Quality Assurance and Project Management:

February, 2009

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February 27, 2009  9:54 AM

Software Quality vs Project Quality



Posted by: Jaideep Khanduja
business requirements, customer requirements, fixing of bugs, functional requirements, post implementation phase of project, project close-out, Project Delivery, Project Development, project execution, project implementation, project initiation, project management, project quality, quality measures, quality metrics, quality standards, software delivery, software design, software metrics, software product, Software Project, software quality, software strategy, test case, Test Plan, test results, test scenarios, test strategy

The definition of QUALITY varies in different contexts. On one hand we talk of software quality that means adopting standards and measures to ensure the building of software product that meets all customer requirements (design, interface, business requirements, functional...

February 25, 2009  10:02 AM

Top 20 End Objectives of any Software Project



Posted by: Jaideep Khanduja
Avoid cost increases, Avoid revenue loss, business survival, continuous learning, customer delight, customer requirements, customer satisfaction, first time right, growth, Improved service, Increase in revenue, maturity, profits, project completion, Project Lifecycle, project objectives, project overrun, project quality, project sign-off, Reduce costs, revenues, software business, software metrics, Software Project, software project management, software quality, software requirements, stakeholders, standards and methodology, team accountability, Team building, team responsibility, team role, transparency

Certainly and obviously, every business has a set of objectives. Every business strives for survival, growth, revenues, profits, satisfaction and maturity. The clearer the objective are, the easier it is to achieve them. To achieve the objectives, if the destination is clear,...


February 23, 2009  10:43 AM

Top 15 Pain Areas in a Software Project Lifecycle



Posted by: Jaideep Khanduja
approach and deliverables, customer requirements, Customer requirements understanding, documentation, Learning from Past, Measurement of Overrun, Methodology and Standards, methods, pain areas of a software project, Post implementation support, Project Repository, Project Status review, Quality – man, Risk analysis, Role clarity, software metrics, Software Project, Software Project Lifecycle, software project management, Team building, Version Control

Following are the top 15 pain areas of a software project. All points listed below appear somewhere or the other in a software project lifecycle. The ratio of pain from a particular below listed item may vary from project to project within an organization, and also from...


February 20, 2009  11:05 AM

Project Manager should be like Chesley Sullenberger



Posted by: Jaideep Khanduja
Management Skills, project management, project manager, Software Project, team management

Recently a US passenger Airbus had a serious problem just after it took off from the Airport. The plane suddenly lost power in both engines, and pilot Chesley Sullenberger judged that it would be too difficult either to return to the airport of departure or to land at a nearby airport. Instead,...


February 18, 2009  10:02 AM

Dear Product Manager don’t cheat your customer by bypassing final ‘testing’ of the product before launch



Posted by: Jaideep Khanduja
product development, product manager, project management, QA, QC, quality assurance, Software Project, Software Quality Control, SQA, SQC

When work pressures are too high, deadlines are on head, we tend to bypass our own standards, procedures and policies. A product manager if affords to skip testing for that purpose, that means he is committing a crime which is quite serious offense. Any management supporting this idea becomes part...


February 16, 2009  11:10 AM

Dear Project Manager – Are your efforts in tune with your schedules (goals?)



Posted by: Jaideep Khanduja
project goals, project management, project manager, Project Plan, software, software development, Software Project, team management

During one of my initial management trainings (years back) I learnt the different between hard worker and smart worker. This example I could never forget even after so many years. Example of a hard worker is a person who comes to office in the morning, puts off his shirt, start pushing a wall, and...


February 13, 2009  11:06 AM

Dear Project Manager – your “faith” in 5 pillars of project can get you miraculous success in any Project



Posted by: Jaideep Khanduja
customer, management, process, Project, project management, project manager, software, team

I remember a small inspirational story read somewhere recently. A small girl took all the money she had in her piggy bank and went to a nearby drug store. The drug store owner was busy on a phone, and the girl was waiting for him to get free at the earliest. As she got desperate she interrupted the...


February 11, 2009  11:04 AM

Project Management – Tasks vs. Milestones



Posted by: Jaideep Khanduja
coder, coding, developer, Development, PM, programmer, programming, project completion, Project Development, project management, project manager, project milestone, project progress, project task, Software Project, software team, technical

A new project is always divided into small tasks and based on the resources available, the task(s) are allocated to individuals by the project manager (PM). A simple metrics is important to follow to monitor (and manger) the completion of tasks and thereby figuring out at any moment of time – the...


February 9, 2009  9:55 AM

Mr. PM, what metrics you use for measuring “Task Completion”



Posted by: Jaideep Khanduja
coder, coding, developer, Development, PM, programmer, programming, project completion, project management, project manager, project metrics, project progress, Project Status, project task, Software Project

It is not important what metrics you (the project manager) use, because unless and until you understand the meaning of “task” and “task completion”, you can’t get into the mode of monitoring and measuring it. The progress (or completion) project as a whole is measurable only if it is...


February 6, 2009  10:00 AM

Regression Testing “has to be” rigorous – for a “good” cause!



Posted by: Jaideep Khanduja
QC, Regression Testing, software development, software product, software testing, tester, testing

Regression testing comes into picture in “re-testing” of a product. The purpose is very clear – a thorough testing. Regression testing has to be as rigorous as possible, for this reason. And regression testing never happens once, it has to happen again and again till the product reaches at a...


February 4, 2009  9:54 AM

Dear Project Manager – Do you know (during a Project) how important the “Project Status” is?



Posted by: Jaideep Khanduja
PM, Project Development, project manager, Project Plan, Project Status, software development, Software Project

The most wrong statement from a Project Manager to the management during a project can be – “Everything is as per plan”. This is never, never possible during a project where a software development is required. If this is the statement from the Project Manager, there could be two realities...


February 2, 2009  9:51 AM

A Note for budding stars – the testers! And a tip to QA Head



Posted by: Jaideep Khanduja
developer, QA, QC, quality head, quality manager, software, software quality, SQA, SQC, tester, testing

The young inexperienced or short experienced budding testers are the one who will determine the future of testing. This is the prime thing that the QA head has to keep in mind while grooming and mentoring them. The testers have to have a firm belief that the future of testing is going to be...


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