Homegrown – a term I love to hear at my local farmer’s market or florist. But when it comes to the software I use in the lab, the term “homegrown” makes me nervous. Don’t get me wrong. I know lots of companies use internally developed software to automate their tests; but time and time again, I see that homegrown tools can actually hurt product development, not help it. If your software can’t keep up with the high demands of today’s products, then your software is holding you back.