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April 27, 2011  10:52 AM

Five Testing Angles For A Tester To Perform Efficiently



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

A tester has to look at a product for testing purposes by getting into different modes (or rather I will say by being different avatars) to ensure his mission got completed successfully in terms of time, efforts and results. Though both – tester and developer work on same product...

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...


December 23, 2009  10:00 AM

Productivity Metrics vs. Quality Metrics



Posted by: Jaideep Khanduja
quality, quality control, software development, software quality

Imagine a Pen manufacturing company having lot of orders from their customers to manufacture various types of pens. There can be two scenarios – either the delivery is production centric, or quality centric. Let us see what the difference in both...


November 30, 2009  10:00 AM

Where there is a ‘Wheel’ There is a ‘Way’



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

Yes, you are not mistaken. We are not talking about the ‘will’ here; we are talking about the ‘wheel’. This is not ‘wheel of fortune’ giving you some pleasant and unpleasant surprises. This is ‘Quality’ wheel. If you keep this wheel rotating in your projects, the...


November 27, 2009  10:00 AM

Two Strong Pillars of Project Management – QA and QC



Posted by: Jaideep Khanduja
Development, Project Lifecycle, project management, QA, QC, quality, quality assurance, quality control, Software Project

It is said that if you are going to a new place and you have done your research about that place before starting your journey, you are definitely going to call off lot of troubles. It does not mean that when you actually start your journey and reach that place or till the time you stay there...


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...


October 26, 2009  10:00 AM

Five ‘must-have’ skills to be a Business Analyst



Posted by: Jaideep Khanduja
business analysis, business analyst, business knowledge, business process, business rule, customer requirement, Development, process, project management, quality, software, Software Project, software requirement, technical knowledge

As stated in my previous post, a Business Analyst is a quite powerful role that establishes the base of a project. It is the first visible pillar for a project which involves communication, leadership, writing, technical and functional skills together. A business analyst has to have a great depth...


October 23, 2009  10:00 AM

Various roles of a Business Analyst



Posted by: Jaideep Khanduja
business analysis, business process, business rule, customer requirement, Development, process, project management, quality, software, Software Project, software requirement

Business Analyst is a quite powerful role forming the base of a project. It is the first visible pillar for a project which involves communication, leadership, writing, technical and functional skills together. A business analyst has to have a great depth of knowledge of the business on one hand, a...


October 14, 2009  10:00 AM

20 gems for project managers



Posted by: Jaideep Khanduja
Bug, bug report, coder, coding, developer, Development, programmer, programming, project manager, quality, quality control, software, Software Project, technical knowledge, tester, testing

1. A project manager is always right 2. Quality is seriously maintained by developers while developing software 3. A separate set of people (quality control or testers) is not required to take care of the software produced or developed 4. Testers don’t do any substantial value addition in...


October 9, 2009  1:17 PM

What sort of driver are you?



Posted by: Jaideep Khanduja
customer requirement, product quality, Project Development, project implementation, project management, project manager, project stage, quality, software delivery, Software Project, software quality

I have seen different type of drivers on road: some drive very fast violating all rules and regulations to reach the destination. Can this attitude work in software development and delivery? I don’t think so, if the project manager is more worried about reaching the implementation stage without...


September 23, 2009  10:00 AM

Quality of documents says it all about the health of the project



Posted by: Jaideep Khanduja
business analyst, coder, programmer, project management, project manager, quality, Software Project, tester

A software project has to undergo various stages before reaching the final stage of customer sign off. At each stage of the project there are certain set of documents that are maintained by the project team for internal or external purposes. These documents are prepared by various team members...


September 3, 2009  10:00 AM

The 80/20 rule in Software Testing



Posted by: Jaideep Khanduja
business application, developer bug, life management, pareto principle, programmer, QA, QC, quality, quality control, software, Software application, software testing, task management, tester, time management

Pareto Principle or Pareto Rule is quite fascinating in managing personal and professional life, time management, task management, self motivation etc. Crux is if you focus few vital issues in life you manage major part of your life better. The same applies in profession, organization, department...


August 14, 2009  10:00 AM

Six indicators for a project manager – of their downfall (or failure) in project management



Posted by: Jaideep Khanduja
Bug, project management, project manager, quality, reliability, Software Project, software quality, testing

If you, as a project manager, are fond of thunderstorms, volcano eruptions, etc. it is ok howsoever you drive a project. Otherwise look below at six indicators mentioned below. Even if one of the reason prevails in your project’s lifecycle, manage it, get rid of it, immediately, before a small...


