Quality Assurance and Project Management:

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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...

July 21, 2010  12:10 PM

Five Quick Handlers For Project Management



Posted by: Jaideep Khanduja
project management, Software Project

1. Confidence: The confidence level at any stage of all team members, project manager, QC manager and all other stakeholders right from the beginning starts narrating the direction and overall health of the project. The clarity of requirements, goals, direction etc. all reflects...


July 20, 2010  12:05 PM

What Type Of Product Do You Build Part II



Posted by: Jaideep Khanduja
product development, project management, software product

Another approach is to build what customer can’t resist. This definitely is a stage higher than the approach mentioned in the above paragraph. The customer requirements are definitely given importance here but the business in-depth knowledge acquisition is much more important...


July 20, 2010  11:33 AM

What Type Of Product Do You Build Part I



Posted by: Jaideep Khanduja
product development, project management, software product

Few months back I read this line somewhere in an article related to project management and product development. The line read as - "We don't build what our customers want - we build what they can't resist." There are two approaches I could clearly find out from...


July 9, 2010  9:54 AM

Three Basic Ingredients For Becoming A Good Vendor



Posted by: Jaideep Khanduja
outsourcing, project management, project success, Software Project, Software vendor

Outsourcing is not an unfamiliar term. We keep doing that in our day to day life for our personal and home needs. The same is done in corporate world. All activities or work can’t be performed by a single person. Similarly all corporate functions may require outsourcing depending...


June 30, 2010  9:45 AM

Ten Tips For Outsourcing Project Partner Part 2



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

5. Benchmark: To rate each of your selection criteria points for each vendor you will be required to benchmark each criteria with the best possible value available across the globe. Against this best possible value for each point your assessment for each vendor will give you a...


June 30, 2010  9:28 AM

Ten Tips For Outsourcing Project Partner Part 1



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

1. Understand Complete Requirements: Customer requirements for the whole project play a very crucial role in building a new product. The whole requirements are shared by many teams for various purposes – viz. development, testing, implementation etc. A foolproof process of...


June 22, 2010  11:45 AM

Ten Reasons for a Project Manager To Act As A Gardener Part II



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

5. Harvesting: Plants are ready for harvesting at different timescales. The crop decides the period of harvesting unless some negative impacts the growth. Same is with the people. Some grow fast, some take their own sweet time to grow and establish their...


June 22, 2010  11:29 AM

Ten Reasons for a Project Manager To Act As A Gardener Part I



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

A gardener is not a simple job, rather is a most tedious job of growing and nurturing nature. The similar job is that of a project manager who has to manage different teams in a project. The team members comprise of different ages, cultures, geographies (sometimes), experiences, backgrounds,...


June 18, 2010  11:57 AM

Ten Tips To Increase Business Application Usage Part II



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

5. Drive with a top down approach: If the project command is shared with one of the top management member of customer end, it gives a catalytic thrust to the project progress and becomes a winning note for the product. 6. Don’t pass a stupid message that...


June 18, 2010  11:35 AM

Ten Tips To Increase Business Application Usage Part I



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

Sometimes business applications die an unnatural death even if the application is built with state-of-the-art technology fulfilling all relevant business requirements. The reason of failure does not lie with the application but the people and processes...


June 14, 2010  10:00 AM

Optimized Environment Gives Optimized Project Performance



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

Project performance encompasses performance of each individual member of each team working for a project. Each team members requires an environment around him that facilitates him to work towards his goals. The components of an environment for a team member...


June 11, 2010  1:03 PM

Apply Six Sigma Approach In Project Management



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

Six Sigma is more of common sense and facts based analysis of real data to arrive at an action plan. The basic steps to perform a six sigma project are as below:

  • 1. Identify a problem 2. Set goals to resolve this problem and define the result in terms of...


  • June 9, 2010  11:44 AM

    Business Study And Product Architecture Mitigation



    Posted by: Jaideep Khanduja
    project management, Software Project

    A lot about the product architecture and design depends on the inputs of business requirements. The team responsible for business study and documentation must understand the severity of risk built in development stages due to wrong or incomplete interpretation of business...


