Quality Assurance and Project Management:

Project Manager


July 26, 2015  10:23 PM

Three Critical Post Project Activities

Jaideep Khanduja Jaideep Khanduja Profile: Jaideep Khanduja
Project management, Project Manager, Software project

A successful project closure doesn't mean there will be stopgaps any further and all clouds of danger on the project are over. Project sign-off and project closure if happen on a successful note, are always welcomed by any project implementation team. Some activities that still need a lot of...

July 26, 2015  9:31 PM

After Every Project Ask This Question To Yourself

Jaideep Khanduja Jaideep Khanduja Profile: Jaideep Khanduja
Project management, Project Manager

After completion of every project, as a project manager, you need to introspect to find out few answers. All projects might not end on a positive note. A project that travels its complete path without a single deviation to its timelines or financial guidelines can be termed as 100% successful. But...


July 26, 2015  8:46 PM

Do All Projects End Well For A Project Team

Jaideep Khanduja Jaideep Khanduja Profile: Jaideep Khanduja
Project management, Project Manager, Project teams

At times it might not be visible in the beginning about the learning your team would be taking along by the end of the project. But depending on the rough tides encountered during the project lifecycle, it might turn out that each member is carrying a heap of learning from the project. One thing is...


July 26, 2015  8:28 PM

When You Lead A Project You Own It

Jaideep Khanduja Jaideep Khanduja Profile: Jaideep Khanduja
Project management, Project Manager

When you are asked to lead a project it is very important for you to understand it to the root level and gain first hand experience. This might require a lot of discussions, interviews and brainstorming sessions with your own management, customer and internal team owners. Ensure that all such...


July 25, 2015  11:39 PM

Ten Learning For Project Managers From A Poor Show

Jaideep Khanduja Jaideep Khanduja Profile: Jaideep Khanduja
Project management, Project Manager

Recently I attended an event where a stand-up comedian was invited as a gap filler after one of the interesting social media related interesting sessions. It is irrelevant to name that newcomer comedian who probably didn't know about how to ensure not to cross that thin line gap between live comedy...


June 29, 2015  12:00 PM

Project Excellence Lessons From TERI and ICCG

Jaideep Khanduja Jaideep Khanduja Profile: Jaideep Khanduja
Project management, Project Manager

TERI (The Energy and Resources Institute) is a not-for-profit institute in India engaged in research on energy, sustainable...


June 28, 2015  2:16 AM

Project Manager’s Dilemma – Timelines Or Budget

Jaideep Khanduja Jaideep Khanduja Profile: Jaideep Khanduja
Funding, Project management, Project Manager, Resource Allocation

Project Management is a tricky job. The job of a project manager is like a car mechanic who adjusts the average by adjusting clutch, fuel discharge and brakes. All three have a different connection if we see in project management perspective. The clutch adjustment will lead to a better speed...


June 28, 2015  1:51 AM

Develop Sensors For Project Quality Monitoring

Jaideep Khanduja Jaideep Khanduja Profile: Jaideep Khanduja
Project governance, Project management, Project Manager

Project management must have inbuilt sensors for detection of flaws (or shortfalls) in the system to monitor project progress quality. These sensors have to carry a fast response time and should be active in all kind of environments of the project management ecosystem. The sensors developed should...


June 28, 2015  1:26 AM

Don’t Shoot The Project Manager

Jaideep Khanduja Jaideep Khanduja Profile: Jaideep Khanduja
Delivery failure, Project management, Project Manager

A project failure does not mean necessarily the failure of a project manager. It is the project management...

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June 28, 2015  1:10 AM

When A Team Member Fails To Honour Timeline

Jaideep Khanduja Jaideep Khanduja Profile: Jaideep Khanduja
Monitoring, Project management, Project Manager

Project Scope, project timelines and monitoring are the prime tasks of a project manager. If a team member fails to honor his or her individual tasks timelines, it is not the failure of that individual team member. It clearly indicates a lack on a monitoring process. The monitoring process has to...