August 10, 2009  10:00 AM

Two approaches in defining testing scope of an application



Posted by: Jaideep Khanduja
Application development, application quality, functional testing, functionality, new feature, QA, QC, quality, quality assurance, quality control, software testing

There is no end to an application. It always asks for a new feature, alter in functionality, addition/ change of business rule etc. With any change in the existing application running in a live environment, the change needs to be tested for all aspects of quality before putting it live. The...


August 7, 2009  10:00 AM

Ten Mantras for a software developer



Posted by: Jaideep Khanduja
application, application building, Application development, application functionality, application performance, Bug, bug fixing, bug identification, bug-free, business process, business requirements, Business Rules, code validation, code writing, collaboration, customer experience, end user, process owner, quality, software, Software application, software build, Software developer, software development, software functionality, software performance, software testing, tester

Lot of efforts can be saved in terms of time and money if we reach to a stage of ‘first time right’ in application development. It has been proven largely that no good application can be built and released without extensive testing. Testing is not developers’ ball game – this is also a well...


July 24, 2009  10:00 AM

Four Environment Essentials to know before performing load testing



Posted by: Jaideep Khanduja
2-tier, 3-tier, application, architecture, browser, browser version, load testing, n-tier, n-tier application, performance, production server, protocol, quality, server, server configuration, Software application, software product, Staging Server, Test Server, testing

Which Server: Where is the load testing intended to be performed? Is it the test server, production server or staging server where load testing is to be performed? If it is being performed on Production Server, it is ok. Otherwise if it is to be performed on test or staging server, be careful that...


July 22, 2009  10:00 AM

Five lessons my dance teacher gave me that can make you a perfect tester



Posted by: Jaideep Khanduja
QC, quality, software, tester, testing

A love for music - if you can move to music, you can dance: Same applies to testing also. If you have love for testing, and you can move to its music, you can be a good tester. A sense of rhythm: If you understand the product well and move along well, in a right rhythm, you win the game. ...


July 20, 2009  10:00 AM

Responsibility of a tester – a different perspective



Posted by: Jaideep Khanduja
bugs report, code writing, coding, customer requirement, developer, Development, development team, product quality, project management, QC, quality, quality control, software product, Software Project, software quality, test case, test report, tester, testing report

The responsibility of a tester is to ensure the peace of mind of the end users who are going to use the software product. Another target should be to safeguard customer's investment in the product. In order to discharge this responsibility, the tester should focus all his skills on understanding...


July 17, 2009  10:00 AM

Why hit the people? Hit the process if there is a failure in a software project



Posted by: Jaideep Khanduja
business analyst, developer, development team, HR, implementation team, people management, product, product build, project management, project manager, project team, Q-tag, QA, QC, quality, quality assurance, quality building, quality control, quality culture, Software Project, stakeholder, testing team

People are not wrong, processes are. People in an organization do what they are told to do. Organizations who hit on people at the time of failure are not doing the right thing. It is the process that is to be blamed not the person with Q-tag. As long as quality is considered to be the child of...


June 22, 2009  10:00 AM

Role of Vendor and Customer in managing User Manuals



Posted by: Jaideep Khanduja
build phase, project management, project manager, project phase, project quality, project team, project walkthrough, quality, quality assurance, quality control, Software Project, stakeholder, User Manual

As already has been discussed, User Manuals play a crucial role in any software project and are the solid bonding between product, users, customer management and vendor project team. The stronger this bond is the more comfortable and happy each stakeholder will be. Each player has to play a crucial...


June 19, 2009  10:00 AM

Six Pack User Manual – how to build



Posted by: Jaideep Khanduja
FAQ, project management, quality, Software Project, User Management, User Manual

Six major key points that should be kept in mind while preparing User Manuals can be as listed below: 1. Simple – Never expect your product users to be as knowledgeable about your product as you are. Remember when you first time tried working on this product, how ignorant or untrained you...


June 8, 2009  10:00 AM

Five pitfalls if you are leaving a scope of software development at customer site



Posted by: Jaideep Khanduja
functional lead, on-site development, project completion, project delay, project implementation, project management, project organization, project quality, project team, QC, quality, quality assurance, quality control, software development, software implementation, Software Project, software quality, technical lead, tester, testing

Ideally, in a software project, for an offshore customer, the requirement gathering phase should be given an extra care to understand to a maximum extent so that the product developed and tested when ready for implementation at customer site requires no development. Practically, it is very...


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...


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