Increasing the Probability of Project Success

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These charts are an extract from the book Performance-Based Project Management: Increasing the Probability of Project Success and the abstracted training materials Handbook. Domain is King, No Domain Defined, No Way To Test Your Idea.

Project Versus Product in Agile Development

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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? They are projects in the sense of the term defined by PMI.

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Performance-Based Project Management®

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Performance–Based Project Management ® integrates five critical program management process areas with – Cost, Schedule, and Technical Performance Measures. Done” is always defined in units of measure meaningful to the decision maker.

From Mission Capabilities to Done

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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 stated in units, meaningful to the buyer.

INVEST, Scrum and Enterprise IT

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The interdependencies e well defined, so making a User Story Independent can take place only to the minimal level that a User Story is dependent of other User Stories for collected data, processing that data, and producing data to be collected and processed by other User Stories.

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Fallacy of the Day

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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.

INVEST, Scrum and Enterprise IT

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The interdependencies e well defined, so making a User Story Independent can take place only to the minimal level that a User Story is dependent of other User Stories for collected data, processing that data, and producing data to be collected and processed by other User Stories.

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Integrated Master Plan - Revisited

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The Hypothesis requires tests (experiments) to confirm that we're moving in the right direction along the path defined in the Plan. Transparent – Comprehensible display of what needs to be done and how completion is measured. Defined - Identified, analyzed, and documented.

Misinterpretations of the Cone of Uncertainty

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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. Closed Loop Control, has a goal, an action, a measurement, and a corrective action.

Risk Management in Five Easy Pieces, with Apologies to Jack

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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.

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6 Tools and Techniques for Controlling Risks

Project Risk Coach

Project teams may have defined risk responses. Technical performance measurement. The technical performance measurement is a measurement of the technical accomplishments. And they regularly perform the control activities to keep the project healthy.

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.

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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.

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Quote of the Day

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This process requires making estimates of cost, schedule, and technical performance to increase the probability of program success as defined by with Measures of Effectiveness, Measures of Performance, Technical Performance Measures, and Key Performance Parameters.

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.

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

Kiron Bondale

For large companies which have defined job families and roles, agile might introduce new roles such as Scrum Masters, product owners or agile coaches. The team, rather than any one team member is the lowest level of granularity when it comes to decision-making, commitment and performance.

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Quote of the Day

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This process requires making estimates of cost, schedule, and technical performance to increase the probability of program success as defined by with Measures of Effectiveness, Measures of Performance, Technical Performance Measures, and Key Performance Parameters.

Next Generation Project Management Software

Girl's Guide to PM

It covered identifying requirements, interconnecting tasks, resources, planned values, actual values, baselines, performance measures, forecast techniques and timesheets. The implementation strategy requires having a plan with the final objectives defined.

From Strategy To Execution and Delivery

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What are the units of measure of Value ? These answers start with defining the strategy. For these strategies to work, we need to define the Measures of Effective, Measures of Performance, Technical Performance Measures, and Key Performance Parameters for each of the outcomes that produce Value in exchange for the Cost and Time to produce that Outcome. There always talk about Focus on Value. But that does that mean?

How to Delegate Tasks With More Confidence and Less Stress

Girl's Guide to PM

As recipient of the delegation you have a duty to: Confirm the performance criteria are mutually understood and agreed. The above defines the duties; below I’ll add each party’s rights and the ‘ how to ’ steps. Be Clear on Requirements and Confirm Performance Criteria.

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Value and the Needed Units of Measure to Make Decisions

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Without units of measure of Value beyond time and money, there can be not basis of comparison between one value based choice and another. In the Systems Engineering world where we work, there are four critical units of measure for all we done. They include projected performance.

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Cone of Uncertainty - Part Cinq

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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). The Cone is NOT the result of the project's past performance.

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Cone of Uncertainty - Part Deux

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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). There can be cost and schedule performance measures as well.

The Problems with Schedules

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Unrealistic performance expectations missing Measures of Effectiveness and Measures of Performance. There is a common chart used to show poor performance of projects that compares Ideal project performance with the Actual project performance.

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Invoking "Laws" Without a Domain or Context

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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. . Is this macroeconomic model a correct operational model for software development processes - measuring changes the target ? EVM is a project management technique for measuring project performance and progress in an objective manner.

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Cone of Uncertainty - Part Cinq (Updated)

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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). The Cone of Uncertainty describes the evolution of the measure of uncertainty during a project.

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Cone of Uncertainty - Part Trois

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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). The Cone is NOT the result of the project's past performance.

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Systems Engineering and Software Intensive System of Systems

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How do you define, design, represent, assess, analyze, and manage these interactions. Technical Performance Measures. There was a Twitter post mentioning Russell Ackoff YouTube about systems. A system is never the sum of its parts, it's the product of their interactions. This is a good start, but it needs to produce actionable outcomes , not just principles, but practices and processes. The notion that systems are somehow unmanageable is fine in some domains.

Is Macroeconomics and Social Science the Same as Software Development?

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In our domain this is the Performance Measurement Baseline, which is a time-phased budget plan for accomplishing work against which contract performance is measured. People have defined skills and capabilities. 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 one example. You Can’t Understand Agile Without Understanding Hayek. Let's look at Hayek's paper. "

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