Quality Assurance and Project Management

Aug 20 2008   10:21AM GMT

Project Management – I



Posted by: Jaideep Khanduja
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Project Lifecycle
project management
SDLC
software engineering

Project Management is nothing but adoption of a set of processes to ensure the smooth running of a project development passing through various stages and its successful and timely completion. It is the crux of any project as I too believe that it is not the people who make the projects successful, it is the processes and procedures adopted by the management responsible for the project. Project Management depends on how matured a company’s processes and procedures are. Broadly in terms of Project Management, organizations can be divided into three categories: First category will be of organizations having no or a very little system in place for Project Management. The organizations falling in second category would be those who have processes and procedures in place but not adequate for 100% successful Project Management and hence those organizations keep on striving for improvements by continuously analyzing, trying, good practices for enhancements, optimization, and successful project management. The third category of organization would be those who are matured, balanced, and a showcase for other organizations. When I say balanced, I mean they are neither too rigid nor too flexible in their practices. These organizations have a set of best practices in their sleeves being used for years, time and tested again and again. They would decide upon the best suitable practices depending on a specific project. When I say matured, I mean their success rate is higher than their peer organizations, they are the best in Project Management. Their employee turnover ratio is quite less, their employee satisfaction level, energy level and passion level is higher. They have not only adopted the best practices in their system, but in their organization culture, and in the blood of each employee.

For first and second category of organizations, the journey is long to reach to the final level, but equally higher is the scope to achieve it. Provided they have an urge, zeal and fire to achieve it, they stay on their levels for years. It is the management that has to drive it and for management it is sooner the better looking at the competition at global level and the expectations level of the customer. That does not mean that for the third category of organizations it is the end of the journey, rather it is difficult to maintain, sustain and keep improvising as everyone knows it is easier to reach at the top once than reaching every time, and maintaining it.

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