Project Management, Performance Measures, and Statistical Decision Making

Herding Cats

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.

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.

Is There an Underlying Theory of Software Project Management?

Herding Cats

Management Performance-Based Project Management® Planning Principles Project Management Requirements Risk Scheduling Technical Performance Measures Theory

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

Herding Cats

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.

Increasing the Probability of Project Success

Herding Cats

These charts are an extract from the book Performance-Based Project Management: Increasing the Probability of Project Success and the abstracted training materials Handbook. Increasing the Probability of Project Success Simple in Theory, Complex in Practice.

Project Versus Product in Agile Development

Herding Cats

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? Agree, and focus more on discovery since in *delivery* you have 4 problems: 1.

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Biases in Project Management and How to Remove Them

Herding Cats

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?

Performance-Based Project Management®

Herding Cats

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.

Value First, Requires Margin and Contingency

Herding Cats

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

Principles, Processes, and Practices of Project Success

Herding Cats

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?

From Mission Capabilities to Done

Herding Cats

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

Herding Cats

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.

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Definition of Done

Herding Cats

These Measures have Little meaning to the Decision Makers. Do those capabilities meet the Measures of Performance that characterize physical or functional attributes relating to the system operation, measured or estimated under specific conditions?

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Fallacy of the Day

Herding Cats

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.

Increasing the Probability of Program Success

Herding Cats

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.

Cone of Uncertainty Bibliography

Herding Cats

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.

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4 Fallacious Reasons to Estimate and Why Those Are Fallacious

Herding Cats

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.

Integrated Master Plan - Revisited

Herding Cats

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. The IMP shows the Accomplishments and the measures of Accomplishments that are essential to get through a design review.

INVEST, Scrum and Enterprise IT

Herding Cats

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.

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How to Talk About Estimates

Herding Cats

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). . What is an estimate?

Risk Management in Five Easy Pieces, with Apologies to Jack

Herding Cats

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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Five Immutable Principles of Project Success

Herding Cats

Without these measures, Done will usually mean . Without these measures, Done will usually mean we ran out of time and money. . Measuring the effectiveness of these resources is needed to take corrective actions to assure we have enough to finish the project on time.

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Misinterpretations of the Cone of Uncertainty

Herding Cats

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.

Biases in Project Management and How to Remove Them

Herding Cats

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

Performance-Based Project Management®

Herding Cats

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.

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.

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.

Five Immutable Principles of Project Success

Herding Cats

First, we must recognize that without a clear and concise description of done, the only measures of progress are the passage of time, consumption of resources, and production of technical features. How are you going to measure progress toward “done” in units.

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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.

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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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Work Performance Data, Work Performance Information, and Work Performance Reports

Deep Fried Brain

In 2009, I did a series of posts on Work Performance Information, Work Performance Measurements and Performance Reports, highlighting how the PMBOK® Guide, Fourth Edition was utterly confusing. Commonly Confused Concepts Executing Monitoring and Controlling PMBOK Process Groups Study Notes

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

Kiron Bondale

Companies are often organized into departments of distinct, specialized skills and performance measurement programs emphasize the individual instead of teams.

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Quote of the Day

Herding Cats

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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Quote of the Day

Herding Cats

Without a plan, we can't know what done looks like in any measure meaningful to the decision makers. If we don't know which port we're steering for; no wind is favorable - Seneca. This is the primary reason for planning and plans.

Quote of the Day

Herding Cats

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.

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.

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Does your organization truly support project management?

Kiron Bondale

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.

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Quote of the Day

Herding Cats

Without a plan, we can't know what done looks like in any measure meaningful to the decision makers. These tests are the feedback from the Measures of Effectiveness, Measures of Performance, Technical Performance Measures, and Key Performance Parameters of the project compared to the planned MOE, MOP, KPP, and TPM's. If we don't know which port we're steering for; no wind is favorable - Seneca. This is the primary reason for planning and plans.

Physical Percent Complete: Knowing When You Are Done

Herding Cats

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.

From Strategy To Execution and Delivery

Herding Cats

What are the units of measure of Value ? 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? What does it Cost to deliver that Value ? When will that Value be delivered?

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. Digitalization and Collaboration. The project and portfolio management (PPM) software market is changing.