Quality Assurance and Project Management:

project management


February 3, 2011  11:01 AM

Project Management And Total Involvement



Posted by: Jaideep Khanduja
project management, project manager

Total involvement is something which is not visibly tangible but there are ways to do so thereby spearheading any project towards higher rate of success. For example same software being implemented in different organizations has different rate of success. At some place it may be a...

February 3, 2011  10:58 AM

Project Management Versus Change Management



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

Change is generally not welcomed in any system and is treated as problem. Change management is full of obstacles some foreseen and some unforeseen somewhat similar in nature as that of project management. Project manager need to overcome a number of obstacles and hurdles while...


January 31, 2011  10:45 AM

Quality Control Of Bug Report



Posted by: Jaideep Khanduja
bug report, developer, project management, Software Project, tester

A good writer is one who pays equal weightage to proof reading or editing of his work besides being focussed on content quality and writing style. For every new work that a good writer produces, he doesn’t mind spending some more time on it and getting some different opinion on...


January 31, 2011  10:41 AM

Some Teammates Make A Big Difference



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

Presence of some particular teammates in their team makes a big difference in terms of team momentum, tempo, confidence and quality of delivery along with high rate of delivery. Some team members are self starters and self goers while others need ignition from others. But there is...


January 28, 2011  11:22 AM

Key Difference Between Lean And Agile Testing In Project Management



Posted by: Jaideep Khanduja
Agile testing, lean testing, project management

Lean and Agile are two keywords being widely used nowadays in most of corporate world engaged in production or development work across the globe. Let us see how these two terms fit in quality assurance and control of software development in software industry. Main focus of Lean...


January 28, 2011  11:17 AM

Lean Organization Architecture And Project Management



Posted by: Jaideep Khanduja
lean, organization architecture, project management

An Organization and project management cannot be treated as two separate parallel entities in Lean environment. If one is treated as a whole system, another becomes a subset of it. Waste created in organization cannot be treated as a non impacting factor on project teams. Project...


January 19, 2011  11:49 AM

Backlog Monitoring Helps Greatly In Accurate Estimations



Posted by: Jaideep Khanduja
Product backlog, project management, Software Project, team sizing

There is a strong relationship between backlog and estimations oblique planning. In software project management during development phase development team is deeply engrossed in development of product in question. There has to be somebody who needs to minutely analyze backlog at...


January 19, 2011  11:45 AM

Ten Facts About Product Backlog



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

  • 1. Product backlog is dynamic in nature. 2. Product backlog needs regular analysis, planning, and re-planning. 3. Product backlog cannot be allocated to development team as a whole. 4. Product backlog subcomponent cannot be given to any of the team members. 5. Prioritizing and...


  • January 17, 2011  11:25 AM

    Project Management Lessons From Cricket Coach John Wright



    Posted by: Jaideep Khanduja
    cricket, John Wright, New Zealand, project management, project manager

    Cricket and software project management has no link. Neither has John Wright, the New Zealand cricket team coach. But there are certain things happening around in international cricket that can help as learning for project management. In ongoing series between Pakistan and New...


    January 17, 2011  11:21 AM

    Consistent Delivery Does Matter In Case Of Project Manager



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

    Let us take a case of project manager X who is well recognized in his organization for his capability of doing task well and before time, delivering project in time and up to the complete satisfaction of his management and customer, delivering in a quality way. It has happened due...


    January 13, 2011  10:46 AM

    Treat Bugs As Software Enhancers



    Posted by: Jaideep Khanduja
    Bug, developer, product, project management, software, tester

    Bugs are a gentle reminder to respective developer and a sort of alarm for him to check nothing has been skipped as per user and business perspective. Bugs also act as useful and productive communication initiators between tester and developer till the individual loop gets closed...


    January 12, 2011  10:15 AM

    Business Value And Sustenance



    Posted by: Jaideep Khanduja
    business value, project management

    Business value is never a constant. It changes with time. Its parameters also may change from time to time. A factor which could be inconsiderable a certain point of time may emerge as a considerable factor to be included at a later stage. So that means the number of factors and...


