Dr Rebecca Parsons is the Chief Technology Officer for ThoughtWorks, and a Director of the Agile Alliance. At the Agile Australia conference in Melbourne she discussed the trends in database technology around NoSQL databases, the linking of continuous design with continuous delivery and the impact of the mainstream adoption of agile practices on the Agile Alliance.
There is no silver bullet. We know it, but don't act like it. Your language, tool or process is better, right? Jay Fields says: "It depends". The right choices varies with context, people, and more. This article touches upon how a lot of things must impact a choice; learning culture, skill levels, teamwork, incomplete information, metrics - and context.