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QA Lead missing

By lcyoung ·
I lost my QA Lead who was responsible for training, creating Doc's and JAD's. I have two new QA coming on board in about 3 weeks. The Sys Development Mgr and QA Mgr have reported a non recoverable loss of 4-6 months. How do I reflect that in the work plan?

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by DC_GUY In reply to QA Lead missing

Your description is a little vague. A "plan" documents what you intend to do in the future. Assuming you're using a software tool like MS Project, you simply load it with the number of human resources you have, allow some slack time while they learn how to get things done in a new company, estimate the speed at which they can perform their assignments (without the leadership of a QA Lead and probably having to perform some of the QA Lead's work), and let the tool calculate how much they will be able to get done.

If you're already in the middle of a plan, then you should already be experiencing large variances because of the missing staff member. You will still have to go through all of the above steps and produce a revised plan to reflect your new reality.

If you're not using a software tool, you still have to do all of these same things manually, it just takes longer and gives you a bigger headache.

Notice that the other managers' guesses about how much time they think you have lost don't figure into this process. This is the reason you have plans, so you don't have to rely on guesswork.

Please don't tell me your organization doesn't do formal planning. Most companies measure productivity and ignore quality. I'd be really surprised to learn of one that had the opposite problem. ^_^

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by manmohan74 In reply to QA Lead missing

Their are couple of pointers to be considered for any project as thumb rule:

1. Objective
2. What you will achieve at the end of it
3. What else can be achieved even after the set mile stone
4. What it takes to achieve the mile stone
5. What are the resources available
6. What is the actual plan/ contingency plan

Needless to say your own knowledge, how much of rework it takes if something needs to be fixed at a later stage, how much time it takes to get the resources speed up in correct direction

factor in the JAD resources availability/approval process for each step.

your work plan should reflect based on about pointers, whether your QA lead is available/ non available would impact on the need/objective of the mile stone.

Its true if an able/experienced person lives, the new resource takes time to learn/understand the procedure/application.

your workplan should include the time reqd to train the new resources, time in approval process, time involved in getting the requisite resources to meet your objective, factor in environmental delaytimes/other delays (this information has tobe an educated guess based on your past experience ofyour project, a thumb rule should be about 10% buffer time)

Hope this helps

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by ansonrah In reply to QA Lead missing

The loss of the QA lead affects dependant tasks, which now have to be pushed out to whenever the new guys can assume those tasks- perhaps the simplest way is to change all his NET start dates to the date when the new QA people start those tasks. this will stretch the schedule out, and the reason is the change in the available resources.

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by SridharPandu In reply to QA Lead missing

Split the task (In MS Project) so that it starts at a later date.

Right Click on the GANTT bar, Choose Split, position cursor on the date when the project came to a halt. Click and drag to a new date.

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