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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...

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...


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 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 9, 2009  1:17 PM

What sort of driver are you?



Posted by: Jaideep Khanduja
customer requirement, product quality, Project Development, project implementation, project management, project manager, project stage, quality, software delivery, Software Project, software quality

I have seen different type of drivers on road: some drive very fast violating all rules and regulations to reach the destination. Can this attitude work in software development and delivery? I don’t think so, if the project manager is more worried about reaching the implementation stage without...


July 15, 2009  10:00 AM

Who owns the Q-Tag in a software development company?



Posted by: Jaideep Khanduja
Bug, bugs report, business analyst, development team, implementation team, product approval, project implementation, project management, project management framework, project methodology, project team, Q-tag, QA, QC, quality assurance, quality control, Quality-tag, re-testing, software build, software implementation, Software Project, stakeholder, team, test report, testing, testing team

In any software development and implementation company there is always a need of quality assurance and quality control people who own the responsibility of setting the right methodology and framework for development and implementation (QA), bugs identification and product approval (QC). Usually...


July 8, 2009  10:00 AM

The life of a Project Manager in a Software Project



Posted by: Jaideep Khanduja
Project Development, project implementation, project management, project manager, project monitoring, Project Plan, Project Planning, project team, software development planning, software product, Software Project

At the birth (inception) of a new software project the project manager is puzzled and confused just trying to gather and understand customer requirements. He starts like a wanderer in the dark islands of customer for collecting various requirements and understanding their business norms. The moment...


June 29, 2009  10:00 AM

Outsource in a software project without losing control over it



Posted by: Jaideep Khanduja
documentation, handholding, outsourcing, post implementation, project component, project control, project execution, project implementation, project management, project offload, project outsource, project phase, Project Planning, requirement analysis, requirement freezing, requirement gathering, software design, software development, Software Project, software testing, training

We learnt in earlier two posts about the strategic decision of a management to outsource a complete project or part(s) of a project depending on certain factors, and the factors respectively. In this post let us see at the various components of a project that are most widely outsourced or otherwise...


June 17, 2009  10:00 AM

Why User Manuals are so important in Software Project Management



Posted by: Jaideep Khanduja
analytic, business scenario, durability, feel and look, implementation team, key user, live run, post implementation, product support, product training, project implementation, project sign-off, project support, project team, reliability, report, sign-off, Software Project, software project management, software training, stability, stakeholder, training team, usability, user feedback, User Manual

The product owners or stakeholders might be many in a software project, but the real frontrunners who drive, run and use the software product post implementation are the key users and other users. It is their feedback that matters most. They must be the most comfortable lot on usability,...


June 8, 2009  10:00 AM

Five pitfalls if you are leaving a scope of software development at customer site



Posted by: Jaideep Khanduja
functional lead, on-site development, project completion, project delay, project implementation, project management, project organization, project quality, project team, QC, quality, quality assurance, quality control, software development, software implementation, Software Project, software quality, technical lead, tester, testing

Ideally, in a software project, for an offshore customer, the requirement gathering phase should be given an extra care to understand to a maximum extent so that the product developed and tested when ready for implementation at customer site requires no development. Practically, it is very...


May 27, 2009  10:00 AM

Post Implementation Review – Why required?



Posted by: Jaideep Khanduja
end user, implementation team, post implementation review, project implementation, project knowledge, project lerning, project management, project training, software features, software functionality, software performance, Software Project

A successful implementation does not ensure the completion of project. The reality starts when the implementation team has gone back and users have started using the project in full swing with the help of training material, learning, knowledge and product. The health of users in respect of using...


May 25, 2009  10:00 AM

What is Post Implementation Review?



Posted by: Jaideep Khanduja
implementation team, post implementation review, project implementation, project management, project sign-off

A Post implementation review is conducted after a substantial period from implementation sign-off. This review is to ascertain customer management’s and users’ experience on product in absence of product implementation team. The product has been implemented successfully and the team is gone....


May 11, 2009  10:12 AM

Two aspects in Change Management in Software Project



Posted by: Jaideep Khanduja
business critical change, business requirements, Business Rules, business study, change management, customer management, customer requirements, project cycle, Project Development, project implementation, project management, project manager, project team, software development, software implementation, Software Project, software requirements

Change management is a subset of project management. In any software project change is to be managed during the whole cycle of development and implementation. Requirements once specified by customer at the business requirements study phase does not mean that there will be no change in requirements...


April 27, 2009  10:06 AM

Project Overrun – what is crucial – time, money or both?



Posted by: Jaideep Khanduja
domestic project, overseas project, project implementation, project management, project manager, project monitoring, project organization, project overrun, Project Plan, Project Planning, software implementation, Software Project

A classic scenario happened in an organization recently as told to me by a project manager of that organization engaged in software development and implementations. It is related to project overrun. A new project started with a set of requirements from a customer for development and...


