like in units of measure meaningful to the decision maker. These measures are: Measures of Effectiveness (MOE) – are the operational measures of success that are closely related to the achievements of the mission or operational objectives evaluated in the operational environment, under a specific set of conditions.

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Increasing the Probability of Program Success

Herding Cats

So let's look at the principles, processes, and practices that will be in the White paper when it is complete. Top Four Sources of Unfavorable Program Performance. Unrealistic Performance Expectations. Impacts of Risk on Program Performance. Processes to Prevent Unfavorable Impacts. System Engineering Processes. Program Management Processes. Technical Design, Development, and Testing Processes. Risk Management Processes.

Misinterpretations of the Cone of Uncertainty

Herding Cats

The Cone of Uncertainty as a Technical Performance Measure. Active reduction requires we have a desired reduction goal, perform the work, and measure progress toward the rduction goal. Management of this reduction work and measurement of the progress is a Close Loop Control System paradigm. Closed Loop Control, has a goal, an action, a measurement, and a corrective action. The Cone of Uncertainty as a Technical Performance Measure.

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Fallacy of the Day

Herding Cats

Project Controls are Management Actions, either preplanned to achieve the desired result, or taken as a corrective measure prompted by the monitoring process. Project controls are concerned with the metrics of the project – quantities, time, cost, and other resources and their measurable beneficial outcomes for the project. In the Project Controls paradigm, Value is a measurable attribute of the project controls process - a Closed Loop Control measure.

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Five Immutable Principles of Project Success

Herding Cats

No matter the engineering processes used to produce the outcomes from the project. Without these measures, Done will usually mean . Without these measures, Done will usually mean we ran out of time and money. . The test of the hypothesis for projects are the Measures of Effectiveness, Measures of Performance, Key Performance Parameters, and techTechnicalformance Measures used to assess progress to plan for the project.

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Wilo's Law and Mature Communications Processes

Herding Cats

To make some conjecture that some process will fix the problem - Estimates are the smell of dysfunction and NOT Estimating will fix that dysfunction - is naive at best and willfully ignorant of Root Cause Analysis at worse. Avoid Verbal Orders is a critical process in any critical situation. Any successful technical communication needs to have: Measures of Effectiveness. Measures of Performance. Technical Performance Measures.

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Compendium of Works to Increase Probability of Project Success

Herding Cats

Management Processes (#MP). Project Performance Management (#PPM). Technical Performance Measures (#TPM). Cost, Schedule, and Technical Performance Management (#CSTPM). The overarching theme is focused on defining what Done looks like, assessing progress toward Done in units of measure meaningful to the decision makers. Those units always start with Measures of Effectiveness and Measures of Performance. Management Processes.

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Performance-Based Project Management®

Herding Cats

Successfully managing projects, not matter the domain, the size, the development or engineering method starts with a set of Principles, Practices, and Processes. The Processes need to be tailored to your domain. Principles and Practices of Performance-Based Project Management® from Glen Alleman. Here are those Principles and Practices. The Principles are Immutable. The Practices are universal.

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Project Start-Up: The Plan for a Plan

Project Health Check

Du ring the Project Start-up and planning phase, projects will execute detailed planning processes to produce a Performance Measurement Baseline of Cost/Schedule/Scope and an associated Project Management Plan. Here is where we need a Plan-For-A-Plan, and this is where having a process asset template can be a real help.

2017 177

5 Key Steps to Successful Project Management

Entry

The project plan should contain performance measures and any process changes that need to take place and who and what will these changes impact. When you launch the project, confirm the people who will complete the tasks in the project plan and ensure that everyone understands their role and is aware of the process for communication. Managing your first project can be daunting.

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Deconstructing the Hertz and Accenture Debacle

Herding Cats

Of course, No Root Cause analysis has been performed by these advocates, but it makes good click bait for their followers. This approach is guided by the processes for Root Cause Analysis on Software Intensive System of Systems project I've worked. Were they based on the established planning processes for complex Software Intensive System of Systems? Were there: Measures of Effectiveness. Measures of Performance. Key Performance Parameters.

Decision Analysis - Ordinal and Cardinal Measures

Herding Cats

This method is the Analytic Hierarchy Process (AHP). AHP is based on the principle that all measurements are relative. AHP provides a framework to make relative comparisons using a rational decision structure based on scaled pairwise comparisons (Borda Ranking) using a scale that converts stakeholder preferences and priorities into ratio measures. This decision model for software development projects addressed: performance, cost, time, and risk.

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Cancelling Projects: The Project Isn't Being Done Right

Project Health Check

A classic way to consider project performance is via the triple constraint of scope/cost/time, often with quality thrown in the mix. In part 1 of this article series, we accepted that Projects sometimes need to be cancelled. In part 2, we look at how sometimes the Project being worked on is no longer the right Project. In this part 3, we will look at the other cause of cancelling: the Project isn't being done right.

2017 179

Biases in Project Management and How to Remove Them

Herding Cats

Cognitive bias - a mistake in reasoning, evaluating, remembering, or other cognitive processes, often occurring as a result of holding onto one's preferences and beliefs regardless of contrary information. Because of that, we don't separate the thinking processes into a dual-system. And of course, those are biased, filtered are fed back into System One at a later date, creating more bias to the decision-making process in the future.

