Quality Assurance and Project Management:

Project Plan

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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...

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...


April 13, 2011  10:07 AM

When And Why Build A Test Plan



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

Test Plan is a basic and fundamental document of quality department. It is project based document so has to be made afresh for each new project. It has not to be very thick document so that it does not become just a record purpose document in office in your drawer or shelf. On the...


April 5, 2011  9:48 AM

Constituents Of A Test Plan



Posted by: Jaideep Khanduja
development plan, project management, Project Plan, project team, Software Project, Test Plan

Top sheet of a test plan must specify the project name, ID, detail etc. for which it is being prepared. At the bottom of cover page of a test plan do not forget to mention the creator’s name, usually it would be quality lead or head depending on...


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...


June 30, 2010  9:45 AM

Ten Tips For Outsourcing Project Partner Part 2



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

5. Benchmark: To rate each of your selection criteria points for each vendor you will be required to benchmark each criteria with the best possible value available across the globe. Against this best possible value for each point your assessment for each vendor will give you a...


June 30, 2010  9:28 AM

Ten Tips For Outsourcing Project Partner Part 1



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

1. Understand Complete Requirements: Customer requirements for the whole project play a very crucial role in building a new product. The whole requirements are shared by many teams for various purposes – viz. development, testing, implementation etc. A foolproof process of...


May 31, 2010  10:01 AM

Two Types of Constraints in Project Management



Posted by: Jaideep Khanduja
capacity constraint, project constraint, project drive, project goals, project management, Project Plan, project task, quality constraint, Risk Management, Software Project

Tasks and Constraints go hand in hand. Life is full of tasks. So is a Project. Project Management consists of lot of planning and re-planning. If everything goes smooth as per plan, there is never a need of re-planning. In real-life scenario this doesn’t happen. Constraints are...


May 26, 2010  12:14 PM

Eight Mantras To Win Over Battling Project Targets



Posted by: Jaideep Khanduja
project management, project monitoring, Project Plan, project progress, project quality, Project Status, project strategy, project target, project team, Software Project

Project Management is involves strategy, plan and intuition. A project may be complex to manage if project targets are not indentified properly. It may be simple to manage if project targets are identified, risks perceived correctly and risk mitigation plan is made a important...


April 28, 2010  12:19 PM

Project Management and Project Measurement



Posted by: Jaideep Khanduja
project budget, project estimation, project management, project measurement, project metrics, Project Plan, project resource, Software Project, targets

Measurement is important to manage. We manage money in our bank by keeping a track of the credits and debits. The performance and versatility of project management goes in the same manner. There are plans, estimations, targets, budgets, resource crunch and so on in any project....


April 22, 2010  8:12 AM

Software Project and Project Budget



Posted by: Jaideep Khanduja
management control, project budget, project delay, project management, project manager, project monitoring, Project Plan, project strategy, project team, Software Project

Around 50% of software projects either overshoot the timeline/ targets, cross the stipulated budget, or do not satisfy customer regarding the features and functionalities. The plan overshoot is definitely deciding factor for the budget overshoot. These delays not only affect...


February 5, 2010  1:21 PM

Five Ways to Increase Project Risk



Posted by: Jaideep Khanduja
project charter, project definition, project deliverables, project management, project objective, Project Plan, Project Risk, project scope, project team, project vision, Risk Management

1. Project Definition: Either don’t define your project or define it in most ambiguous manner so that even if you read it again, you are not able to make anything out of it. Don’t define Project Charter comprising of project vision, project objective, project scope and project...


January 15, 2010  9:45 AM

Ten Linking Factors between Project Management, Quality Assurance and Quality Control



Posted by: Jaideep Khanduja
Bug, bugs report, project management, Project Management Methodology, project manager, Project Plan, QA, QA compliance, QA head, QC, quality assurance, quality control, Software Project, Software tester, software testing, Version Control

Project Management is vague if not adhered to a proper project management methodology. Project management methodology is useless if not in sync with a project. Quality Assurance is an integral part of project management methodology. The...


November 6, 2009  10:00 AM

Ten cautions in case of a self sponsored project



Posted by: Jaideep Khanduja
Development, project management, project methodology, Project Plan, project sponsor, Risk Management, risk mitigation, risk severity, software development, Software Project

What if you have chosen to develop a product for which you don’t have a customer right now? If you perceive that by the time you complete development phase and the product will be ready to launch if will not be obsolete as per technology or concept, go ahead but take care of following cautions to...


November 3, 2009  10:00 AM

Project Plans having no Place for ‘Documentation Process’ Compromise with the Quality



Posted by: Jaideep Khanduja
project documentation, project implementation, Project Lifecycle, project management, Project Plan, project quality, project stage, quality, software, software quality, software testing, testing

If we have to compromise with the quality of project at various stages there are many ways to do that. Most stupid way will be to compromise with the quality of the software which in any case is going to create lot of hue and cry in the organization either prior to it goes to customer during...


July 8, 2009  10:00 AM

The life of a Project Manager in a Software Project



Posted by: Jaideep Khanduja
Project Development, project implementation, project management, project manager, project monitoring, Project Plan, Project Planning, project team, software development planning, software product, Software Project

At the birth (inception) of a new software project the project manager is puzzled and confused just trying to gather and understand customer requirements. He starts like a wanderer in the dark islands of customer for collecting various requirements and understanding their business norms. The moment...


