Quality Assurance and Project Management:

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August 31, 2010  10:43 AM

Think Beyond Project Management



Posted by: Jaideep Khanduja
change management, development management, issue management, Project Lifecycle, project management, requirement management, Software Project

Project Management is not everything related to the management of a project. It is absolutely not the end of the road. If you have a well defined project management methodology (or different methodologies for different project types actually), it never means that just the regular...

August 31, 2010  10:01 AM

Six Visionary Tools For Project Management



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

Without a vision, project can never be managed. Without management a project has all chances to go out of control. To have full control over the project during all its phases certain visionary tools are required to overcome obstacles. Different teams are engaged during different...


August 30, 2010  10:12 AM

Project Management Philosophy



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

A project never goes smooth. It brings unexpected problems during the execution of any phase that marks a difference between the planned activities and actual executions. The deviations enforce re-planning of further activities so that the extra budget and time spent on previous...


August 30, 2010  9:12 AM

Ten Differences Between Project Manager and Project Leader



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

Both accept challenges. Both have an ability to drive the situation. Both have knowledge and experience to handle a deadlock. What varies is their style of thinking and working. A project manager and a project leader both have a mixed blend of all qualities. What varies is the way...


August 20, 2010  11:41 AM

Ten Boosters For A Visible Tester



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

A tester must be visible to the test manager most of the time. The visibility comes through many ways. By means of communication – verbal, mail, status updation, discussions etc. Visibility helps a tester in many ways. Some of the benefits to the tester by keeping himself...


August 17, 2010  11:10 AM

180 Degrees Gap Is A Must Between Your Managerial And Leadership Skills



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

Broadly a project manager and a project leader seem to carry a similar profile – that is of managing a project and leading it to success in stipulated time period. But if we seek a distinct clarification between the two roles – there comes a demand of a wide gap – as wide as...


August 13, 2010  10:33 AM

Twenty Pebbles In The Still Waters Of Project Management



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

1. No problem is small. 2. Never look for Shortcuts. 3. Never Jump to Solutions. 4. It is not true that a larger problem will have a higher risk. 5. Seek for value addition in any task you perform. 6. Build a...


August 12, 2010  10:56 AM

Toughest And Most Crucial Form Of Testing



Posted by: Jaideep Khanduja
project management, Regression Testing, Software Project, tester

Regression Testing takes lot hell of time out of overall time provided for testing of a product in any software project. Though it takes longest duration for complete product coverage but somehow or the other lot of things remain untouched or unnoticed during this testing. This...


August 5, 2010  11:50 AM

Six Project Catalysts For Project Management



Posted by: Jaideep Khanduja
delivery process, development process, process management, project governance, project management, project metrics, project optimization, project team, project traceability, software development, Software Project, team management

Delivery Process: Delivery rate and delivery volume is directly proportional to productivity of various teams. Delivery of product depends on rate of development and testing, delivery of implementation depends on speed of implementation and so on. A process for delivery will focus...


August 3, 2010  11:14 AM

Lack Of Communication Generates Assumptions



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

Lack of communication, during any Project, forces team members to assume. This happens due to lack of clarification and shortage of time. The product built on assumptions stands nowhere for a useful purpose. Assumptions in turn create confusions and confusions lead to...


August 2, 2010  10:15 AM

Ten Crucial Hiccups In Project Management



Posted by: Jaideep Khanduja
collaboration, communication, Leadership, project control, project management, project quality, Software Project, Team building, time-plan

As discussed in previous post Identifying Hiccups During Project Lifecycle the identification of the showstoppers or hiccups in a project is very crucial. An...


August 2, 2010  8:20 AM

Identifying Hiccups During Project Lifecycle



Posted by: Jaideep Khanduja
business continuity, collaboration, project approach, project management, project organization, project quality, project size, project stakeholders, Software Project

A project of any nature or size, demands collaborative and systematic approach, from all teams, stakeholders. The teams engaged in various activities and tasks need to tackle hiccups and abruptions arising out of any internal or external turmoil. The time-bound...


July 29, 2010  11:47 AM

Software Testing And Stephen Covey



Posted by: Jaideep Khanduja
business analyst, business requirement, developer, Development, project management, Software Project, software requirement, Stephen Covey, tester, testing

”We simply assume that the way we see things is the way they really are or the way they should be and our attitudes and behaviours grow out of these assumptions.”. This quote is from the author of the famous book “Seven Habits of Highly Effective People”, Stephen Covey....


July 29, 2010  10:14 AM

Seven Tips To Optimize Process Management



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

A Process is the key parameter or metrics to establish the health and status of a project at any stage. Without established process, a method to measure it or its metrics and a continuous effort to re-establish it in terms of improvisation and enhancement, any drive in project...


July 27, 2010  7:30 AM

Change User Training Model



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

User Training, Product Demo, UAT all require visit to customer site and a face to face interaction with the end users and customer management. Worldwide scenario is changing now. Organizations in wake of going green and cutting costs prefer alternate ways to avoid travel expenses...