    June 7, 2010  11:53 AM

    Project Team And Leadership Skills



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

    Project Manager has to have leadership qualities to achieve success in projects. To carry on with these qualities for project management is good for project manager keeping in mind to regularly improvise and enhance these skills. Another outlook is to inculcate these...


    June 3, 2010  11:22 AM

    Five Key Points In Vendor Selection For Outsourcing A Service



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

    Non Standard processes are prone to risk. So is the service. Service is more based on the people than the deliverables. Even the set standards will vary the level of sam service being delivered by different set of persons. Product is easy to judege in regard to quality. It is...


    June 2, 2010  11:00 AM

    Optimizing Helpdesk Performance And Customer Satisfaction



    Posted by: Jaideep Khanduja
    helpdesk, project management, Software Project, software support

    Managing and running helpdesk is not an easy task. Once the project is completed after software application has been implemented and sign off has been taken from the customer. a new journey starts in terms of product support. The users who start working on the product entering real...


    May 31, 2010  10:01 AM

    Two Types of Constraints in Project Management



    Posted by: Jaideep Khanduja
    capacity constraint, project constraint, project drive, project goals, project management, Project Plan, project task, quality constraint, Risk Management, Software Project

    Tasks and Constraints go hand in hand. Life is full of tasks. So is a Project. Project Management consists of lot of planning and re-planning. If everything goes smooth as per plan, there is never a need of re-planning. In real-life scenario this doesn’t happen. Constraints are...


    May 28, 2010  8:20 AM

    Five Benefits of Software Testing On Cloud



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

    In a normal scenario testing of a product is done within the organization by the quality/ test team members. Lately as cloud computing came into the picture, a new concept of testing on cloud has emerged, though not many companies have jumped into it. Testing on cloud carried quite a...


    May 26, 2010  12:14 PM

    Eight Mantras To Win Over Battling Project Targets



    Posted by: Jaideep Khanduja
    project management, project monitoring, Project Plan, project progress, project quality, Project Status, project strategy, project target, project team, Software Project

    Project Management is involves strategy, plan and intuition. A project may be complex to manage if project targets are not indentified properly. It may be simple to manage if project targets are identified, risks perceived correctly and risk mitigation plan is made a important...


    May 21, 2010  10:45 AM

    Project Management and Project Functions



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

    Project comprises of many functions. Each function’s identification, staging and monitoring is prime during all stages of the project. Function’s progress indicates the progress of overall project. A broken function means an immediate attention. Attention will be possible only...


    May 20, 2010  10:45 AM

    Project Management and Project Data



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

    Data collected for any purpose is useless in three cases – one, if it is not collected in standardized form, two, if it is being collected just for the sake of collection thereby not doing any analysis and three, if no thought process is gone on analyzed data to improve the...


    May 19, 2010  10:48 AM

    Project Management and Post Project Closure Scenario



    Posted by: Jaideep Khanduja
    project closure, project management, project sign-off, Software Project

    After the completion of a software project, the project closure report or project sign off starts a new experience. The users start practical usage of the product in live scenario. The management starts expecting the useful information in form of reports and screens to manage the...


    May 18, 2010  12:13 PM

    How Important is Support Data



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

    Post implementation support includes customer registering the problems related to the product and the product owner resolving it. There has to be an agreement or contract of service that defines the level of support. Customer may report about a problem in...


    May 17, 2010  12:12 PM

    Post Implementation Support Data Delivers Product Health Report



    Posted by: Jaideep Khanduja
    Post implementation support, project health, project management, Software Project

    Product is understood, developed and implemented. Sign off has been taken, and post implementation report is submitted. All is well so far. What now? Next leap of journey begins. The product usage, results expectations and problems encounter. Users get into the...


    May 13, 2010  12:29 PM

    Project Management and Project Direction



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

    If the Project Manager doesn’t know the direction of the wind, he can’t be a good sailor. To drive a project a project manager need to set certain milestones. To make these milestones achievable on a regular basis (weekly, daily, hourly) he needs to break these milestones into...


    May 12, 2010  10:50 AM

    Project Management and Project Performance



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

    Project performance is the resultant of performance of each and every component of the project. Components of the project means – various team members. These team members are assigned various tasks and sub tasks of the project. The result of these assignments collectively draws...


