Quality Assurance and Project Management:


November 20, 2011  2:52 PM

When Top Management Becomes Helpless During Implementation

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

No management ever wants any of the ongoing large scale projects in the organization getting failed or substantially delayed due to two main factors – one, their reputation is at stake, and two, they are bound to lose some of their personal financial kitty in that case. But still we see many of...

November 20, 2011  1:57 PM

It Doesnot Matter SAP or BaaN more than Implementation Process

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

I recently visited a reputed international manufacturing company having 98% revenues from exports to various countries. The setup was somewhat like 3 manufacturing units in a major metro, creating a sort of zone. Another manufacturing unit was in a far off place taking 4 days to reach by road...

November 15, 2011  5:36 PM

ERP implementation in a Greenfield project

Posted by: Jaideep Khanduja
ERP, Greenfield project, project management, Software Project

ERP implementation in a Greenfield project that takes place for a new factory or office setup, as per my understanding, should be totally different from a conventional ERP implementation that takes place in an already running plant of office environment. None of the modules as such are required to...

November 7, 2011  5:15 PM

Why Does A Project Manager Need A Break From the Project

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

A regular type of work all the time makes it boring and typed thereby taking away all the variety that one needs in life for progress. This leads to a stale state of mindset where you set yourself limited to only one kind of thinking that to a certain extent. Some ice breaking is required to get...

November 7, 2011  5:03 PM

Top Twenty Pitfalls in Project Management

Posted by: Jaideep Khanduja
project management

Let us consider a project as a journey. For any journey you need to decide about lot of things in advance and during the journey. Time to time these decisions need to be looked into even if the journey has started to ensure that even if those have been taken, are they leading you to right direction...

October 6, 2011  3:32 AM

When Did You Last Take Your Information Security Awareness Program

Posted by: Jaideep Khanduja
e-learning, FISMA, GLBA, HIPAA, HITECH and Red Flag, information security, PCI, project management, security awareness, SOX

E-learning is the trend these days. It has dissolved any geographic boundaries and made this world too small for the purpose of delivering and getting the Best. To make any learning most effective, the trainer must be much focussed and aware/ capable of delivering the crux of the...

September 29, 2011  4:29 AM

Why Is It Important For QA Head To See Other Products

Posted by: Jaideep Khanduja
QA, QA Manager, QC, quality assurance, quality control

Formulating your test strategies, test plan, QA vision, mission etc. on the same trend year on year without changing according the changes happening around the world could lead to a disaster. For instance being a QA Head, you would have clear cut instructions for your QC Head to...

September 29, 2011  3:59 AM

How Often A Project Manager Goes Out Of Shell

Posted by: Jaideep Khanduja
product management, project management, project manager

A project manager’s shell is his projects. Most of his life is spent in moving from one shell to another shell after spending a substantial amount of time, energy and efforts in each shell. Its quite funny if he introspects after a decade or so to analyze what exactly has he...

September 14, 2011  7:21 PM

Can My Project Management Office Learn From This Kitchen Friendly Website

Posted by: Jaideep Khanduja
cookshop, cookware, kitchen trolley, pmo, project management, project manager, salamander, Slamandercookshop

I recently observed a website while randomly searching for something related to cooking, cookware etc on Google when I encountered Salamander Cookshop. The site is simple, plain, crisp and to the point; serving its purpose to the fullest. It is a...

August 31, 2011  1:12 PM

Ten Major Constituents Of Project Estimations

Posted by: Jaideep Khanduja
project cost, project estimations, project management, software management

Project estimations is not management’s ballgame. It has to come from the person who is actually conversant with in and out of at least a good amount of different type of projects running within the same organization. Project estimation is not simple mathematics. It is not just A + B. Various...

August 31, 2011  1:10 PM

Project Estimations Is Not Management Ballgame

Posted by: Jaideep Khanduja
project cost, project estimations, project management, Software Project

All projects in which management is the sole player in deciding about project estimations have higher chances of failing as compared to projects in which all members engaged with project in any manner have been involved in determining project estimations. When it is management that does project...

August 22, 2011  4:52 PM

With No Measurement Of Plan Project Failure Is Not Too Far

Posted by: Jaideep Khanduja
project management, project measurement, project metrics, project milestones, Project Plan, project team, Software Project

Any project has some basic requirements like project committee, stakeholders, sponsors, requirements, initiation, team formation, plan and milestones identification, project development, execution, implementation, handover, and finally project closure. What it means is that each of...