July 26, 2010  9:58 AM

Process Chart At Every Stage Help Part II



Posted by: Jaideep Khanduja
process chart, project management, Software Project

Let us, for example, take a scenario of changing existing functionality in software, by changing some part of the code, to enhance its performance and applicability. The enhanced or re-designed code is supposed to give better performance thereby giving higher level of user/customer...


July 26, 2010  9:51 AM

Process Chart At Every Stage Helps Part I



Posted by: Jaideep Khanduja
process chart, project management, Software Project

A well defined process is a key performance tool for any project. Keeping in mind that any defined process required a life-long enhancement and improvisation helps project management team and management to strive for excellence in each stage of the project. If processes are...


July 23, 2010  12:25 PM

Two Approaches Of Capturing Customer Requirements



Posted by: Jaideep Khanduja
business requirement, customer requirement, project management, software product, Software Project

Let us consider a simple scenario of writing code for a new application for a customer. The process starts with a clear understanding of customer business, key user’s expectations and customer management’s expectation regarding business benefits driven out of this application....


July 22, 2010  11:05 AM

Five Tips For Bypassing Testing Of Product



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

1. Showstopper: Product manager always has the perception that the development team wants the progress of work whereas QC or testing team jams the progress. They even try to project in the way of showing development team sitting idle when the product is lying with testing team for...


July 22, 2010  10:31 AM

Hide And Seek Between Development And Quality Teams



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

There is always a hide and seek game between Product Manager and QC Manager when a product is being built. Project Manager, Management and Customer on one hand stress on complete involvement of testing team during product building. On the other hand product manager keeps playing tricks to bypass...


July 21, 2010  12:10 PM

Five Quick Handlers For Project Management



Posted by: Jaideep Khanduja
project management, Software Project

1. Confidence: The confidence level at any stage of all team members, project manager, QC manager and all other stakeholders right from the beginning starts narrating the direction and overall health of the project. The clarity of requirements, goals, direction etc. all reflects...


July 9, 2010  9:54 AM

Three Basic Ingredients For Becoming A Good Vendor



Posted by: Jaideep Khanduja
outsourcing, project management, project success, Software Project, Software vendor

Outsourcing is not an unfamiliar term. We keep doing that in our day to day life for our personal and home needs. The same is done in corporate world. All activities or work can’t be performed by a single person. Similarly all corporate functions may require outsourcing depending...


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...


June 22, 2010  11:45 AM

Ten Reasons for a Project Manager To Act As A Gardener Part II



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

5. Harvesting: Plants are ready for harvesting at different timescales. The crop decides the period of harvesting unless some negative impacts the growth. Same is with the people. Some grow fast, some take their own sweet time to grow and establish their...


June 22, 2010  11:29 AM

Ten Reasons for a Project Manager To Act As A Gardener Part I



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

A gardener is not a simple job, rather is a most tedious job of growing and nurturing nature. The similar job is that of a project manager who has to manage different teams in a project. The team members comprise of different ages, cultures, geographies (sometimes), experiences, backgrounds,...


June 18, 2010  11:57 AM

Ten Tips To Increase Business Application Usage Part II



Posted by: Jaideep Khanduja
change management, process optimization, project management, Software Project

5. Drive with a top down approach: If the project command is shared with one of the top management member of customer end, it gives a catalytic thrust to the project progress and becomes a winning note for the product. 6. Don’t pass a stupid message that...


June 18, 2010  11:35 AM

Ten Tips To Increase Business Application Usage Part I



Posted by: Jaideep Khanduja
change management, process optimization, project management, Software Project

Sometimes business applications die an unnatural death even if the application is built with state-of-the-art technology fulfilling all relevant business requirements. The reason of failure does not lie with the application but the people and processes...


June 14, 2010  10:00 AM

Optimized Environment Gives Optimized Project Performance



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

Project performance encompasses performance of each individual member of each team working for a project. Each team members requires an environment around him that facilitates him to work towards his goals. The components of an environment for a team member...


June 11, 2010  1:03 PM

Apply Six Sigma Approach In Project Management



Posted by: Jaideep Khanduja
project management, six sigma, Software Project

Six Sigma is more of common sense and facts based analysis of real data to arrive at an action plan. The basic steps to perform a six sigma project are as below:

  • 1. Identify a problem 2. Set goals to resolve this problem and define the result in terms of...


  • June 9, 2010  11:44 AM

    Business Study And Product Architecture Mitigation



    Posted by: Jaideep Khanduja
    project management, Software Project

    A lot about the product architecture and design depends on the inputs of business requirements. The team responsible for business study and documentation must understand the severity of risk built in development stages due to wrong or incomplete interpretation of business...


    June 7, 2010  11:53 AM

    Project Team And Leadership Skills



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

    Project Manager has to have leadership qualities to achieve success in projects. To carry on with these qualities for project management is good for project manager keeping in mind to regularly improvise and enhance these skills. Another outlook is to inculcate these...


