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January 12, 2011  10:15 AM

Business Value And Sustenance



Posted by: Jaideep Khanduja
business value, project management

Business value is never a constant. It changes with time. Its parameters also may change from time to time. A factor which could be inconsiderable a certain point of time may emerge as a considerable factor to be included at a later stage. So that means the number of factors and...

December 29, 2010  11:38 AM

Project Management And Requirement Cost



Posted by: Jaideep Khanduja
project management, requirement analysis, requirement cost

We usually don’t evaluate a change request or requirement in accounting terms for both its purposes – expense cost and benefits value. Maturity of change management process depends solely on the organization that incorporates any change management process and its periodic...


December 29, 2010  11:36 AM

Project Management And Software Limitations



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

A famous quote by Norman R. Augustine goes like this - "Software is like entropy. It is difficult to grasp, weighs nothing, and obeys the second law of thermodynamics; i.e. it always increases." This one or two liner quote says a lot about the practical world of...


December 28, 2010  11:02 AM

Project Management and Software Manual



Posted by: Jaideep Khanduja
project documentation, project management, software manual

Let us start with a famous quote by Dave Barry who said – "Software is usually accompanied by documentation in the form of big fat scary manuals that nobody ever reads. In fact, for the past five years most of the manuals shipped with software products have actually been copies...


December 28, 2010  10:58 AM

Project Management And Project Policy



Posted by: Jaideep Khanduja
policy deployment, policy implementation, project management, project policy

There need to be standard policy to manage a new project. Policy definition becomes prime important right in the beginning of a project that needs to be approved by management to proceed ahead in further project related activities. Once it gets properly defined and approved, its...


December 27, 2010  10:13 AM

Project Management And Change Agents



Posted by: Jaideep Khanduja
change management, organizational goal, project management

Change management takes care of any change in the organization that may or may not be directly connected to project. Change management and improvement initiatives may overlap most of the times. Reason could be the goals being taken to be achieved in any improvement process that...


December 27, 2010  10:10 AM

Project Management And Process Improvement



Posted by: Jaideep Khanduja
change management, project initiative, project management

Organizations initiate improvement processes for many purposes. Improvement process initiatives are like investment. Investments initiatives have various goals – short term goals, mid term goals, and long term goals. Same holds truth for improvement process initiatives...


December 20, 2010  10:46 AM

Project Management And Project KPIs



Posted by: Jaideep Khanduja
organizational culture, project management

When a project plan is formulated in any organization, the purpose of exercise is much deeper than just defining a project plan on a piece of paper. A project plan can be further used to produce key performance indicators (KPIs) which in turn point towards the achievement of each...


December 20, 2010  10:44 AM

Project Management And Project Strategy



Posted by: Jaideep Khanduja
project management, Project Plan, project strategy

Without bothering about organizational goals putting efforts in designing a framework for project management would be inappropriate for both streams. An individual is always different from a collective group in an organization. It is organization that rules over individual...


December 17, 2010  9:44 AM

Project Procedures And Stakeholders Part IV



Posted by: Jaideep Khanduja
project management

If a non adherence in processes and procedures is noticed at any level of project management, it needs to be addressed to by way of understanding why it has not been adopted. The team not adopting it might have certain doubts in mind which need to be understood and addressed to. A...


December 17, 2010  9:37 AM

Project Procedures And Stakeholders Part III



Posted by: Jaideep Khanduja
project management practices, project procedure

A link between performance management and processes becomes helpful for any organization to achieve successful results at any stage. A common set of documents available readily becomes helpful in placing all involved at a common platform thereby removing any...


October 20, 2010  10:30 AM

Release Management Part V



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

The risk management and change management are two major players in whole release management process. Release management in itself demands


October 19, 2010  11:01 AM

Release Management Part IV



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

Once the assessment is validated, the product is ready to be installed in a separate server to run if for real business in real-life scenario. This server is supposed to support the business transaction in real terms. The configuration and other parameters are selected keeping all these factors in...


