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Overcoming bureaucracy to maximize the value of our most precious resource

by Thomas Murphy  |  December 17, 2013  |  Submit a Comment

The Lean Startup conference is underway and presentations are available on YouTube. As companies make shifts to agile and/or lean practices, they often run into barriers of culture because we often live in politicized work environments. Clusters of fiefdoms built to survive often warring against each other. The bureaucracy supports the status quo. Public education [...]

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Do you have the right mix?

by Thomas Murphy  |  December 11, 2013  |  Submit a Comment

While recuperating from knee surgery, one of my ways to kill time is watching #ESPN. We are entering the NFL silly season where we try to figure out why some teams with great expectations failed miserably and whose fault it is. A common thread today is the challenge of having the right personnel for the [...]

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Testing tools survey

by Thomas Murphy  |  December 4, 2013  |  1 Comment

As we ramp up to update the MQ for Integrated Software Quality Suites, we are kicking off a survey about tool recognition and use. The survey is located at https://t.co/9NXS0lJVPO and asks a few demographic questions, asks about various categories of tools e.g. load testing, test management, etc. And a couple quick questions about results. [...]

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Is Agile driving your organization to a continual death march?

by Thomas Murphy  |  September 19, 2013  |  8 Comments

A theme that seems to be popping up in my conversations with individuals participating in “agile” projects is that it is begining to feal like you are in a constant “death march”. Business continues to press for “more productivity” and has to respond to a constantly changing and competitive marketplace. In traditional waterfall projects many [...]

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Finding an Agile Bottom Line

by Thomas Murphy  |  August 6, 2013  |  1 Comment

Rally Software today announced the publication of a whitepaper The Impact of Agile Quantified that attempts to describe the direct benefits of moving to agile practices. This will be followed with additional data in the future and is based on the analysis of user data. We applaud this effort for its scope and the general [...]

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2013 “ALM” MQ

by Thomas Murphy  |  May 15, 2013  |  Submit a Comment

We’ve begun work on the update to the Magic Quadrant for ALM.  We are subtly shifting our terminology for the market from Application Lifecycle Management to Application Development Lifecycle Management.  We feel this is a more accurate depiction of what the tools in this space are focused on. Participants this year all have at least [...]

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Mobile continues drive for test early, test often

by Thomas Murphy  |  January 29, 2013  |  5 Comments

Or why your organization needs to get Agile.  An increasing number of the calls I take are dealing with the challenges of BYOD, the growth in browser diversity and the loss of control over the target environment.  The business realizes that there may be an opportunity for lower device costs and happier employees through BYOD [...]

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Trends in Testing Organizations

by Thomas Murphy  |  August 28, 2012  |  3 Comments

A common topic area for us to receive questions about is around the testing organization.  This includes questions on metrics, size, and structure.  With the shift to agile, the increasing growth in utilization of outsourcing, and a pressure to improve quality while reducing costs it seems this is a growing pressure.  While we have a [...]

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Integrated Software Quality Suites MQ update underway

by Thomas Murphy  |  August 4, 2012  |  8 Comments

We are underway with our update to the Magic Quadrant for Integrated Software Quality Suites.  We are targeting a January release and are beginning vendor surveys and presentations then will move to reference customers and writing.  We directed the vendors to focus on the following issues: Cross Browser/Device Testing – companies are under tremendous pressure [...]

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Technology Pilot “Failure”

by Thomas Murphy  |  August 4, 2012  |  1 Comment

I often have calls with clients about technology roll-outs and pilots that “failed” and while there are some occasions where the technology just didn’t work, it is more frequently the case that the user just wasn’t in the right frame of mind to start.  Face it, in almost every case, technology has some level of [...]

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