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Preparing for the PMP

Preparing for the PMP

This post is based on an interview with Piyush Singhal who cleared PMP recently with a 90+ score. Okay, so you are thinking about going for the Project Management Practitioner exam, and do not know where to start. Let’s get you started. Below is a project plan for clearing the PMP certification. The first thing [...]

Project Managers: Know about Conway's Law?

Project Managers: Know about Conway’s Law?

From Wikipedia, available under license as detailed here: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0/: Consider a large system S that the government wants to build. The government hires company X to build system S. Say company X has three engineering groups, E1, E2, and E3, that participate in the project. Conway’s law suggests that it is likely that the resultant [...]

Needle in Haystack Part II - the solution

Needle in Haystack Part II – the solution

Okay so we have faced the problem. What do we do? It may be prudent, to obtain bye-in from the person who will be looking for the needle in the haystack. Especially if this is a boring task you will need to explain to the person why it is necessary to find the needle and [...]

Needle in Haystack Part I - the problem

Needle in Haystack Part I – the problem

One of the problems I have faced repeatedly in not just project management but in a wide variety of scenarios (even at home) is what I call the ‘Needle in Haystack’ problem. Say I am the manager of a project where the task is to find a needle in a haystack. I assign the task [...]

Top 10 considerations when preparing a software test plan

Top 10 considerations when preparing a software test plan

Click on images to enlarge -> Test the parts of the application that have changed since the last cycle / go live This part of the test plan is very obvious: test the changes to the application. Each change needs to be tested individually if possible, or as groups if the number of changes is [...]