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February 26, 2010  1:00 PM

Five Stages of DONE in Project Management



Posted by: Jaideep Khanduja
milestone, process, project management, project stages, project task, Timeline, timeplan

A Project is nothing but a collection of tasks, milestones and activities. These are managed with the help of some standard methodology, process and procedure. In every stage of project we are supposed to perform some tasks, achieve certain...

February 24, 2010  12:13 PM

Five Points to do Justice with Your Project Information



Posted by: Jaideep Khanduja
Development Manager, project information, project management, project manager, quality manager, Software Project, stakeholder

You might be a project manager, senior management, customer management, customer project manager, quality manager, development manager, business manager. That makes you an active and responsible stakeholder in the project. Your role is not just to...


February 23, 2010  12:35 PM

Ten Insights About Project Information



Posted by: Jaideep Khanduja
information flow, information flow charter, project charter, project information, project level, project management, project manager, project milestone, project projection, task breakdown

1. A project is associated with lot of information flow. 2. Be it any stage of the project, information is very important to understand if a particular project is progressing, accelerating, decelerating, not moving, illumined or merely under the influence of...


February 19, 2010  8:00 AM

Two 360 Degrees Aspects of Reputation Management



Posted by: Jaideep Khanduja
project management, Reputation risk, Software Project

A reputation risk associated with a product is prone to cause a ‘bad’ reputation to the product. But reputation management does not limit itself only to mitigate reputation risks. Its other purpose is to increase the ‘good’...


February 17, 2010  7:00 AM

Five Different Levels of Reputation Damage



Posted by: Jaideep Khanduja
Project, project management, Reputation risk, risk mitigation, Software Project

As we know a risk to a product is connected to the risk to the management or organization using that product. The higher the damage involved with the risk the higher is the mitigation procedure required as a countermeasure. The reputation...


February 15, 2010  8:00 AM

Four Commandants for Project Manager to be a Good Proxy Customer during Product Development



Posted by: Jaideep Khanduja
business analyst, business requirement, product development, project management, project manager

There is no harm in owning the product (on behalf of the customer) by the project manager during the development phase, but keep some key points in mind while doing it: 1. Ensure the business requirement documents are well in place and are quite...


February 14, 2010  8:30 AM

Who Exactly is the Product Owner – Customer or Project Team



Posted by: Jaideep Khanduja
product development, product owner, project management, project team

Product development requires day to day interactions and query solving of the development team related to the product. The customer presence is not extensive and hence most of the product related queries have to be resolved by the project manager. The business analyst...


February 14, 2010  8:18 AM

Product Ownership – A Weirdly Sensible Philosophy



Posted by: Jaideep Khanduja
Product ownership, Project Development, project management, project manager, project team, software product

It is not difficult to answer who is the product owner. Obviously the answer is – “customer” who is paying for the product. Ownership always consists of two aspects, in all circumstances, everywhere in the world. The two aspects are “joys” and the “pains”. I...


February 8, 2010  10:06 AM

Six Assured Steps to Become Worst Project Manager



Posted by: Jaideep Khanduja
project management, project manager, Project Planning

1. Vision and Leadership: As a project manager never provide any technology vision and leadership in the development and implementation to your teams engaged in your project. 2. Planning: No planning must be done to build your customer’s operations in the...


February 5, 2010  1:21 PM

Five Ways to Increase Project Risk



Posted by: Jaideep Khanduja
project charter, project definition, project deliverables, project management, project objective, Project Plan, Project Risk, project scope, project team, project vision, Risk Management

1. Project Definition: Either don’t define your project or define it in most ambiguous manner so that even if you read it again, you are not able to make anything out of it. Don’t define Project Charter comprising of project vision, project objective, project scope and project...


February 5, 2010  10:33 AM

22 Ways to Increase your Project Success Rate



Posted by: Jaideep Khanduja
project management, software development, Software Project, software quality

1. Overcome constraints 2. Increase quality of service 3. Drive your team to perform better and become more productive 4. Keep yourself and your teams Happy 5. Have a stable and consistently improving...


