Quality Assurance and Project Management:

April, 2009

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April 29, 2009  10:18 AM

Project Overrun – who to blame



Posted by: Jaideep Khanduja
project manager, project overrun, Software Project

Project overrun is not unknown for any software organization. Every organization who has tasted it would acknowledge that it is always painful – in terms of time, cost and resources. Ultimately when the other two factors are also converted to cost, it comes to a voluminous figure. Nobody wants...

April 27, 2009  10:06 AM

Project Overrun – what is crucial – time, money or both?



Posted by: Jaideep Khanduja
domestic project, overseas project, project implementation, project management, project manager, project monitoring, project organization, project overrun, Project Plan, Project Planning, software implementation, Software Project

A classic scenario happened in an organization recently as told to me by a project manager of that organization engaged in software development and implementations. It is related to project overrun. A new project started with a set of requirements from a customer for development and...


April 24, 2009  10:06 AM

5 ways to control project overrun



Posted by: Jaideep Khanduja
customer engagement, management involvement, project closure, project cost, project management, project momentum, project organization, Project Plan, Project Planning, project sign-off, project time, project training, project velocity, Software Project

Project overrun is simply a project crossing its boundaries set by the organization. These boundaries may vary from organization to organization depending on how they blindly or how over-extensively (both extremes) they want to look at it. 5 ways to control project overrun could be:

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  • April 22, 2009  9:51 AM

    5 myths about Project Overrun



    Posted by: Jaideep Khanduja
    customer requirements, project acceptance, project closure, project cost, project management, project manpower management, project organization, project overrun, Project Plan, Project Planning, project timeframe, project timeline, Software Project, software requirements

    All projects are prone to overrun. An overrun acceptance is directly proportional to an organization’s fault absorption capacity. Accordingly the definition of overrun is framed to demonstrate an overrun project as rightly completed project. 5 myths about Project Overrun could be:

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  • April 20, 2009  10:05 AM

    Role of customer project manager at customer site during implementation stage



    Posted by: Jaideep Khanduja
    business need, business study, implementation phase, implementation plan, implementation process, post implementation, process owner, project closure, project failure, project implementation, project lead, project management, project manager, project ownership, project sign-off, project success, project team, reconciliation, Risk Management, Risk Plan, software training, transaction entry, UAT

    The customer project manager has to take the lead and ownership of product as soon as it is launched at customer site for implementation. The UAT, training and implementation process can only be effective in case customer project team gets fully involved into each and every activity of the...


    April 17, 2009  10:03 AM

    Role of vendor project manager at customer site during implementation stage



    Posted by: Jaideep Khanduja
    implementation plan, project implementation, project lead, project management, project manager, project team, Risk Management, Risk Plan, software implementation

    The vendor project manager has to work as a consultant to the customer project manager rather than taking the full command at customer site during implementation phase. From vendor side, it is the responsibility of the project manager to highlight the risks (in terms of user’s availability,...


    April 16, 2009  9:40 AM

    Responsibilities of project manager during project implementation phase



    Posted by: Jaideep Khanduja
    implementation plan, project closure, project lead, project management, project manager, project team, software acceptance, software implementation, Software Project

    Project managers (the customer end and the vendor end) have to work hand in hand during the implementation stage of a software project happening at customer site. The key responsibility of both the project managers working on the project is to ensure successful implementation and project...


    April 13, 2009  10:01 AM

    Project Manager’s vision has to be perfect 6/6 for project implementation



    Posted by: Jaideep Khanduja
    project implementation, Project Lifecycle, project management, project manager, software development, software implementation, Software Project, software testing

    No project manager can claim there was not a single problem in any of his projects. But then he is to tackle them. To tackle them he should be aware of them. To be aware of them, he has to have an ability to foresee them than to overlook them. The earlier he envisages those problems, the more time...


    April 10, 2009  9:59 AM

    Application developed, tested and built well does not ensure successful implementation



    Posted by: Jaideep Khanduja
    Application development, application implementation, application readiness, post implementation, project director, project management, project manager, project sponsor, project vision, software development, software implementation, software project manager, software testing, stakeholder, successful implementation

    It is not only the project manager but all stakeholders who get affected by the project over-run or failure. It could happen due to any reasons. One of the major reasons that have emerged is the lack of vision of the project manager, project sponsors, project directors and other stakeholders to...


    April 8, 2009  10:18 AM

    10 stages of Risk in software application development and testing



    Posted by: Jaideep Khanduja
    application testing, impact analysis, risk, Risk analysis, risk assessment, risk classification, risk closure, risk identification, risk perception, Risk Plan, risk plan analysis, risk plan execution, Software application, software development, software testing

    A risk is a bigger than its size if it is not identified well in advance. An identified risk is as risky as unidentified if its assessment is not done. Risk assessment is useless if there is no impact analysis. Impact analysis has no worth if its countermeasure is not identified. Let us...


    April 6, 2009  10:29 AM

    Six facts about software application risks



    Posted by: Jaideep Khanduja
    countermeasure, fool-proofing, impact analysis, Project Lifecycle, risk assessment, risk identification, risk impact, Risk lifecycle, Risk Management, risk severity, SDLC, Software application, software project management

    Similar to SDLC (software development lifecycle management), there is RLC or Risk lifecycle management in a software application in which there are different stages involved. The different stages could be risk identification, risk assessment, impact analysis, countermeasure identification,...


    April 2, 2009  10:06 AM

    Different Software Applications have different set of Risks involved



    Posted by: Jaideep Khanduja
    application availability, bank application, high risk, low risk, medium risk, risk, Risk analysis, risk impact, Software application, software availability, software requirement, software usage, software user volume, vulnerability

    Any activity is never without risk involved in it. Risk could be classified in different categories like - low, medium or high depending on its impact, software’s requirements and purpose, software usage, and software user volume. Accordingly the risks are identified or rather perceived. Their...


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