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April 20, 2014  8:19 PM

Rodrigo Jardon: Mexico Based Photographer: A Straight Talk On His Projects



Posted by: Jaideep Khanduja
project management

Recently I interacted with a professional photographer from Mexico City and while learning about his work I could sense that they have a similar (if not same!) kind of Project Management activities to manage their project assignments. Their projects also vary in size thereby earmarking the duration...

April 13, 2014  10:35 PM

Book Review: The Power of Project Management Leadership by Laszlo A Retfalvi



Posted by: Jaideep Khanduja
project management, project manager

Driving a project to a road that ensures smoothly progressive flow with least number of speed breakers has always been a prime requirement in project management and that is where...


April 13, 2014  9:26 PM

Why The Last Mile Of Project Management Marathon Is Toughest



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

Let us consider we have reached to the final lap of project management.


April 13, 2014  8:27 PM

A Technology That Revolutionized Project Management In Last 2 Decades



Posted by: Jaideep Khanduja
project management, Software Project

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March 30, 2014  6:20 PM

Who Is Responsible To Put A Project Back On Track If Derailed



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

When there is a gap between


March 26, 2014  1:38 PM

The Landscape of Combat – Project Management – Earlier and Now



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

Project Management landscape has changed over a period of last...


March 26, 2014  8:38 AM

3 Tasks To Perform Before Starting Actual Testing



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

When the product is ready to be handed over to testing team, the testing team needs to ensure completion of certain tasks before it actually starts the testing of code...


March 26, 2014  8:33 AM

All Plans Are Based On Assumptions – So What?



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

Taking further on from few of my earlier posts on Project Plan and Project Management - Project Plans...

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March 23, 2014  12:18 AM

Setting of Bug Priority Is An Art



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

How often do you wonder as a non testing member of a project team regarding the basis of categorizing bugs, setting their priority of fixing and their allocation to respective development guys? Logically there has to be a science behind it otherwise the exercise doesn't make any sense. But above...


March 22, 2014  11:48 PM

Bug Management Must Have Bug Avoidance On Its Agenda



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

Bug management complies of many of the activities related to bugs. It comprises of bug identification, documentation, reporting, action and closures....


March 19, 2014  10:47 PM

Less Business Knowledge Leads To Immature Product



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

Business knowledge is equally important for two major teams working on a product – one, the development team, who has taken the burden of converting...


March 19, 2014  10:29 PM

Do You Focus More On Count Of Bug And Coverage Than Curbing The Cause



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

Most of the time whenever a product has to go to testing team, the whole attention starts going into ensuring complete coverage of product, exhaustive testing, test results, test cases, test strategy, test plan and so on thereby thinking that the


March 19, 2014  10:10 PM

Bug Management Needs To Be A Consistent Mechanism



Posted by: Jaideep Khanduja
project management, software testing

Bug Management is something that has not been standardized in a universal manner. Usually its management, reporting pattern, closure and confirmation process varies...


March 4, 2014  8:20 AM

Role of Testing Team During A Project



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

Role of testing team is to look into enhancement of the application built for a customer and making it as near to the scope and reality of business as per the expectations of the customer. If development had been free of errors or bugs, there would never have been a need for a...


March 3, 2014  12:13 AM

Bug Fixing Is As Serious An Affair As Developing A New Build



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

Bug fixing for development team is as serious affair as a new built, or rather it must be a more serious affair. It is quite phenomenal that no product development has ever been 100% bug free. In fact importance and necessity of testing phase and testers is increasing exponentially. Again a general...


February 28, 2014  10:45 PM

Adherence to Schedule in Testing is Critical



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

Test strategy, test plan, test schedule, test cases and test scenarios - everything go haywire if test schedule goes for a big deviation thereby disturbing the complete timelines of project. Definitely there should be no shortcuts taken for testing of a product thereby creating leakages that could...


February 28, 2014  10:37 PM

Comprehensive and Detailed Test Report Makes Lot of Sense



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

A comprehensive and detailed test report preparation during test phase of a newly developed product as mentioned in an earlier post

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February 28, 2014  10:17 PM

Ensure Complete Test Coverage For a Product



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

It is important to ensure completeness of testing for any new product built based on the customer's business...


February 28, 2014  10:02 PM

Introspective Aspects Of Complete Coverage of Testing



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

There are many ways to ensure complete coverage of software testing as discussing in my earlier...

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February 28, 2014  6:16 PM

8 PMI Certifications To Choose From As Per Your Fitment In Project Management



Posted by: Jaideep Khanduja
project management

Based on your interest qualification and career goals, there are 8 different certifications offered by PMI. Each certification is an independent entity with no linkages or prerequisites among each other. Check them below:

  • Certified Associate in Project Management (CAPM): An entry-level...