February 1, 2010  11:40 AM

Six Contributors to the Reputation Risk of Your Software Project



Posted by: Jaideep Khanduja
project management, Reputation, Reputation risk, Software Project

Reputation and reputation risk both are estimated during the project and the way it progresses while crossing its milestones. The customer is the last milestone in any project and it is the external agency like customer or the market from where the reputation or...


January 29, 2010  8:05 AM

Ten Reasons to Adopt Hoshin Kanri for Project Management



Posted by: Jaideep Khanduja
Hoshin, hoshin kanri, kanri, process, project failure, project management, project methodology, project result, project strategy, project success, Software Project

Project Management is an Art and Science both. An artistic touch makes it beautiful. A scientific approach makes it successful. Both are essential in case of a software project. Hoshin Kanri is a Japanese term. In Japanese,...


January 28, 2010  11:38 AM

Seven Commandants for the Success of any Project



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

  • 1) Any project is undertaken for success. No organization, no management or no project manager would start a project with an intention of making it a failure. 2) Success is a combination of two main ingredients: Decision and Choice. Choice mainly comes from the top management, Decision from...


  • January 26, 2010  9:00 AM

    What Generates Reputation Risk to my New Software Product?



    Posted by: Jaideep Khanduja
    project management, Reputation risk, Software Project

    As discussed in the previous articleWhat is Reputation Risk in regard to a Software Product?” the situation can arise in case of any product or...


    January 25, 2010  8:14 AM

    What is Reputation Risk in regard to a Software Product?



    Posted by: Jaideep Khanduja
    Reputation risk, software development, software product, testing

    Reputation risk of the product is a very critical factor related to a product that a company delivers to its customer(s). The reputation risk of a product is directly related to the rate of acceptance of a product by its end users and is indirectly related to the volume of benefit...


    January 22, 2010  11:12 AM

    Ten Benefits of Continuous Learning Programs for Project Teams



    Posted by: Jaideep Khanduja
    culture, developer, performance, project management, project team, recognition, Software tester, training

    There is no end to learning. Still water becomes contaminated and harmful for use. Continuous flowing water keeps it fresh and pure. Similarly if your developers and testers or for that sake anybody in the organization keeps performing the same functions without any...


    January 19, 2010  10:50 AM

    Have You Installed Latest Patch For YOUR OWN Upgrade



    Posted by: Jaideep Khanduja
    patch, programmer, software, tester, training, update, upgrade

    Like a piece of software or hardware requires regular upgrades and updates to perform smoothly with the changes scenarios, a programmer or tester also needs the same. Or for that sake every human being on personal and professional front requires it. How it is done is important. In...


    January 15, 2010  9:45 AM

    Ten Linking Factors between Project Management, Quality Assurance and Quality Control



    Posted by: Jaideep Khanduja
    Bug, bugs report, project management, Project Management Methodology, project manager, Project Plan, QA, QA compliance, QA head, QC, quality assurance, quality control, Software Project, Software tester, software testing, Version Control

    Project Management is vague if not adhered to a proper project management methodology. Project management methodology is useless if not in sync with a project. Quality Assurance is an integral part of project management methodology. The...


    January 13, 2010  10:10 AM

    Five Benefits of Linking a Bug to its Respective Identifier, Creator and Killer



    Posted by: Jaideep Khanduja
    Bug, bug fixing, defect, developer, programmer, Project, project cost, project delay, project management, software development, Software Project, tester, time sheet

    Bug is a common factor between a tester and a developer. A developer creates a bug, tester identifies it, and then the same or different developer in turn kills the bug. A developer has two faces – creator of bug and destroyer of...


    January 11, 2010  6:25 AM

    Sixteen checkpoints for Software Project, Project Methodology, Project Management and Project Managers



    Posted by: Jaideep Khanduja
    project management, project manager, project methodology, Software Project

    1. It is important to create and follow a methodology for your software project management. 2. Let your project management not turn into a sad story. 3. Out of a project...


