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Mobile Everywhere

by Thomas Murphy  |  December 10, 2014  |  Submit a Comment

Mobile continues to be growing as the majority of calls we take about testing and many other areas of development and integration. To that we have just released several new research notes including a Marketguide for Mobile Testing and a special report on Mobility and Digial Business. You can find both of these on Gartner’s […]

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Requirements definitions and management

by Thomas Murphy  |  October 11, 2014  |  Submit a Comment

We have recently published a new market guide for requirements definition and management tools. This has always been a challenging market with most IT groups identifying challenges with missed, incorrect, and changing requirements but mixed success in tools adoption. Our market guide outlines considerations and a number of the available products. We believe a key […]

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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 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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