  • January 19, 2014  3:57 PM

    Part 2/2- 9 Negative Traits For A Project Manager To Avoid



    Posted by: Jaideep Khanduja
    project management, project manager

    This post is in continuation to my previous post on the same subject. In last post we discussed about 4 suicidal traits that could close the gates of growth for a project manager. Let us look further at the rest of 5 negative traits which the writer Abhinav Pandey has recommended to follow in his...


    January 19, 2014  3:39 PM

    9 Negative Traits For A Project Manager To Avoid – Part 1/2



    Posted by: Jaideep Khanduja
    project management, project manager

    Thanks to Abhinav Pandey for compiling these 9 traits that we would be discussing below in his new book titled as 9 Don'ts To Success because the...


    January 19, 2014  1:41 PM

    Quality Is Synchronization and Unanimous Consolidation



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

    One absolutely important role of Quality function which is not there in written in their agendas anywhere but which is always done by them is to take all stakeholders in sync and perform a consolidation of product unanimously before letting is QC cleared and okayed for release to customer. Why is...


    January 19, 2014  12:17 PM

    Quality Cannot Happen In Isolation



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

    Imagine a scenario when quality is sitting in isolation with no information about what projects are in pipeline at what stage and what is the plan of things coming into their kitty for testing and QC approval. Gone are the days when this used to happen. Quality has to be part of all stages of...


    January 19, 2014  2:03 AM

    5 Factors Causing Panic During Testing Phase



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

    Projects do get delayed mostly as per their plans due to various reasons. But mostly the major brunt is to be absorbed by testing. Reasons for this could be many but important to learn is to cover the testing team with a shield so that none of this kind of panicking pressures penetrate and create...


    January 19, 2014  1:49 AM

    Quality Is Not Speed To Deliver



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

    If you feel that speed produces better results, you are wrong and carrying a misconception in mind. Speed in lack of proper direction and predefined or planned results is always a disaster. One has to be very clear what results are in demand while carrying out testing of a product. That is where a...


    January 19, 2014  1:36 AM

    Quality Is A Tool For Human Mind



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

    Before talking about procurement of tools to manage quality of a product whether through QC (testing during development, post development and UAT - user acceptance testing), one must thing about the human brain that is going to drive these testing and while running these tools. It becomes important...


    January 19, 2014  1:26 AM

    Quality Is Objective



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

    Quality is objective. It is measurable. It can be seen, felt and measured. Teams working on testing of a product know well how to measure the testing effort and quality imbibed in the product. A straight measure of quality in a product is the encounter of bug in the product post its release....


    January 19, 2014  12:45 AM

    How To Handle Multiple Project Pressure and Conflicts



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

    Another very interesting question asked is as below:

    When handling multiple projects simultaneously for multiple vendor portfolio, how would you address conflicts if happens between testers/test leads or any two cross-sectional QA leads due to project stress? Also, how should one...


    January 18, 2014  2:36 AM

    Quality Is A Mandate



    Posted by: Jaideep Khanduja
    project management

    Quality is not a "one department" or "one person" baby in an organization. It is a mission that has to be followed by each and every person of the organization working at any level right from the office boy, pantry boy, helper, up to the top most level. Quality can not speak different languages or...


    January 18, 2014  2:06 AM

    How Do You Define Quality



    Posted by: Jaideep Khanduja
    project management, project management. Software quality

    Following was the question I was asked today by a Doctoral Candidate in Educational Technology & eLearning today.

    When it comes to leading a huge QA team such as your position, how do you define 'quality'? Why 'quality' matters to you? (QA professionals are asked by the...


    January 18, 2014  1:22 AM

    My Top 10 Posts Of 2013 On Project Management And Quality Assurance



    Posted by: Jaideep Khanduja
    project management

    The list of my top 10 blog posts on Project Management and Quality Assurance are as below: The link for these posts is: http://itknowledgeexchange.techtarget.com/quality-assurance/


    December 30, 2013  3:54 PM

    Top 5 Projects In Demand During 2014



    Posted by: Jaideep Khanduja
    project management, Software Project

    5 type of projects will be in high demand during 2014 as listed below: 1. Education: Projects based on education delivery in a smarter way will be for asking globally. 2. Retail: Systems to make retail business more comfortable, versatile and widely acceptable. 3. Security & Privacy:...


    December 30, 2013  1:39 PM

    Top 5 Priorities Of A Test Lead For 2014



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

    The success of a project is driven by the teams that work on it. Besides various other factors and logistics, it is always the team that matters most because static and non living things do not think and act according to changing environment and conditions but it is the human mind that has an...


