I (Shay Mandel) have recently made a series of customer visits in Israel. I have met R&D managers, QA managers and CTOs from 3 ISVs/Start-Ups, 2 IT organizations (one large insurance company and one governmental department), and 2 MVPs - Guy Kolbis and Leon Langleyben from SRL which is a Microsoft VSTS implementation partner. Guy has also posted about Lab in his blog after our meeting.
It was very good to see that most of the development organizations today either use virtualization as part of their development and testing process, or that they intend to use it in the coming year. This shows that we have a great timing for the product.
I have also presented to the Israel ALM (Application Lifecycle Management) User Group. I have shown how lab can be woven into the overall quality process of ALM. While preparing to it, I saw that we have a lot of places that we can help:
I got a lot of great feedback which I will try to share in the next posts, after I share it with the team and we decide on what will get into the product. Feel free to add your own feedback and questions by commenting on this post.
If you are interested in hearing more about ALM and Lab Management, especially for Agile development process, I am going to present on the subject: The Next Generation of Agile Software Development - Virtualization for faster development cycles in Virtualization Congress which will be held on May in Las Vegas. Please vote for it and come hear it. And if you are interested in that, you should also vote for Vijay Machiraju's topic - Technology choices for virtual lab automation. Vijay will share with the audience the choices we had and the decisions we took for how to use the right technologies for implementing ALM processes in a development and testing organization. Aseem Bansal from our development team will talk about Testing & debugging made easy using virtual lab automation , and will share from his dogfooding experience how bugs can be more easily reproduced and fixed faster. Please do vote for those sessions if you think they are interesting (just click on the up arrow near the subject name when following the links above).