Quality Assurance and Project Management:

Project Lifecycle


September 26, 2013  10:39 PM

Life Cycle of a Project



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

Project Initiation: Every project has these basic phases during its lifecycle – Project Initiation, Project Planning, Project Execution and Project Closure. Each of these phases consist of a number of activities basis which success (or failure) of a project is ascertained. In...

July 21, 2013  11:30 AM

Ten Facts About Customer Requirements



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

Few facts about customer requirements: 1. Customer requirements keep changing during the course of development of a product. 2. It is damn critical to absorb customer requirements, expectations and untold dreams precisely and correctly in documentation and product. 3. Behind every line of...


June 3, 2013  8:35 PM

Seven Essential Guidelines For Setting Up Staging Server



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

Following are the five essential guidelines for setting up your Staging Server while releasing it to key users for conducting UAT: 1. Select the right audience: If you are scared about failure of UAT and therefore select not too expert end user you are digging your own grave. Select the best of...


March 16, 2013  3:32 PM

Many Projects Start With Light Of The Day Ending In A Dark Tunnel



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

tunnel Project Manager is not the only person to be blamed for failure of a project. Like the credit of success goes to the whole team, same must happen at the time of failure too. But that is not the case. Most of the...


February 27, 2013  7:37 PM

Availability And Visibility Is Important For Project Manager During Project Lifecycle



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

A project manager can’t afford to vanish out of the stage during any phase of a project. His visibility and availability even at the time when he thinks it is not required, will always help in achieving better results during the project management. It does not mean that you have to be present in...


February 27, 2013  7:23 PM

Being Over-communicative Is A Big Boon For A Project Manager



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

A project manager with short tamper, over reactive attitude and less communicative always calls for trouble for himself during his important task of project management. Being crisp, to the point and precise in his communication is as important as being over communicative. Over communicative quality...


February 7, 2013  11:06 PM

Software Companies Can Do Wonders With Agile Development And Lean Principles



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

Around a couple of years back a very interesting article was published on Forbes website educating on importance and role of Lean and Agile in Software Development Organizations. Dan Woods,...


January 31, 2013  9:12 PM

Five Pitfalls In Product Development That Delays Project Launch Drastically



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

Delays in projects do happen. Sometimes with reasons within control and sometime beyond control. A proactive approach, hence, is always preferred so as to avoid a big disaster at a later stage of project nearing completion. The later is the disaster, the higher is the impact. Severity or the risk...


January 12, 2013  11:19 PM

Project Plan Is A Combination Of Gut Feel Guess Work And Objective Calculation



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

It rarely happens that any of the project phase finishes as per the stipulated plan. Due to one reason or the other, the planned tasks somehow get delayed and at times Project Manager is not able to anticipate this risk in advance. A way of moving towards perfection for a project manager would be...


January 6, 2013  9:31 PM

Top Ten Trends In Project Management For 2013: Global Leading PM Training Company ESI International



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

Three days back one of the world's top company engaged in project management training - ESI International - has officially released in a press conference -

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December 16, 2012  9:38 PM

Training On Project Management Tool Is As Important As Tool Itself



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

Well, you, as a project manager, have identified the exact needs of your project management tool. In the next step you have also been able to identify the best option in the market. You also identified the champion who is going to drive project management with this tool, someone who is expert on...


November 25, 2012  7:22 PM

At Times Customer Is The Main Cause Of Project Failure



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

Here below is a lovely comic strip from acentre.com on Managing Project Scope. This is self explanatory in telling how projects go haywire just because of non serious stakeholders, keeping lot of leverage and flexibility in changing...


November 25, 2012  7:10 PM

Six Failing Factors In Project Management



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

This is a lovely comic strip from BrightWork and says a lot about the misleading components of a project. The whole game of project management depends solely on its drivers. If it is being driven wholeheartedly engaging all its stakeholders, nothing can take it away from success. But the misleading...


November 24, 2012  7:01 PM

Sometimes When Project Does Not Drive On Its Own



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

Here is a lovely picture that indicates a classic situation during a Project where it needs to be pushed. At such times, the project drivers are not able to drive it at the stipulated speed and hence loose its track of progress. In fact at times its progress starts fading out and it appears that...


November 24, 2012  12:29 PM

Project Quality: Thanksgiving Means No Thanksliving for Turkey



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

This is Constance MArie on WhoSay. This is a small Thanksgiving video, and its tagline says "Happy Thanksliving!!! The turkey gets to live." [brightcove] Well, if we correlate this occasion with Project lifecycle, let us see what are various Thanksgiving instances that arise during various...


November 18, 2012  10:19 PM

IBM Smarter Cities Challenge Grants 2012 Benefits Healthcare Of Pune Citizens



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

Pune local city administrative body - Pune Municipal Corporation - PMC - has finally shortlisted global software company - IBM India for working together on a new and comprehensive project. This project will be aimed at building a comprehensive healthcare solution for the residents of Pune. The...