June 28, 2015  12:45 AM

Multiple Conversions That Happen During Project Management

Jaideep Khanduja Jaideep Khanduja Profile: Jaideep Khanduja
Change management, Project management, Project Manager

As a project manager it is important for you to perform lot of conversions. First conversion that you do in your project management journey is customer requirement to project requirement. Similarly there are many conversions that happen during your project journey that we can list down as:

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June 28, 2015  12:16 AM

@IrumZahraWriter Views On Tackling Her Projects

Jaideep Khanduja Jaideep Khanduja Profile: Jaideep Khanduja
Project management, Project Manager

One of the question I asked, in an interview with Irum Zahra, an author from Pakistan, is based on managing her writing projects. I asked about her strategy formulations on...


June 27, 2015  11:49 PM

Learning On Project Management From Waheed Rabbani @WaheedR2009

Jaideep Khanduja Jaideep Khanduja Profile: Jaideep Khanduja
Project management, Project Manager

In an interview with Author Waheed Rabbani, one of my questions was based on considering writing a book as a project. If Waheed takes writing a book as a project, the key...


June 27, 2015  11:03 PM

Four Learning Points For Project Managers @thedailyluxe

Jaideep Khanduja Jaideep Khanduja Profile: Jaideep Khanduja
Project management, Project Manager

A while ago (last month) I interviewed Rachel Holliday who is a British-born fashion blogger and stylist based in tropical Australia. This interview is published on my other

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April 28, 2015  8:11 AM

Every Project Manager Must Be A Change Manager

Jaideep Khanduja Jaideep Khanduja Profile: Jaideep Khanduja
Change management, Project Manager

If we look at the event Change Management 2015 that was held in Las Vegas, Nevada, there are many learning points that I could shell out of the article published by Braden Kelley a...


April 27, 2015  10:16 PM

Every Child Is A Best Example Of A Project Manager Until We Lose Track

Jaideep Khanduja Jaideep Khanduja Profile: Jaideep Khanduja
Project management, Project Manager, Time Management

The other day I read quite an interesting article written by Jamie MacDonald raising a very basic questions about having project manager's qualities in each one of us. I accept that right...


March 8, 2015  12:07 AM

Five Learnings For Project Manager From Why Do Smart People Make Such Stupid Mistakes by Chris Merrington

Jaideep Khanduja Jaideep Khanduja Profile: Jaideep Khanduja
book review, Contract negotiations, Project management, Project Manager

Why Do Smart People Make Such Stupid Mistakes: A Practical Negotiation Guide To More Profitable Client Relationship by Chris Merrington is quite relevant to project managers...


February 28, 2015  11:53 PM

Compromise Is An Art For A Project Manager

Jaideep Khanduja Jaideep Khanduja Profile: Jaideep Khanduja
Project governance, Project management, Project Manager

To break the deadlocks arising in a project, a product manager needs to learn and master an art of breaking those deadlocks. One of the manners to do that is a compromise. A compromise in a deadlock situation can break the deadlock and things can start moving further. When it is a clash of...


February 28, 2015  11:26 PM

For A Project Manager Every Day Can Bring A New Learning #LandRoverExperience

Jaideep Khanduja Jaideep Khanduja Profile: Jaideep Khanduja
Project management, Project Manager

As a Project Manager, I had a different kind of learning that was great in all aspects. So here it goes:

  • Never fear in landing into unexplored terrains in life as a project manager
  • Always gain experience in those unexplored terrains before landing your team and customers into...


  • February 28, 2015  2:35 AM

    Project Manager: Never Take A Sign Off From Customer Without This Commitment

    Jaideep Khanduja Jaideep Khanduja Profile: Jaideep Khanduja
    Customer engagement, Handover process, Project management, Project Manager

    When you are covering the final phase of your project the top management of the other side will have only one question in mind - what after handover and sign off. Usually, that is the reason why they become over cautious and start probing much about the product in question. There might be some...


    February 28, 2015  2:01 AM

    Role Of A Project Manager During Release Phase

    Jaideep Khanduja Jaideep Khanduja Profile: Jaideep Khanduja
    Communication, customer, Project management, Project Manager, Release management

    Release phase of a project is one of the most customer intensive phases where for each release you have to take a final sign off from customer. The release might be of final documents submitted to the customer, training imparted to key users regarding product usage or the product handover. There...


