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February 23, 2013  10:06 PM

Things You Should Know Before Jumping Into Agile



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

How many companies would have adopted Agile and then felt helpless in carrying on with it? There would be. Plenty of them. Such organizations get influenced with any new technology, methodology, process or concept in such a manner that they forget to do their homework before deciding on jumping...

February 16, 2013  1:46 AM

Basic Tips On Adopting Process Methodology Or Tool For Project Management



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

There is not limit in making effort for making a project success (or failure). Using a latest technology or tool for managing a project does not guarantee you that you are going to succeed in your project. There are a lot more things that matter. Adopting agile, for that matter and actually...


February 7, 2013  11:06 PM

Software Companies Can Do Wonders With Agile Development And Lean Principles



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

Around a couple of years back a very interesting article was published on Forbes website educating on importance and role of Lean and Agile in Software Development Organizations. Dan Woods,...


January 31, 2013  9:55 PM

5 Must To Have Components Of Defect Report



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

Though you will find ample amount of templates online with the help of a simple Google search for "Defect Report" or "Bug Report" online, but still some of the components are must to have for any kind of Defect Report. Those essential ones are: 1. Scope of testing is important to be highlighted...


January 31, 2013  9:45 PM

Collaboration Among Developers Has Given A New Twist To Nintendo Games Development



Posted by: Jaideep Khanduja
project management, Software Project

Collaborating with second and third party vendors has given a new twist to the life of not only to Nintendo, a major games development company, but also of the small companies engaged with the Nintendo. This is new pattern of


January 31, 2013  9:12 PM

Five Pitfalls In Product Development That Delays Project Launch Drastically



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

Delays in projects do happen. Sometimes with reasons within control and sometime beyond control. A proactive approach, hence, is always preferred so as to avoid a big disaster at a later stage of project nearing completion. The later is the disaster, the higher is the impact. Severity or the risk...


January 12, 2013  11:19 PM

Project Plan Is A Combination Of Gut Feel Guess Work And Objective Calculation



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

It rarely happens that any of the project phase finishes as per the stipulated plan. Due to one reason or the other, the planned tasks somehow get delayed and at times Project Manager is not able to anticipate this risk in advance. A way of moving towards perfection for a project manager would be...


January 6, 2013  9:31 PM

Top Ten Trends In Project Management For 2013: Global Leading PM Training Company ESI International



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

Three days back one of the world's top company engaged in project management training - ESI International - has officially released in a press conference -

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December 16, 2012  10:42 PM

Are You Using All Features Of Project Management Tool



Posted by: Jaideep Khanduja
project management, Software Project

You have paid a good amount of money to procure an excellent project management tool. This would have started with the identification of need of a project management tool after which you convinced your management and got an estimated budget approved for its procurement. Once the need is identified...


December 16, 2012  10:02 PM

Integrate It If You Use A Standalone Project Management Tool



Posted by: Jaideep Khanduja
project management, Software Project

QMarkA standalone project management tool might not be able to cater to all relevant functions like finance, operations, PMO, logistics etc. And even if it; it would be asking for lot of...


December 16, 2012  9:38 PM

Training On Project Management Tool Is As Important As Tool Itself



Posted by: Jaideep Khanduja
developer, Project Lifecycle, project management, project manager, Software Project, tester

Well, you, as a project manager, have identified the exact needs of your project management tool. In the next step you have also been able to identify the best option in the market. You also identified the champion who is going to drive project management with this tool, someone who is expert on...


November 25, 2012  7:22 PM

At Times Customer Is The Main Cause Of Project Failure



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

Here below is a lovely comic strip from acentre.com on Managing Project Scope. This is self explanatory in telling how projects go haywire just because of non serious stakeholders, keeping lot of leverage and flexibility in changing...


November 25, 2012  7:10 PM

Six Failing Factors In Project Management



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

This is a lovely comic strip from BrightWork and says a lot about the misleading components of a project. The whole game of project management depends solely on its drivers. If it is being driven wholeheartedly engaging all its stakeholders, nothing can take it away from success. But the misleading...