    May 11, 2010  11:19 AM

    Project Management and Project Results



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

    Every project has a number of milestones. The achievement of each milestone establishes a landmark covered in the project thereby reducing the distance to the final destination. The milestone is divided into a number of tasks which are further divided into sub-tasks. A set of tasks...


    April 30, 2010  7:09 AM

    Two Questions for Quality Manager and Project Manager



    Posted by: Jaideep Khanduja
    customer requirement, Project Head, project management, project manager, project quality, QA, requirement analysis, software development, Software Project

    1. At times development, requirement freezing gets done side by side and that too at customer location. In that case the product undergoes a lot of changes based on customer feedback on daily basis and finally product gets ready as per development team and customer. After that...


    April 29, 2010  11:46 AM

    Project Management and Project Estimation



    Posted by: Jaideep Khanduja
    project budget, project composition, project estimation, project management, project resource, project team, software development, Software Project, software release, team composition

    No project can be started without estimations. The estimations are to be done about the resources, manpower, team compositions, budgets, releases, development and so on. Estimating software is not an easy task. Production estimations are simpler as compared to service delivery...


    April 28, 2010  12:19 PM

    Project Management and Project Measurement



    Posted by: Jaideep Khanduja
    project budget, project estimation, project management, project measurement, project metrics, Project Plan, project resource, Software Project, targets

    Measurement is important to manage. We manage money in our bank by keeping a track of the credits and debits. The performance and versatility of project management goes in the same manner. There are plans, estimations, targets, budgets, resource crunch and so on in any project....


    April 27, 2010  10:44 AM

    Project Management Methodology and Tools



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

    Project management is an active stream worldwide. New methodologies and technologies are being produced and introduced from various corners of the world. Some organizations are quite active in optimization of software project management. By optimization we understand the...


    April 26, 2010  7:21 AM

    Why Business Requirements Matter Most in Project Success



    Posted by: Jaideep Khanduja
    business analysis iteration, business analyst, business requirement, project failure, project management, project success, prototype, software development, Software Project, top management

    Business requirements and customer specifications when are met perfectly above 90% in the software built; such software has least chances of failing due to quality or customer acceptance. Definitely the time schedules are always important but such products where business...


    April 25, 2010  7:31 AM

    Software Project and Product Cost Models



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

    If customer requirements and business process are not the top priority during the software development; then the software built will have a very short future and less commercial value. This is because, if the software can not cater to manage or enhance any business, its demand will be very low in...


    April 24, 2010  5:02 PM

    Software Project and Business Purpose



    Posted by: Jaideep Khanduja
    business application, business process, business requirement, process owner, project management, requirement analysis, Software application, Software Project

    The purpose of a business seeking software application to cater to a business process or a group of business processes is to optimize the business. The requirements emerge through the key process owners of the business. The requirements analysis and gathering phase is the most...


    April 23, 2010  9:30 AM

    Project Management and Project Defects



    Posted by: Jaideep Khanduja
    Bug, business process, project defect, project management, software development, Software Project, software requirement, software testing

    A study shows that incomplete, improper or imperfect requirements collection during business and requirement study leads to 70% defects in the final product. The shortfalls in the software product delivered to customer affect its business process not only initially but for long. As...


    April 22, 2010  8:12 AM

    Software Project and Project Budget



    Posted by: Jaideep Khanduja
    management control, project budget, project delay, project management, project manager, project monitoring, Project Plan, project strategy, project team, Software Project

    Around 50% of software projects either overshoot the timeline/ targets, cross the stipulated budget, or do not satisfy customer regarding the features and functionalities. The plan overshoot is definitely deciding factor for the budget overshoot. These delays not only affect...


    April 21, 2010  7:18 AM

    Software Development Project and Rework



    Posted by: Jaideep Khanduja
    business analyst, Project Development, project implementation, project management, project requirement, project rework, project team, requirement analysis, requirement study, software development, software implementation, Software Project, software requirement, software rework

    As per study software development team on an average spends almost 40% of their time on rework. The rework requirements may arise by way of – development team revisiting their code and finding out some lacunae; Quality control test/ bug report; or requirements fine tuning at customer end during...


