Quality Assurance and Project Management:

Software Project


April 13, 2014  9:26 PM

Why The Last Mile Of Project Management Marathon Is Toughest



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

Let us consider we have reached to the final lap of project management.

April 13, 2014  8:27 PM

A Technology That Revolutionized Project Management In Last 2 Decades



Posted by: Jaideep Khanduja
project management, Software Project

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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  8:38 AM

3 Tasks To Perform Before Starting Actual Testing



Posted by: Jaideep Khanduja
project management, Software Project, software testing, testing

When the product is ready to be handed over to testing team, the testing team needs to ensure completion of certain tasks before it actually starts the testing of code...


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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March 23, 2014  12:18 AM

Setting of Bug Priority Is An Art



Posted by: Jaideep Khanduja
project management, Software Project, software testing

How often do you wonder as a non testing member of a project team regarding the basis of categorizing bugs, setting their priority of fixing and their allocation to respective development guys? Logically there has to be a science behind it otherwise the exercise doesn't make any sense. But above...


March 19, 2014  10:47 PM

Less Business Knowledge Leads To Immature Product



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

Business knowledge is equally important for two major teams working on a product – one, the development team, who has taken the burden of converting...


March 19, 2014  10:29 PM

Do You Focus More On Count Of Bug And Coverage Than Curbing The Cause



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

Most of the time whenever a product has to go to testing team, the whole attention starts going into ensuring complete coverage of product, exhaustive testing, test results, test cases, test strategy, test plan and so on thereby thinking that the


March 4, 2014  8:20 AM

Role of Testing Team During A Project



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

Role of testing team is to look into enhancement of the application built for a customer and making it as near to the scope and reality of business as per the expectations of the customer. If development had been free of errors or bugs, there would never have been a need for a...


March 3, 2014  12:13 AM

Bug Fixing Is As Serious An Affair As Developing A New Build



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

Bug fixing for development team is as serious affair as a new built, or rather it must be a more serious affair. It is quite phenomenal that no product development has ever been 100% bug free. In fact importance and necessity of testing phase and testers is increasing exponentially. Again a general...


February 28, 2014  10:45 PM

Adherence to Schedule in Testing is Critical



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

Test strategy, test plan, test schedule, test cases and test scenarios - everything go haywire if test schedule goes for a big deviation thereby disturbing the complete timelines of project. Definitely there should be no shortcuts taken for testing of a product thereby creating leakages that could...


February 28, 2014  10:37 PM

Comprehensive and Detailed Test Report Makes Lot of Sense



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

A comprehensive and detailed test report preparation during test phase of a newly developed product as mentioned in an earlier post

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February 28, 2014  10:17 PM

Ensure Complete Test Coverage For a Product



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

It is important to ensure completeness of testing for any new product built based on the customer's business...


February 28, 2014  10:02 PM

Introspective Aspects Of Complete Coverage of Testing



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

There are many ways to ensure complete coverage of software testing as discussing in my earlier...

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January 19, 2014  1:41 PM

Quality Is Synchronization and Unanimous Consolidation



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

One absolutely important role of Quality function which is not there in written in their agendas anywhere but which is always done by them is to take all stakeholders in sync and perform a consolidation of product unanimously before letting is QC cleared and okayed for release to customer. Why is...


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  1:36 AM

Quality Is A Tool For Human Mind



Posted by: Jaideep Khanduja
project management, Software Project, software testing

Before talking about procurement of tools to manage quality of a product whether through QC (testing during development, post development and UAT - user acceptance testing), one must thing about the human brain that is going to drive these testing and while running these tools. It becomes important...


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  3:54 PM

Top 5 Projects In Demand During 2014



Posted by: Jaideep Khanduja
project management, Software Project

5 type of projects will be in high demand during 2014 as listed below: 1. Education: Projects based on education delivery in a smarter way will be for asking globally. 2. Retail: Systems to make retail business more comfortable, versatile and widely acceptable. 3. Security & Privacy:...


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 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  12:10 AM

4 Takeaways From PMP For Project Management



Posted by: Jaideep Khanduja
project management, Software Project

PMP is a good source in two aspects. One, it gives you a great insight on how to manage your projects in a more efficient and risk free manner. Second, if you appear for its exam and qualify, you get a universally accepted accreditation that is highly appreciated worldwide. PMP (Project Management...


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...


October 30, 2013  2:04 PM

Demand Of Quality Professionals Is On High And Will Remain So



Posted by: Jaideep Khanduja
software development, Software Project

Quality is a lot more that identifying and controlling defects. With increasing dependencies on business applications be it on server, mobile or web; is demanding more and more professionals who are capable of this paradigm shift and are intelligent enough to accept the challenge. One of the major...


October 30, 2013  2:02 PM

Business Needs More Serious Quality Professionals Than Developers



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

There is a huge shift in mindset regarding scope of quality in software industry. Given the fact that dependency of business is increasing on applications, the adverse impact of any flaw bypassed during quality might impact business heavily. A small transaction leading to a wrong calculation due to...


October 30, 2013  2:00 PM

Three Focus Areas To Deliver A Healthy And Delighting Product



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

Software industry depends highly on quality of product. Bug encountered during and post production but before launch always cost in terms of time and money. Fixing a bug might take a small chunk of time but retesting again is a time consuming job which is required to ensure the impact of bug fixed...


October 30, 2013  1:33 PM

Quality Is Nothing But QA, QC and Compliance



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

Typically the vast scope of quality can be divided into three major streams - Quality Control (QC), Quality Assurance (QA) and Compliance. All three streams are critical for any organization engaged in software development activities – be it as a vendor or for internal use. In any case – an...


October 27, 2013  11:06 PM

Wireframe Helps In Meeting Software Application Development Timelines



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

A wireframe is nothing but a blueprint for any sized software project in today's corporate world. Think about a building on a land is first presented as a blueprint in order to explain the architecture and design of that building. The layout of the building is shown on this blueprint along with the...


October 3, 2013  10:33 PM

An Interview With Methodology Consultant Igor Ješe: Author Of MocupScreens And MockupData



Posted by: Jaideep Khanduja
project management, Software Project

A warm welcome to Igor Ješe to accept my invite for an interview. He is the author of popular mockup tool MockupScreens. Recently Igor has published an...


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  10:39 PM

Life Cycle of a Project



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

Project Initiation: Every project has these basic phases during its lifecycle – Project Initiation, Project Planning, Project Execution and Project Closure. Each of these phases consist of a number of activities basis which success (or failure) of a project is ascertained. In...


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 24, 2013  9:15 PM

Why Longer Duration Projects Face Oversight Than Overseen



Posted by: Jaideep Khanduja
project management, Software Project

Shorter projects do need lesser attention as the iterations are quick, with shorter timelines of deliverables and milestones. In a short duration if a milestone gets missed, it raises many eyebrows and things get controlled in a fast manner. It is reverse in case of longer duration projects. In...


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