    January 8, 2010  6:45 AM

    Avoid Bug Fixing Nuance



    Posted by: Jaideep Khanduja
    Bug, developer, project management, software development, Software Project, software testing, tester

    Usually when the bugs report is submitted back to developers by the testers after testing the product, the developers fix the bugs and return back the product for re-testing. Definitely in any software development project there are multiple developers involved in the development...


    January 6, 2010  10:00 AM

    Development-QC-Development-QC-Dev-Product Launch



    Posted by: Jaideep Khanduja
    blackbox testing, boundary value testing, Bug, business specification, BVA, customer requirement, customer specification, development team, implementation team, performance testing, project management, QC, QC feedback, quality control, Regression Testing, software development, Software Project, tester, testing

    In software development life cycle when the product is completed by development team, it is handed over to testing team for thorough or


    January 5, 2010  12:08 PM

    An orthodox software project scenario



    Posted by: Jaideep Khanduja
    Bug, coder, coding, developer, Development, project management, software, Software Project, tester, testing

    In most of the orthodox software project scenarios software testing is a late entry. Mostly testing starts when the coding is finished. The concept of complete code testing prevails where the testers are assumed to conduct testing on the product once it is...


    December 24, 2009  10:00 AM

    Eight Soft Intuitive Checkpoints for Project Manager during an Ongoing Project



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

    The following applies to complete Project proceedings at any stage with internal teams, management, customer users, customer management and so on. Be it project meetings, briefings, development, documentation, implementation, testing or whatever – you have to be alert, awake and open to capture...


    December 23, 2009  10:00 AM

    Productivity Metrics vs. Quality Metrics



    Posted by: Jaideep Khanduja
    quality, quality control, software development, software quality

    Imagine a Pen manufacturing company having lot of orders from their customers to manufacture various types of pens. There can be two scenarios – either the delivery is production centric, or quality centric. Let us see what the difference in both...


    December 22, 2009  10:00 AM

    Eight Facts About Developers



    Posted by: Jaideep Khanduja
    developer, software development

    A developer when joins a company carries some expectations to deliver and expectations to get. He has lot of things in mind what extra edge he is going to deliver to make him different from other along with being a warm contributor to the team. Also...


    December 18, 2009  10:00 AM

    Are You Test Automation Addict



    Posted by: Jaideep Khanduja
    application, tester, testing

    As we all know – ‘excess of anything is bad’. The same applies to test automation too. Blindly going to automation for whatever comes for testing is not at all a wise activity. The important questions that you should ask yourself as Test Head can be –...


    December 14, 2009  10:00 AM

    Ten Specialities Required in a Business Technology Analyst



    Posted by: Jaideep Khanduja
    business analyst, business technical analyst, Development, documentation, process flow, project completion, project governance, project implementation, project installation, project release, requirement analysis, requirement gathering, technical analyst, test case, Test Plan, tester, testing

    A clear cut difference is there between a Business Analyst and a Business Technology Analyst. In previous blog I mentioned the essential skills required in a business analyst. Here let us highlight the essential key skills required in a person to become a business technology analyst. Those are as...


    December 11, 2009  10:00 AM

    Twelve Core Qualities of a Business Analyst



    Posted by: Jaideep Khanduja
    business analysis, business analyst, business expectation, business need, business process, business requirement, business skill, client relationship, documentation, functional issue, functional testing, integration testing, process flow, project management, project skill, requirement analysis, requirement gathering, Software Project, system analysis, technical issue, Test Plan, test strategy, UAT, user acceptance test

    Business Analysis is the core of project management. It is the first major activity starting after project initiation requiring multifaceted skills. Some of the skills or qualities required are prime than the other. The prime qualities are those which make a...


    December 9, 2009  10:00 AM

    Idea Factory during Project Lifecycle



    Posted by: Jaideep Khanduja
    bottleneck, organization, Project Lifecycle, project management, Software Project

    Do you have an Idea Factory within your organization? Ideas give you an indication that the teams and their constituents (the team members) are alive and functioning properly. It also indicates the culture of the organization. All project members...