October 19, 2010  10:54 AM

Release Management Part III



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

As the test team finishes the testing process, submits the report to development team, and finally ensures that all test cases pass, the final code is installed in a different server termed as staging server. This is the server for the purpose of UAT (user acceptance test) for the purpose of...


October 15, 2010  9:18 AM

Release Management Part II



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

Though many development teams do not understand the importance of testing the product on their own, but it definitely helps both teams (development and testing) to a large extent in refinement of the product. A regression test is performed by testing team going...


October 15, 2010  9:13 AM

Release Management Part I



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

Release Management is a journey of software product starting from requirement gathering, product conceptualization, prototyping, coding, testing and finally landing to production server. This product inception and production journey starts with developer’s machine to development...


October 5, 2010  8:59 AM

Check out the Correct Support Call Closure Process



Posted by: Jaideep Khanduja
product support, project management, Software Project, software support, Support centre

Generally in a product support group the end user call is closed by a support executive. This sort of process misses out two important factors – the customer or end user and the quality group. A call closed by the support executive neither mostly gets it vetted by the end user...


October 5, 2010  4:50 AM

Never Go For A Decentralized Support Centre



Posted by: Jaideep Khanduja
product resolution, product support, project management, Software Project, software support, Support centre

A geographically scattered user base requires a well equipped support or call resolution centre to cater to their problems. A well launched product will never give troubles will be a misnomer. Any level of users at any stage keep encountering issues, problems, doubts, and usage...


September 29, 2010  6:25 AM

Four Tools To Optimize Your Support Function Schedule



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

Support or handholding phase starts in a project after the project is handed over to the customer for real-life business usage. The end users start exploring the strengths in the software by performing their respective functions on the product. During this exploration period they...


September 28, 2010  12:10 PM

Fifteen Yearnings In Testing



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

1. Always strive to perform better manual testing (in the manual testing area). 2. Code and Testing are not two separate entities. A Coder can and should take as much care as possible of not embedding bugs (knowingly, unknowingly, carelessly or for whatsoever...


September 24, 2010  11:37 AM

Project Sign Off And Support Function



Posted by: Jaideep Khanduja
product support, project management, project signoff, project support, Software Project

Support function in a project after the completion of the project. Project sign off includes a successful ending of a journey beginning with business requirements study, development phases, testing, training and implementation. But the actual journey does not end here. After the...


September 23, 2010  7:32 AM

Five Tips For Usability Testing



Posted by: Jaideep Khanduja
end user, project management, Software application, Software Project, tester, testing, usability

A newly built Software application has to pass through one very interesting testing phase known as Usability Testing. This testing is more focused on finding non functional issues related to the application. The focus is more towards the end user who is going to...


September 22, 2010  8:38 AM

Eight Negative Forces To Boost Your Productivity



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

It depends exclusively on you whether you are driven by your circumstances or take command of your circumstances. We all encounter negative forces around us from various persons, situations, circumstances, and failures. Do we get bogged down by these negativities surrounding us or...


September 20, 2010  10:35 AM

Six Dilemmas Of A Project Manager Regarding Hardware Procurement



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

Let us look at a practical scenario. A project manager of a mid-sized company (under its expansion plan) is given a responsibility to manage the hardware requirements of its new team at a new location. The new team is to be recruited and each team members is to be provided...


September 17, 2010  9:59 AM

Focus On Results OR Focus On Activities During Project



Posted by: Jaideep Khanduja
project activity, project focus, project management, project process, project result, Software Project

There are two options to focus upon during your project. Either Focus on results without bothering on the activities going on during the different phases of your project. Or focus on the activities of your teams without bothering about the results. When you focus only on...


September 17, 2010  6:55 AM

Customer Engagement During Project Journey



Posted by: Jaideep Khanduja
development management, Development Manager, product development, product management, product manager, Project Lifecycle, project management, project manager, software development, Software Project, testing

Any product development requires extensive testing process before it is launched for production. A great effort is put by the software development company to launch the product for its customer in its perfect working condition. The goal is to provide the customer with an equivalent...


