Webinar Recap: Project Performance Measurement – Part 1: Overview Of Project Performance Measurements

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Webinar Recap: Project Performance Measurement – Part 2: What to Measure and How to Report

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Webinar Recap: Project Performance Measurement – Part 3: Using MS Project to Track and Report on Performance

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Please find below a transcription of the audio portion of Fletcher Hearn’s session, Project Performance Measurement – Part 3: Using MS Project to Track and Report on Performance, being provided by MPUG for the convenience of our members.

Project Management, Performance Measures, and Statistical Decision Making

Herding Cats

There is a current rash of suggestions on how to improve the performance of software projects. I work in the Software Intensive System of Systems domains in Aerospace, Defense, Enterprise IT (both commercial and government) applying Agile, Earned Value Management, Productive Statistical Estimating (both parametric and Monte Carlo), Risk Management, and Root Cause Analysis with a variety of capabilities. Figure 1 - Planned Estimates versus Actual Performance from [1].

Project Versus Product in Agile Development

Herding Cats

This quote is typically the basis of proposing agile software development over traditional software development. But if the development work is a Project is a fixed period of performance, for a fixed (with margin) budget, and a fixed set of Capabilities, then the question is can agile be used to develop the software? What Does This Mean for Agile? . Agile shouldn't care. Agile produces useful working software at the end of every Sprint.

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A Compendium of Works to Increase the Probability of Project Success

Herding Cats

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. Forming, Storming, Norming, Performing, and Adjourning. Project Performance Management. Connecting the 5 Principles and 5 Practices of Performance-Based Project Management ® To Increase the Probability of Project Success. Building a Credible Performance Measurement Baseline.

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Think top-down and bottom-up for agile transformations

Kiron Bondale

A question which I’m asked regularly during my classes is what the best place is to start an agile transformation within a company? Without changing existing portfolio intake practices and performance measures (e.g.

2020 192

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. Were there: Measures of Effectiveness. Measures of Performance. Key Performance Parameters. Did this Programmatic Architecture define all the player, what they were accountable for, the units of measure to assess the credibility, validity, quality, and compliance of their products with the PEP? Measures of Physical Percent Complete.

Helping functional managers through an agile transformation

Kiron Bondale

A lot has been written about the challenges caused by functional managers when their company undergoes an agile transformation. Delivering training focused specifically on what functional managers need to know about agile which includes scenario-based learning to understand what sorts of behavior changes are expected when faced with common situations will help. What are they measured on and what are they measuring?

2018 163

Is There an Underlying Theory of Software Project Management?

Herding Cats

The motivation for the paper started when there were claims made the somehow agile software projects were different than other types of projects. Management Performance-Based Project Management® Planning Principles Project Management Requirements Risk Scheduling Technical Performance Measures TheoryHere's a paper that has been under constant development for several years now and is headed to a Journal and part of an upcoming book chapter.

2018 41

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. To learn more about estimating on Agile programs read Chapter 5 of the bibliography below. What is an estimate?

Definition of Done

Herding Cats

The common definition of the Definition of Done in agile software development is (mostly from the Scrum Alliance and other official Scrum sites): A simple list of activities (coding, comments, unit testing, integration, release notes, design documents, etc.) These Measures have Little meaning to the Decision Makers. The Agile Definition of Done is a coders view of the project. These are attributes to assure the system has the capability and capacity to perform.

2017 38

What are the tipping points for your agile transformation?

Kiron Bondale

I’ve frequently said that agile transformations are marathons and not sprints. While there is no single model for how a company will progress through its agile transformation, it is a good idea for transformation teams to proactively identify tipping points where previously unique outcomes or behaviors have become commonplace. Team social pressure encourages appropriate agile behaviors without the need for sustained external coaching.

2018 153

Decision Analysis - Ordinal and Cardinal Measures

Herding Cats

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

2018 40

Value First, Requires Margin and Contingency

Herding Cats

There's a popular notion in Agile that says Focus on Value. NoEstimates Agile Decision Making Estimating Governance Planning Principles Scheduling Technical Performance MeasuresThe principles of microeconomics of decision making in the presence of uncertainty mandates you make estimates of how to achieve that Value in terms of cost and schedule, those three (and all) variables are random variables, usually driven by a stochastic process.

