Introduction and References

Welcome to Recipes for IT, an IT best practices blog. I try to provide practical, workable advice that you can use in your organization. The advice maps out best practices and techniques that enable IT leaders to be more successful. There are no silver bullets here, or solutions that work in all situations. Instead, based on my experience and that of my colleagues, there are pragmatic approaches that fit the situation at hand. It is important to avoid the all too common tendency where the organization or a manager is focused on applying the latest practice to their situation, and because of differing maturity and capability levels or because it is simply the wrong approach, the new practice fails miserably. Recommendations here (the recipes), take into account the environment and the root causes and customize the approach for success.

I have structured the site into two main areas: posts – which are short, timely essays on a particular topic and pages – which are intended to be a broader and deeper view of an area (also more structured and static).

If you are new to the site, I recommend a few posts for relevance and fundamentals:

To supplement the posts and pages are what I call reference pages. The reference pages provide foundational information on basic concepts and principles. These include:

I also look to encourage dialogue and contributions from our readers. I look forward to your comments and suggestions and most important, I hope to hear how some of these recipes have helped you succeed.

Best, Jim Ditmore

10 Responses to Introduction and References

  1. Theresa U says:

    Looking forward to digging in and as my new IT manager starts this month, introducing this to him as required reading!

  2. Jim F says:

    Jim-
    The blog is terrific. Thanks for sharing this. The advice in here is priceless.
    Jim

  3. Carl O says:

    Jim,

    The blog is great. Thanks for sharing your cookbook. After working with you for four years and now implementing many of your best practices in my new position, I can attest that your approach works. Looking forward to future posts.
    Carl

    • Jim D says:

      Carl, It is good to hear from you and I am glad you have found it useful. I look forward to you extending what I have out here with your insights.
      Best, Jim

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  5. Thomas says:

    Thanks for the blog Jim. Very interested in reading some of your blog and reference pages for sure. Topics are very much aligned and relevant to a lot of what IT Leaders are focused on today. Practical and implementable perspectives based on personal experience is great to see.

  6. Jamie says:

    I’ve read a number of your blog entries since coming across your site today. Very clear suggestions/strategies you offer. These are applicable regardless of the IT project type. What are your thoughts on software project management from requirements to ops and back again. Would love to see your personal experiences, opinions and suggestions that address the unique issues surrounding software projects, in particular.

    • Jim D says:

      Jamie,

      Thanks for your comment and glad you are finding the site useful. I will try to address some of the topics you bring up in a subsequent post. Do check out the reference pages under ‘Best Practices – Project Delivery’. There are also some posts that touch on much of this topic including this post and its preceding post

      I do also highly recommend the book ‘Software Runaways’ as it identifies the key underlying defects that derail most projects, especially large programs.

      Don’t hesitate to follow up if there are additional details or specific situations you would like a recommendation.

      Best, Jim Ditmore

  7. Claire sawyer says:

    Jim
    Worked for you at Barclays and just found your Blog – and am finding the insights fascinating, so thank you.

    Claire

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