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Dima Petruchenya

Dima Petruchenya

Service Delivery Manager

Dima has 7 years of project management experience and has worked on the projects with cross-functional teams of up to 40 people. In addition, Dima has worked as process manager setting up project management and development processes for software organizations. He has led the development of Project Management training at Coherent and actively mentors others in the company.

Talk about things other than work to get work done

As a project manager, I am always thinking about my project: the schedule, the budget, and the endless issues that come up. And the more I work on mastering the discipline of project management, the more I tend to focus on tools and processes like Jira, which helps greatly as I track workflow, organize issues...

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The dual loyalty dilemma for consultant project managers

Every successful software project starts with business goals. The first question a project manager asks is, what are these goals? You are expected to know, archive and incorporate these goals into your project. This is where a consultant PM can get confused, because in fact s/he is working for two organizations at the same time:...

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Take a wise approach toward documentation

While reviewing a lot of project plans, project charters, reports and other types of documents, I see the same mistake over and over again. PMs create documents in a prescribed, formal way just to get them done. And why not? Spending hours compiling multiple pages of information – what could be worse? I’ll tell you what – reading these documents if they are done badly!

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Interview with Roman Smolgovsky from ShowEvidence

We take pride in building long term relationships with our clients and our priorities are to always understand and anticipate their business needs well before they do.  We take a hands on approach to delivery, and are never afraid to roll up our sleeves and collaborate with the business, strategists, developers, and partners alike to delivering best solutions for our clients.  Here are a few words from one our long lasting friends and clients, Roman Smolgovsky, who has worked with us for over 6 years……

Lead with your strengths

I’m sure most of you have been tested at least once in your life by your employer or others to evaluate your professional skills. And many of you have given such tests to potential employees or contractors too. Based on these tests, you may have decided not to hire someone because of his/her weaknesses. But what about the person’s strengths?

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Organize your day

What does it mean to be a good project manager? To me it means to be 110% productive each day, spending every single minute at work bringing value. The biggest challenge for a PM is to be effective while multitasking. Every project manager has 20-30 pending tasks in his/her backlog everyday in addition to regular meetings...

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Managing change positively

Changes, they are everywhere. Our modern world brings changes to our life more and more often. Sometimes we like them, sometimes we don’t. But we have to keep up with these changes to keep pace with modern life. The same goes for projects we are managing – we need to keep improving to meet changing market demands. Try to recall how you managed your projects five years ago, three years ago, and even last year. Did you manage things differently? I know that I did!

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Managing would be so easy . . . if it weren’t for people

Even if you have not been in the military, you probably have a good understanding of the command system. If your commander says, “Jump!” You say, “How high?” I’m sure it has occurred to plenty of managers that their lives and jobs would be a whole lot easier if they had that kind of authority. You wouldn’t have to find a way into the hearts and minds of every team member in order to get him/her to work effectively.

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Reports: Mate or menace?

Have you ever calculated how much time you spend at work? 8 hours a day, 40 hours a week, 168 hours a month – it adds up to about 1856 hours a year! (Taking off time for holidays.) The only thing you do more is sleep. Are you proud of all the hours you spend in the office? Do you feel like you are doing something valuable most of that time? Or do you feel like too much of that time is wasted?

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Communication in project management

Recently I was driving my car and thinking about a current project and what I need to do to bring it to another (better) level. As I thought through different scenarios I had a break-through – project management is sooooo simple. Really, I mean it. Let me explain…

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Managing a project for success

Whenever I’m faced with a shiny new project, I greet it like a new toy - exciting and full of opportunity. I always hope that this is going to be the perfect project, where everything goes smoothly, the customer is happy and my development team enjoys the work...

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