    December 30, 2013  12:18 PM

    Top 5 Priorities Of A Project Manager For 2014



    Posted by: Jaideep Khanduja
    project management, project manager

    Learning keeps on adding 'value' ingredient in the professional life of a project manager. Project manager has to be a quick learner and grasping agent to get the crux of matter so as to adopt enhanced process of managing his projects. Every project brings in a new bouquet of learning. The...


    December 29, 2013  8:29 PM

    An Ever Growing Tussle Between Product And Quality Leads



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

    For generations there is a fundamentally ongoing fight between the product team and the quality team of any project. This is a generic fight for which there has not been a solution found so far. The fight is as below. Product manager and his team always think that their product is fantastically...


    December 17, 2013  7:43 PM

    Impact Of Changes In Requirements And Commitment On Project Delays



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

    For a successful project, the credit goes to the whole team. But for a project delayed or failed the one man in crisis is the project manager. Whatsoever the reasons may be for this delay/ failure but it is the project manager that has to bear the brunt. Let us look at the topmost reasons that...


    December 11, 2013  10:34 PM

    Pitfalls of Project Managers Changing Jobs In Short Duration



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

    It is very interesting to note that there is a group of project managers who do not stay in an organization for long. They set a rule not to...


    December 11, 2013  10:24 PM

    How Much Tech Savvy A Project Manager Should Be?



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

    Keep pace with the Technology: The way technologies...


    December 11, 2013  10:02 PM

    3 Fundamental Pillars To Drive Your Project To Success



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

    Methodology & Approach: Every project does not fall in a generic project methodology. It is important to understand the type of project before making it enlisted under a particular...


    December 10, 2013  9:51 PM

    Meaning of CTTR In Project Management



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

    Project Management mainly comprises of converting customer requirements and business needs to an application so as to enable customer in running its business in a much smoother and error free environment. It needs to be imbibed of business processes, workflow (if required by customer) and...


    December 10, 2013  9:46 PM

    All Projects Face Budget Constraints



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

    Budget for any project is allocated right at its initiation phase. Budgeting includes lot of factors but the main factor remains customer defined timelines. Keeping this target defined by customer in mind, a backward calculation is done and accordingly time allocation to each phase is done, team...


    December 10, 2013  9:40 PM

    3 Critical Weapons For Winning A Battle Called Project Management



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

    If you really want to be a successful project manager you need to acquire following three powerful weapons so as to be a winner all the time whether the conditions are favorable or you are travelling in rough seas. The teams that are formed usually have all mixes of human beings having different...


    December 10, 2013  9:35 PM

    Why Date Constrained Projects Go Uncontrolled?



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

    It happens at times when you have a mission critical project with tight timelines from customer that increases its stake manifold, for...


    November 23, 2013  12:10 AM

    4 Takeaways From PMP For Project Management



    Posted by: Jaideep Khanduja
    project management, Software Project

    PMP is a good source in two aspects. One, it gives you a great insight on how to manage your projects in a more efficient and risk free manner. Second, if you appear for its exam and qualify, you get a universally accepted accreditation that is highly appreciated worldwide. PMP (Project Management...


    November 23, 2013  12:03 AM

    Capturing Customer Requirement Is Mandatory To Get Signed Off



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

    Capturing business requirement is a cumbersome process in many aspects. For some it might become difficult to capture concrete requirements if business is not process oriented and documentation centric. In such conditions there would be as many statements misaligned with each other as many mouths....


    November 21, 2013  10:08 PM

    Test Cases Base – Customer Requirement or Development Requirements?



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

    I recently met with a test team with an excellent performance record. For all the applications where it had given a green have a track record of zero major bug encounter post its launch and 100% customer satisfaction with timely sign off. Definitely the credit goes to this test lead and his team....


    November 21, 2013  10:01 PM

    Project Plan and Project Plan Monitoring Are Two Different Entities



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

    Project Plan is a onetime activity as and when a new project comes up. Project Manager or Project Lead prepares a project plan for the complete project while earmarking milestones to be achieved thereby measuring project movement towards its closure. Well said and done, if an organization or...


    November 15, 2013  9:36 PM

    Changing Paradigms Of Project Management



    Posted by: Jaideep Khanduja
    project management, project manager

    Project Management, over a period of time, has become more optimized by means of evolving mechanisms. On the other hand Project Leaders and Managers are being asked to accept more challenges in terms of faster deliverables with higher amount of accuracy, managing frequent changes in customer...


    November 15, 2013  9:30 PM

    Cloud Computing And Project Management



    Posted by: Jaideep Khanduja
    project management, project manager

    As and when pressure related to revenue streams builds up on any business, it automatically drills down to project teams. The project manager comes under scrutiny in terms of managing the same along with supporting aggressive business growth by driving deliverables faster for running projects...


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