    February 28, 2015  1:37 AM

    Role Of A Project Manager During Testing Phase

    Jaideep Khanduja Jaideep Khanduja Profile: Jaideep Khanduja
    Agile testing, Project management, Project Manager

    The role of a project manager varies in various phases of a project. He has to act as a single star in the movie playing various roles as per the demand of the story. All the lead characters of the story are to be played by a project manager himself. In the testing phase, the project manager is...


    February 28, 2015  12:34 AM

    Project Manager, Project, Pressure, Energy And Heat

    Jaideep Khanduja Jaideep Khanduja Profile: Jaideep Khanduja
    Project management, Project Manager, Project teams

    A project manager has to have multiple faces during the lifecycle of a project. There is no harm in carrying various hats or masks to wear on various occasions, during various phases of a project. In reality, there is a lot of heat transfer during a project. There are moments when a huge pressure...


    January 31, 2015  11:41 PM

    Project Manager Has To Be A Facilitator, Moderator And Curator

    Jaideep Khanduja Jaideep Khanduja Profile: Jaideep Khanduja
    Project Manager

    A Project Manager needs to have a top priority for his team. A motivated team can make you win any battle. And a demotivated team might not be able to stay confident in even normal situation. He needs to facilitate his team in all aspects. For that it is very important to understand what all it...


    January 31, 2015  10:31 PM

    Crisis Management: Learning From #DriveWithSOUL

    Jaideep Khanduja Jaideep Khanduja Profile: Jaideep Khanduja
    Project management, Project Manager

    While driving towards Jim Corbett from Delhi with a Tata Safari Convoy of 22 Safaris and 4 additional official vehicles, organized by

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    January 31, 2015  9:53 PM

    #DriveWithSOUL : Five Great Learning For Project Managers

    Jaideep Khanduja Jaideep Khanduja Profile: Jaideep Khanduja
    Project management, Project Manager, safari, Tata

    [caption id="attachment_1764" align="alignnone" width="640"]#DriveWithSOUL

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    January 12, 2015  11:22 PM

    Most Frequent Reasons For A Project Failure

    Jaideep Khanduja Jaideep Khanduja Profile: Jaideep Khanduja
    Project management, Project Manager

    What happens when a project fails. It is the turn of project manager to give valid reasons to safeguard himself. Management on the other hand have their own reasons to fire project manager especially if it is a high stake project. A direct question that goes to project manager is why he did not...


    January 12, 2015  10:36 PM

    Do You Claim To Seal Your Project With Hundred Percent Success

    Jaideep Khanduja Jaideep Khanduja Profile: Jaideep Khanduja
    Project management, Project Manager

    Hardly 13% of projects see the light of day within prescribed timelines, budget and customer satisfaction. If any of the three is less than 100% in the project conclusion summary finalized at the end of a project, don't treat it as a successful project closure. Actually a project manager has to be...


    January 10, 2015  11:26 PM

    Ten Gems For Project Managers From 10 Stacks To Success by Jerome Jay Isip

    Jaideep Khanduja Jaideep Khanduja Profile: Jaideep Khanduja
    Project management, Project Manager

    Recently read this book 10 Stacks To Success: How To Achieve Success One Goal At A Time by Jerome "Jay" Isip and found it quite useful for project managers. There are ten great lessons for a project manager that will definitely be a boon for them to get synergies in...


    December 23, 2014  9:58 PM

    CIOs, CTOs and Project Managers: No Focus On Mobility Will Eat Up Your Job

    Jaideep Khanduja Jaideep Khanduja Profile: Jaideep Khanduja
    CIO, CTO, Project Manager

    For any of your forthcoming projects, if you have not kept mobility in mind, the project is going to have very less liking and usability. Year 2015 onward all your projects need to focus on mobility. Be it business applications, workflow or data center setup projects, the focus has to stay on...


