The Origins of Scrum and Empirical Closed Loop Control

Herding Cats

This took me back since Scrum is derived from an empirical closed loop control system developed in the USAF by Col. And of course: Assessing the outcomes of the feedforward and feedback loops is the basis of all Closed Loop control system. See link below on Closed Loop Control).

The Three Things Every Project Manager Must Know about Project Governance

Ron Rosenhead

It covers the very important topic of project governance. Project Governance is often seen as getting in the Way. Good Governance Adds Value. But good governance is not about meddling. Project governance is an essential discipline. Good Governance Sets Direction.

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Closed Loop Control and Granularity of the Estimating Process

Herding Cats

For any closed loop control system ‒ let’s assume we want to manage our project with such a system ‒ has a signal representing the current state of the system. To control this process using feedback and corrective actions ‒ in the same way, your closed loop controller for your air conditioner or heater does - a sampling rate is determined based on the rate of change of the underlying processes. Managing software development projects is a Closed Loop control system.

Increasing the Probability of Project Success

Herding Cats

and the connections between each Process are made to form a Closed Loop control systems needed to manage any project. Increasing the Probability of Project Success Simple in Theory, Complex in Practice.

Kingspan Insulation Enables Growth with Successful Product Portfolio Governance

Arras People

If your organisation does not have effective product portfolio governance, growth can quickly become overwhelming and lead you into making inaccurate decisions. Risks can then be more closely monitored by senior management and stakeholders trust the data. Growth is a good thing. Right?

Concept of Operations

Herding Cats

Measures of Effectiveness - 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.

From Mission Capabilities to Done

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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.

Misinterpretations of the Cone of Uncertainty

Herding Cats

Closed Loop Stochastic Adaptive control in the presence of Evolving Uncertainty. 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.

#NoEstmates and the System of Profound Ignorance (SOPI)

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Lack of Appreciation for the System of business management - business management is a closed loop process to maximize the Value in exchange for the Cost. NoEstimates GovernanceDeming's approach to problem solving is based on The System of Profound Knowledge (SOPK). The anti-pattern to SOPK is The System of Profound Ignorance (SOPI). .

Men, Women & the PMP [Infographic]

Girl's Guide to PM

I’d like to read some more research before I confirm that the ‘gap is closing fast’ because the latest I heard – although I can’t put my finger on the stats right now – is that women still have a long way to go before equal pay for equal work becomes a reality.

The #NoEstimates Paradigm and Response

Herding Cats

When we hear a suggestion about a process that inverts the logic of normal business activities based on a governance framework - say Microeconomics of Software Development, we need to ask who benefits? Governance is about decision rights. Management is a closed loop process.

Economics of Software Development

Herding Cats

Managing in the presence of uncertainty requires a Closed Loop Control process. Without that target and the error bands on the target and the processes used to steer, Close Loop Control will be ineffective - constantly chasing a moving target , with understanding of what could result, versus what should result. . NoEstimates Economics Estimating Governance Mathematics Principles

APM Salary and Market Trends Survey 2017 – A Review

Arras People

Before closing I must address the elephant in the room. PM Governing Bodies / Organisations Project Management Benchmark Reports APM PMBR Salary Survey

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Misunderstanding Making Decisions in the Presence of Uncertainty

Herding Cats

Accuracy - how close is the estimate to the actual value? Federal Government, in support of OMB Circular A-123.”. NoEstimates Debunking Decision Making Estimating Governance Mathematics Principles Risk Systems Theory

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Project Manager Roles and Responsibilities: What does a PM Really Do?

Project Bliss

You’ll w ork closely with the team and those who’ll be doing the work. As the project manager, you may report to stakeholders, governance bodies, and anyone else who needs project information. Work closely with the customer and stakeholders. Closing the project.

Principles of Cost and Schedule Estimating

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One notion in a governance paradigm is It's Not Your Money . Government and commercial firms record past performance and use Reference Class Forecasting to develop risk-informed estimates for future performance.

Cone of Uncertainty - Part Cinq

Herding Cats

The planned value, the upper and lower control limits, the measures of actual values form a Close Loop Control System - a measurement based feedback process to improve the effectiveness and efficiency of the project management processes by [1].

The Trouble with Charts

Herding Cats

They look pretty close. NoEstimates Agile Estimating Governance Management Mathematics PrinciplesToday the Rally chart reappeared. This chart is from " The Impact of Agile Quantified.". This chart shows a performance index. But, a VERY critical caveat of the report is.

Successful Stakeholder Management Needs Teams

Girl's Guide to PM

Government agencies. However, it’s important that you still maintain governance over the progress of the project. For instance, the highly influential and interested stakeholders much be managed closely and constantly. This is a guest article by Isidora Roskic.

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What Can a Project Manager Do Next? The Project Manager Career Ladder

Project Bliss

The Portfolio Manager may also establish portfolio governance standards and procedures for approvals, reporting and other needs. You’d work closely with the product development team by laying out the roadmap and developing a plan, and then ensuring that the team stays on target.

