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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. One case of 12 projects from a large contractor of Software Intensive System (SIS) shows similar variances . Figure 1 - Planned Estimates versus Actual Performance from [1].

6 Tools and Techniques for Controlling Risks

Project Risk Coach

Changes in project risks are inevitable. As a project progresses, the probability and impact of current risks change, new risks emerge, and residual risks may increase or decrease. Susan, on the other hand, facilitated an early risk identification workshop.

6 Tools and Techniques for Controlling Risks

Project Risk Coach

Changes in project risks are inevitable. As a project progresses, the probability and impact of current risks change, new risks emerge, and residual risks may increase or decrease. Susan, on the other hand, facilitated an early risk identification workshop.

Compendium of Works to Increase Probability of Project Success

Herding Cats

Here's a collection of presentations, briefings, papers, essays, book content used to increase the Probability of Project Success (PoPS) I've written and applied over my career in the software-intensive system of systems and other domains. Project Performance Management (#PPM).

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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 there: Measures of Effectiveness.

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

Herding Cats

The original agile author's quote shows that systems engineering is missing from his development of software using Agile. In most of the software development, this notion is missing - hence the quote that What is divided from How. The Measures of effectiveness.

Risk Management is How Adults Manage Projects

Herding Cats

In a recent exchange in social media, it was clear the notion of risk and the sources of risk, the consequences or risks and managing in the presence of risk was in very unclear, when it was conjectured , we can simply slice the work into small bits and REDUCE risk. .

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Biases in Project Management and How to Remove Them

Herding Cats

Optimism bias - a cognitive bias that causes a person to believe that they are at a lesser risk of experiencing a negative event compared to others. With these business principles of software development and projects in general, we can ask and answer five principles of project success.

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. In the Project Controls paradigm, Value is a measurable attribute of the project controls process - a Closed Loop Control measure.

4 Fallacious Reasons to Estimate and Why Those Are Fallacious

Herding Cats

This is a recurring theme of #NoEstimates it's a waste to me the developer, I'd rather be coding , I'm not good at estimating , I see no value in my making estimating when you're just going to use them against me when I'm late and over budget. IT Risk Management.

Five Immutable Principles of Project Success

Herding Cats

Without these measures, Done will usually mean . Without these measures, Done will usually mean we ran out of time and money. . Measuring the effectiveness of these resources is needed to take corrective actions to assure we have enough to finish the project on time.

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Misinterpretations of the Cone of Uncertainty

Herding Cats

The Cone of Uncertainty is a framing assumption used to model the needed reduction in some parameter of interest in domains ranging from software development to hurricane forecasting. The Cone of Uncertainty as a Technical Performance Measure. Uncertainty creates Risk.

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Biases in Project Management and How to Remove Them

Herding Cats

Optimism bias - a cognitive bias that causes a person to believe that they are at a lesser risk of experiencing a negative event compared to others. With these business principles of software development and projects in general, we can ask and answer five principles of project success. What dos Done look like in units of measure meaningful to the decision makers? What is the Plan to reach done at the needed time for the needed budget, with the needed outcomes?

Software Intensive System of Systems

Herding Cats

The domain I work in is categorized as Software Intensive System of Systems (SISoS). The development of the software and sometimes the development of the hardware is done in an agile manner, using one of several Agile development methods - SAFe, Scrum for example.

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Software Intensive System of Systems

Herding Cats

The domain I work in is categorized as Software Intensive System of Systems (SISoS). The development of the software and sometimes the development of the hardware is done in an agile manner, using one of several Agile development methods - SAFe, Scrum for example.

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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. These are all focused on developing software, delivering that software to those paying the developers. Why This Missing Concept is Important to Agile Software Development? .

A Complete Guide to PMIS

ProjectManager.com

It collects and uses project information through one or more software applications. There are different types of PMIS software, but most share feature sets that include tools for scheduling, work authorization, information collection and distribution, etc.

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Is Macroeconomics and Social Science the Same as Software Development?

Herding Cats

There a popular notions in the agile development world that authors like Hayek and Taleb speak to how software development works. Let's look at the thesis of Hayek in light of software development and the decisions that must be made when spending other people's money in the presence of uncertainty. He was not a program manager of engineered to order software intensive system of systems. Macroeconomics is the dismal science - treat it as such when developing software.

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Cone of Uncertainty - Part Cinq

Herding Cats

Barry Boehm's work in “Software Engineering Economics”. 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). Software Engineering Economics”.

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Cone of Uncertainty - Part Deux

Herding Cats

Barry Boehm's work in “Software Engineering Economics”. 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). Economics of Software Development.

Cone of Uncertainty - Part Cinq (Updated)

Herding Cats

Barry Boehm's work in “Software Engineering Economics”. 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). Software Engineering Economics”.

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Cone of Uncertainty - Part Trois

Herding Cats

Barry Boehm's work in “Software Engineering Economics”. 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). Software Engineering Economics”.

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Misquotes of Deming

Herding Cats

It is wrong to suppose that if you can’t measure it, you can’t manage it – a costly myth. Technical Performance Measures. Who's Budget is it Anyway? IT Risk Management. Software Engineering is a Verb. It's common to misquote famous quotes.

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What is an Estimate? What is Estimating?

Herding Cats

Estimate to Complete (ETC), Estimate at Completion (EAC), Estimated Completion Date (ECD) are the life blood of our software intensive system of systems programs. The management of SISoS is really no different than the management of any other enterprise class software system.

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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Fallacy of the Week

Herding Cats

Technical outcomes and their performance - what did we get for our money? Have sufficient Contingent Budget and Management Reserve to cover the cost variances from the naturally occurring cost behaviors, event-based impacts on cost, or cover things that go wrong with the Risk Cost coverage. Have sufficient Technical Performance Measures margin to cover the required performance measure of the Capabilities. IT Risk Management.

Complete Collection of Project Management Statistics 2015

Wrike

Project Management Software & Tools. 80% of “high-performing” projects are led by a certified project manager. [4]. 89% of high-performing organizations value project management, 81% actively engage sponsors, 57% align projects with business strategy. [6].

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Modeling the Future is the Basis of Project Success

Herding Cats

In ISO 15288 this is the role of the Risk Management Processes. A second Critical Success Factor is the ability to predict what will happen in the future given the model of the project's activities and risks and the alternative designed as well as emerging designs and external processes. .

Invoking "Laws" Without a Domain or Context

Herding Cats

Rarely the case in software development, where Little's Law is misused often. The OP claimed Goodhart's Law was the source of most of the problems with software development. Its most popular formulation is: "When a measure becomes a target, it ceases to be a good measure." What this says is again when the measure becomes the target, that target impacts the measure, changing the target. . No measures of effectiveness. No measures of performance.

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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. 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. It's suggested from observations, the Cone of Uncertainty (CoU) is not a valid model of how uncertainty behaves in software development projects.

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Start with Principles, Not Personal Anecdotes

Herding Cats

Or ANY software project for that matter. In the project domain, an estimate is a calculated approximation of some desired measurement. Showing up late, over budget, and with missing Capabilities is not what the customer paid for. IT Risk Management.

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