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Hangar Queens

A hangar queen is an airplane that is used for spare parts and rarely flown. Air force squadrons are often evaluated on the percentage of fighter airplanes ready for flight each month. However, given the scarcity of spare parts, every squadron has one or two hangar queens. A few days before the end of the month some squadrons’ maintenance crews will take parts off working airplanes and put them on the hangar queens to get… Read more

One Less Problem

A current popular song is titled "Problem".  Part of lyrics goes: Head in the clouds, Got no weight on my shoulders, I should be wiser and realize that I've got one less problem without ya!  In his book the Laws of Subtraction: 6 Simple Rules for Winning in the Age of Excess Everything, Matthew May talks about removing insignificant activities. Dan Ward in his book FIRE, Fast, Inexpensive, Restrained, and Elegant Methods Ignite Innovation talks… Read more

User Experience

Last week Apple announced the iPhone 6 and the iWatch.  Apple is the master of the user experience design.  They build products that people want to use rather than have to use.  I want to use my MacBook Air. I never wanted to use my Windows PC, but did so to do work.  Our current CHAOS Tuesday is titled the “User Experience”.  Ninety (90%) percent of CIOs agree that the user experience is the most important part… Read more

Better PM

One of the least visible aftermaths of WWII was the managerial capability developed by America. Many of those wise ways to solve problems and a lot of determination were at the base of the Apollo 11 moon landing in 1969. As a spin-off of the Space Program, two prestigious project organizations were created: the International Project Management Association (IPMA) in Europe, 1967; and the Project Management Institute (PMI) in the U.S., 1969, thus fostering and being supported by a… Read more

FIRE is Hot in DC

Lt Col Dan Ward has been a guest several times on CHAOS Tuesday. During these sessions we discussed FIRE and its adoption in Project Delivery. He has written and published a book. FIRE: Fast, Inexpensive, Restrained, and Elegant Methods Ignite Innovation (Dan Ward; Harper Business, 2014) documents further results and provides an introduction to FIRE tools, practices, and principles. Well we can all be excited to know that between Standish Group articles, CHAOS TUESDAY, and Dan Ward’s book… Read more

Dutch Treat

My message to the Dutch members of parliament was that in order to achieve value they must first understand the complexity of the problem.  Complexity is the root of the problem and as a university professor I was forever looking for answers.  Before joining The Standish Group my quest went unanswered.  The answer is the Size-Complexity Matrix.  The Standish Group correlated their 50,000 projects into a Size-Complexity Matrix as a way to predict the results… Read more

Garden Leave

It is an interesting phrase, “Garden Leave.” But its meaning is not a pleasant term about working at home in your garden. Rather, it used by some for making someone redundant or terminating their employment. Official definition: “Garden Leave” is the term given to a situation whereby an employee is required by the employer to remain away from work to serve out a period of notice at home (or “in the garden”).This is what happened to… Read more

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