November 25, 2012  6:40 PM

Project Failure Happens At US Airport



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

Nobody would think that the things that happen in developing, under-developed and not developed countries can happen in developed countries like the United States too. Passenger screening machines being supplied at U.S. airports has become a highly controversial matter now. The fact coming out is...


November 25, 2012  2:38 PM

Quality Project In Real Life Gets Awarded In San Francisco



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

Recently there was a new in papers circulated around San Francisco. This was regarding an exemplary achievement attained by the District Inspector of Air Quality Management Department of Bay Area which has been recognized and acclaimed by the California Air Pollution Control Officers Association...


November 24, 2012  7:01 PM

Sometimes When Project Does Not Drive On Its Own



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

Here is a lovely picture that indicates a classic situation during a Project where it needs to be pushed. At such times, the project drivers are not able to drive it at the stipulated speed and hence loose its track of progress. In fact at times its progress starts fading out and it appears that...


November 24, 2012  1:20 PM

Be Original While Testing Or Coding



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

Here are few quotes/ posters I found on net which are quite relevant to the job of a QC and Code writing guys. Curiosity is something than can chip in an extra edge in both - a developer, and a tester.


November 24, 2012  12:29 PM

Project Quality: Thanksgiving Means No Thanksliving for Turkey



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

This is Constance MArie on WhoSay. This is a small Thanksgiving video, and its tagline says "Happy Thanksliving!!! The turkey gets to live." [brightcove] Well, if we correlate this occasion with Project lifecycle, let us see what are various Thanksgiving instances that arise during various...


November 18, 2012  10:19 PM

IBM Smarter Cities Challenge Grants 2012 Benefits Healthcare Of Pune Citizens



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

Pune local city administrative body - Pune Municipal Corporation - PMC - has finally shortlisted global software company - IBM India for working together on a new and comprehensive project. This project will be aimed at building a comprehensive healthcare solution for the residents of Pune. The...


November 18, 2012  9:12 PM

Controlling Or Influencing: Which Kind Of Project Manager Is Better



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

A Controlling kind of project manager would be more of a monarch and less kind of diplomatic. This kind of project manager would not be interested in liberalism or any kind of flexibility. He would be liking more of the silent obeying guys in his team rather than those who discuss and like to put...


October 31, 2012  8:10 AM

Five Commandants In Quality Management



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

1. Quality is to be built along with the project development and not after it 2. Quality is not a single person’s or team’s task 3. Quality is not a TASK, it is a CULTURE 4. If Project is an investment, Quality is an assurance of secured return on this investment 5. Quality need not be...


October 31, 2012  8:05 AM

Ten Commandants In Project Management



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

1. Project Management is not a game, it is a strategy 2. Project Tools are irrelevant to Project Drive and Success. Same Project Tool may not fit well for another project team working on similar kind of project 3. Stakeholders are as important drivers of the project as project...


October 14, 2012  10:02 PM

Project Review Does Not Mean A Formal Meeting



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

Project Plan without a regular review is as good as a rail on the track without an engine. Hence though the rail is on the track but is not moving since there is no driving or moving force to it. Similarly howsoever structured or strong project plan is built, if there is no review to monitor the...


October 14, 2012  6:46 PM

A Software Development Project Not Leading To Core Business Reports Is Not Critical To Business



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

The amount of data lying in the servers resting in data center of any organization might not be equivalently accessed, analysed and used in terms of Business Intelligence. The volume of terabytes of data viz a viz its churning to get some fruitful and crisp information might not be existing in...


October 14, 2012  5:05 PM

Project Task Prioritization With Eisenhower Matrix



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

Stephen Covey is the man who brought Eisenhower matrix into limelight in front of the whole world. But the actual credit goes to this man - Eisenhower US, the ex...


October 14, 2012  1:40 PM

This Is A Chronic Disease In Project Management



Posted by: Jaideep Khanduja
project management, Software Project

project management Project Management started like this and kept on running like this for years. It reflects the silos that exist within and across the teams working on...