August 22, 2011  4:47 PM

Project Ends With Either Win Win Or Lose Lose

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

A customer is supposed to be quite cooperative and involved throughout the project. A project is supposed to be completed well in time complying with all the requirements specified by customer. Customer requirements specified in the beginning of a project are supposed to be...

August 18, 2011  5:58 PM

Project Starting Without Project Plan Is Like Driving With No Route Knowledge

Posted by: Jaideep Khanduja
project management, Software Project

There is a big difference between mediocre companies and well structured companies working in same set of business. Let us see a set of software development companies. This set contains two types of companies having different project management methodologies. All other types of...

August 18, 2011  5:50 PM

If Sponsor Is Weak It Is Better To Drop Project

Posted by: Jaideep Khanduja
project management, Software Project

Having a high level seat in an organization qualifies a person to sponsor a project. Sponsor could be one person, generally one top positions or a groups of persons comprising of top/ middle level of management of one or different organizations. Projects may be self sponsored too...

August 15, 2011  6:35 AM

Projects With Least Involvement Of Sponsors Do Not Do Well

Posted by: Jaideep Khanduja
project management, Software Project

Project Sponsor(s) are the executives whose dream gets a hope of light of the day when the plan to give a reality shape to this dream is made by forming a team and assigning relevent task to each of the team members. Project sponsors ususally are too senior lot of people ususally...

August 15, 2011  6:28 AM

Dream Based Projects Prone To Fail In Lack Of Vision And Clarity

Posted by: Jaideep Khanduja
project management, Software Project

A CEO of a software company dreamt about a very great product one fine day and decided to give it a shape in reality world with the help of his strongly skilled team. The team spent many days on brainstorming about this new product conceptualization, design and development part....

August 7, 2011  8:00 AM

Quality Is Not Something We Are Not Aware Of In Our Day To Day Life

Posted by: Jaideep Khanduja
quality assurance, quality control, Software Project, software quality

Any human being is a born quality manager and keep demonstrating his quality skills in day to day life by managing everything that comes in way by means of best possible solutions. A child is taught about cleanliness and discipline right from begining to sreamline his daily work....

August 7, 2011  7:40 AM

Everyone Is A Born Project Manager

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

A child is born to get groomed to be responsible for various activities all across his life during his transformation from infant to toddler to teenager to adult to old. At various stages he has to undertake various responsibilites along with a continuous learning process. A stage...

July 31, 2011  6:42 PM

A Dozen Of Super Sixers On Project Management And Quality Assurance

Posted by: Jaideep Khanduja
project management, Software Project

1. Six facts about software application risks 2. Six Pack User Manual – how to build 3.

July 31, 2011  2:36 PM

Twenty Nine High Fiver Blogs On Project Management And Quality Assurance

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

Five guidelines for customer project team while filling Post Implementation Review form

July 26, 2011  6:07 PM

Sixteen Blogs On Identificaiton Of Customer Requirements

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

Customer Requirements need to be wisely analyzed before committing its fulfilment to customer. Many a times a commitment which has not been properly analyzed and assessed...

July 26, 2011  5:17 PM

Six Blogs On Release Management

Posted by: Jaideep Khanduja
change management, development server, product management, production server, Regression Testing, release management, Risk Management, Staging Server, Test Server, testing

Release management is a systematic structured approach of releasing the product to customer. The product journey that starts from requirement gathering from customer, conceptualization, prototyping,...

July 24, 2011  2:18 PM

Six Sins At Product Development Stage That Can Lead Project To Disaster

Posted by: Jaideep Khanduja
customer requirement, development plan, development team, project management, Project Plan, QA, QC, quality assurance, quality control, software development, Software Project, team management

Requirement Coverage: Requirement gathering and its documentation both need to be crisply and completely covered. Any lack in either of the activity is like a volcano in the making. In fact 88 percent of project failures worldwide are due to wrong or incomplete requirement...

