Archive for the ‘Project Management’ Category

RD is now PMP certified…

I just passed the PMP certification exam yesterday. Overall, it was a good experience going through the whole learning process.

 

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October 8, 2008 · Rahul Desai · No Comments
Posted in: Personal, Project Management, Training

A good article on…..Blockers and How To Deal With Them

Working with multi cultural team members and cosmopolitan work environments for all this years, I have experienced blockers many times over the years (I am sure everyone has). Grant Holliday has written a nice post on “BLOCKERS” and how to deal with them, here is the link.

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March 14, 2008 · Rahul Desai · No Comments
Posted in: General, Project Management

Some strategies for good impact performance at work

Do you ever wonder why some people have a better work ethic than others?  A good work ethic means being responsible, dependable, accountable and taking initiative.  High-quality work ethics vibrate through the organization.  And we all notice when it’s missing from a environment! As a project manager, it is good to lead by example, have some strong ethic in place and pass on the same to your team members.

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March 10, 2008 · Rahul Desai · No Comments
Posted in: Personal, Project Management

Overestimate or Underestimate?

While trying to provide estimate for a new requirement / project, it is always an enigma whether to overestimate the requirement and face the risk of not getting the project or underestimating the requirement to get the project.

My thoughts, don’t intentionally underestimate (to get the work). The outcome and the penalty for underestimation is more severe than the result / outcome for overestimation.

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December 21, 2007 · Rahul Desai · No Comments
Posted in: Project Management, Software Engineering

Free Project Viewer: LiveProject

I came across this Project tool, great value for clients and users who cannot afford to have Microsoft Project.

LiveProject is a FREE Project Viewer application for Microsoft project files. It enables you to view tasks, Gantt charts, resources, among other Microsoft Project information, without the need to install Microsoft Project. LiveProject has no expiration date, and no strings attached. Just download, run and start your work. Easy. Simple. Free.

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December 16, 2007 · Rahul Desai · No Comments
Posted in: Project Management, Tools, Tips & Utilities

Estimates and Plans – The tightly bonded relationship

Estimation and planning are related topics (not similar topics), but at the same time estimation is not planning, and planning is not estimation. As project managers we do tend to ignore this relationship very often.

 

Estimation should be treated as an unbiased, analytical process; where as, planning should be treated as a biased, goal-seeking process.

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December 15, 2007 · Rahul Desai · No Comments
Posted in: Project Management, Software Engineering

SDLC, Phases and task ownership – Post Mortem Phase (6)

Continuing the previous articles:

SDLC, Phases and task ownership – Inquiry / Investigation Phase (1) and SDLC, Phases and task ownership – Inception / Initiation Phase (2) and SDLC, Phases and task ownership – Pre-Construction Phase / Design Phase (3) and SDLC, Phases and task ownership – Construction / development Phase (4) and SDLC, Phases and task ownership – Post Construction / Development Phase (5), the last phase is Post Mortem. This phase starts if the acceptance test is passed and there is no critical issue reported by the customer within the warranty days after the last delivery. Within the next few days, the post mortem must be conducted.

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December 15, 2007 · Rahul Desai · No Comments
Posted in: Project Management, Software Engineering

SDLC, Phases and task ownership – Post Construction / Development Phase (5)

Continuing the previous articles:

SDLC, Phases and task ownership – Inquiry / Investigation Phase (1) and SDLC, Phases and task ownership – Inception / Initiation Phase (2) and SDLC, Phases and task ownership – Pre-Construction Phase / Design Phase (3) and SDLC, Phases and task ownership – Construction / development Phase (4) the next phase is post construction / post development phase. This phase starts when the team has delivered the first complete version to the customer. Complete means that the deliverable contains all required parts. It could happen that the deliverable still contains undesired issues (called technical bugs). The customer does an acceptance test for any deliverable using either the delivered test procedure or ad-hoc testing. In case the acceptance test fails, the development team has to fix the bugs and this phase repeats.

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November 7, 2007 · Rahul Desai · No Comments
Posted in: Project Management, Software Engineering

SDLC, Phases and task ownership – Construction / development Phase (4)

Continuing the previous articles:

SDLC, Phases and task ownership – Inquiry / Investigation Phase (1) and SDLC, Phases and task ownership – Inception / Initiation Phase (2) and SDLC, Phases and task ownership – Pre-Construction Phase / Design Phase (3) the next phase should be Construction phase / development phase. This is where the software and all of its parts are constructed. The steps within this phase can be repeated and are internal steps of the development team. When this phase ends, the delivery is the first complete version of the expected product.

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November 4, 2007 · Rahul Desai · No Comments
Posted in: Project Management, Software Engineering

SDLC, Phases and task ownership – Pre-Construction Phase / Design Phase (3)

Continuing the previous two articles:

SDLC, Phases and task ownership – Inquiry / Investigation Phase…(1) and

SDLC, Phases and task ownership – Inception / Initiation Phase (2) 

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November 1, 2007 · Rahul Desai · No Comments
Posted in: Project Management, Software Engineering