Quality Assurance and Project Management:

March, 2009

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March 30, 2009  9:50 AM

A good programmer is not always useful

Jaideep Khanduja Jaideep Khanduja Profile: Jaideep Khanduja

Once upon a time there was a programmer, a very good programmer. Good here means skilled, learned, experienced, and serious. He was appointed by an organization for a large project for a job to write quality programs. He was doing it well and was able to prove his point that he is good for the...

March 26, 2009  10:22 AM

Hello Project Manager – Hare and Tortoise – a Classic case to tackle

Jaideep Khanduja Jaideep Khanduja Profile: Jaideep Khanduja

Let me start with the classic story – This refers to the team of a Project Manager. The team size may vary from project to project and organization to organization, but the story remains the same. Story is quite short and interesting. A Project manager assigns different set of tasks to his...


March 23, 2009  10:30 AM

20 most powerful and Smart weapons for Project Manager to Lead in Recession Period

Jaideep Khanduja Jaideep Khanduja Profile: Jaideep Khanduja

Due to recession, there is scarcity of business and projects for software organizations. In such a situation, the projects in hand (and the forthcoming ones) have to be handled very carefully for a win-win situation. To attain that, there are certain smart weapons that a project manager needs to be...


March 20, 2009  10:42 AM

How to manage new entrant in a project team

Jaideep Khanduja Jaideep Khanduja Profile: Jaideep Khanduja

A new entrant at any level should never be burdened (leave aside “overburdened”), and an ample time should be given to him to prepare himself for the forthcoming project(s). If already there is a load of work, the minimum should fall on the new entrant, rest should be shared among the existing...


March 18, 2009  10:37 AM

Don’t create panic when team momentum is at bottom of the graph

Jaideep Khanduja Jaideep Khanduja Profile: Jaideep Khanduja

Usually during the period between first project close-out and next project initiation, most of the team members of project have not much to perform except utilizing their time in non-visible activities. This could include personal web browsing, social sites, pending emails, thinking about...


March 16, 2009  11:07 AM

A wonderful powerhouse gifted to a project manager – his Team

Jaideep Khanduja Jaideep Khanduja Profile: Jaideep Khanduja

All project managers depend on their teams working on the project and in turn the persons who form the team. Teams could comprise of project leader, module leaders, functional consultants, technical consultants, database architecture, system designers, developers, programmers, testers etc. To keep...


March 13, 2009  10:07 AM

7 mandates for Customer Organization on Software Project “Ownership”

Jaideep Khanduja Jaideep Khanduja Profile: Jaideep Khanduja

In software project there are two key agencies involved – customer and vendor. Both have to own equal responsibility in managing, monitoring and completing it successfully. In my earlier blog I have mentioned 6 mandates for Vendor Organization on Software Project Ownership. Here I would like to...


March 11, 2009  10:15 AM

6 mandates for Supplier Organization on Software Project Ownership

Jaideep Khanduja Jaideep Khanduja Profile: Jaideep Khanduja

Ownership is a big issue in a software project. Customer organization assumes that since they are spending money, it is the sole responsibility of supplying organization to make the project a success. Vendor organization on the other hand assumes otherwise. Who is right? I think both are wrong at...


March 9, 2009  10:28 AM

20 points for organizational self evaluation to check where it stands in Software Project Management

Jaideep Khanduja Jaideep Khanduja Profile: Jaideep Khanduja

  • 1. Does a formal Project Management Methodology exist in your organization? 2. Are you using some metrics to check if this is the right methodology? 3. What is the degree of improvement required in your current methodology to meet your customer expectations? 4. What are your...


  • March 6, 2009  9:42 AM

    Why software testing effort estimation is important after functional specifications finalization phase?

    Jaideep Khanduja Jaideep Khanduja Profile: Jaideep Khanduja

    If we go by quality standards the sizing of software testing effort has to be done before the tester(s) start writing the test cases for the purpose. The estimate will clearly draw out of the functional specifications signed off between the customer and vendor. Without sizing the Testing manager...


    March 4, 2009  10:03 AM

    10 top “Do this if you want blunders!” in Software Development and Software Testing

    Jaideep Khanduja Jaideep Khanduja Profile: Jaideep Khanduja

    1. Quality Goals are meant only for Quality Department: No department other than quality (project management, product development, documentation, general management etc.) has to read, understand and learn about the quality goals of the organization. It is only the responsibility of...


    March 2, 2009  9:59 AM

    10 golden rules for Requirements Based Testing

    Jaideep Khanduja Jaideep Khanduja Profile: Jaideep Khanduja

    10. Document with complete and clear requirements is as important as oxygen in the air: Requirements based testing is purely based on the requirements specified by the customer or software sponsor during the business requirements study phase. Documentation of all requirements (user...


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