6 Simultaneous Projects
I have been recently promoted to the position of Project Manager. I have been a Tech. Lead for nearly 2 years, and 5 years as a Quality Analyst/Tester so I have pretty strong knowledge of QA Environment.
Currently, we are going to start on 6 projects and we have to finish them within a time frame of 14 months. We have hired 12 testers and the tester:developer ratio is roughly 1:4. Initially, the testers will be doing mostly manual work but in 3-4 months, we will be installing QTP for half the team for automation. It does sound like a lot of time but in my experience, the mid 4-5 months generally go to waste as team members get well accompanied with each other.
I have searched the forums for a situation like this but to my failure, I had to start this thread. How should I go about this project? I know what I want from my Testers in the initial phase but how should I break deadlines for different test phases? The applications are already into development and the testers are currently in the process of developing test cases and I can safely say 10-15% of the test cases are done. This seems like a good start but I am having a really hard time dividing work further as there are 6 projects and we have a vast Tester/Developer team working simultaneously.
How should I go about this? Please advice.
Re: 6 Simultaneous Projects
Couple of things i can think about this is
1.Identifly high priority project among 6 with tight deadlines.Start alloting resources to these project first.Make them understand what are requirement,objectives,How you are planning to go about it,ask them for their feedback,assign roles and responsibites,your deliverables etc.
2.i would have 2/3 teamlead handling 2/3 projects each with myself taking care overall delieverables.
3.Prepare the project plan with clear task delieverable dates.
4.i would you suggest you concentrate only on the client/mamagement interaction with project execution and monitoring handled by leads,in case if it does not go as per plan then you can step in.But again it may be required or not depending upon your resources skillsets,project complexites etc.
In short it has no clear way of achieving but there are some things which you need to follow to achieve the objectives.i am sure there are couple of threads here which might interest you.search for them.Also you need to be good adminstrator rather than technical solver as your role demands that.
Right exacmple you can follow is just go back to memory and see how your previous project managers use to manage the projects when you were working with them.All those activites are now part of your job.