May 15, 2009  10:10 AM

How to manage Change Management – in terms of scope of the project



Posted by: Jaideep Khanduja
change management, project aspect, project location, project management, project manager, Project Plan, project progress, project role, project schedule, project scope, project study, Software Project

Scope defined and decided upon initially by vendor and customer mutually has a large impact on timeline, progress and success of a project. A change in scope at a later stage may call for a big impact on project schedule and progress. Let us see the roles of vendor and customer respectively in this...


May 4, 2009  9:40 AM

Roles of Vendor and Customer Project Managers to avoid Project Overrun



Posted by: Jaideep Khanduja
project approach, project completion, project failure, project management, project metrics, project organization, project overrun, Project Plan, project progress, project revenue, project sign-off, project time, Software Project

Project management is a joint effort of vendor and customer teams. Project Organization members have to play their respective roles timely and religiously to get the best of the results. Both have to go hand in hand right from the start of the project till end and even beyond. The relationship does...


April 27, 2009  10:06 AM

Project Overrun – what is crucial – time, money or both?



Posted by: Jaideep Khanduja
domestic project, overseas project, project implementation, project management, project manager, project monitoring, project organization, project overrun, Project Plan, Project Planning, software implementation, Software Project

A classic scenario happened in an organization recently as told to me by a project manager of that organization engaged in software development and implementations. It is related to project overrun. A new project started with a set of requirements from a customer for development and...


April 24, 2009  10:06 AM

5 ways to control project overrun



Posted by: Jaideep Khanduja
customer engagement, management involvement, project closure, project cost, project management, project momentum, project organization, Project Plan, Project Planning, project sign-off, project time, project training, project velocity, Software Project

Project overrun is simply a project crossing its boundaries set by the organization. These boundaries may vary from organization to organization depending on how they blindly or how over-extensively (both extremes) they want to look at it. 5 ways to control project overrun could be:

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  • April 22, 2009  9:51 AM

    5 myths about Project Overrun



    Posted by: Jaideep Khanduja
    customer requirements, project acceptance, project closure, project cost, project management, project manpower management, project organization, project overrun, Project Plan, Project Planning, project timeframe, project timeline, Software Project, software requirements

    All projects are prone to overrun. An overrun acceptance is directly proportional to an organization’s fault absorption capacity. Accordingly the definition of overrun is framed to demonstrate an overrun project as rightly completed project. 5 myths about Project Overrun could be:

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  • March 23, 2009  10:30 AM

    20 most powerful and Smart weapons for Project Manager to Lead in Recession Period



    Posted by: Jaideep Khanduja
    ascending approach, best result, brainstorming, cornerstone, experience, innovation, knowledge, linchpin, organizational interest, product and quality, product knowledge, product quality, project management, project manager, Project Plan, project team, QA, QC, quality, quality assurance, quality control, quality dependence, quality issue, quality manager, quality strength, recession, scarcity of business, smart weapon, software business, software organization, Software Project, software team, team culture, team management, thinking, win-win situation, wisdom

    Due to recession, there is scarcity of business and projects for software organizations. In such a situation, the projects in hand (and the forthcoming ones) have to be handled very carefully for a win-win situation. To attain that, there are certain smart weapons that a project manager needs to be...


    March 13, 2009  10:07 AM

    7 mandates for Customer Organization on Software Project “Ownership”



    Posted by: Jaideep Khanduja
    1. Software Project Ownership, business practices, Business Rules, implementation, implementation phase, Key users, project close-out, project initiation, project management, project manager, project milestones, Project Plan, requirement freezing, Software Project, specifications finalization, statutory requirements, UAT

    In software project there are two key agencies involved – customer and vendor. Both have to own equal responsibility in managing, monitoring and completing it successfully. In my earlier blog I have mentioned 6 mandates for Vendor Organization on Software Project Ownership. Here I would like to...


    March 4, 2009  10:03 AM

    10 top “Do this if you want blunders!” in Software Development and Software Testing



    Posted by: Jaideep Khanduja
    business requirements, change management, Code library, Code repository, development plan, implementation plan, organizational goals, product development, project close-out, project documentation, project management, project methodologies, Project Plan, project standards, Quality Goals, requirements analysis, Risk Management, Risk Plan, software development, software development methodologies, software development standards, Software Project, software quality, Software Repository, software testing, SQA, SQC, test case, test case repository, Test Plan, test standards, time to test, top management requirements

    1. Quality Goals are meant only for Quality Department: No department other than quality (project management, product development, documentation, general management etc.) has to read, understand and learn about the quality goals of the organization. It is only the responsibility of...


    February 16, 2009  11:10 AM

    Dear Project Manager – Are your efforts in tune with your schedules (goals?)



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

    During one of my initial management trainings (years back) I learnt the different between hard worker and smart worker. This example I could never forget even after so many years. Example of a hard worker is a person who comes to office in the morning, puts off his shirt, start pushing a wall, and...


    February 4, 2009  9:54 AM

    Dear Project Manager – Do you know (during a Project) how important the “Project Status” is?



    Posted by: Jaideep Khanduja
    PM, Project Development, project manager, Project Plan, Project Status, software development, Software Project

    The most wrong statement from a Project Manager to the management during a project can be – “Everything is as per plan”. This is never, never possible during a project where a software development is required. If this is the statement from the Project Manager, there could be two realities...


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