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. Call me when you find a customer who thinks it is cheaper to not plan and forecast the short, medium, and long term expected performance in exchange for a planned cost, delivered at the needed date to fulfill the business mission. Measuring progress must be in units meaningful to the decision maker.

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. Figure 1 - Planned Estimates versus Actual Performance from [1]. Each of these, while well meaning, are missing the means to confirm their credibility. They are many times end up being personal anecdotes from observations and local practices that may or may not be applicable outside those anecdotes and more importantly may not be statistically sound in principle, let alone practice.

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5 Ways to Track and Measure Employee Performance

The Digital Project Manager

Monitoring performance is a matter of setting the right performance indicators, based on the type of work they do as well as the responsibilities have and tasks they perform to ensure the company’s continuous and successful operations. Some of the key questions you need to answer as you formulate employee performance measurement tools and practices include whether or not they are meeting personal objectives and whether they understand your major goals and expectations.

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A Compendium of Works to Increase the Probability of Project Success

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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. Forming, Storming, Norming, Performing, and Adjourning. Project Performance Management. Connecting the 5 Principles and 5 Practices of Performance-Based Project Management ® To Increase the Probability of Project Success. Building a Credible Performance Measurement Baseline.

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Compendium of Works to Increase Probability of Project Success

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Project Performance Management (#PPM). Technical Performance Measures (#TPM). Cost, Schedule, and Technical Performance Management (#CSTPM). The overarching theme is focused on defining what Done looks like, assessing progress toward Done in units of measure meaningful to the decision makers. Those units always start with Measures of Effectiveness and Measures of Performance. Project Performance Management.

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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. Capabilities Earned Value Estimating Governance Management Performance-Based Project Management® Principles Requirements Risk Root Cause Analysis Technical Performance MeasuresIncreasing the Probability of Project Success Simple in Theory, Complex in Practice.

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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. Were there: Measures of Effectiveness. Measures of Performance. Key Performance Parameters. Did this Programmatic Architecture define all the player, what they were accountable for, the units of measure to assess the credibility, validity, quality, and compliance of their products with the PEP? Measures of Physical Percent Complete.

Decision Analysis - Ordinal and Cardinal Measures

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AHP is based on the principle that all measurements are relative. AHP provides a framework to make relative comparisons using a rational decision structure based on scaled pairwise comparisons (Borda Ranking) using a scale that converts stakeholder preferences and priorities into ratio measures. Using this method, the performance, cost, time, and risks of alternatives can be articulated as ratios that can then be compared with one another.

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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. The inclusion of Technical Performance Measures (TPM) separates this approach from conventional methods based solely on managing cost and schedule. Done” is always defined in units of measure meaningful to the decision maker.

Principles, Processes, and Practices of Project Success

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What does Done look like in units of measure meaningful to the decision makers? What impediments will be encountered along the way to Done and what work must be performed to handle these impediments? What are the units of measures of progress to plan for each deliverable? Performance-Based Project Management® Principles Project Management Requirements Scheduling Systems Theory Technical Performance MeasuresPrinciples are timeless.

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? Developers may be working on a Product, but the CFO is recording the work as a Project that has a bounded period of performance, a bounded budget, a bounded set of Capabilities, from which revenue will be generated.

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Biases in Project Management and How to Remove Them

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What dos Done look like in units of measure meaningful to the decision makers? What are the measures of physical percent complete needed to inform the decision makers of progress to plan in order to take corrective or preventive actions to stay on plan? Decision Making Economics Estimating Governance Management Mathematics Performance-Based Project Management® Planning Principles Product Management Project Management Scheduling Technical Performance Measures

Definition of Done

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These Measures have Little meaning to the Decision Makers. Do those capabilities meet the Measures of Effectiveness needed to accomplish the mission of the system in operational units of success closely related to the achievements of the mission or operational objectives evaluated in the operational environment, under a specific set of conditions? These are attributes to assure the system has the capability and capacity to perform.

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Value First, Requires Margin and Contingency

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NoEstimates Agile Decision Making Estimating Governance Planning Principles Scheduling Technical Performance MeasuresThere's a popular notion in Agile that says Focus on Value. 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.

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. The audit, surveillance, performance reporting, measurement are at the core of all business processes.

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

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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. This physical percent complete is measured as compliance with the Technical Performance Measures of the outcomes of the work efforts, that consume the budget for that work. The Measures of effectiveness. The Measures of Performance are. Key Performance Parameters.

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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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.

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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INVEST, Scrum and Enterprise IT

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Cohesion is the measure of how well module fits together. The component may be performing more than one function. Informational cohesion: performs a number of functions, each with its own entry point, with independent code for each function, all performed on the same data structure. NoEstimates Decision Making Estimating Governance Management Planning Principles Product Management Project Management Requirements Strategy Systems Theory Technical Performance Measures

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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. What are the “units of measure” for this increasing maturity? Using the Triangle Distribution for the costs and durations, a Monte Carlo simulation of the network of activities and their costs can be performed.