    November 6, 2014  11:28 PM

    Good Learning For PMs: The Secret Red Book Of Leadership by Awdhesh Singh

    Jaideep Khanduja Jaideep Khanduja Profile: Jaideep Khanduja
    book review, Leadership, Project Manager

    book cover The Secret Red Book Of Leadership by Awdhesh Singh is a befitting read for all project managers and in the making. There is a strong stint of leadership required in a project manager that does magical...


    October 26, 2014  9:23 PM

    5 Learning For Project Managers From God Is A Gamer by Ravi Subramanian

    Jaideep Khanduja Jaideep Khanduja Profile: Jaideep Khanduja
    Project management, Project Manager, Project teams

    Recently I read and reviewed God Is A Gamer by Ravi Subramanian....


    October 22, 2014  10:35 PM

    Two Questions to a Project Manager

    Jaideep Khanduja Jaideep Khanduja Profile: Jaideep Khanduja
    Project management, Project Manager

    Since you are managing one or more projects, multiple teams working on multiple or a single project and multiple stakeholders, you might be feeling yourself most of the time sandwiched between various conflicts, critical situations and issues seeking quick attention and immediate resolutions....


    September 28, 2014  10:19 PM

    Excellent Lessons For Project Managers: The Seller Of Beliefs

    Jaideep Khanduja Jaideep Khanduja Profile: Jaideep Khanduja
    Project management, Project Manager

    Recently read and reviewed an excellent fable book titled The Seller of Beliefs written by Trishala D Shah. The story is a journey of one day to a training but it covers...


    August 10, 2014  1:53 AM

    Why Project Fail: Dilbert Video: Just Check If Your Boss Is The Reason

    Jaideep Khanduja Jaideep Khanduja Profile: Jaideep Khanduja
    Project management, Project Manager

    This Dilbert video on Why Projects Fail by George Carr gives an entirely different perspective on why Projects Fail where the project management approach is not in place, your boss is not at all clear about what a project actually is, and how it needs to be handled. In that kind of scenario, in the...


    August 10, 2014  1:30 AM

    Why Projects Fail: Top 10 Reasons: ProjectManager

    Jaideep Khanduja Jaideep Khanduja Profile: Jaideep Khanduja
    Project management, Project Manager

    Here is another excellent video by Jennifer, Director, ProjectManager.com on the top 10 reasons why...


    July 29, 2014  12:04 AM

    Survey: 67 Percent of Project Managers Seeking Job Change in UK

    Jaideep Khanduja Jaideep Khanduja Profile: Jaideep Khanduja
    Project Manager

    A large number of project managers who were recently surveyed by a UK based company for consolidating data for UK based project managers and thus using this data to drive out some conclusive results came out with stunning results. Only 28% of the project managers said they are happy where they are...


    July 28, 2014  10:49 PM

    An Excellent Video: Agile Product Ownership In A Nutshell: Henrik Kniberg

    Jaideep Khanduja Jaideep Khanduja Profile: Jaideep Khanduja
    Agile, Project management, Project Manager

    This is an excellent video by Henrik Kniberg talking about Project Owner with a vision, Stakeholders, Development Team, User Stories, Capacity of delivering 4-6 user stories in a week by development team. This 15 minutes video is quite interesting and attention grabbing in terms of the information...


    July 28, 2014  10:34 PM

    An Excellent Video: How to Reward Your Team: Project Management

    Jaideep Khanduja Jaideep Khanduja Profile: Jaideep Khanduja
    Project management, Project Manager

    Here is an excellent video from Jennifer, Director at ProjectManager.com which is quite concrete, crisp and comprehensive. A must watch for all project managers across the globe. [brightcove]


    July 22, 2014  9:24 PM

    9 Facts About User Stories

    Jaideep Khanduja Jaideep Khanduja Profile: Jaideep Khanduja
    Agile Project Plan, Project management, Project Manager, Scrum

    [caption width="600" align="alignnone"] www.globalnerdy.com[/caption]

  • User stories are not same as use cases though they objective and purpose of both is same. User...


