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Adapt Corporate Finance Practices To Support Digital Transformation

Margo Visitacion February 28, 2019
We’ve been researching a central dilemma for software leaders over the last year: If software is so important to digital business and customer engagement, why isn’t software development better understood by the C-suite? To foster an environment of fast and valuable software development, CEOs must be in the driver’s seat; they must master software as […]
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Answers To An Agile FAQ: People Over Process

Margo Visitacion February 28, 2019
What Our Clients Tell Us All The Time . . . “Our organization has gone to great lengths to become Agile, and we are well on our journey, but there is friction between our org and those within the company who have not yet transitioned to Agile practices.” Agile teams feel bogged down and relevant […]
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It’s Not Always Visible To The Naked Eye: Using Next-Generation Portfolio Management To Translate Data To Information

Margo Visitacion October 4, 2013
I’ve lived in my house for a long time and it’s time for a refresh. Over the last several months, I planned what needed significant investment and what only needed a cosmetic update. A couple of things were evident: new windows, for one. I was confident that the rest could be handled with some spackle […]
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CSC Acquires AppLabs – Building Bench Strength In The Testing-As-A-Service Market, Especially If CSC Looks At The Bigger Picture

Margo Visitacion September 15, 2011
CSC announced today that it is acquiring AppLabs, a US-based IV&V testing vendor. At first glance, it's a win, maybe a win for both sides. CSC states that one of the reasons that it acquired AppLabs is to augment its horizontal application strategy – due to AppLabs' presence in the US and UK (both vendors have firmly rooted practices in […]
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PMOs – Think Outside Of The Box. Will Kanban Work For You?

Margo Visitacion May 23, 2011
Gaining visibility into the big picture of an IT portfolio feels like one of the unsolvable challenges, and it’s not for lack of trying. Dashboards abound, and PPM tools are becoming more user friendly all the time, but do these tools really provide transparency into what’s really going on? Sometimes I think these tools provide MORE […]
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Daptiv Acquired By Parallax Capital Partners = Faster Maturation Of PPM SaaS, But Does It Signal The Next Wave Of Consolidation?

Margo Visitacion July 30, 2010
On July 27, 2010, Parallax Capital Partners announced that it was acquiring Daptiv, a SaaS PPM vendor. Forrester customers who are current Daptiv customers or are considering Daptiv as a PPM vendor should not be deterred. As a $20 million vendor, Daptiv provided a strong work group for project portfolio management, performing well at the […]
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Deltek Announces Its Intent To Acquire Maconomy: The PSA Segment Of Project-Based Solutions Is Alive And Well

Margo Visitacion June 3, 2010
Deltek’s announcement today of its intent to acquire Maconomy has the potential to vault the vendor’s position as a potential leader in the project-based solutions (PBS) space. For midmarket organizations that deliver projects as a crucial part of their revenue generation, this is a good move. While the focuses of the products share slight overlaps, […]
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Is Risk Based Testing Part of Your Test Planning?

Margo Visitacion April 14, 2010
Recently, I’ve been getting more inquiries around risk based testing.   In addition to agile test methods and test estimation, test teams turning their eyes to risk based testing is just another positive step in integrating quality through out the SDLC.  Yes, I still see QA engineers as having to put their evangelist hats on to […]
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What’s In Your Test Estimation Framework?

Margo Visitacion March 5, 2010
I've been working quite closely with fellow analysts Dave West and Mary Gerush surrounding project estimation. Regardless if you're in the Agile world, testing is factored in (well, unit testing anyway), and if you're in the traditional camp, we've heard the same pain from a number of Forrester customers. No matter what methodology we use, […]
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Metrics, Metrics, Metrics – What Do Benchmarks Tell Us Anyway?

Margo Visitacion February 17, 2010
A common inquiry request to Forrester is asking for benchmarks for quality.  Testing groups are struggling to figure out how well they’re doing and if the processes they’re fighting for are making a difference.   QA value can be hard to define and to prove if development and project teams don’t regularly collect metrics to measure productivity […]
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What are the Next Secret Weapons in the Test Manager’s Toolbox?

Margo Visitacion September 18, 2009
As teams become more agile, or, add more agile like practices to traditional development practices, I’m seeing increasing frustration on the part of test managers.  Rapid development cycles and scrutinized bottom lines are putting more pressure on them to deliver comprehensive testing in tighter time frames.  More and more testing is being taken on by development teams, and while […]
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