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. In this domain, we are guided by credible results using principles, processes, and procedures to increase the probability of program success.

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. With some details for each process area.

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Principles, Processes, and Practices of Project Success

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Practices and Process are Fads. A Process is a series of steps and decisions involved in the way work is completed. Here's my version in the form of questions that when answered form the foundation for the Practices and Processes. Principles are timeless.

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. . Physical Percent Complete is the only measure of progress to plan.

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. Risk Management Process Model.

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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). . What is an estimate?

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.

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.

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.

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.

Wilo's Law and Mature Communications Processes

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To make some conjecture that some process will fix the problem - Estimates are the smell of dysfunction and NOT Estimating will fix that dysfunction - is naive at best and willfully ignorant of Root Cause Analysis at worse. Avoid Verbal Orders is a critical process in any critical situation. Any successful technical communication needs to have: Measures of Effectiveness. Measures of Performance. Technical Performance Measures.

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

Increasing the Probability of Program Success

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So let's look at the principles, processes, and practices that will be in the White paper when it is complete. Top Four Sources of Unfavorable Program Performance. Unrealistic Performance Expectations. Impacts of Risk on Program Performance. System Engineering Processes.

Performance-Based Project Management®

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Successfully managing projects, not matter the domain, the size, the development or engineering method starts with a set of Principles, Practices, and Processes. The Processes need to be tailored to your domain. Principles and Practices of Performance-Based Project Management® from Glen Alleman. Here are those Principles and Practices. The Principles are Immutable. The Practices are universal.

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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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.

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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6 Tools and Techniques for Controlling Risks

Project Risk Coach

In these risk review sessions, the team discussed the effectiveness of the risk responses and the risk management processes. Evaluating the risk management processes. The team also examines the processes to identify, evaluate, respond to, and control risks.

Misquotes of Deming

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It is wrong to suppose that if you can’t measure it, you can’t manage it – a costly myth. Technical Performance Measures. It's common to misquote famous quotes. The #NoEstimates advocates love to use a Deming quote.

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

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Using the chart from the post, showing the number of projects that went over their estimated effort, let's look closer at a process to sort out the conjectures made in the post about estimating. Herding Cats: Project Management, Performance Measures, and Statistical Decision Making.

Assessing Value Produced in Exchange for the Cost to Produce the Value

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A target Value must be measured in units meaningful to the decision makers. Measures of Effectiveness and Performance that can monetized this Value. This is fundamental to the Microeconomics of Decision making for all business processes.

Acting Like an Adult in the Presence of Uncertainty

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Decision-making is the process of choosing among alternatives. For high-consequence decisions with potential outcomes that can have a large impact on valued things, the decision-making process should involve consideration of uncertainties about the outcomes. [1].

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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. TPMs assess the design process.

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.

Communications Management: PMP Study Guide (PMBOK 6th Edition)

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Project Communications Management is the process of planning, collecting, storing, and updating project information. In this article, we will cover the key terms and three processes in the Communications Management Knowledge Area. This process happens during the Executing process group.

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.

Systems Engineering and Software Intensive System of Systems

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This is a good start, but it needs to produce actionable outcomes , not just principles, but practices and processes. Much of Ackoff's principles are the basis of practices and processes that assure this happens. . The identification of the requirements, the test plans, and the features provided for each release are an essential driver of the product development process. . Technical Performance Measures.

What is an Estimate? What is Estimating?

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Embedded systems, data processing, image processes, web interfaces, backend databases, networking of collections of devices on the ground and in the air, training systems, logistics systems, maintenance and testing systems. I work in a domain where estimates are made every single week.

Invoking "Laws" Without a Domain or Context

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2nd Law of Thermodynamics states that the total entropy of an isolated system always increases over time, or remains constant in ideal cases where the system is in a steady state or undergoing a reversible process. The increase in entropy accounts for the irreversibility of natural processes, and the asymmetry between future and past. And just to be clear the statistics of the processes in Little's Law are IID - Independent, Identicially Distribution and Stationary.

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.

Cone of Uncertainty - Part Cinq

Herding Cats

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.

Managing in Presence of Uncertainty

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The uncertainty is always there, it doesn't go away with specific actions in specific domains, or with the use of any tools, processes, or practices. Do we have measures of Effectiveness, Performance, all the .ilities. We need a formal risk management process.

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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.

How to Delegate Tasks With More Confidence and Less Stress

Girl's Guide to PM

Long ago I found being delegated to was often a confusing process. As recipient of the delegation you have a duty to: Confirm the performance criteria are mutually understood and agreed. Be Clear on Requirements and Confirm Performance Criteria.

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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.

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.

Organizational Culture and Its Impact on Team Performance

ActiveCollab

Simply put, they suffer because their creativity and their performance is under the influence of drastically different organizational culture than they are used to. To understand how culture impacts team performance, we must first take a look at different types of company cultures.

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.

Fallacy of the Week

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Technical outcomes and their performance - what did we get for our money? Have sufficient Technical Performance Measures margin to cover the required performance measure of the Capabilities. NoEstimates (is) An Unconventional Approach That Finally Solves The "Deliver On Time!" Problem. Let's deconstruct this conjecture. All project work operates in the presence of uncertainty.