    December 29, 2010  11:38 AM

    Project Management And Requirement Cost



    Posted by: Jaideep Khanduja
    project management, requirement analysis, requirement cost

    We usually don’t evaluate a change request or requirement in accounting terms for both its purposes – expense cost and benefits value. Maturity of change management process depends solely on the organization that incorporates any change management process and its periodic...


    December 29, 2010  11:36 AM

    Project Management And Software Limitations



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

    A famous quote by Norman R. Augustine goes like this - "Software is like entropy. It is difficult to grasp, weighs nothing, and obeys the second law of thermodynamics; i.e. it always increases." This one or two liner quote says a lot about the practical world of...


    December 28, 2010  11:02 AM

    Project Management and Software Manual



    Posted by: Jaideep Khanduja
    project documentation, project management, software manual

    Let us start with a famous quote by Dave Barry who said – "Software is usually accompanied by documentation in the form of big fat scary manuals that nobody ever reads. In fact, for the past five years most of the manuals shipped with software products have actually been copies...


    December 28, 2010  10:58 AM

    Project Management And Project Policy



    Posted by: Jaideep Khanduja
    policy deployment, policy implementation, project management, project policy

    There need to be standard policy to manage a new project. Policy definition becomes prime important right in the beginning of a project that needs to be approved by management to proceed ahead in further project related activities. Once it gets properly defined and approved, its...


    December 27, 2010  10:13 AM

    Project Management And Change Agents



    Posted by: Jaideep Khanduja
    change management, organizational goal, project management

    Change management takes care of any change in the organization that may or may not be directly connected to project. Change management and improvement initiatives may overlap most of the times. Reason could be the goals being taken to be achieved in any improvement process that...


    December 27, 2010  10:10 AM

    Project Management And Process Improvement



    Posted by: Jaideep Khanduja
    change management, project initiative, project management

    Organizations initiate improvement processes for many purposes. Improvement process initiatives are like investment. Investments initiatives have various goals – short term goals, mid term goals, and long term goals. Same holds truth for improvement process initiatives...


    December 20, 2010  10:46 AM

    Project Management And Project KPIs



    Posted by: Jaideep Khanduja
    organizational culture, project management

    When a project plan is formulated in any organization, the purpose of exercise is much deeper than just defining a project plan on a piece of paper. A project plan can be further used to produce key performance indicators (KPIs) which in turn point towards the achievement of each...


    December 20, 2010  10:44 AM

    Project Management And Project Strategy



    Posted by: Jaideep Khanduja
    project management, Project Plan, project strategy

    Without bothering about organizational goals putting efforts in designing a framework for project management would be inappropriate for both streams. An individual is always different from a collective group in an organization. It is organization that rules over individual...


    December 17, 2010  9:44 AM

    Project Procedures And Stakeholders Part IV



    Posted by: Jaideep Khanduja
    project management

    If a non adherence in processes and procedures is noticed at any level of project management, it needs to be addressed to by way of understanding why it has not been adopted. The team not adopting it might have certain doubts in mind which need to be understood and addressed to. A...


    October 20, 2010  10:30 AM

    Release Management Part V



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

    The risk management and change management are two major players in whole release management process. Release management in itself demands


    October 19, 2010  11:01 AM

    Release Management Part IV



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

    Once the assessment is validated, the product is ready to be installed in a separate server to run if for real business in real-life scenario. This server is supposed to support the business transaction in real terms. The configuration and other parameters are selected keeping all these factors in...


    October 19, 2010  10:54 AM

    Release Management Part III



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

    As the test team finishes the testing process, submits the report to development team, and finally ensures that all test cases pass, the final code is installed in a different server termed as staging server. This is the server for the purpose of UAT (user acceptance test) for the purpose of...


