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June 4, 2012  2:27 AM

Team Composition Is a Critical Matter In Projects



Posted by: Jaideep Khanduja
project management, project team, team size, team sizing

Team composition is one of the most critical tasks in any project. It if not the count of people that matters but it is the experience, level and maturity of team members that is to be focused upon while selection of members. Members with more open mind and fewer egos can do well as team members...

June 1, 2012  5:01 PM

5 Top Reasons Behind All Problems In Project Management Part II



Posted by: Jaideep Khanduja
project management, project milestones, project reporting

4. Milestones identification and achievement: Any project definitely needs perfect identification of milestones. Milestones have to be achievable, remarkable and not too distant from each other. Unless you identify quick milestones to project to management that things are moving in right direction,...


June 1, 2012  4:55 PM

5 Top Reasons Behind All Problems In Project Management Part I



Posted by: Jaideep Khanduja
customer requirement, project management, team management, team sizing

Though it is difficult the assume in advance what kind of problems will percolate during a particular project but more or less all kind of problems faced during a project execution/ deployment/ management can be segregated in five top most reasons or categories. These generic segments/ reasons/...


March 8, 2012  6:28 PM

Composition Of A Project Team



Posted by: Jaideep Khanduja
project execution, project management

Any Project team would comprise of various level and expertise carrying people. Expertise is different to technical strength. There might be a non-technical project, for instance, but would require almost equivalent level of expertise as in otherwise. Depending on the nature of project, team...


February 25, 2012  7:38 PM

Twelve Project Scenarios: Scenario Two



Posted by: Jaideep Khanduja
project management, project team

A project team decided to run the complete project lifecycle – initiation, development and deployment – without any involvement of a quality person. Does it mean the project team is totally ignorant about the quality factor in a project? Or does it mean that they are overconfident about...


February 25, 2012  7:27 PM

Twelve Project Scenarios: Scenario One



Posted by: Jaideep Khanduja
project management, project manager

Project manager is too technical and less business savvy. In today’s world is it possible for a project manager to be highly tech savvy but lack in business knowledge of the domain or vertical in which he is assigned to run the project successfully. It is possible, if it is too technical a...


January 28, 2012  1:54 PM

Scope Creep Can Turn Your Whole Project Into Creep



Posted by: Jaideep Khanduja
project failure, project management, project manager, Project Risk, project success

Based on a report published on a research site, scope creep is one of the biggest culprits responsible for failure of project. Scope creep is nothing but shortfalls in the requirement gathering from...


January 28, 2012  1:12 PM

An International Research Group Says only 15 Out of 100 Projects Face Success



Posted by: Jaideep Khanduja
info-tech research, project failure, project management, project success

As per a report published by Info-Tech Research Group, in last two years there is a meagre 15 percent of organization across the globe that have been able to finish projects within the projected limits of time, budget and scope. It is really good to see that somewhere some group is able to achieve...


January 26, 2012  6:07 PM

How Much Sales Pitch Is Required In Project Manager



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

Sales department is the one that brings in the business for any organization. Most of the sales start with leads and cold calls which gradually transform into hot calls, though not all. Once customer show willingness towards product, sales team pushes the lead to techo-team so as to educate...


January 24, 2012  5:32 PM

Five Deadly Sins Of PMO



Posted by: Jaideep Khanduja
pmo, project management, project management office, project manager

PMO comprises of the core members of project management responsible to drive project in right direction under all kind of opposing situations. It is responsibility of PMO to ensure that project has to meet all milestones in project timeframe so as to reach to its final destination of success. Any...


January 24, 2012  5:18 PM

Do You Make Your Apple Tree Project Bear Poisonous Fruits



Posted by: Jaideep Khanduja
project failure, project management, project success, Software Project

We all are human beings. Projects are made to be driven not only by human beings but it implies to all living world. Project comprise of deadlines, targets, follow-ups, meetings, team creation, team management, and so on. An apple plant has a target to bear apples when it grows into a tree. How...


January 22, 2012  5:17 PM

Five Ways to Ensure Project Failure



Posted by: Jaideep Khanduja
project failure, project management, project manager

There are ways to make a project successful and more number of ways to find out excuses for failures. There is no project that does not encompass of showstoppers, critical or serious issues. Most of the senior team members are always prepared to come across any unwanted or untoward issues arising...