    April 20, 2010  10:01 AM

    Software Project Success in Human Context



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

    Using best methodologies, procedures, tools and practices do matter. But what matter more is the human factor. It is the people who have to drive the project. As best people under perform in subdued conditions, similarly the best of the tools and methodologies will not be able to get you the...


    April 19, 2010  9:54 AM

    Software Project Turning into Success OR Failure by use of Tools and Methodologies



    Posted by: Jaideep Khanduja
    project failure, project health, Project Lifecycle, project management, project management tool, project methodology, project monitoring, project progress, project success, project tool, software methodology, Software Project, software tool

    Software project may finally result into success or failure depending on certain factors. It doesn’t exactly depend only on the methodologies and tools adopted during the project lifecycle. It also depends on the human factor comprising of administration, team members, team leaders, project...


    March 25, 2010  10:24 AM

    Five Points to Prove Test Team as Major Stakeholder in Software Project



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

    1. One big mistake that a project manager makes is that testers are not treated as major stakeholders in the project. 2. Development team has a misconception of treating tester as someone policing and pinpointing loopholes in developer’s area...


    March 22, 2010  11:20 AM

    Dilemma of a Tester



    Posted by: Jaideep Khanduja
    Bug, bug report, developer, project management, software development, software testing, tester

    A tester’s prime task after testing a product is to describe the bug. The development team while receiving a test report of a product from tester expects a detailed bug report. The report should be presented in such a way that is easily understood by developers. The point of...


    March 19, 2010  12:07 PM

    Five Operational Tactics Project Manager Needs to Understand



    Posted by: Jaideep Khanduja
    milestone, project management, project manager, project phase, project stage

    1. During all the project management phases, each process should be clearly having operational key indicator metrics to measure the health of the project at any stage. 2. Approvals, decisions, milestones, tasks, micro tasks should not become a...


    March 18, 2010  12:30 PM

    Eight critical Ps in the Life of a Project Manager



    Posted by: Jaideep Khanduja
    project management, project manager, project reputation, project stake

    Peers: There is always a peer pressure, right from our school age. There are people who always try to make you feel inferior, or insignificant so as to increase their importance of for any other purpose. The same happens in corporate world too. There will be people at your level...


    March 15, 2010  11:55 AM

    Ten Ideas to consider Customer Key Users as Major Stakeholders In Software Project



    Posted by: Jaideep Khanduja
    key user, project management, software development, Software Project, stakeholder

    1. Key users are selected based on their organization engagement, knowledge about the business; and their own area expertise. 2. The selection criteria also depend on their openness and acceptance to adaptability, manageability, and their goodwill. 3. Key...


    March 11, 2010  6:29 AM

    Project Manager and Project Pressures



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

    You have many projects running in your organization. You have to compete with peers, competitors, time, money and yourself to manage these projects to finish in time. There are clashes in priorities among various project timelines....


    March 10, 2010  9:00 AM

    Ten Ideas About Customer Management As Project Stakeholder



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

    1. Customer Management: Usually the top management’s involvement is very important during any stage of a project. 2. But tragedy is that they contribute too less in the project. 3. They consider themselves as the busiest person on this earth and for this...


    March 9, 2010  9:15 AM

    Project Stakeholders



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

    There are many stakeholders having different proportions of stake in a software project. Some stakeholders engage themselves during the complete lifecycle of project; others feel their presence is not crucial for every stage of the project. If any stakeholders feel...


    March 6, 2010  9:00 AM

    Seven Steps for Risk Management People Management and Project Management



    Posted by: Jaideep Khanduja
    high risk, people management, process, project management, Risk analysis, Risk Management, risk mitigation, Software Project

    Any project, small or big, is bound to have risks. Risks perceived can be managed well as an advanced risk management plan can be prepared with the ways to mitigate the risk. Risks that are not perceived during the risk management plan are bound to create chaos and unplanned...


    March 5, 2010  9:27 AM

    Three Types of Project Managers to Manage Problems



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

    Problems are the reasons for opportunities. If there were no problems there would have been no opportunities, not much challenges, not much jobs, not much talent hunts. Tell me a project which gets completed without any problems. Tell me a person who has had no problem in his life....


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