    December 7, 2009  10:00 AM

    Eight Goal Settings for Software Developers



    Posted by: Jaideep Khanduja
    coder, coding, developer, Development, goal setting, Project, software, tester, testing

    As discussed in previous post, goal setting is a chain reaction. Goal setting by one will definitely force another to set their goal as it is obvious to happen in a team. Project management is a team effort. Like in football, a pass by center to forward enables him to shoot a...


    December 4, 2009  11:00 AM

    Project Management and Goal Setting



    Posted by: Jaideep Khanduja
    goal setting, project management, project target, project timeline, Software Project

    In any project (and in real life too!) goal setting is very important. Without setting goals or what we term as key milestones in a project, one can not set targets or timeline to achieve them. Goal setting is something that makes you keep...


    December 3, 2009  10:00 AM

    If Software is treated like Hardware Component



    Posted by: Jaideep Khanduja
    component, hardware, software, Software Project, support

    Try finding the cost of hardware components like RAM, harddisk, floppy drive, cd-drive etc. a decade back and you will be shocked to notice their price at that time as compared to today’s price. And just go back to that era and check the warranties we used to get on these...


    November 30, 2009  10:00 AM

    Where there is a ‘Wheel’ There is a ‘Way’



    Posted by: Jaideep Khanduja
    component, Project, project management, QA, QC, quality, quality assurance, quality control, Software Project

    Yes, you are not mistaken. We are not talking about the ‘will’ here; we are talking about the ‘wheel’. This is not ‘wheel of fortune’ giving you some pleasant and unpleasant surprises. This is ‘Quality’ wheel. If you keep this wheel rotating in your projects, the...


    November 27, 2009  10:00 AM

    Two Strong Pillars of Project Management – QA and QC



    Posted by: Jaideep Khanduja
    Development, Project Lifecycle, project management, QA, QC, quality, quality assurance, quality control, Software Project

    It is said that if you are going to a new place and you have done your research about that place before starting your journey, you are definitely going to call off lot of troubles. It does not mean that when you actually start your journey and reach that place or till the time you stay there...


    November 26, 2009  10:00 AM

    Product Version should match with Feedback by Development Team



    Posted by: Jaideep Khanduja
    Bug, bugs, development team, functional testing, load testing, performance testing, product development, product release, QC, quality control, Regression Testing, software, software build, software development, software product, testing

    Development Team has finished with a new version of the software product. The product is ready for testing before releasing it to production team provide QC approves it after testing that no severe bugs are there. Test environment is prepared for QC team to perform the complete...


    November 23, 2009  10:00 AM

    Project Management and the Risk Factor



    Posted by: Jaideep Khanduja
    Project Development, project implementation, Project Lifecycle, project management, project methodology, risk, Risk Management, software development, software management, software requirement, tester, testing

    Any software development and implementation project comprises of risks. The visible risks are easy to handle or manage. Invisible risks are more vulnerable. Invisible risks are like volcanoes that can erupt without any warning and can...


    November 20, 2009  10:00 AM

    How your Web Application Performs on Various Browsers?



    Posted by: Jaideep Khanduja
    application performance, browser, developer, development team, legacy software, project management, software design, software development, Software Project, software requirement, tester, testing, web application, web browser

    You are in software development and in today’s world you can’t escape from most of your customer demanding either replacing their legacy software in use with new web application or the development of a new web application. Every customer wants to keep maximum...


    November 13, 2009  10:00 AM

    Ten Commandants for Project Manager in Requirements Change Management



    Posted by: Jaideep Khanduja
    change management, product manager, project management, project manager, software product, Software Project, software requirement

    Requirements Change management if managed haphazardly may become a disaster for both customer and the product, so it has to be managed very wisely and tactically. And the role of a project manager in this is very crucial. In such a case the role of Project Manager can be sequentially summarized...


    November 11, 2009  10:00 AM

    Project Manager – A Solid Bridge between Customer and Product Manager



    Posted by: Jaideep Khanduja
    change management, customer requirement, product manager, project management, project manager, Software Project

    Let us talk about existing software required to be implemented at a new geographical location. Definitely because of a different location there will be certain new requirements plus some changes here and there in the existing built to meet customer specifications. This need to be handled very...