  • July 20, 2014  12:10 AM

    Software Requirement: The Two Ends of a Bridge

    Jaideep Khanduja Jaideep Khanduja Profile: Jaideep Khanduja
    Project management, Project Manager, Software project

    Software requirement arises out of a business need. Someone from the business side feels that some critical business requirement can be met by building an application and shall provide some amount of automation and enhancement as compared to the manual process; and then desires it to be built by...


    June 29, 2014  10:09 PM

    Change in Course and Strategy in Agile Methodology

    Jaideep Khanduja Jaideep Khanduja Profile: Jaideep Khanduja
    Agile, Agile adoption, Project management, Project Manager

    while there is a section of organizations, developers and project managers who have built a large amount of trust in Agile Methodology, there is another section of the same set of people who challenge Agile methodology, its unrealistic & unstructured process; and its most cumbersome part -...


    June 29, 2014  9:03 PM

    What Agile Methodology does to a Software Project

    Jaideep Khanduja Jaideep Khanduja Profile: Jaideep Khanduja
    Agile, Agile development, Project management, Project Manager

    In my just concluded post I tried to highlight the basic difference between traditional project management and project...

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    June 29, 2014  8:38 PM

    Agile Methodology and Project Management

    Jaideep Khanduja Jaideep Khanduja Profile: Jaideep Khanduja
    Agile, Agile Software, Project management, Project Manager

    If comparison is done on the basis of success rate between the traditional orthodox project management and project management with Agile methodology, it is more than 50% of gap between the two, worldwide. What it means is that when you adopt agile methodology to manage your software project, your...


    June 8, 2014  7:19 PM

    5 Ps Derived Out of Successful Project Closures

    Jaideep Khanduja Jaideep Khanduja Profile: Jaideep Khanduja
    Project management, Project Manager, Software project

    A successful project closure brings in lot of happiness along with it. A series of successful closures bring it in a much wider and broader manner. Internal happiness reflects everywhere and starts sparkling outside also. That is the magic of success. If we talk of 5 Ps that come along with...


    June 8, 2014  6:48 PM

    5 Ps of Project Execution Phase

    Jaideep Khanduja Jaideep Khanduja Profile: Jaideep Khanduja
    Project management, Project Manager

    Project execution is the phase where all battle work is done based on inputs and raw material received from initiation phase and for the outcome that is required for project closure phase. Project execution hence needs to be well monitored, well planned and well executed phase. The engagement and...


    June 8, 2014  4:45 PM

    5 Ps of Project Management Initiation Phase

    Jaideep Khanduja Jaideep Khanduja Profile: Jaideep Khanduja
    Project management, Project Manager, Project teams

    Recently encountered a project management model chart in a book where the author has presented three stages of a project - Project Initiation, Project Execution and Project Results. In project initiation there are certain factors that go along with certain ingredients to build some kind of raw...


    June 8, 2014  1:20 PM

    Key Components For Strategy Execution

    Jaideep Khanduja Jaideep Khanduja Profile: Jaideep Khanduja
    Execution Plan, Project management, Project Manager

    If you feel, as a project manager, that the battle is won if you have identified and set your goals (your means yours and your teams) and you have formulated strategy to win over each goal, you are probably half right and half wrong. Half right if you have also a concrete plan for execution and...


    June 8, 2014  12:28 PM

    Difference Between Strategy and Right Strategy

    Jaideep Khanduja Jaideep Khanduja Profile: Jaideep Khanduja
    Project management, Project Manager

    A bird also has a capability, capacity and strategy to build a nest for its offspring. Well in advance it starts accumulating right stuff required to build its nest so that the delivery of eggs takes place in a right manner with least amount of risk to the life of newborns. A much earlier built...


    June 8, 2014  12:01 PM

    How Project Teams Ensure To Have Well Defined Goals

    Jaideep Khanduja Jaideep Khanduja Profile: Jaideep Khanduja
    Project governance, Project management, Project Manager

    There are numerous teams working on numerous projects all across the globe. Every project manager has its own way of handling a project. There are certain project management theories and practices that have been evolved during last two decades and few out of these claim to deliver hundred percent...


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