2018 36

Connecting "What" with "How" - and the Failure to Understand the Principles of Systems Engineering and Systems Management

Herding Cats

It's been said by an agile voice that. The original agile author's quote shows that systems engineering is missing from his development of software using Agile. Progress and Value are measured with the same in Earned Value Management. In Earned Value Management paradigm, progress is always measured as physical percent complete. Along with the Technical Performance Measures are three other measures needed to assess progress to plan and production of Value.

Principles, Processes, and Practices of Project Success

Herding Cats

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? What are the units of measures of progress to plan for each deliverable? Each of these processes has Practices that have been shown to be widely applicable in many domains, including Agile development. Principles are timeless. Practices and Process are Fads.

2017 44

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.

2017 35

4 Fallacious Reasons to Estimate and Why Those Are Fallacious

Herding Cats

I need an estimate because… I need to measure productivity. Although I understand measuring productivity could work well for repeatable activities, it's hard to believe it works well for abstract and, ultimately, non-repeatable tasks like software development. Thus, the common approach to "measure productivity" is to compare the estimates against what, in fact, happened. The audit, surveillance, performance reporting, measurement are at the core of all business 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.

2017 32

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.

2017 32

INVEST, Scrum and Enterprise IT

Herding Cats

So when you hear an agile purest talking about the I in Invest, ask is there is any business process loops, interdependencies between systems compoenents, externalities. Cohesion is the measure of how well module fits together. The component may be performing more than one function. Informational cohesion: performs a number of functions, each with its own entry point, with independent code for each function, all performed on the same data structure.

2018 31

Increasing the Probability of Program Success

Herding Cats

Top Four Sources of Unfavorable Program Performance. Unrealistic Performance Expectations. Impacts of Risk on Program Performance. Be Clear About What the System is to Do in Units of Measure Meaningful to the Decision Makers. Be it traditional or agile, or anything in between. Capabilities Decision Making Estimating Governance Management Planning Principles Project Management Requirements Risk Root Cause Analysis Systems Theory Technical Performance Measures

2017 34

Cone of Uncertainty - Revisited

Herding Cats

We're writing two chapters in an upcoming Project Management Book, with a working title, The Gower Handbook of Project Performance for Agile, Waterfall and Everything in Between , edited by Mark Phillips. NoEstimates Debunking Estimating Management Mathematics Performance-Based Project Management® Planning Scheduling Technical Performance Measures

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INVEST, Scrum and Enterprise IT

Herding Cats

So when you hear an agile purest talking about the I in Invest, ask is there is any business process loops, interdependencies between systems compoenents, externalities. Cohesion is the measure of how well module fits together. The component may be performing more than one function. Informational cohesion: performs a number of functions, each with its own entry point, with independent code for each function, all performed on the same data structure.

2018 28

Earned Value Management (EVM) in Agile Development

MPUG

In this article, we are going to explore Earned Value Management (EVM), a widely used traditional management technique, but we are going to look at it within the context of an Agile domain. His main questions may be: How can we apply EVM while following an Agile approach?

2020 56

Human Resources needs to be part of your company’s agile transformation!

Kiron Bondale

When we think about the journey from traditional delivery approaches to agile, the focus is normally on delivery teams or on those areas of the organization which will need to transition from being project-focused to becoming product, capability or value-stream centric. For large companies which have defined job families and roles, agile might introduce new roles such as Scrum Masters, product owners or agile coaches.

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Agile Finance: How Do You Make a Business Case for Transformation?

Leading Agile

Back in the Summer of 2018, I spoke at the Agile2018 Conference under the topic of “Addressing Your CFO’s Concerns to an Enterprise-Wide Agile Transformation.” Return on Investment or ROI is a performance measure used to evaluate the efficiency of an investment.