October 3, 2012  10:06 PM

Do You Apply 80:20 Rule On Your Project Priorities



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

A project manager is always surrounded by project priorities falling in financial, logistic, people related, technical, machine related and many more categories. Each category is important and critical for project performance and enhancement. In each category, priorities will be set in different...


September 29, 2012  6:33 PM

Risk Assessment And Mitigation Is Fine But What About Un-alarmed Risks



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

In any project prior to its development, during the initiation phase, risk assessment, analysis and mitigation planning is done. PM office, Project team, external stakeholders including the end customer management team members all become the part of this committee to work out and cover all possible...


September 24, 2012  10:19 PM

10 Parameters to Select Tools for Automated Testing



Posted by: Jaideep Khanduja
automation tool, Software Project, software testing, tester

Following parameters may be kept in mind while going for selection of an automating testing tool: 1. Cost: Cost of the tool should be clearly justifiable with the number of projects in hand, foreseen to come in future, cost of projects in hand and those coming in future. There is nothing wrong...


September 24, 2012  9:41 PM

5 Myths of a Developer that Spoil His Career



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

We all have certain amount of myths within us and sometimes we start loving to live with them. A developer’s job is quite critical in any software development project as this is the guy who is doing all ground level work. Whatever he produces goes to the customer though after passing through...


September 16, 2012  4:44 PM

Overcome 7 Road blockers in the Way of Project Singoff



Posted by: Jaideep Khanduja
project management, Software Project

This is a video by ProjectManager.com and presented by their Program Direction - Jennifer Whitt, PMP. The topic is - Learn 7 steps to avoid project closing pitfalls and be left holding the project bag. Basically whatever is done in a project is for the successful closure, closure sign off and...


September 9, 2012  11:59 AM

Video: Would You Stay An Ordinary Project Manager Or Do Some Wonders



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

Your qualities are unacceptable as long as you don't vet them yourself. Your value is ignored as long as you do not accept it yourself. The moment you realize your real value, you will wonder, that everyone else also becomes aware about it. Doing ordinary things in ordinary fora but even in...


September 9, 2012  11:37 AM

Projectophobia: Fear of Project Failure: Overcome Watch This Video



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

People who fear in life does not mean that they fail in all aspects of life. But keeping a fear in mind out of certain failures can hamper your progress, growth and success in a bigger way. It may become a mere showstopper and block all paths of your life intended to take you towards success and...


August 31, 2012  11:32 PM

Communication Gap While Working On Overseas Projects: Excellent Video



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

You will really enjoy this video published on Youtube that very crisply conveys its message on the gap between the communication arising due to different nations having different ascents for speaking even the same language - say English. This is what actually happens on overseas projects. Having a...


August 26, 2012  11:39 AM

Project Management Skills Video



Posted by: Jaideep Khanduja
project management, Software Project

This is a video I found on Youtube and though it is a promotional video about some company assisting in Project Management, but video has an example showcasing a project management team headed by project manager Zack. He experiences different ups and downs and different kind of people during...


August 5, 2012  3:02 PM

Test Automation Tool Has Become Basic Need Of Testing In Current Environment



Posted by: Jaideep Khanduja
Software Project, software testing, test automation tool

Test Automation has become predominantly and unquestionably a 'must'do' entity in project management, especially of larger size and involving higher stakes. Scenarios are changing at a faster pace from legacy, orthodox, out of date waterfall model of testing to 'quick to attain perfection' in...


August 5, 2012  2:34 PM

Top Management Must Act As a Solid And Transparent Bridge Between Customer And Project Teams



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

There is a lot of information that floats and flows between top management and customer management. Even though some of this information might not be directly linked to the project but might impact seriously on the growth and progress of the project thereby marring the tempo and momentum despite...


August 5, 2012  2:12 PM

Thee Critical Touch Points For Project Manager During A Project



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

Project manager has to be a versatile and universal kind of entity in an organization rather than limiting him/herself to a particular department or specific focus area. Project Manager has to be visibly an overall scale predicting the progress and health of the project. He has to be informative...


