Risk Management Resources

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Risk Management is essential for development and production programs. Information about key project cost, (technical) performance, and schedule attributes is often uncertain or unknown until late in the program. Risk Management Papers. “A

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A Compendium of Risk Management Resources

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This blog page is dedicated to the resources used to manage the risk encountered on software-intensive systems using traditional and agile development methods. Let's start with a critical understanding of the purpose of managing risk on software development projects.

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Compendium of Works to Increase Probability of Project Success

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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. Management Processes (#MP). Risk Management .

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Misunderstanding Making Decisions in the Presence of Uncertainty

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All project work has uncertainty. Uncertainty comes from the lack of precision and accuracy about the possible values of a measurement of a project attribute. If your project has no uncertainty, there is no need to estimate. Turns out in the real world there is no such project.

Without a Root Cause Analysis, No Suggested Fix Can Be Effective

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Yes, projects have uncertainty. Projects are no exception. This is another example of Bad Management and Doing Stupid Things on Purpose. Research has shown there are 4 “major” causes of cost and schedule growth in our domain Estimating is only One of those causes.

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DDSTOP The Saga Continues

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There's been a rash of conjectures about all kinds of bad business, project, and software development (agile and traditional) management ideas of late. A #Noestimates advocate makes the claim that having a ±10% accuracy for estimates of cost and duration is a dangerous thing.

DDSTOP The Saga Continues

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There's been a rash of conjectures about all kinds of bad business, project, and software development (agile and traditional) management ideas of late. If you're working on a software project with NO deadlines, then you're a very lucky person. million euro Agile project.”.

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Software Estimating Resources

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One of our clients, a retired USAF Col Program Manager at an NNSA Weapons Testing Site has a statement that is applicable here: If you lack academic basis and validated experience, your advice is simply unsubstantiated opinion without any basis in fact or principle. DCTI Cost, “James R.

Estimating is a Learned Skill

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Estimating is a learned skill, used for any purpose from every-day life to management of projects. The same process for estimating is applied to multi-billion dollar projects we work. And the same process is applied to the Scrum development processes on those projects. . The Influence of Selection Bias on Effort Overruns in Software Development Projects,” Magne Jørgensen, Simula Research Laboratory & Institute of Informatics , University of Oslo.

A Wrap Up of the #NoEstimating Conjecture Analysis to Date

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So when you hear about all the posts about #NoEstimates, take a look here to see if those posts provide any actionable outcomes that can be put to the test on actual projects - other than Slicing. . The Problem Using Platitudes For Management Guidance. Elements of Project Success.

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