Project Status Reporting – 6 Key Considerations

Project Health Check

The entire purpose of the Start-up Phase of a Project is to produce a comprehensive Plan for the Project; consisting of an integrated Performance Measurement Baseline (Time, Cost, Scope) and an associated Project Management Plan to monitor and control it. So far so good; but when an organisation is orchestrating its status reporting process, what does it need to consider? What other considerations can you think of for designing Project Status Reporting processes?

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The Tyranny of the Urgent - and how to manage it

Project Health Check

But robust planning in general will set up the project for success; things like engaged stakeholders, managed risks and a realistic Performance Measurement Baseline will reduce the likelihood of issues appearing in the first place. 2) Define an Issue Escalation Process In point 1 we attempted to avoid urgent issues and escalations in the first place by proper planning. If that doesn't work then we need to put in place a process to manage these.

2017 152

Biases in Project Management and How to Remove Them

Herding Cats

Cognitive bias - a mistake in reasoning, evaluating, remembering, or other cognitive processes, often occurring as a result of holding onto one's preferences and beliefs regardless of contrary information. Because of that, we don't separate the thinking processes into a dual-system. And of course, those are biased, filtered are fed back into System One at a later date, creating more bias to the decision-making process in the future.

Do you know, really know….?

Ron Rosenhead

The project manager had no view at all of his performance and no development needs were discussed. He told me that he had not had the usual performance management review nor sat with anyone to produce a personal development plan. Now, I’m not saying you simply ask; build the process into whatever you are doing. Set it up with a questionnaire which asks some key questions including some regarding your performance.

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What is an Estimate? What is Estimating?

Herding Cats

Embedded systems, data processing, image processes, web interfaces, backend databases, networking of collections of devices on the ground and in the air, training systems, logistics systems, maintenance and testing systems. People, Processes, and Tools all interacting in complex and complicated ways. . There are several partitions of this information that are common in building the Performance Measurement Baseline (PMB).

Managing in Presence of Uncertainty

Herding Cats

The uncertainty is always there, it doesn't go away with specific actions in specific domains, or with the use of any tools, processes, or practices. 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. We need a formal risk management process.

Cone of Uncertainty - Part Cinq

Herding Cats

The Cone is a project management framework describing the uncertainty aspects of estimates (cost and schedule) and other project attributes (cost, schedule, and technical performance parameters). Estimates of cost, schedule, technical performance on the left side of the cone have a lower probability of being precise and accurate than estimates on the right side of the cone. The Cone is NOT the result of the project's past performance.

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Communications Management: PMP Study Guide (PMBOK 6th Edition)

ExamsPM

Project Communications Management is the process of planning, collecting, storing, and updating project information. In this article, we will cover the key terms and three processes in the Communications Management Knowledge Area. Plan Communications Management is the process of developing communications plans and processes based on the existing procedures and stakeholder’s needs. The main output of this process is the Communications Management Plan.

Deconstructing The Cone of Uncertainty

Herding Cats

Landmark’s measure of success over these three years had much more to do with customer satisfaction and market share than with meeting knowingly aggressive targets. Don't toss out the notion that reducing risk and uncertanty and all other performance measures doesn't follow the plan. . The Cone of Uncertainty is the Planned reduction in the uncertainty of critical project variables (cost, schedule, technical performance) needed to increase the probability of project success.

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Cone of Uncertainty - Part Cinq (Updated)

Herding Cats

The Cone is a project management framework describing the uncertainty aspects of estimates (cost and schedule) and other project attributes (cost, schedule, and technical performance parameters). Estimates of cost, schedule, technical performance on the left side of the cone have a lower probability of being precise and accurate than estimates on the right side of the cone. The Cone of Uncertainty describes the evolution of the measure of uncertainty during a project.

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Cone of Uncertainty - Part Trois

Herding Cats

The Cone is a project management framework describing the uncertainty aspects of estimates (cost and schedule) and other project attributes (cost, schedule, and technical performance parameters). Estimates of cost, schedule, technical performance on the left side of the cone have a lower probability of being precise and accurate than estimates on the right side of the cone. The Cone is NOT the result of the project's past performance.

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Cone of Uncertainty - Part Deux

Herding Cats

The Cone is a project management framework describing the uncertainty aspects of estimates or any other project attribute (in this post, cost, schedule, and technical performance parameters). Estimates of cost, schedule, technical performance on the left side of the cone have a lower probability of being precise and accurate than estimates on the right side of the cone. This is a closed loop control system for managing the program with a T echnical Performance Measure (TPM).

2017 30

Organizational Culture and Its Impact on Team Performance

ActiveCollab

Simply put, they suffer because their creativity and their performance is under the influence of drastically different organizational culture than they are used to. To understand how culture impacts team performance, we must first take a look at different types of company cultures. Often focused on finance or manufacturing, companies that opted for this kind of culture rely heavily on annual business plans and key performance measurements. Effect On Team Performance.

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Risk Management is How Adults Manage Projects

Herding Cats

All making things smaller dos is show that you're late, over budget, and what you're building (Technical Performance Measures) doesn't work faster. But when some statement is made about risk, estimating, performance modeling, or the like - always ask for references. Complete Guide to the Basics of Project Risk Management: Improve Your Chances for Success, Dmitry Nizhebetskiy, Project Management Basics, 2017.

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Modeling the Future is the Basis of Project Success

Herding Cats

PP&C lives in the domain of Project Management and Controls, which is a Technical Management Processes of ISO 15288. It's the Planning and Controls processes working together with the Technical Development processes that provide the ability to forecast what should happen in the future if we keep going like we are going now using a Model of the possible future outcomes. In ISO 15288 this is the role of the Risk Management Processes.

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