Agile, Waterfall and Hybrid: Managing the Multiple-Methodology Portfolio

Keyedin

Today, PMOs working with waterfall (predictive), agile and hybrid project methodologies have a difficult time identifying a single version of the truth, which causes serious obstacles to productivity. Siloed project information scattered across numerous systems and geographies blocks decision-makers from insights into cost and schedule problems and cripples performance-measurement processes.

2019 60

Agile, Waterfall and Hybrid: Managing the Multiple-Methodology Portfolio

Keyedin

Today, PMOs working with waterfall (predictive), agile and hybrid project methodologies have a difficult time identifying a single version of the truth, which causes serious obstacles to productivity. Siloed project information scattered across numerous systems and geographies blocks decision-makers from insights into cost and schedule problems and cripples performance-measurement processes.

2019 60

Vigilance is vital to avoid velocity vices!

Kiron Bondale

Scrums, standups or huddles), velocity might be the most misused tool by teams new to agile and the stakeholders supporting them. Measuring velocity at the team member level provides no real value and will just create destructive competitive behaviors within a team.

2020 186

What's Missing from the Agile Software Development Paradigm

Herding Cats

Agile software development is framed by a manifesto , a set of 12 principles, several methods. The customer is accountable for knowing what Done Looks Like (in Unity of measure meaningful to their domain). The results include system-level qualities, properties, characteristics, functions, behavior, and performance. Anything less results in systems not worth having or fail to function or perform. [3], Agile is the ability to create and respond to change.

Best PMI-ACP Exam Prep Books

Rebel’s Guide to PM

Are you aiming to achieve your PMI Agile Certified Professional ( PMI-ACP )®? Below, I list the best agile books for your certification studies. These are guides that support your learning but also help you go deeper into the world of agile. The Agile PrepCast.

2022 195

9 Types of Artifacts in Project Management

Rebel’s Guide to PM

And yes, agile project management artifacts get a mention. Assumption log Risk register Backlog (see, agile project artifacts are relevant too) Stakeholder register. Here are some examples: Budget Milestone schedule Scope baseline Performance measurement baseline.

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Women in Project Management: Rachel Mata

Rebel’s Guide to PM

For 6 months, I planned and coordinated the induction, training, and performance measurement of all my team and new hires. It’s making agile most part of projects, but also making sure the project management itself can be more adaptable to the nowadays changing world.

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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. If an agile development method was used, perhaps the initial backlog wasn’t sufficiently documented, Project or Sprint goals ineffectively understood, poor backlog prioritisation and maintenance by the product owner – indicating a skills gaps etc In this case, the desire that drove the original project to be initiated may often still exist.

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Project Management Glossary: 200+ Terms PMs Frequently Use

Epicflow Blog

It contains all the details about the tasks a project team has to perform. . Agile . is a process of appointing or providing a team member with a responsibility to perform a task. is a state of resource allocation performed by a project manager. is initial data for your project performance measurement necessary for the start. Cost Performance Index/Indicator (CPI) . Cost Performance Measurements . High-Performance Team (HPT) .

Project Management Glossary: 200+ Terms PMs Frequently Use

Epicflow Blog

It contains all the details about the tasks a project team has to perform. . Agile . is a process of appointing or providing a team member with a responsibility to perform a task. is a state of resource allocation performed by a project manager. is initial data for your project performance measurement necessary for the start. Cost Performance Index/Indicator (CPI) . Cost Performance Measurements . High-Performance Team (HPT) .

People Versus Process

Herding Cats

People are the raw material for teams, for not only Agile Program Management teams, but for almost every human based endeavor. This is obvious but many times lost when discussing agile processes. Get the best people (A players), put them on the toughest problems and incent them to perform. [3] Metrics that connect strategy with execution and measure the increasing maturity of the identified capabilities. Continuous performance assessment by measuring the right thing.

Project Management Process: The Basics

Clarizen

Monitoring & Controlling : processes required to track, assess, and regulate project performance and progress, as well as identify and initiate changes as necessary. . Performance measurement baseline. Work performance data. Team performance assessments.