    October 15, 2010  9:18 AM

    Release Management Part II



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

    Though many development teams do not understand the importance of testing the product on their own, but it definitely helps both teams (development and testing) to a large extent in refinement of the product. A regression test is performed by testing team going...


    October 15, 2010  9:13 AM

    Release Management Part I



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

    Release Management is a journey of software product starting from requirement gathering, product conceptualization, prototyping, coding, testing and finally landing to production server. This product inception and production journey starts with developer’s machine to development...


    October 5, 2010  8:59 AM

    Check out the Correct Support Call Closure Process



    Posted by: Jaideep Khanduja
    product support, project management, Software Project, software support, Support centre

    Generally in a product support group the end user call is closed by a support executive. This sort of process misses out two important factors – the customer or end user and the quality group. A call closed by the support executive neither mostly gets it vetted by the end user...


    October 5, 2010  4:50 AM

    Never Go For A Decentralized Support Centre



    Posted by: Jaideep Khanduja
    product resolution, product support, project management, Software Project, software support, Support centre

    A geographically scattered user base requires a well equipped support or call resolution centre to cater to their problems. A well launched product will never give troubles will be a misnomer. Any level of users at any stage keep encountering issues, problems, doubts, and usage...


    September 29, 2010  6:25 AM

    Four Tools To Optimize Your Support Function Schedule



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

    Support or handholding phase starts in a project after the project is handed over to the customer for real-life business usage. The end users start exploring the strengths in the software by performing their respective functions on the product. During this exploration period they...


    September 28, 2010  12:10 PM

    Fifteen Yearnings In Testing



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

    1. Always strive to perform better manual testing (in the manual testing area). 2. Code and Testing are not two separate entities. A Coder can and should take as much care as possible of not embedding bugs (knowingly, unknowingly, carelessly or for whatsoever...


    September 24, 2010  11:37 AM

    Project Sign Off And Support Function



    Posted by: Jaideep Khanduja
    product support, project management, project signoff, project support, Software Project

    Support function in a project after the completion of the project. Project sign off includes a successful ending of a journey beginning with business requirements study, development phases, testing, training and implementation. But the actual journey does not end here. After the...


    September 23, 2010  7:32 AM

    Five Tips For Usability Testing



    Posted by: Jaideep Khanduja
    end user, project management, Software application, Software Project, tester, testing, usability

    A newly built Software application has to pass through one very interesting testing phase known as Usability Testing. This testing is more focused on finding non functional issues related to the application. The focus is more towards the end user who is going to...


    September 22, 2010  8:38 AM

    Eight Negative Forces To Boost Your Productivity



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

    It depends exclusively on you whether you are driven by your circumstances or take command of your circumstances. We all encounter negative forces around us from various persons, situations, circumstances, and failures. Do we get bogged down by these negativities surrounding us or...


    September 20, 2010  10:35 AM

    Six Dilemmas Of A Project Manager Regarding Hardware Procurement



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

    Let us look at a practical scenario. A project manager of a mid-sized company (under its expansion plan) is given a responsibility to manage the hardware requirements of its new team at a new location. The new team is to be recruited and each team members is to be provided...


    September 17, 2010  9:59 AM

    Focus On Results OR Focus On Activities During Project



    Posted by: Jaideep Khanduja
    project activity, project focus, project management, project process, project result, Software Project

    There are two options to focus upon during your project. Either Focus on results without bothering on the activities going on during the different phases of your project. Or focus on the activities of your teams without bothering about the results. When you focus only on...


    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...


    September 10, 2010  9:53 AM

    Ten Pair Of Shoes For Product Manager



    Posted by: Jaideep Khanduja
    developer, Development Manager, product development, product manager, project management, software development, Software Project, tester

    A product manager during the product lifecycle has various options of selecting a pair of shoes to wear. It depends on his choice whether he wants to cover the journey in comfort and feel the pinch later or wears a not-so-comfortable pair of shoes felling for a pinch during the...