APM Salary and Market Trends Survey 2017 – A Review

Arras People

Before closing I must address the elephant in the room. PM Governing Bodies / Organisations Project Management Benchmark Reports APM PMBR Salary Survey

Inspiring Women in Project Management: Amy Hamilton

Girl's Guide to PM

I currently perform IT Project Management for the US Government in Stuttgart, Germany. In my career I have served as an Army Officer on Active Duty, as a contractor in the IT field for the US Government and for the past ten years as a Government Civilian.

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Cone of Uncertainty - Part Cinq (Updated)

Herding Cats

This is the basis of Closed Loop Project Control Estimates of the needed reduction of uncertanty, estimates of the possisble reduction of uncertainty, and estimates of the effectiveness of these reduction efforts are the basis of the Close Loop Project Control System.

President Trump and The Need for Accurate Information

Arras People

The people governing your organisation are coming under increasing pressure to know what is going on at every level – and to take appropriate actions as necessary. We can, however, have a major influence on how information is created and disseminated in the governance system.

Building A Vendor Management Office: Lessons From Insurance And Airports

Project Management Hacks

Classify Your Vendors And Govern Accordingly. As you create a governance program, it’s important to apply different levels of governance depending on cost, risk and importance. With the GTAA, they had a major contract with an IT firm close to expiration.

Project Manager vs. Program Manager: A Side-by-Side Comparison


Here, I’ve categorized some of these differences across the initiation, planning, execution and close lifecycle steps. Apply program governance. The closure phase is the last phase where the project or program manager formally closes the project. Close financial contracts.

How I Got a Broken Leg, Thought Deep About My Career and Focused More On My Passion

Girl's Guide to PM

It was not even an okada man (often referred to as someone driving a commercial motorcycle in Nigeria), it was a private person (a public servant) who was working in the same Local Government secretariat I was posted to.

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The Classic Misunderstanding between Principles, Practices, and Process

Herding Cats

Yes, pretty close. Those that objected to the early XP approaches were right to criticize the lack of governance and actionable outcomes. Since we and I was one of them, saw XP as essentially hacking in the absence of those governance processes.

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Sustain Your PMO: Nine Easy Lessons

The Lazy Project Manager

Even after being in place for years, PMOs are still subject to scrutiny; one in three of the PMOs which were reported in the ESI survey to have closed this year were 5 years old, or older.

FedEx Project Manager Profile: Leigh Espy

Project Management Hacks

This led me to a project coordinator position in local government early in my career. I recall a project where we were close to going live. Leigh Espy, FedEx Project Manager. What is like to work as a project manager? The easy answer is “it depends.”

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Pictures About Managing in the Presence of Uncertainty

Herding Cats

This is the basis of a Closed Loop Control system.

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Why Most People Fail At Career Change

Project Management Hacks

In Ontario, a sharp decline in the number of automotive jobs prompted governments to provide billions of dollars to large car companies to boost the industry. If career growth matters to you, competing in a declining industry is like running a race with your eyes closed.

The project manager’s guide to surviving the Trump Presidency


No matter who wins an election, America is blessed with a constitution that guarantees civil rights and a system of government with institutional checks and balances. Congratulations. You survived the 2016 Presidential elections last Tuesday.

Integrated Master Plan - Revisited

Herding Cats

Process Narratives may be used to facilitate contractor commitment to the use of crucial processes and procedures and provide the Government with an understanding of the proposed crucial processes and procedures prior to contract award. Submitted - Formally submitted to the Government.

Illogical Agile Quotes

Herding Cats

Correct, but this quote is missing the other ½ of the core idea of all Closed Loop Control systems. This is the basis of all Closed Loop Control systems, from the speed control of the car, to the flight controls for an aircraft, to the temperature controls for your home, and of course the business controls for software development. No right software to comply with external regulations, interfaces, security requirements, governance requirements?

What is an Estimate? What is Estimating?

Herding Cats

Several other government estimating organizations. A value that is close enough to the right answer, developed with some thought or calculation. I work in a domain where estimates are made every single week.

What Does Enterprise Project Management Mean?


You can use the available software to establish governance processes and project control capabilities. It’s also great for project managers who need to closely supervise several parts of the creation process at once. In this day and age, more and more businesses are doing the majority of their work online. This means that they’ve shifted to digital resources above paper resources.

Belbin Team Roles: Theory and Practice


Stable Introverts - Perfect for long-lasting, close-knit teams. Their usual occupations are administrators, solicitors, government officials, and corporate planners. Why is your team successful? Why is your team failing? Dr. Belbin has an answer.

A Wrap Up of the #NoEstimating Conjecture Analysis to Date

Herding Cats

IT Governance and Decision Rights - those spending the money rarely of ever have the right to decide how, unless explicitly given that right by those providing the money. Staying on Plan Means Closed Loop Control. They might be able to hear the sound of closing doors - James Caballero.

Cone of Uncertainty

Herding Cats

Definiing the planned and needed varaince levels at planned points in the project creates the basis of a closed loop control system to increase the probability of success. Estimating Governance Management Planning Risk Root Cause Analysis