September 10, 2010  9:53 AM

Ten Pair Of Shoes For Product Manager



Posted by: Jaideep Khanduja
developer, Development Manager, product development, product manager, project management, software development, Software Project, tester

A product manager during the product lifecycle has various options of selecting a pair of shoes to wear. It depends on his choice whether he wants to cover the journey in comfort and feel the pinch later or wears a not-so-comfortable pair of shoes felling for a pinch during the...


September 8, 2010  10:23 AM

Eleven Skills For Product Manager To Win Over Any Situation



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

When it comes to product building, a product manager is the person who is whole sole responsible person to own its success or failures, whatever the outcome results into. The product manager needs to carry some hot properties in his kitty to win over the situation. His...


September 7, 2010  6:37 AM

A Wake Up Call For All Project Managers



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

Imagine yourself as a commercial builder. You are contracted for building a multi-storeyed building by the owner of that plot. The owner is too busy to concentrate on the job himself. He finds you as an expert in this line. The conceptualized model has been described to you by the...


September 6, 2010  9:35 AM

Five Gems For A Tester To Groom In Professional Life



Posted by: Jaideep Khanduja
assurance, control, Project, project management, quality, software, tester, testing

A testing career like any other careers in Software Project has a long journey to cover to reach to a level of satisfaction. Tester needs to perform his career objectives consistently during all stages of his career. A consistency in performance will help him sustain his current...


August 31, 2010  10:43 AM

Think Beyond Project Management



Posted by: Jaideep Khanduja
change management, development management, issue management, Project Lifecycle, project management, requirement management, Software Project

Project Management is not everything related to the management of a project. It is absolutely not the end of the road. If you have a well defined project management methodology (or different methodologies for different project types actually), it never means that just the regular...


August 31, 2010  10:01 AM

Six Visionary Tools For Project Management



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

Without a vision, project can never be managed. Without management a project has all chances to go out of control. To have full control over the project during all its phases certain visionary tools are required to overcome obstacles. Different teams are engaged during different...


August 30, 2010  10:12 AM

Project Management Philosophy



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

A project never goes smooth. It brings unexpected problems during the execution of any phase that marks a difference between the planned activities and actual executions. The deviations enforce re-planning of further activities so that the extra budget and time spent on previous...


August 30, 2010  9:12 AM

Ten Differences Between Project Manager and Project Leader



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

Both accept challenges. Both have an ability to drive the situation. Both have knowledge and experience to handle a deadlock. What varies is their style of thinking and working. A project manager and a project leader both have a mixed blend of all qualities. What varies is the way...


August 20, 2010  11:41 AM

Ten Boosters For A Visible Tester



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

A tester must be visible to the test manager most of the time. The visibility comes through many ways. By means of communication – verbal, mail, status updation, discussions etc. Visibility helps a tester in many ways. Some of the benefits to the tester by keeping himself...


August 17, 2010  11:10 AM

180 Degrees Gap Is A Must Between Your Managerial And Leadership Skills



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

Broadly a project manager and a project leader seem to carry a similar profile – that is of managing a project and leading it to success in stipulated time period. But if we seek a distinct clarification between the two roles – there comes a demand of a wide gap – as wide as...


August 13, 2010  10:33 AM

Twenty Pebbles In The Still Waters Of Project Management



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

1. No problem is small. 2. Never look for Shortcuts. 3. Never Jump to Solutions. 4. It is not true that a larger problem will have a higher risk. 5. Seek for value addition in any task you perform. 6. Build a...


August 12, 2010  10:56 AM

Toughest And Most Crucial Form Of Testing



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

Regression Testing takes lot hell of time out of overall time provided for testing of a product in any software project. Though it takes longest duration for complete product coverage but somehow or the other lot of things remain untouched or unnoticed during this testing. This...