July 24, 2011  2:03 PM

Seven Blogs On SDLC Software Development LifeCycle

Posted by: Jaideep Khanduja
project management, QA, QC, SDLC, software development, software development lifecycle, Software Project, testing

Software development comprises of various stages and components. As software development is a subset of Project Management; there are many similar components of Software Development Management. Some substantial components of Software Development would be –

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  • July 15, 2011  5:02 PM

    Nine More Blogs On Project Manager

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

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

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    July 15, 2011  4:55 PM

    Eight Blogs On Project Manager

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

    1. 15 checkpoints for a Project Manager at the start of a new Project 2.

    July 14, 2011  6:05 PM

    An Extra Mile Of Testing In Initial Phases Saves A Lot Of Project Fuel

    Posted by: Jaideep Khanduja
    project management, Software Project, tester, testing

    An extra mile of testing effort spent at initial level saves lot of efforts at a later stage. Minor hiccups passed over to customer too sometimes create big issues depending on their frequency and volume of occurrence. Imagine a small fly in the sweet dish being...

    July 14, 2011  5:59 PM

    Test Strategy Can Not Be Same For Different Software

    Posted by: Jaideep Khanduja
    project management, tester, testing

    A business comprises of different software. These software applications comprise of two business streams – business critical application and business supporting application. Usually business critical applications cover ERP like main stream application. Business support applications may comprise...

    July 11, 2011  2:37 AM

    Implementation Phase Is Acid Test For Software Project Success

    Posted by: Jaideep Khanduja
    developer, Development, implementation, project management, Software Project, tester, testing

    Tester is not the part of package of a team going for software product implementation. Probably that is wrong on part of project manager if he decided to send a technical team member along with implementation team with a sanction of development and requirement changes...

    July 11, 2011  2:27 AM

    Testing Methodology Has To Vary For Development And Support Phase

    Posted by: Jaideep Khanduja
    developer, Development, project management, software, tester, testing

    Support comes after project completion. Project lifecycle but must treat support phase as a component of it. Prior to support the major project phases include – project initiation, requirement collection and freezing (though freezing is not actually freezing till the handover and...

    June 30, 2011  5:48 PM

    Software Requirement Gathering Is Most Prime Stage Of Project

    Posted by: Jaideep Khanduja
    business process, business requirement, project management, SDLC, software development lifecycle, software requirement

    SDLC-I: Software requirements - This post talks about Software Requirements. Software requirements itself required a standard process or procedure to be followed and can’t be managed in a...

    June 30, 2011  5:38 PM

    Seven Blogs In A Row On SDLC Software Development Life Cycle

    Posted by: Jaideep Khanduja
    coding, SDLC, software design, software development, software requirement, testing

    I think anybody who is in software industry must be familiar with the complete lifecycle of software. Here is a treat of seven blogs in a row on the same very subject of SDLC – that is software development lifecycle. 1.

    June 29, 2011  8:09 AM

    Five Good Blogs On Testing

    Posted by: Jaideep Khanduja
    Bug, software quality, software testing, tester, testing

    Here is a segregated list of my blogs on testing mainly for the purpose of people enthusiast in testing, testers, QA, QC, bug management; and software Quality:

    June 29, 2011  7:40 AM

    A Checklist Is Must To Ensure Complete Coverage Of Software Testing

    Posted by: Jaideep Khanduja
    project management, software development, software testing, test team

    The post Twenty ways to ensure complete coverage of software testing’ can be treated as a checklist for ensuring complete coverage of testing...

    June 27, 2011  6:42 PM

    If Doctor Starts Curing His Patients Like A Programmer

    Posted by: Jaideep Khanduja
    Bug, developer, software, tester, testing

    Why Software Developers are not Doctors? was another interesting read to understand the satire behind the simple title line. Software developers are quite famous (and that is not in...

    June 27, 2011  6:24 PM

    Why Software Testing And Importance

    Posted by: Jaideep Khanduja
    business application, business software, project management, Software developer, software development, software product, Software tester, software testing

    ‘How Software Testing Took Birth’ would be an interesting read if you have not read it earlier. Give it a try to this small article that provides and insight to some very basic...

    June 26, 2011  6:51 PM

    An Approach Of Project Cost Estimation And Another For Software Testing

    Posted by: Jaideep Khanduja
    developer, Development, project management, Software Project, tester, testing

    Each bug in the software costs. The first hidden cost is the developers time that could have gone in a neat code, except goes into embedding a bug in his code. This all happens unnoticingly. No developer intentionaly writes bugful codes. It happens inherently due to a set of fixed...