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Cone of Uncertainty - Revisited

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We're writing two chapters in an upcoming Project Management Book, with a working title, The Gower Handbook of Project Performance for Agile, Waterfall and Everything in Between , edited by Mark Phillips. NoEstimates Debunking Estimating Management Mathematics Performance-Based Project Management® Planning Scheduling Technical Performance Measures

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Increasing the Probability of Program Success

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Top Four Sources of Unfavorable Program Performance. Unrealistic Performance Expectations. Impacts of Risk on Program Performance. Be Clear About What the System is to Do in Units of Measure Meaningful to the Decision Makers. Capabilities Decision Making Estimating Governance Management Planning Principles Project Management Requirements Risk Root Cause Analysis Systems Theory Technical Performance Measures

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.

Biases in Project Management and How to Remove Them

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What dos Done look like in units of measure meaningful to the decision makers? What are the measures of physical percent complete needed to inform the decision makers of progress to plan in order to take corrective or preventive actions to stay on plan? Decision Making Economics Estimating Governance Management Mathematics Performance-Based Project Management® Planning Principles Product Management Project Management Scheduling Technical Performance Measures

INVEST, Scrum and Enterprise IT

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Cohesion is the measure of how well module fits together. The component may be performing more than one function. Informational cohesion: performs a number of functions, each with its own entry point, with independent code for each function, all performed on the same data structure. NoEstimates Decision Making Estimating Governance Management Planning Principles Product Management Project Management Requirements Strategy Systems Theory Technical Performance Measures

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Five Immutable Principles of Project Success

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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. Physical Percent Complete is the only measure of progress to plan. No matter the size of the project.

Performance-Based Project Management®

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Principles and Practices of Performance-Based Project Management® from Glen Alleman. Books Business Capabilities Decision Making Earned Value Economics Estimating Management Performance-Based Project Management® Planning Principles Project Management Root Cause Analysis Scheduling Technical Performance MeasuresSuccessfully managing projects, not matter the domain, the size, the development or engineering method starts with a set of Principles, Practices, and Processes.

Think top-down and bottom-up for agile transformations

Kiron Bondale

Without changing existing portfolio intake practices and performance measures (e.g. A question which I’m asked regularly during my classes is what the best place is to start an agile transformation within a company?

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6 Tools and Techniques for Controlling Risks

Project Risk Coach

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. 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.

Project Start-Up: The Plan for a Plan

Project Health Check

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. The project schedule will then steer the project through the foggy waters of its lifecycle and eventually help it to find its way to delivery and closedown. But what about the planning phase itself when the schedule doesn't exist yet?

6 Tools and Techniques for Controlling Risks

Project Risk Coach

Technical performance measurement Imagine that you are working on a software development project and that the functional requirements have been developed. The technical performance measurement is a measurement of the technical accomplishments. And they regularly perform the control activities to keep the project healthy. Changes in project risks are inevitable.

Why project work doesn’t get completed early…

Kiron Bondale

Poorly thought out performance measures are one way: If staff are measured based on utilization , then completing work in less time means they are either going to be reprimanded or handed more work which they might not be able to complete by working a sustainable pace.

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What are the tipping points for your agile transformation?

Kiron Bondale

Hiring practices and performance measurement systems emphasize the “how” as much as the “what” What would you add to this list? I’ve frequently said that agile transformations are marathons and not sprints. But when someone runs a marathon there are mile markers to understand how far they’ve come and to help them get their second (or third or fourth) wind.

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Vigilance is vital to avoid velocity vices!

Kiron Bondale

Using velocity as a performance measurement could encourage the wrong kind of behaviors such as neglecting quality, working an unsustainable pace or ignoring tangible business value delivered. After daily coordination events (a.k.a.

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Helping functional managers through an agile transformation

Kiron Bondale

What are they measured on and what are they measuring? As Tony Robbins would say, “ Where focus goes, energy flows “ If we haven’t updated performance measures for functional managers and their staff, it will be much harder to encourage them to change. A lot has been written about the challenges caused by functional managers when their company undergoes an agile transformation.

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Control partners should have skin in the game!

Kiron Bondale

Introduce performance measures and incentives for control staff which are tied to the impacts created by their work as opposed to just the completion of this work. I finally completed reading Nassim Taleb ‘s book Skin in the Game which I had written about in a recent article. In that piece I had applied his principles when comparing the benefits of a product-centric orientation to the project-centric model which is still found in many organizations.

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. In part 2, we look at how sometimes the Project being worked on is no longer the right Project. In this part 3, we will look at the other cause of cancelling: the Project isn't being done right.

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