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...


December 28, 2011  5:15 PM

Testers are Either Friends Or Foes of Project Managers



Posted by: Jaideep Khanduja
project management, project manager, test team, tester

There are different kinds of project managers – those who take testers as a threat and thus treat them as foes and those who take testers are friends and hence always welcome them to put hands on the product in pipeline. Neither of the two is a strange factor. Both scenarios are natural and...


November 27, 2011  6:55 PM

A Rude Project Manager Cannot Have Caring and Connected Team



Posted by: Jaideep Khanduja
project management, project manager

An unconnected, isolated and purely professional project manager cannot and should not expect a connection between him and his team members on personal grounds. If this doesn’t affect the project manager it could be ok for his sake but as far as business and work is concerned, it is a well proven...


November 25, 2011  7:40 PM

Project Stakeholders are Project Watchmen or Drivers



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

A project consists of various stakeholders – some internal and some external. Stakeholders of the project usually live on another planet. Being a stakeholder in a project give them a feel that they are like a king of the land called PROJECT ruling on the teams working in their project territory....


November 25, 2011  6:54 PM

Reducing Project Cost can Itself be a Project



Posted by: Jaideep Khanduja
project cost, project management, project sponsors, self sponsored project, Software Project

Any project can be made successful if two of its components are left unnoticed, which are – expenses on the project and time limits. Though both of them are the most critical components and none of the projects on this earth can be run or finished on the basis of ignoring these two components....


November 24, 2011  6:13 PM

It is Business Functions that Spoil the Show Mostly



Posted by: Jaideep Khanduja
Business function, business process, process capability, process management, process owner, project management, Software Project

A big corporate starts new business and hence a new company takes birth. Though it is a new setup, there is a mix of old and new employees and similar is the case with business processes. Some old processes are adopted as it is, whereas some process are formed totally newly based on the learning...


November 20, 2011  2:52 PM

When Top Management Becomes Helpless During Implementation



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

No management ever wants any of the ongoing large scale projects in the organization getting failed or substantially delayed due to two main factors – one, their reputation is at stake, and two, they are bound to lose some of their personal financial kitty in that case. But still we see many of...


November 20, 2011  1:57 PM

It Doesnot Matter SAP or BaaN more than Implementation Process



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

I recently visited a reputed international manufacturing company having 98% revenues from exports to various countries. The setup was somewhat like 3 manufacturing units in a major metro, creating a sort of zone. Another manufacturing unit was in a far off place taking 4 days to reach by road...


November 15, 2011  5:36 PM

ERP implementation in a Greenfield project



Posted by: Jaideep Khanduja
ERP, Greenfield project, project management, Software Project

ERP implementation in a Greenfield project that takes place for a new factory or office setup, as per my understanding, should be totally different from a conventional ERP implementation that takes place in an already running plant of office environment. None of the modules as such are required to...


November 7, 2011  5:15 PM

Why Does A Project Manager Need A Break From the Project



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

A regular type of work all the time makes it boring and typed thereby taking away all the variety that one needs in life for progress. This leads to a stale state of mindset where you set yourself limited to only one kind of thinking that to a certain extent. Some ice breaking is required to get...


November 7, 2011  5:03 PM

Top Twenty Pitfalls in Project Management



Posted by: Jaideep Khanduja
project management

Let us consider a project as a journey. For any journey you need to decide about lot of things in advance and during the journey. Time to time these decisions need to be looked into even if the journey has started to ensure that even if those have been taken, are they leading you to right direction...


October 6, 2011  3:32 AM

When Did You Last Take Your Information Security Awareness Program



Posted by: Jaideep Khanduja
e-learning, FISMA, GLBA, HIPAA, HITECH and Red Flag, information security, PCI, project management, security awareness, SOX

E-learning is the trend these days. It has dissolved any geographic boundaries and made this world too small for the purpose of delivering and getting the Best. To make any learning most effective, the trainer must be much focussed and aware/ capable of delivering the crux of the...