    June 3, 2010  11:22 AM

    Five Key Points In Vendor Selection For Outsourcing A Service



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

    Non Standard processes are prone to risk. So is the service. Service is more based on the people than the deliverables. Even the set standards will vary the level of sam service being delivered by different set of persons. Product is easy to judege in regard to quality. It is...


    June 2, 2010  11:00 AM

    Optimizing Helpdesk Performance And Customer Satisfaction



    Posted by: Jaideep Khanduja
    helpdesk, project management, Software Project, software support

    Managing and running helpdesk is not an easy task. Once the project is completed after software application has been implemented and sign off has been taken from the customer. a new journey starts in terms of product support. The users who start working on the product entering real...


    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 28, 2010  8:20 AM

    Five Benefits of Software Testing On Cloud



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

    In a normal scenario testing of a product is done within the organization by the quality/ test team members. Lately as cloud computing came into the picture, a new concept of testing on cloud has emerged, though not many companies have jumped into it. Testing on cloud carried quite a...


    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...


    May 21, 2010  10:45 AM

    Project Management and Project Functions



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

    Project comprises of many functions. Each function’s identification, staging and monitoring is prime during all stages of the project. Function’s progress indicates the progress of overall project. A broken function means an immediate attention. Attention will be possible only...


    May 20, 2010  10:45 AM

    Project Management and Project Data



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

    Data collected for any purpose is useless in three cases – one, if it is not collected in standardized form, two, if it is being collected just for the sake of collection thereby not doing any analysis and three, if no thought process is gone on analyzed data to improve the...


    May 19, 2010  10:48 AM

    Project Management and Post Project Closure Scenario



    Posted by: Jaideep Khanduja
    project closure, project management, project sign-off, Software Project

    After the completion of a software project, the project closure report or project sign off starts a new experience. The users start practical usage of the product in live scenario. The management starts expecting the useful information in form of reports and screens to manage the...


    May 18, 2010  12:13 PM

    How Important is Support Data



    Posted by: Jaideep Khanduja
    project management, project support, Software Project, support data

    Post implementation support includes customer registering the problems related to the product and the product owner resolving it. There has to be an agreement or contract of service that defines the level of support. Customer may report about a problem in...


    May 17, 2010  12:12 PM

    Post Implementation Support Data Delivers Product Health Report



    Posted by: Jaideep Khanduja
    Post implementation support, project health, project management, Software Project

    Product is understood, developed and implemented. Sign off has been taken, and post implementation report is submitted. All is well so far. What now? Next leap of journey begins. The product usage, results expectations and problems encounter. Users get into the...


    May 13, 2010  12:29 PM

    Project Management and Project Direction



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

    If the Project Manager doesn’t know the direction of the wind, he can’t be a good sailor. To drive a project a project manager need to set certain milestones. To make these milestones achievable on a regular basis (weekly, daily, hourly) he needs to break these milestones into...


    May 12, 2010  10:50 AM

    Project Management and Project Performance



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

    Project performance is the resultant of performance of each and every component of the project. Components of the project means – various team members. These team members are assigned various tasks and sub tasks of the project. The result of these assignments collectively draws...


    May 11, 2010  11:19 AM

    Project Management and Project Results



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

    Every project has a number of milestones. The achievement of each milestone establishes a landmark covered in the project thereby reducing the distance to the final destination. The milestone is divided into a number of tasks which are further divided into sub-tasks. A set of tasks...


    April 30, 2010  7:09 AM

    Two Questions for Quality Manager and Project Manager



    Posted by: Jaideep Khanduja
    customer requirement, Project Head, project management, project manager, project quality, QA, requirement analysis, software development, Software Project

    1. At times development, requirement freezing gets done side by side and that too at customer location. In that case the product undergoes a lot of changes based on customer feedback on daily basis and finally product gets ready as per development team and customer. After that...


    April 29, 2010  11:46 AM

    Project Management and Project Estimation



    Posted by: Jaideep Khanduja
    project budget, project composition, project estimation, project management, project resource, project team, software development, Software Project, software release, team composition

    No project can be started without estimations. The estimations are to be done about the resources, manpower, team compositions, budgets, releases, development and so on. Estimating software is not an easy task. Production estimations are simpler as compared to service delivery...


    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 27, 2010  10:44 AM

    Project Management Methodology and Tools



    Posted by: Jaideep Khanduja
    project management, project management tool, project methodology, Software Project

    Project management is an active stream worldwide. New methodologies and technologies are being produced and introduced from various corners of the world. Some organizations are quite active in optimization of software project management. By optimization we understand the...


    April 26, 2010  7:21 AM

    Why Business Requirements Matter Most in Project Success



    Posted by: Jaideep Khanduja
    business analysis iteration, business analyst, business requirement, project failure, project management, project success, prototype, software development, Software Project, top management

    Business requirements and customer specifications when are met perfectly above 90% in the software built; such software has least chances of failing due to quality or customer acceptance. Definitely the time schedules are always important but such products where business...


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