Thomas Murphy

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AADi Summit 2013

by Thomas Murphy  |  November 30, 2013  |  Submit a Comment

As much as I dislike Las Vegas, I am excited for the Gartner’s annual Dev conference and look forward to meeting with our clients. I am going to be trying out some new data collection techniques and will also spin up a new survey on testing tool use. This will include in session polling using […]

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Quality and Automation, Partners in Enabling DevOps

by Thomas Murphy  |  November 6, 2013  |  5 Comments

Recently we have seen a spate of highly visible application roll out failures.  Because of the exposure it seems like these may be “isolated” incidents but I feel they are more normal in large system rollouts then we want to admit.  The core challenge is that generally the business does’t value QA or understand  the […]


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The Need for Smarter Testing

by Thomas Murphy  |  April 2, 2013  |  1 Comment

The Nexus Forces, in particular devices and the browser explosion, combined with the “money saving” BYOD movement are putting a tremendous squeeze on software testing organizations.  No longer is it good enough to test on a couple browsers or a device or two.  Yet at the same time, every combination can not be tested.  Mobile […]

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Can you teach an old dog?

by Thomas Murphy  |  January 30, 2013  |  Submit a Comment

The old adage says you can’t teach an old dog new tricks.  Microsoft, in the software world is certainly an old dog, but it seems to be learning “new tricks” in changing the way it defines and ships software.  This may not work yet for all of Microsoft, my view is primarily at the Developer […]

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The Art of Simplicity

by Thomas Murphy  |  October 24, 2012  |  Submit a Comment

The market has gained a many new products to aid with capturing software requirements through wireframes and prototypes.  While this is great, a conversation I had today with Vernalis Systems about their approach to drive business improvement via technology.  We got into a discussion about wire framing and the importance in the beginning to keep […]

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Agile Spaces and Introverts what is the balance?

by Thomas Murphy  |  October 11, 2012  |  Submit a Comment

Susan Cain, a former wall street lawyer shifted her career to match her original goal of being an author deliver a book this year on the power of introverts and delivers a challenging TED talk about how to work better with Introverts and changes we need to consider in education and workspaces that challenges the […]

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Going Beyond Open Spaces

by Thomas Murphy  |  September 25, 2012  |  1 Comment

The Harvard Business Review Blog Network published a post from Anne Kreamer about The Rise of Coworking Office Spaces on the 19th that describes a trend that combines a combination of traditional office leasing provided by companies like Regus together with the Open Floor plans that many Agile development teams use (if you are a […]

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Building the Right It

by Thomas Murphy  |  September 18, 2012  |  3 Comments

As we work through vendor conversation for the update to the Integrated Quality Suites MQ, we are seeing a tremendous number of interesting developments from the market though often they are fragmented.  At the same time it seems that we are being pushed forward to continue to do more and more to ensure that we […]


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DVCS Begins to Come of Age

by Thomas Murphy  |  May 10, 2012  |  3 Comments

DVCS systems have become popular amongst agile developers over the past few years.  However they have mainly lived either in open source projects (often hosted on GitHub or BitBucket) or on smaller teams that would then promote code into the “authorized” or corporate repository.  DVCS systems provide advantages in performance for branch and merge operations […]


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Agile Program Management

by Thomas Murphy  |  March 19, 2012  |  2 Comments

Saw a great presentation on Agile PM which is applicable to any organization trying to understand how to get to Enterprise Agile or to move beyond the baseline of Agile development teams.  This presentation by Nina Schoen from Getty Images discusses how they made a migration and the use of Agile/Lean principles to guide decisions.  […]


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