September 29, 2011  3:59 AM

How Often A Project Manager Goes Out Of Shell



Posted by: Jaideep Khanduja
product management, project management, project manager

A project manager’s shell is his projects. Most of his life is spent in moving from one shell to another shell after spending a substantial amount of time, energy and efforts in each shell. Its quite funny if he introspects after a decade or so to analyze what exactly has he...


September 14, 2011  7:21 PM

Can My Project Management Office Learn From This Kitchen Friendly Website



Posted by: Jaideep Khanduja
cookshop, cookware, kitchen trolley, pmo, project management, project manager, salamander, Slamandercookshop

I recently observed a website while randomly searching for something related to cooking, cookware etc on Google when I encountered Salamander Cookshop. The site is simple, plain, crisp and to the point; serving its purpose to the fullest. It is a...


August 31, 2011  1:12 PM

Ten Major Constituents Of Project Estimations



Posted by: Jaideep Khanduja
project cost, project estimations, project management, software management

Project estimations is not management’s ballgame. It has to come from the person who is actually conversant with in and out of at least a good amount of different type of projects running within the same organization. Project estimation is not simple mathematics. It is not just A + B. Various...


August 31, 2011  1:10 PM

Project Estimations Is Not Management Ballgame



Posted by: Jaideep Khanduja
project cost, project estimations, project management, Software Project

All projects in which management is the sole player in deciding about project estimations have higher chances of failing as compared to projects in which all members engaged with project in any manner have been involved in determining project estimations. When it is management that does project...


August 22, 2011  4:52 PM

With No Measurement Of Plan Project Failure Is Not Too Far



Posted by: Jaideep Khanduja
project management, project measurement, project metrics, project milestones, Project Plan, project team, Software Project

Any project has some basic requirements like project committee, stakeholders, sponsors, requirements, initiation, team formation, plan and milestones identification, project development, execution, implementation, handover, and finally project closure. What it means is that each of...


August 22, 2011  4:47 PM

Project Ends With Either Win Win Or Lose Lose



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

A customer is supposed to be quite cooperative and involved throughout the project. A project is supposed to be completed well in time complying with all the requirements specified by customer. Customer requirements specified in the beginning of a project are supposed to be...


August 18, 2011  5:58 PM

Project Starting Without Project Plan Is Like Driving With No Route Knowledge



Posted by: Jaideep Khanduja
project management, Software Project

There is a big difference between mediocre companies and well structured companies working in same set of business. Let us see a set of software development companies. This set contains two types of companies having different project management methodologies. All other types of...


August 18, 2011  5:50 PM

If Sponsor Is Weak It Is Better To Drop Project



Posted by: Jaideep Khanduja
project management, Software Project

Having a high level seat in an organization qualifies a person to sponsor a project. Sponsor could be one person, generally one top positions or a groups of persons comprising of top/ middle level of management of one or different organizations. Projects may be self sponsored too...


August 15, 2011  6:35 AM

Projects With Least Involvement Of Sponsors Do Not Do Well



Posted by: Jaideep Khanduja
project management, Software Project

Project Sponsor(s) are the executives whose dream gets a hope of light of the day when the plan to give a reality shape to this dream is made by forming a team and assigning relevent task to each of the team members. Project sponsors ususally are too senior lot of people ususally...


August 15, 2011  6:28 AM

Dream Based Projects Prone To Fail In Lack Of Vision And Clarity



Posted by: Jaideep Khanduja
project management, Software Project

A CEO of a software company dreamt about a very great product one fine day and decided to give it a shape in reality world with the help of his strongly skilled team. The team spent many days on brainstorming about this new product conceptualization, design and development part....


August 7, 2011  7:40 AM

Everyone Is A Born Project Manager



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

A child is born to get groomed to be responsible for various activities all across his life during his transformation from infant to toddler to teenager to adult to old. At various stages he has to undertake various responsibilites along with a continuous learning process. A stage...


July 31, 2011  6:42 PM

A Dozen Of Super Sixers On Project Management And Quality Assurance



Posted by: Jaideep Khanduja
project management, Software Project

1. Six facts about software application risks 2. Six Pack User Manual – how to build 3.


July 31, 2011  2:36 PM

Twenty Nine High Fiver Blogs On Project Management And Quality Assurance



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

Five guidelines for customer project team while filling Post Implementation Review form


July 26, 2011  6:07 PM

Sixteen Blogs On Identificaiton Of Customer Requirements



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

Customer Requirements need to be wisely analyzed before committing its fulfilment to customer. Many a times a commitment which has not been properly analyzed and assessed...