November 18, 2012  9:12 PM

Controlling Or Influencing: Which Kind Of Project Manager Is Better



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

A Controlling kind of project manager would be more of a monarch and less kind of diplomatic. This kind of project manager would not be interested in liberalism or any kind of flexibility. He would be liking more of the silent obeying guys in his team rather than those who discuss and like to put...


October 31, 2012  8:05 AM

Ten Commandants In Project Management



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

1. Project Management is not a game, it is a strategy 2. Project Tools are irrelevant to Project Drive and Success. Same Project Tool may not fit well for another project team working on similar kind of project 3. Stakeholders are as important drivers of the project as project...


October 14, 2012  10:02 PM

Project Review Does Not Mean A Formal Meeting



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

Project Plan without a regular review is as good as a rail on the track without an engine. Hence though the rail is on the track but is not moving since there is no driving or moving force to it. Similarly howsoever structured or strong project plan is built, if there is no review to monitor the...


October 14, 2012  5:05 PM

Project Task Prioritization With Eisenhower Matrix



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

Stephen Covey is the man who brought Eisenhower matrix into limelight in front of the whole world. But the actual credit goes to this man - Eisenhower US, the ex...


September 29, 2012  6:33 PM

Risk Assessment And Mitigation Is Fine But What About Un-alarmed Risks



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

In any project prior to its development, during the initiation phase, risk assessment, analysis and mitigation planning is done. PM office, Project team, external stakeholders including the end customer management team members all become the part of this committee to work out and cover all possible...


August 19, 2012  10:37 PM

Video: Chair Assembling To Educate On TQM



Posted by: Jaideep Khanduja
Cycle Time, developer, Project Lifecycle, project management, project manager, software development

Hey Guys! While exploring in the ocean of videos called Youtube, I managed to find another good video that was educative, informative, guiding and humorous all at the same time. It is focused on some of the very important aspects of product development or production. Customer requirement is most...


August 5, 2012  1:43 PM

Three Logistics of Project Management



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

If, for any kind of project, focus on three important areas when put right since the beginning of project; might help in attaining desired results and outcomes in appropriate, timely and within budget targets. The logistics are not mentioned here in terms of their importance as I feel all of them...


July 22, 2012  10:59 PM

If You Are Still Following Waterfall Then You Are Certain To Fall



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

Waterfall Video Hey guys, this is not a technical video attached here in this post. This is a waterfall in a place called Panchkula near Jammu in India. This waterfall video I have watched n number of times and every nth time I watch it,...


July 22, 2012  8:51 PM

Video: What Stops A Good Programmer Becoming A Good Tester



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

Hi Guys, This is basically the video version of my long back posted article here on IT Knowledge Exchange website. Probably that is one of my earliest blogs and it got quite popular among readers belonging to Project Management, Software Projects, Quality Assurance, Quality Control fields. Here...


June 30, 2012  11:20 PM

3 Unavoidable Factors Responsible For Change In Requirements



Posted by: Jaideep Khanduja
project constraint, Project Development, Project Lifecycle, Project Management Methodology, project requirement, project stakeholder, Software Project, software quality

Change in requirements does happen frequently or infrequently depending on the acceptability level of development team. It also depends on how tightly activities are planned and milestones are being monitored. At times there are certain changes that come right in the middle of a project but shake...


June 30, 2012  10:46 PM

5 Negative Factors Responsible For Frequent Change In Requirements



Posted by: Jaideep Khanduja
Project Lifecycle, project management evaluation checklist, project manager, software development, Software Project, software quality

Change in requirements is not an unknown phenomenon in any kind of project. In software development it is rather happens more frequently. The adaptability of asking for such changes from customer end and accepting such changes at vendor end is quite higher and syncs well to such an...


June 30, 2012  10:15 PM

5 Factors That Drive A Developer To Create Bugs While Development



Posted by: Jaideep Khanduja
developer, Project Lifecycle, project manager, software, software development, Software Project, software quality

Developers are probably most creative group of people who keep themselves engaged in creating code all the time. Since perfection and human beings are some steps apart in whatsoever is done by human beings, there always is an urge found to strive for perfection. This is what makes them good...


January 11, 2012  5:45 PM

Various Tangential Impacts of Project Management



Posted by: Jaideep Khanduja
project execution, Project Lifecycle, project management, project phase

Probably it is quite uncertain to predict that a project will run smooth throughout and will face no troubles of any kind during its any of the phases. It is practically impossible to believe it and claim at all about any kind of project sizing from very small to any big size. Troubles and hiccups...


February 11, 2011  11:42 AM

How Important Is Project Dashboard For Project Management



Posted by: Jaideep Khanduja
project dashboard, Project Lifecycle, project management, project manager, project metrics, project portfolio, Software Project, team performance

Your project dashboard is very important during project management and equally important is its visibility. Purpose of dashboard is not merely for the sake of its existence. Purpose is much more beyond its purpose of merely existence. Your dashboard must be a report...