    November 9, 2009  10:00 AM

    How Requirements evolve during a Software Project?



    Posted by: Jaideep Khanduja
    change management, developer, project management, project manager, project phase, Software Project, software requirement

    New requirements or change in existing requirements is an inevitable process in any software project. As a project manager you encounter it during every phase of a project. Some requirements emerge internally by your own team and some come from the customer. Internal requirements result from...


    November 6, 2009  10:00 AM

    Ten cautions in case of a self sponsored project



    Posted by: Jaideep Khanduja
    Development, project management, project methodology, Project Plan, project sponsor, Risk Management, risk mitigation, risk severity, software development, Software Project

    What if you have chosen to develop a product for which you don’t have a customer right now? If you perceive that by the time you complete development phase and the product will be ready to launch if will not be obsolete as per technology or concept, go ahead but take care of following cautions to...


    November 3, 2009  10:00 AM

    Project Plans having no Place for ‘Documentation Process’ Compromise with the Quality



    Posted by: Jaideep Khanduja
    project documentation, project implementation, Project Lifecycle, project management, Project Plan, project quality, project stage, quality, software, software quality, software testing, testing

    If we have to compromise with the quality of project at various stages there are many ways to do that. Most stupid way will be to compromise with the quality of the software which in any case is going to create lot of hue and cry in the organization either prior to it goes to customer during...


    October 30, 2009  10:00 AM

    Project Scope – Customer needs to be shown the right path



    Posted by: Jaideep Khanduja
    change management, Project, project implementation, project management, project manager, project scope, sign-off, software, Software Project

    One of the project managers of an ERP implementation company got himself into a tight corner. He found himself in a tough situation where an already ‘mutually sealed’ project scope asked for one or two new requirements (or changes in the existing functionality) from the client everyday while...


    October 28, 2009  10:00 AM

    Eighteen commandants for Project Management Meetings



    Posted by: Jaideep Khanduja
    Project, project management, project meeting, project team, Software Project

    18. All meetings related to the project must be fruitful for its continuous progress and timely actions. 17. Duration of the meetings should be optimum to cover all major concerns and immediate actions required. 16. Meetings should bring all participants close to break the barrier between...


    October 26, 2009  10:00 AM

    Five ‘must-have’ skills to be a Business Analyst



    Posted by: Jaideep Khanduja
    business analysis, business analyst, business knowledge, business process, business rule, customer requirement, Development, process, project management, quality, software, Software Project, software requirement, technical knowledge

    As stated in my previous post, a Business Analyst is a quite powerful role that establishes the base of a project. It is the first visible pillar for a project which involves communication, leadership, writing, technical and functional skills together. A business analyst has to have a great depth...


    October 23, 2009  10:00 AM

    Various roles of a Business Analyst



    Posted by: Jaideep Khanduja
    business analysis, business process, business rule, customer requirement, Development, process, project management, quality, software, Software Project, software requirement

    Business Analyst is a quite powerful role forming the base of a project. It is the first visible pillar for a project which involves communication, leadership, writing, technical and functional skills together. A business analyst has to have a great depth of knowledge of the business on one hand, a...


    October 21, 2009  10:00 AM

    Performance Management has nothing to do with the Project Size



    Posted by: Jaideep Khanduja
    performance management, project management, project methodology, project organization, Software Project

    Be it large organization or small performance management is the key concern for any size of organization. Every organization has a goal to achieve their goals bound to be for a stipulated period, gain profits, enhance, and set higher targets. Growth is important for every organization. The same...


    October 19, 2009  10:00 AM

    How to predict the number of bugs in the next code of a programmer



    Posted by: Jaideep Khanduja
    Bug, bug report, code, coding, programmer, programming, Project, project management, Software Project, tester, testing

    You have a programmer who is writing codes for years that comes to you for testing. The programmer might be coding for a number of projects simultaneously or sequentially. Similar would be the case with you. You would be testing a number of projects simultaneously or one after the other. By now...


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