August 5, 2010  11:50 AM

Six Project Catalysts For Project Management



Posted by: Jaideep Khanduja
delivery process, development process, process management, project governance, project management, project metrics, project optimization, project team, project traceability, software development, Software Project, team management

Delivery Process: Delivery rate and delivery volume is directly proportional to productivity of various teams. Delivery of product depends on rate of development and testing, delivery of implementation depends on speed of implementation and so on. A process for delivery will focus...


August 3, 2010  11:14 AM

Lack Of Communication Generates Assumptions



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

Lack of communication, during any Project, forces team members to assume. This happens due to lack of clarification and shortage of time. The product built on assumptions stands nowhere for a useful purpose. Assumptions in turn create confusions and confusions lead to...


August 2, 2010  10:15 AM

Ten Crucial Hiccups In Project Management



Posted by: Jaideep Khanduja
collaboration, communication, Leadership, project control, project management, project quality, Software Project, Team building, time-plan

As discussed in previous post Identifying Hiccups During Project Lifecycle the identification of the showstoppers or hiccups in a project is very crucial. An...


August 2, 2010  8:20 AM

Identifying Hiccups During Project Lifecycle



Posted by: Jaideep Khanduja
business continuity, collaboration, project approach, project management, project organization, project quality, project size, project stakeholders, Software Project

A project of any nature or size, demands collaborative and systematic approach, from all teams, stakeholders. The teams engaged in various activities and tasks need to tackle hiccups and abruptions arising out of any internal or external turmoil. The time-bound...


July 29, 2010  11:47 AM

Software Testing And Stephen Covey



Posted by: Jaideep Khanduja
business analyst, business requirement, developer, Development, project management, Software Project, software requirement, Stephen Covey, tester, testing

”We simply assume that the way we see things is the way they really are or the way they should be and our attitudes and behaviours grow out of these assumptions.”. This quote is from the author of the famous book “Seven Habits of Highly Effective People”, Stephen Covey....


July 29, 2010  10:14 AM

Seven Tips To Optimize Process Management



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

A Process is the key parameter or metrics to establish the health and status of a project at any stage. Without established process, a method to measure it or its metrics and a continuous effort to re-establish it in terms of improvisation and enhancement, any drive in project...


July 27, 2010  7:30 AM

Change User Training Model



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

User Training, Product Demo, UAT all require visit to customer site and a face to face interaction with the end users and customer management. Worldwide scenario is changing now. Organizations in wake of going green and cutting costs prefer alternate ways to avoid travel expenses...


July 26, 2010  9:58 AM

Process Chart At Every Stage Help Part II



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

Let us, for example, take a scenario of changing existing functionality in software, by changing some part of the code, to enhance its performance and applicability. The enhanced or re-designed code is supposed to give better performance thereby giving higher level of user/customer...


July 26, 2010  9:51 AM

Process Chart At Every Stage Helps Part I



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

A well defined process is a key performance tool for any project. Keeping in mind that any defined process required a life-long enhancement and improvisation helps project management team and management to strive for excellence in each stage of the project. If processes are...


July 23, 2010  12:25 PM

Two Approaches Of Capturing Customer Requirements



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

Let us consider a simple scenario of writing code for a new application for a customer. The process starts with a clear understanding of customer business, key user’s expectations and customer management’s expectation regarding business benefits driven out of this application....


July 22, 2010  11:05 AM

Five Tips For Bypassing Testing Of Product



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

1. Showstopper: Product manager always has the perception that the development team wants the progress of work whereas QC or testing team jams the progress. They even try to project in the way of showing development team sitting idle when the product is lying with testing team for...


July 22, 2010  10:31 AM

Hide And Seek Between Development And Quality Teams



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

There is always a hide and seek game between Product Manager and QC Manager when a product is being built. Project Manager, Management and Customer on one hand stress on complete involvement of testing team during product building. On the other hand product manager keeps playing tricks to bypass...


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