Peter Dittman

Project Notes

Plan for Reality

Posted on April 29th, 2014
by PeterD in Project Notes

In a recent post elsewhere, someone posed the question: “How do you stop production issues from spoiling your plans”.

To which I say – try as I might, I can’t get reality to bend to my needs – I’ve learned to plan for reality.

If a team is truly responsible for both production support AND project work, and that is a fact of the organization, then    Read More →

Engineered Value

Posted on May 2nd, 2012
by PeterD in Project Notes

We all know projects undertaken to deliver something (new features, widgets or whatever) – the goal is almost invariably increased business value – to make our products or services more valuable to our customers. As a project manager, we facilitate that goal (plan, organize, lead, control).

But what is engineered value and why is it important?

At its origin,    Read More →

When are we going to be Agile?

Posted on October 20th, 2011
by PeterD in Project Notes

Wow, what a question!   Reflecting on that a bit, early thoughts ran to prescriptive conclusions – do x, y, z and you’ll be Agile.    That just didn’t ring true…

No.  To me, Agile is set of practices/techniques/patterns that we use to collectively deliver our project.    Each project is different, with different challenges and risks. Each team is different,    Read More →

Building Trust

Posted on September 22nd, 2010
by PeterD in Project Notes

We all know about trust in our personal relationships – absolutely critical for the long-term viability of the relationship. But what about our professional relationships – amongst our peers, the relationships between our functional groups? Nearly all of us can relate to a situation in which a project fell behind, a deadline was missed, or a meeting was more acrimonious than necessary. Often    Read More →

Today was a good day

Posted on March 1st, 2010
by PeterD in Project Notes

Today was a good day… but you’ll have to bear with me, this is my first blog…

Why a good day? Because today I learned something. Today I learned about blogging. I’d been wanting to set up my own blog, partly because it’s the way I learn – set the goal, achieve the goal. In this case, creating a blog for myself. In the words of a long-ago mentor “the road to smart goes through    Read More →