Phrases Used for Technical Performance Measures

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All project progress is measured independent of resources expended - Mr. Gary Bliss, Director Performance Assessment and Root Cause Analysis (PARCA), US Department of Defense. No matter the domain, the engineering development process, these concepts are applicable. Measuring progress must be in units meaningful to the decision maker. Objectively assessing accomplishments take place at the work performance level. Name – states the Technical Performance Measures.

Project Management, Performance Measures, and Statistical Decision Making

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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].

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What Is Corporate Governance & How Can it Impact My Project?

ProjectManager.com

While making money is the overriding mandate of any for-profit enterprise, each individual organization is governed by its own set of standards and practices. Those standards and practices are called corporate governance, and they are going to influence your project. While managing a project it is easy to become myopic and focus solely on success as measured by the project. All these factors are counted and calculated into corporate governance.

Project Management Process: The Basics

Clarizen

Edwards Deming once wrote that “if you cannot describe what you are doing as a process, you do not know what you are doing.” Project Management Process Groups. Initiating : processes that are required to define and authorize a new project, or a new phase of an existing project. .

A Compendium of Works to Increase the Probability of Project Success

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Managment Processes. Project Governance. 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. Governance.

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10 Top Process Improvement Tools You Need to Create a More Sustainable Business

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To generate a clear business case, organizations need to write business operations with sustainability in mind, which can be done by the following two steps: Document their business processes. Implement effective process improvement techniques for sustainability.

Increasing the Probability of Project Success

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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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Deconstructing the Hertz and Accenture Debacle

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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.

How to Talk About Estimates

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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.

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? When an agile advocate says, software development is a product, not a project, and provides all the reasons why the thought process needs to switch from project to products, they may be unfamiliar with how many businesses actually work.

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Biases in Project Management and How to Remove Them

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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.

4 Fallacious Reasons to Estimate and Why Those Are Fallacious

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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. Similarly, product lifecycle management (PLM) integrates people, data, processes and business systems.

Value First, Requires Margin and Contingency

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The 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. This process can be stationary (unchanging distribution) or non-stationary (a changing distribution function). There's a popular notion in Agile that says Focus on Value.

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People Versus Process

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At the program level and above, the choice of a people focus or a process focus is not between two competing paradigms. This is obvious but many times lost when discussing agile processes. One school emphasizes people, while the other emphasizes process. 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.

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

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It is applied through the application of systems engineering processes within a managed lifecycle working with a number of other management, engineering, and specialist disciplines. 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. The Measures of effectiveness. The Measures of Performance are. Key Performance Parameters.

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: 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

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We're working on a White Paper for the Joint Space Cost Council which is an organization composed of government (NRO, NASA, USAF, and others) and industry representatives with an interest in space. The origins of this paper came about at a recent JSCC meeting here in Boulder, with local Aerospace contractors, the DCMA (Defense Contract Management Agency) and several government agencies (NRO and NASA). Top Four Sources of Unfavorable Program Performance. Estimating Processes.

INVEST, Scrum and Enterprise IT

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That means the system architecture, the process flow, the data flow architecture components all how NO dependencies on other. The notion that a User Story would be Independent of all other User Stories makes no sense since the Integrated system is a tightly coupled set of concurrent processes starting with the initial request for Health Insurance ending with the issuance of a Health Insurance policy ranging for a commercial policy to Medicare.

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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. 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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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. 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

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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. 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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Biases in Project Management and How to Remove Them

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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.

Five Immutable Principles of Project Success

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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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INVEST, Scrum and Enterprise IT

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That means the system architecture, the process flow, the data flow architecture components all how NO dependencies on other. The notion that a User Story would be Independent of all other User Stories makes no sense since the Integrated system is a tightly coupled set of concurrent processes starting with the initial request for Health Insurance ending with the issuance of a Health Insurance policy ranging for a commercial policy to Medicare.

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Integrated Master Plan - Revisited

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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.

Cone of Uncertainty Bibliography

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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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Closed Loop Control and Granularity of the Estimating Process

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For software, this can be value produced (assuming we have a unit of measure for that value in the for of effectiveness, performance, key performance parameters, or technical performance measures ). DP6Jw is an overview of this process. For your Honeywell or Nest controller on the wall, that sample rate is measured in seconds. It can be the cost, schedule, and technical performance measures of the software project.

Project Status Reporting – 6 Key Considerations

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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. The Project should then be reporting its status regularly to senior management via a Status Report, as part of its overarching Governance arrangement. Governance Status Reporting

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Project Start-Up: The Plan for a Plan

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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.

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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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Physical Percent Complete: Knowing When You Are Done

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The goal of every program manager is to have a set of practices that connect all the programmatic planning, risk, and performance information in a single unified view needed to support the decisions that increase the probability of success of any project or program. Reductionism must be replaced by emergence where the complex system of data and processes and the sum of the pieces and parts provides a deeper insight into the functions of the system.

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3 Questions That Must Be Asked at Every Project Management Meeting

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In the ConOps are measures of Effectiveness for the components of the project that implement the Capabilities . The only answer to that is a measure of Physical Percent Complete (P%C). P%C starts with defining the Measures of Performance and Technical Performance Measures for each deliverable as a function of time. These measures are supported by Quantifiable Backup Data. Progress Means Measuring Physical Percent Complete.

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What's Missing from the Agile Software Development Paradigm

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The customer is accountable for knowing what Done Looks Like (in Unity of measure meaningful to their domain). The elements include all hardware, software, equipment, facilities, personnel, processes, and procedures needed for this purpose; that is, all things required to produce system-level results. The results include system-level qualities, properties, characteristics, functions, behavior, and performance. System performance requirements are testable and measurable.

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). 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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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. Here's how we think about cost, schedule, and technical performance modeling. †. Unrealistic performance expectations missing Measures of Effectiveness and Measures of Performance.

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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). 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 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). 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).

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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). 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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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. But margin, management reserve, analysis of alternative is standard project management process of dealing with the indeterminate elements of projects. Domain and Context Are King, Then Comes Process and Experience. NoEstimates Agile Economics Estimating Governance

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Does your organization truly support project management?

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Organizational project management support can be either a blocker in lower maturity companies or an accelerator to project performance in higher maturity ones. Objectives and performance measures for these staff should include a healthy balance between operational and project success metrics. Project managers will be expected to provide feedback into the performance evaluations of the team members who had worked on their projects.

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