August 5, 2012  1:43 PM

Three Logistics of Project Management



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

If, for any kind of project, focus on three important areas when put right since the beginning of project; might help in attaining desired results and outcomes in appropriate, timely and within budget targets. The logistics are not mentioned here in terms of their importance as I feel all of them...


July 29, 2012  11:05 PM

No Piece of Code Should Bypass Quality



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

Measure what is measurable and make measurable what is not. ~ Galileo Galilei A code is always testable. large of small, but each piece of code that is catering to a specific need of the business must be tested thoroughly. A small piece unattended may spoil the whole product. If...


July 29, 2012  10:22 PM

Quality Lessons From Freddy Heinken and Philip Crosby



Posted by: Jaideep Khanduja
Software Project, software testing

Heineken is one of the prime brands in liquor industry and one of the top beers sold across all continents on the globe. The whole credit of success of this Dutch beer brand becoming most popular across the globe goes to its founder Freddy Heineken. Freddy used to be too conscious about the quality...


July 29, 2012  10:01 PM

Quality Lessons From Mahatma Gandhi And John Ruskin



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

Mahatma Gandhi always emphasized on the quality of work rather than quantity of work. He wrote once that it is the quality of work that will be easily able to please God rather than the quantity of work. A Programmer if takes a learning from here can go a long way in building bug-free code during...


July 29, 2012  9:03 PM

Learning From Failures Is A Good Practice



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

: It it not good to fail in all your projects and in achieving your goals. But it is inevitable to avoid failures or delays at times. This can happen in any kind of project and at any stage of the project. One bad habit that is counted as good is the 'Passion of Winning". Everyone has an urge to...


July 22, 2012  10:59 PM

If You Are Still Following Waterfall Then You Are Certain To Fall



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

Waterfall Video Hey guys, this is not a technical video attached here in this post. This is a waterfall in a place called Panchkula near Jammu in India. This waterfall video I have watched n number of times and every nth time I watch it,...


July 22, 2012  10:30 PM

Experts Comments on Book: Technology Specific Guide for QTP



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

Details of book - cost, availability This new book on QTP for Web Testing is a simple, crisp and a must read for all beginners, novice and experts in the field of software...


July 22, 2012  8:51 PM

Video: What Stops A Good Programmer Becoming A Good Tester



Posted by: Jaideep Khanduja
developer, Project Lifecycle, project management, project management. Software quality, software, software development, Software Project, software testing, tester, testing

Hi Guys, This is basically the video version of my long back posted article here on IT Knowledge Exchange website. Probably that is one of my earliest blogs and it got quite popular among readers belonging to Project Management, Software Projects, Quality Assurance, Quality Control fields. Here...


July 21, 2012  1:41 PM

Authors Overview – Technology Specific Guide for QTP



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

Technology Specific Guide for QTP The book is precisely of 200 pages, if you include the last 2 pages meant to jot down notes. It is a well written, well titled, and...


June 30, 2012  11:59 PM

Change in Priorities Are Boon For One But Bane For Another Project



Posted by: Jaideep Khanduja
project management, Software Project

1. Change in priorities are always a big hurdle in a project 2. Change is not always good 3. Change does not always brings in good 4. Change is good to avoid at times 5. Change in priorities will boost one project but at the cost of many other ongoing ones


June 30, 2012  11:52 PM

Frequent Interruptions In Project Mar Its Charm



Posted by: Jaideep Khanduja
project management, Software Project

Any project if goes well and ends well keeps drawing stakeholder’s attention during its lifecycle. This attention drawing goes all in positive manner, cheering teams, glorifying moments of milestones’ achievements, project completion etc. It might go other way round also in a way that it does...


June 30, 2012  11:20 PM

3 Unavoidable Factors Responsible For Change In Requirements



Posted by: Jaideep Khanduja
project constraint, Project Development, Project Lifecycle, Project Management Methodology, project requirement, project stakeholder, Software Project, software quality

Change in requirements does happen frequently or infrequently depending on the acceptability level of development team. It also depends on how tightly activities are planned and milestones are being monitored. At times there are certain changes that come right in the middle of a project but shake...


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