April 20, 2009  10:05 AM

Role of customer project manager at customer site during implementation stage



Posted by: Jaideep Khanduja
business need, business study, implementation phase, implementation plan, implementation process, post implementation, process owner, project closure, project failure, project implementation, project lead, project management, project manager, project ownership, project sign-off, project success, project team, reconciliation, Risk Management, Risk Plan, software training, transaction entry, UAT

The customer project manager has to take the lead and ownership of product as soon as it is launched at customer site for implementation. The UAT, training and implementation process can only be effective in case customer project team gets fully involved into each and every activity of the...


April 17, 2009  10:03 AM

Role of vendor project manager at customer site during implementation stage



Posted by: Jaideep Khanduja
implementation plan, project implementation, project lead, project management, project manager, project team, Risk Management, Risk Plan, software implementation

The vendor project manager has to work as a consultant to the customer project manager rather than taking the full command at customer site during implementation phase. From vendor side, it is the responsibility of the project manager to highlight the risks (in terms of user’s availability,...


April 13, 2009  10:01 AM

Project Manager’s vision has to be perfect 6/6 for project implementation



Posted by: Jaideep Khanduja
project implementation, Project Lifecycle, project management, project manager, software development, software implementation, Software Project, software testing

No project manager can claim there was not a single problem in any of his projects. But then he is to tackle them. To tackle them he should be aware of them. To be aware of them, he has to have an ability to foresee them than to overlook them. The earlier he envisages those problems, the more time...


March 9, 2009  10:28 AM

20 points for organizational self evaluation to check where it stands in Software Project Management



Posted by: Jaideep Khanduja
1. organizational self evaluation, Code repository, continuous improvement, customer expectations, customer feedback, customer request, empowerment, innovation process, off-site project, on-site project, organizational goals, post implementation, process integration, product release, project implementation, project management evaluation checklist, Project Management Methodology, project manager, project metrics, project overrun, project team, Risk analysis, Risk Plan, roles and responsibilities, software bug, software development, software implementation, software project management, software testing, test case repository

  • 1. Does a formal Project Management Methodology exist in your organization? 2. Are you using some metrics to check if this is the right methodology? 3. What is the degree of improvement required in your current methodology to meet your customer expectations? 4. What are your...


  • February 27, 2009  9:54 AM

    Software Quality vs Project Quality



    Posted by: Jaideep Khanduja
    business requirements, customer requirements, fixing of bugs, functional requirements, post implementation phase of project, project close-out, Project Delivery, Project Development, project execution, project implementation, project initiation, project management, project quality, quality measures, quality metrics, quality standards, software delivery, software design, software metrics, software product, Software Project, software quality, software strategy, test case, Test Plan, test results, test scenarios, test strategy

    The definition of QUALITY varies in different contexts. On one hand we talk of software quality that means adopting standards and measures to ensure the building of software product that meets all customer requirements (design, interface, business requirements, functional...


    December 30, 2008  9:46 AM

    The charter of a Project (or Development Manager) at the start of a new Development



    Posted by: Jaideep Khanduja
    Development Manager, Project Development, Project Head, project implementation, Project Lifecycle, project management, project manager, software development, SoftwareProjectManager

    The charter of a project manager or development manager at the start of a new project which requires extensive fresh development comprises of many pitfalls or showstoppers. To win over them, the project manager or development manager requires a well defined charter to adhere to. The key points...


    December 26, 2008  9:44 AM

    Large Project – a scare for Development (or Project) Manager – if not managed properly!



    Posted by: Jaideep Khanduja
    ChangeManagement, Development Manager, Project Development, Project Head, project implementation, Project Lifecycle, project management, project manager, ProjectLifeCycle, SDLC, SoftwareProjectManager

    A large software development project can become scary for the development manager who is handling the project provided (s)he is lacking the experience and ability to manage people, machines, requirements and time in appropriate manner. A balanced control is the call of the time at this juncture, to...


    December 10, 2008  10:43 AM

    Being a Project Head – do you interact, interject or both?



    Posted by: Jaideep Khanduja
    Project Development, Project Head, project implementation, Project Lifecycle, project management, project manager, ProjectLifeCycle

    A project head has to interact most of the time with inter and intra team members, management, customer key users, customer management and so on. Intra team members include his project leaders, project members, functional consultants, and technical leads. On intra teams front he has to continuously...


    December 8, 2008  10:07 AM

    15 checkpoints for a Project Manager at the start of a new Project



    Posted by: Jaideep Khanduja
    ChangeManagement, development approach, implementation approach, measuring effectiveness, metrics, project implementation, project management, project manager, software development, team management

    Usually at the start of a new project, a project manager has to forget the sad points of the previous projects and also to get to ground from the unusual achievements too. At this juncture a project manager is supposed to start afresh with new zeal, a new team or new members in the team, a new...


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