July 24, 2011  2:18 PM

Six Sins At Product Development Stage That Can Lead Project To Disaster



Posted by: Jaideep Khanduja
customer requirement, development plan, development team, project management, Project Plan, QA, QC, quality assurance, quality control, software development, Software Project, team management

Requirement Coverage: Requirement gathering and its documentation both need to be crisply and completely covered. Any lack in either of the activity is like a volcano in the making. In fact 88 percent of project failures worldwide are due to wrong or incomplete requirement...


July 24, 2011  2:03 PM

Seven Blogs On SDLC Software Development LifeCycle



Posted by: Jaideep Khanduja
project management, QA, QC, SDLC, software development, software development lifecycle, Software Project, testing

Software development comprises of various stages and components. As software development is a subset of Project Management; there are many similar components of Software Development Management. Some substantial components of Software Development would be –

  • • Team...


  • July 15, 2011  5:02 PM

    Nine More Blogs On Project Manager



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

    1. Dear Project Manager – your “faith” in 5 pillars of project can get you miraculous...

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    July 15, 2011  4:55 PM

    Eight Blogs On Project Manager



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

    1. 15 checkpoints for a Project Manager at the start of a new Project 2.


    July 14, 2011  6:05 PM

    An Extra Mile Of Testing In Initial Phases Saves A Lot Of Project Fuel



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

    An extra mile of testing effort spent at initial level saves lot of efforts at a later stage. Minor hiccups passed over to customer too sometimes create big issues depending on their frequency and volume of occurrence. Imagine a small fly in the sweet dish being...


    July 14, 2011  5:59 PM

    Test Strategy Can Not Be Same For Different Software



    Posted by: Jaideep Khanduja
    project management, tester, testing

    A business comprises of different software. These software applications comprise of two business streams – business critical application and business supporting application. Usually business critical applications cover ERP like main stream application. Business support applications may comprise...


    July 11, 2011  2:37 AM

    Implementation Phase Is Acid Test For Software Project Success



    Posted by: Jaideep Khanduja
    developer, Development, implementation, project management, Software Project, tester, testing

    Tester is not the part of package of a team going for software product implementation. Probably that is wrong on part of project manager if he decided to send a technical team member along with implementation team with a sanction of development and requirement changes...


    July 11, 2011  2:27 AM

    Testing Methodology Has To Vary For Development And Support Phase



    Posted by: Jaideep Khanduja
    developer, Development, project management, software, tester, testing

    Support comes after project completion. Project lifecycle but must treat support phase as a component of it. Prior to support the major project phases include – project initiation, requirement collection and freezing (though freezing is not actually freezing till the handover and...


    June 30, 2011  5:48 PM

    Software Requirement Gathering Is Most Prime Stage Of Project



    Posted by: Jaideep Khanduja
    business process, business requirement, project management, SDLC, software development lifecycle, software requirement

    SDLC-I: Software requirements - This post talks about Software Requirements. Software requirements itself required a standard process or procedure to be followed and can’t be managed in a...


    June 29, 2011  7:40 AM

    A Checklist Is Must To Ensure Complete Coverage Of Software Testing



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

    The post Twenty ways to ensure complete coverage of software testing’ can be treated as a checklist for ensuring complete coverage of testing...


    June 27, 2011  6:24 PM

    Why Software Testing And Importance



    Posted by: Jaideep Khanduja
    business application, business software, project management, Software developer, software development, software product, Software tester, software testing

    ‘How Software Testing Took Birth’ would be an interesting read if you have not read it earlier. Give it a try to this small article that provides and insight to some very basic...


    June 26, 2011  6:51 PM

    An Approach Of Project Cost Estimation And Another For Software Testing



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

    Each bug in the software costs. The first hidden cost is the developers time that could have gone in a neat code, except goes into embedding a bug in his code. This all happens unnoticingly. No developer intentionaly writes bugful codes. It happens inherently due to a set of fixed...


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