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...


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...


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 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...


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...


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 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 9, 2009  6:29 AM

Project Lifecycle – 2012



Posted by: Jaideep Khanduja
developer, implementation, Project Lifecycle, project phase, project team, software development, software product, Software Project, software testing, tester

Phase I: There is nothing called ‘off the shelf” product. It is all ‘made-to-fit’ technique. You specify your requirements and that too at a broader level. For micro level leave a red-mark at areas that need to be looked into at the time of building of software. The more red-marks will mean...


August 12, 2009  10:00 AM

Seven Questions on ‘Average Cycle Time’ of your projects?



Posted by: Jaideep Khanduja
Project, project execution, Project Lifecycle, project phase, Software Project

What is cycle time? Cycle time in terms of a software project is the time taken from its initiation to handover. Another measure in terms of commercials could be order to execution to recovery... A project lifecycle in other terms Do you measure it? You might be banking on your experience...


July 13, 2009  10:00 AM

Five phases of Performance Testing



Posted by: Jaideep Khanduja
benchmarking, bottleneck, execution, load modeling, load testing, performance testing, Project Lifecycle, quality control, scripting, Software Project, software testing, stress testing, test case, test execution, Test Plan, test report, test script, test strategy, testing, testing component, testing lifecycle, testing parameter, testing phase, testing report, testing script, testing tool, volume testing

As in a software project, the complete project lifecycle comprises of different phases. Similarly the performance testing lifecycle also comprises of various phases. Performance testing is usually, as the name suggests, is done to evaluate or examine the performance of the software product with the...


May 13, 2009  9:35 AM

SIGNificance of Sign-offs at appropriate stages



Posted by: Jaideep Khanduja
project achievements, project customer, Project Lifecycle, project management, project manager, project milestones, project sign-off, project stages, project stakeholders, project vendor, Software Project

Sign-off at various stages has a significant importance during project lifecycle. Everyday sign-off can be a headache for customer, no sign-off can cause headache for vendor, so there has to be a balance of sign-offs of milestones, achievements and stages of project so that the sanctity of...


May 8, 2009  10:09 AM

Change Management in terms of people – how to manage during a project



Posted by: Jaideep Khanduja
change management, manpower management, project guidelines, Project Lifecycle, project management, project stages, Risk Management, risk mitigation, Risk Plan, Software Project

Although it can not be avoided in real life scenario and that is why there is a risk plan and risk management to avoid such circumstances. But still a lot can be done to atleast minimize the risk and thereby mitigation. Vendor - Management has to ensure the bare minimum changes (preferably NO...


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...


April 6, 2009  10:29 AM

Six facts about software application risks



Posted by: Jaideep Khanduja
countermeasure, fool-proofing, impact analysis, Project Lifecycle, risk assessment, risk identification, risk impact, Risk lifecycle, Risk Management, risk severity, SDLC, Software application, software project management

Similar to SDLC (software development lifecycle management), there is RLC or Risk lifecycle management in a software application in which there are different stages involved. The different stages could be risk identification, risk assessment, impact analysis, countermeasure identification,...


March 11, 2009  10:15 AM

6 mandates for Supplier Organization on Software Project Ownership



Posted by: Jaideep Khanduja
1. Software Supplier Organization, Project Initiation phase, Project Lifecycle, project manager, project monitoring, roles and responsibilities, software development, Software Project, Software Project Ownership

Ownership is a big issue in a software project. Customer organization assumes that since they are spending money, it is the sole responsibility of supplying organization to make the project a success. Vendor organization on the other hand assumes otherwise. Who is right? I think both are wrong at...


February 25, 2009  10:02 AM

Top 20 End Objectives of any Software Project



Posted by: Jaideep Khanduja
Avoid cost increases, Avoid revenue loss, business survival, continuous learning, customer delight, customer requirements, customer satisfaction, first time right, growth, Improved service, Increase in revenue, maturity, profits, project completion, Project Lifecycle, project objectives, project overrun, project quality, project sign-off, Reduce costs, revenues, software business, software metrics, Software Project, software project management, software quality, software requirements, stakeholders, standards and methodology, team accountability, Team building, team responsibility, team role, transparency

Certainly and obviously, every business has a set of objectives. Every business strives for survival, growth, revenues, profits, satisfaction and maturity. The clearer the objective are, the easier it is to achieve them. To achieve the objectives, if the destination is clear,...


January 12, 2009  10:04 AM

Top 5 Quality killers in a software product



Posted by: Jaideep Khanduja
business management, business requirements, customer requirements, defect free software, Development, documentation, Project Development, Project Lifecycle, project management, quality assurance, SDLC, software, software development, software quality, software quality assurance, software requirement, software testing

In software development project what matters most is the timely accurate delivery that gives the benefit of defect free product, customer satisfaction, profits, market edge, growth, motivation across the organization etc. All this is not easy to achieve having so many enemies in and outside the...


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...


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