    June 26, 2011  6:23 PM

    My Earlier Pains About Testers And Developers Are Still Intact

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

    When I started blogging on ITKnowledgeExchange.com under the blog title ” Quality Assurance and Project Management” in the middle of the year 2008, I wanted to pour out all my experience on Project Management, Quality Assurance, Quality Control, Team Management and other...

    June 25, 2011  6:39 PM

    Each Bug Has An Element Of Cost Associated With It

    Posted by: Jaideep Khanduja
    bug fixing, bug reporting, developer, Development, project management, Software Project, tester, testing

    Usually it is not the developer’s fault if he build bug in addition to writing code for any application, The seriousness of application may vary from business point of view, the way that application is going to cater to the business management. Even a game code for a gaming...

    June 25, 2011  6:15 PM

    An Approach To Ascertain Leverage Of Developing Bugs In Place OF Neat Software Product

    Posted by: Jaideep Khanduja
    developer, Development, project management, Software Project, tester, testing

    Every Bug has a cost to fix and for that sake to report too. It takes someone’s time (tester’s) to find out the bug in a software product. It takes another piece of time to write and report it to development team who in turn is responsible to fix the bug. Fixing of...

    June 24, 2011  6:37 PM

    Testing And Project Progress Go Hand In Hand

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

    There are seven instances when a tester need to knock to Project Manager for certain requirements or help from him without which his role as a tester cannot move further. Any lack in those assistance to tester will certainly mean lack in delivery of right product/ bug free product. For isntance...

    June 24, 2011  6:06 PM

    An Insight Of How To Turn A Good Developer Into A Good Tester As Well

    Posted by: Jaideep Khanduja
    developer, project management, tester

    There are good programmers and there are good testers. But in 99% of cases good programmers are not good testers and in 100% of cases good testers are not good programmers. Whats exactly would stop a good programmer to be a good tester. Three years back I wrote a post on this...

    May 30, 2011  11:00 AM

    Four Simple Tools To Enhance Project Success Rate

    Posted by: Jaideep Khanduja
    project management, Software Proejct, team management

    Success of a project depends on many factors. To name a few would be Team composition, team size, project management methodology, benchmarking, optimization, time management, resource management, monitoring and so on. The list may go endless. Besides all mentioned above, some...

    May 26, 2011  12:24 PM

    Test Environment Versus Live Environment

    Posted by: Jaideep Khanduja
    project management, Software Project, software testing, test environment

    It is not actually Test Environment Detail Template. It should be termed as Test Environment Template. Let us first understand some terms first as below. Test Environment: An environment in terms of hardware (server, end user, networking, LAN, WAN), software...

    May 25, 2011  11:20 AM

    Three Initiators To Lead A Team Without Being Team Leader

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

    1. Proactive And Intuitive: Alternatively imagine of a team that wakes up only when the water has reached till neck height will take four times of efforts to resolve the same issues. That means a proactive approach is always good with a good flavour of intuitive power. Being...

    May 24, 2011  11:03 AM

    Positive And Negative Traits Of Project Say A Lot If Analysed

    Posted by: Jaideep Khanduja
    project management, Software Project

    Positive of negative traits of a project do not happen on its own. Every act has a reason and every reason has a cause. It is quite important to understand the cause and reason behind any act that occurs during a project lifecycle. Any deviation from a regular trend...

    May 23, 2011  11:31 AM

    Understanding A Complex Situation Is First Mantra Of Success For A Project Team

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

    Sole purpose of team formation is to manage a tough task collectively and finding out success paths collectively. A team shares success and failures together even if few among all members are responsible for it. Each member of team is supposed to benefit project progress in one way...

    May 23, 2011  10:49 AM

    Project Team Sizing And Optimizing

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

    Best part in a team versus an individual is that a single person will think only with his brain having no discussions, brainstorming, alternatives and different perspectives. A team comprises of different heads, having different ways of thinking and tacking situations. In a group...

    May 18, 2011  12:20 PM

    Dynamic Team Vs Static Team

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

    Imagine that you start your new venture. This venture has no scope of any recruitment in the beginning and there is only a small office with you to start your operations. Gradually there is an ample scope of expansion of business, more office space, recruitment of staff etc. during...

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