    September 8, 2010  10:23 AM

    Eleven Skills For Product Manager To Win Over Any Situation



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

    When it comes to product building, a product manager is the person who is whole sole responsible person to own its success or failures, whatever the outcome results into. The product manager needs to carry some hot properties in his kitty to win over the situation. His...


    September 7, 2010  6:37 AM

    A Wake Up Call For All Project Managers



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

    Imagine yourself as a commercial builder. You are contracted for building a multi-storeyed building by the owner of that plot. The owner is too busy to concentrate on the job himself. He finds you as an expert in this line. The conceptualized model has been described to you by the...


    September 6, 2010  9:35 AM

    Five Gems For A Tester To Groom In Professional Life



    Posted by: Jaideep Khanduja
    assurance, control, Project, project management, quality, software, tester, testing

    A testing career like any other careers in Software Project has a long journey to cover to reach to a level of satisfaction. Tester needs to perform his career objectives consistently during all stages of his career. A consistency in performance will help him sustain his current...


    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...


    August 31, 2010  10:01 AM

    Six Visionary Tools For Project Management



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

    Without a vision, project can never be managed. Without management a project has all chances to go out of control. To have full control over the project during all its phases certain visionary tools are required to overcome obstacles. Different teams are engaged during different...


    August 30, 2010  10:12 AM

    Project Management Philosophy



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

    A project never goes smooth. It brings unexpected problems during the execution of any phase that marks a difference between the planned activities and actual executions. The deviations enforce re-planning of further activities so that the extra budget and time spent on previous...


    August 30, 2010  9:12 AM

    Ten Differences Between Project Manager and Project Leader



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

    Both accept challenges. Both have an ability to drive the situation. Both have knowledge and experience to handle a deadlock. What varies is their style of thinking and working. A project manager and a project leader both have a mixed blend of all qualities. What varies is the way...


    August 20, 2010  11:41 AM

    Ten Boosters For A Visible Tester



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

    A tester must be visible to the test manager most of the time. The visibility comes through many ways. By means of communication – verbal, mail, status updation, discussions etc. Visibility helps a tester in many ways. Some of the benefits to the tester by keeping himself...


    August 17, 2010  11:10 AM

    180 Degrees Gap Is A Must Between Your Managerial And Leadership Skills



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

    Broadly a project manager and a project leader seem to carry a similar profile – that is of managing a project and leading it to success in stipulated time period. But if we seek a distinct clarification between the two roles – there comes a demand of a wide gap – as wide as...


    August 13, 2010  10:33 AM

    Twenty Pebbles In The Still Waters Of Project Management



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

    1. No problem is small. 2. Never look for Shortcuts. 3. Never Jump to Solutions. 4. It is not true that a larger problem will have a higher risk. 5. Seek for value addition in any task you perform. 6. Build a...


    August 12, 2010  10:56 AM

    Toughest And Most Crucial Form Of Testing



    Posted by: Jaideep Khanduja
    project management, Regression Testing, Software Project, tester

    Regression Testing takes lot hell of time out of overall time provided for testing of a product in any software project. Though it takes longest duration for complete product coverage but somehow or the other lot of things remain untouched or unnoticed during this testing. This...


    August 5, 2010  11:50 AM

    Six Project Catalysts For Project Management



    Posted by: Jaideep Khanduja
    delivery process, development process, process management, project governance, project management, project metrics, project optimization, project team, project traceability, software development, Software Project, team management

    Delivery Process: Delivery rate and delivery volume is directly proportional to productivity of various teams. Delivery of product depends on rate of development and testing, delivery of implementation depends on speed of implementation and so on. A process for delivery will focus...


    August 3, 2010  11:14 AM

    Lack Of Communication Generates Assumptions



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

    Lack of communication, during any Project, forces team members to assume. This happens due to lack of clarification and shortage of time. The product built on assumptions stands nowhere for a useful purpose. Assumptions in turn create confusions and confusions lead to...


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