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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...

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  8:33 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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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  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  1:26 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...


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  12:03 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...


November 15, 2013  9:27 PM

6 Golden Tips For Project Managers To Tackle Changing Business And Technology Scenarios



Posted by: Jaideep Khanduja
project management, project manager

1. Connect with thought leaders in global and local arena to learn about latest business technology trends. It is also important to understand the innovations taking place in latest technologies like cloud computing, mobility and analytics. 2. Collaborate, participate and get involved in latest...


November 15, 2013  9:11 PM

Some Learning For Business And Project Managers



Posted by: Jaideep Khanduja
project management, project manager

It is very essential for Business and Project Managers to anticipate the pulsation and hence determine how newer technologies are emerging and marking their impact on businesses across the globe. Newer solutions could help them in tackling legacy driven systems’ issues and streamlining the...


November 15, 2013  9:08 PM

Five Security Measures Required In Adopting Cloud Technology



Posted by: Jaideep Khanduja
Cloud Technology, project management, project manager

1. Study the Industry: If it is decided that the organization for adaption of cloud technology, it becomes important to learn most commonly practiced data security controls in local and global environment. 2. Understanding of best practices in a newer technology is as important as knowing about...


October 27, 2013  12:09 AM

5 Gems For Project Managers From Book 5 Ancient Principles Of Leadership



Posted by: Jaideep Khanduja
project management, project manager

5 Ancient Principles Of Leadership is a lovely read that you will enjoy for three reasons - it is crisp, it is short and it gives you a lot to learn. As a project manager this...


October 26, 2013  8:44 PM

Druckers: 6 Management Quotes Applying Well For Project Managers



Posted by: Jaideep Khanduja
project management, project manager

No. 1: If you are clear about your destination, it becomes easier for you to decide about your journey. No. 2: Drawing out productivity is an art that a project manager and a team leader...


October 26, 2013  7:04 PM

5 Best Quotes For Project Managers



Posted by: Jaideep Khanduja
project management, project manager

Following 5 quotes are the best among a lot of 100 odd quotes I found. [caption width="612" align="aligncenter"] Absolutely true. [/caption] Absolutely true. A...


October 2, 2013  12:40 AM

Do You See Project As A Long Term Investment



Posted by: Jaideep Khanduja
business growth, project failure, project growth, project management, project manager, Software Project

What so ever is the fate of a project, it has a long lasting impacts at various levels and in various directions. If a project fails, it impacts your market value and reputation. It also impacts on your relationships with the customer for whom this project was being done. Then there is adverse...


October 1, 2013  11:52 PM

How Important Is Business Case For Project Manager



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

When a project is assigned to a project manager, his first and foremost intention must be to chalk out a strategy to ensure timely completion of project without any compromise with the quality and financials. Most important for a project manager is to review Business Case once again so as to...


September 26, 2013  10:13 PM

Book Review: High Expectations Are The Key To Everything: Be Self Motivated



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

High Expectations Are The Key To Everything by Michael Bergdahl is a fantastic self booster and motivational guide. Michael worked at Walmart Headquarters in Bentonville, Arkansas, as Director of "People" and was reporting directly to the Founder of Walmart, Sam Walton. Sam Walton has been...


September 25, 2013  9:53 PM

How Do You Monitor And Control Your Project Activities?



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

It is not easy to drive a project being a project manager when you have multiple projects in hand. You really need to have a concrete strategy, plan and process in place to make it a win-win situation for all stakeholders. Every stakeholder’s eyes remain on you to manage and monitor your project...


September 24, 2013  9:31 PM

Five Dimensions To Decide Future of Project



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

Generally three key factors are considered to work out on future of any running or starting project and those are – Cost, Time and Quality. It is assumed that if these three factors are monitored closely throughout the project lifecycle, a project manager can easily predict the future of a...


September 23, 2013  8:50 PM

Are you a Habitual Successful Project Manager?



Posted by: Jaideep Khanduja
project management, project manager

In today’s tough scenario of high competition, sinking economies and shrinking team sizes it is difficult to refuse management when there is a demand of high quality product without any compromise with the quality but at a lesser cost and a faster pace, it is not easy for a project manager to...


September 15, 2013  9:52 PM

Project Manager Needs To Be Self Driven To Drive Others



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

If you are a project manager in search of someone to push you or drive you, probably you are at a wrong foot of the ladder. The place where you are, as a project manager, have to ensure that your steering is in your own hands, you move in right direction, you move in right direction, and most...


September 15, 2013  9:17 PM

How Unique Is Your Project Leadership



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

Do you carry a traditional, orthodox style of leadership with your project teams or it has some unique kind of flavor in it with a different style of functioning, monitoring and appreciating your team members? Usually most of the project managers keep on carrying on legacy style of leadership...


August 17, 2013  1:25 PM

Ten Tips: When You Become Project Manager For The First Time



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

1. Study carefully all relevant documents handed over to you while assigning you your new role. 2. Don't feel hurt when you are being told about so many problems regarding customers, teams, tasks, project etc., the moment you walk in the office. It is fine as long as you are aware about these...


August 17, 2013  12:21 PM

5 Habits Of Successful Project Managers



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

Project managers are not out of this world entities. They are one among us but with a difference of managing things more smartly and effectively. Success does not come on its own. It takes lot of efforts and habits to inculcate to become a successful project manager. If we talk about top five...


August 10, 2013  2:17 PM

Factors Declaring Bad Phase Of A Project



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

A situation may come during any project lifecycle when smoothly running train all of a sudden almost comes to a halt. When nobody in the train seems to be clear about their destination. When there is no driver vanishing out of blue. Or even if one is there, is not certain on where he is currently...


August 10, 2013  1:34 PM

3 Factors Causing Disaster In A Project



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

A project may be progressing well at a certain point but you can never assure the same situation of this project throughout. It could get entrapped into a bad situation at any moment of time and then it could go to an extent that it becomes an impossible task to revive it back. There is no single...


August 10, 2013  12:55 PM

Video: The Best Way To Convey Shaky News About Project



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

Well as discussed in the previous post, a project could be passing through either of the two phases - good or bad. As long as the good phase is on, nothing troubles except that you hate to...


August 10, 2013  12:37 PM

Two Generic Phases Of Any Project



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

Every project can have only either of two phases during its entire project lifecycle. It can be either running through a good phase or a bad phase. A good phase is experienced as long as everything is going smooth, things are under control, targets are being met by each and every individual and...


August 5, 2013  10:33 PM

Project Leader Or Project Manager



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

A project manager manages a project in terms of managing teams, meeting deadlines and milestones, and so on. But project leadership is about something different. Where on hand project manager tends to perform what organization desires, on the hand, a project leader would not hesitate in finding out...


August 4, 2013  8:42 PM

5 Types Of Successful Project Managers



Posted by: Jaideep Khanduja
project management, project manager

Various types of Project Managers exist each having its own style of functioning and managing a project. Though it is an ideal situation where different flavors gel into one person and make him the perfect project manager. But that happens only in ideal and imaginary situation. Rest all situations...


July 28, 2013  10:08 PM

Biggest Tool For Project Manager To Inculcate Respect Among All Team Members



Posted by: Jaideep Khanduja
project management, project manager

Respect is the biggest tool to draw out automatically many more winning strokes for a project. If a Project Manager has a charisma to inculcate respect within and across teams, it drives always to a winning note, bringing in momentum and thrust towards quick and successful closures to any kind of...


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