This provocatively titles LinkedIn Group question predictably generated a lot of comments and discussion.
We thought we’d weigh in here too. Our philosophy is in line with classical Agile thinking: Agile is really about culture as much as it is about processes and tools. The culture emphasizes better collaboration between all internal stakeholders and especially between an organization and it’s customers, it is predicated on finding and fixing bugs early to reduce wasted resources and money, it rewards properly functioning software delivered in small increments that is aligned with constantly changing needs, and places a strong premium on delivering business value to a customer above all else.
QMetry addresses these needs by features like Continuous Testing and strong integrations with Automation tools. We also make it very easy to use our Software with market-leading ALM tools like Rally and Jira Agile. Thereby helping you become Agile at all steps of your product lifecycle!
It’s always great to get a pat on the back. It’s even better when the compliment is not just for core product features but also for integrations with other ALM products.
Earlier this month, we spoke with Holmes Corp and how they were using QMetry in tandem with a SaaS instance of Rally Software to implement Agile processes at all stages of their SDLC.? Guenther, their Head of Product Development, is really pleased with the ability to gauge ‘Release readiness’ at any point using QMetry. Moreover, his team is pleased at the ease with which User Stories can be imported into QMetry and how Defects in Rally can be updated from QMetry itself.
If you want to learn more about the advantages of integrating Rally with QMetry, visit our Integrations page.
Fresh of all the excitement from the Atlassian Summit and StarWest, our team has crossed the Atlantic to showcase QMetry at Eurostar in Gothenberg, Sweden.
Eurostar is particularly exciting because this is the first ever time that we’re exhibiting there -and it’s always good to learn perspectives towards Test Management from different geographies. Of course, we are no strangers to the European market – we have numerous customers there including Pearson, Cognifide and eXo. And we have a technology and distribution partnership with QFS – our product integrates well with their Test Automation platform, QF-Test. You can learn more about this integration through this educational video.
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QMetry is a proud sponsor at the Atlassian Summit each year. It gives us a chance to connect with existing customers, new prospects, partners and our friends at Atlassian. Plus, it gives us front-row seats into all the exciting developments in JIRA and GreenHopper — two products we integrate pretty well with.
This year’s Summit definitely surpassed our expectations. The attendance was definitely higher, but more heartening was the strong interest in our bi-directional integration with JIRA and how that could help Developers and QA folks to work effectively in tandem. People visiting our booth clearly stayed longer than usual, asking detailed questions about the nuances of interrelating Defects with Test Cases and best practices around these.
Many Thanks to our friends – Jeff Taylor, Taline Tabakian, Dave Myers and Steven Cross for their help in different areas! We’re already looking forward to next year’s event.
We’re still wrapping up a busy last week. Part of our Team had gone to Starwest at Anaheim to attend an SQE conference.
Both of these events proved to be tremendously valuable for getting valuable insights into how the QA landscape is evolving. We’re generally glad to hear about the tremendous growth in information in Test Management tools like QMetry; and how QA practitioners are actively using these to make their teams more productive and central to the product life cycles. We’re definitively seeing a steady trend towards more automation especially in Geographies where it’s continually proving difficult to hire good Software Testers.
Our BD Team had several tete-a-tete with potential partners and we see a continuing trend of their end-clients wanting to move away from bloated, expensive, and inadequately supported Test Management platforms. QMetry is constantly addressing this need by building a state-of-the art Test Management platform that integrates well with adjacent ALM products, is easy to use, and is affordable.
We also attended the Atlassian Summit on those same days in San Francisco. I’ll write on this in a separate post.
Let the drum rolls begin! QMetry 5.5 is out. After months of hard work and burning the proverbial midnight oil, our product team has released this enhanced version of our market-leading Test Management platform.
The release plenty of new capabilities designed to delight QA groups and help them make their lives easier by enabling to Test faster and faster. And there’s something for everyone: a new Build reports for Agile Teams, an improved UI to help navigate through different product areas, numerous metrics for QA managers to keep tabs on important developments, and helpful new messaging capability for QMetry admins to relay important messages to the entire team.
The centerpiece is probably our powerful, new Advanced Search Capability that allows users to define search criteria by combining multiple parameters through Boolean operators, and even use exclusion criteria to exclude certain Test artifacts. This feature was developed in response to a major Fortune 500 customer that want to search by a complex set of criteria and persist these criteria as a ‘Saved search’ in Test Suites.
That’s not all. API’s have been improved t0 create Requirements and to list Test Cases; and true to form we’ve added new integrations – with Assembla’s defect tracking platform and we’ve begun work on integrating with VersionOne’s Agile project management platform.
Well, enough said here. Please go on over to our Release Notes page to get more details or simply dive in with a Free Trial and start enjoying these capabilities.
One of our customers, Unity Technologies, is in the exciting world of building game development ecosystems. In recent times, they seem to have evolved a lot of their QA processes and part of this included the selection of a Test Management platform to harmonize manual and automated Testing activity.
They recently wrote a good blog post of this evolution and how this has affected their Quality Assurance ecosystem. One interesting fact – the processed almost 97% (Yes, that high!) of all incidents reported during Beta. There’s a lot of interesting anecdotes and some solid QA stuff here,but we don’t want to steal their thunder any more.? Read the entire post on Unity’s Blog
We’re preparing for two upcoming conferences – the Atlassian Summit and Starwest (both in early October);and our creative team decided to get creative, in a risque way, this time. They conjured up Pickup lines that are most likely to be used by QA practitioners(Yes, there’s excitement in the QA world too) and we’re going to be handing out T-shirts with these lines at the 2 Conferences. Make sure you come by and pick one up.
We’re sure you’re dying to read them – so head on over to our Facebook page. The list is not final yet, let us know of lines that are Creative, Fun, and applicable to the QA World.? Or simply ‘Like’ the page if you’re impressed by our pickup lines.
Till next time..
We’re delighted to have on board a new Head for Global Sales – Steven Machernis.
Steven is a well-known figure in the QA space – he was an early employee at development testing leader, Coverity, and was instrumental in fueling it’s growth in Europe in excess of 300% just prior to the company’s initial round of Venture Capital. He also has tons of experience in Sales and Business Development including multiple roles at Motorola. He hold a Degree from Carnegie Mellon University (and is by natural association a Steelers fan)
We’re enthused by Steven’s abilities and are confident that these will propel QMetry to greater heights in the days and months ahead. We will be launching a formal Press Release next week, but in the interim you can learn more about him on our Team page.