The Freedom of Choice
Posted by pdittman on December 26th, 2021 in Agile & Coaching Notes
I’m never really one for year-end lists and I promise, this isn’t one of those. Though while reading one of those lists I got triggered with an ah-ha moment. A “best advice” had a quote from philosopher Alan Watts: “You are under no obligation to be the same person you were five minutes ago.”  – wow, that resonated… As a coach, we use perspective to bring new awareness to our clients – with the intention of bringing them to aRead More →
Plan for Reality
Posted by PeterD on April 29th, 2014 in Agile & Coaching 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 plan for both.   Over time, you can collect information to know how muchRead More →
Engineered Value
Posted by PeterD on May 2nd, 2012 in Agile & Coaching Notes
We all know projects are 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. But what is engineered value and why is it important? At its origin, engineering is the application of the scientific method to achieve some specific outcome: en·gi·neer·ing (nj-nîrng) n.  1. a. The application of scientific and mathematical principles to practical ends such as the design,Read More →
When are we going to be Agile?
Posted by PeterD on October 20th, 2011 in Agile & Coaching 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, with their own combination of talents and skills, made more unique because, on any day, team members bring their “self” into theRead More →
Building Trust
Posted by PeterD on September 22nd, 2010 in Agile & Coaching 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 the discussions degrade into blaming or some other anti-pattern, nearly always with an us vs. them theme.Read More →
Today was a good day
Posted by PeterD on March 1st, 2010 in Agile & Coaching 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 dumb”, I knew I didn’tRead More →