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Global Software Delivery with Distributed Agile

Posted by Matthew Simons and Steven Boswell  on  Oct 21, 2010 1

Matthew Simons and Steven Boswell consider that although distributed software development is hard, it is a strategic capability that a company should consider, presenting a framework and Agile practices that help building a healthy distributed environment.

Rapid and Reliable Releases

Posted by Rolf Russell and Andy Duncan  on  Jun 22, 2010

Rolf Russell & Andy Duncan discuss how to have rapid and reliable releases from the perspective of build, release, and devops, considering the relationship between the teams involved, the metrics needed to measure the performance achieved, the required skills, and the need to remove waste and bottlenecks.

Strategies for Effectively Managing Legacy Systems

Posted by Amit Uttam and Derek Longmuir  on  Feb 12, 2010 5

In this ThoughtWorks Quarterly Technology Briefing, Amit Uttam and Derek Longmuir discuss what a legacy system is, the typical approaches to dealing with legacy systems, the cost of legacy systems, replacement strategies and techniques, technology asset portfolios, system health checks, executing a migration plan, "strangler" vs phased approaches, and continually evolving your system.

The Agile PMO: Real Time Governance

Posted by Ross Pettit and Jane Robarts  on  Oct 09, 2009

The PMO needs to be aware of how well each project is performing at any given time. Agile practices give transparency, with clear reporting of what’s done, its cost, and how well constructed it is. Learn how you can create a real-time governance capability that anticipates challenges, makes timely course corrections, and seizes opportunities to maximize the business impact of IT investments.

Three Years of Real-World Ruby

Posted by Martin Fowler  on  Jul 12, 2009 12

Martin Fowler talks about ThoughtWorks's experience with using Ruby on client projects for the past three years, and the creation of a Ruby-based product 'Mingle'.

Lean Concepts for IT Professionals

Posted by Richard Durnall and Kraig Parkinson  on  Jun 17, 2009 3

Durnall and Parkinson provide a thorough introduction to Lean principles, the idea of "Lean Thinking," and the application of those ideas to software development. IT is viewed as a system, a process, as well as a series of production steps and the presenters show how Lean ideas apply to and can improve each aspect.

Democratic Political Technology Revolution

Posted by Martin Fowler and Zack Exley  on  May 29, 2009 1

The state of the art in political technology evolved radically 2004-2008. In 2004, software development in Democratic political campaigns consisted of a few rag-tag hackers taking shots in the dark and building applications. In 2008, political start-ups built innovative social applications that raised nearly 1/2 billion dollars, and elected a President.

Agile Methods and User Centered Design

Posted by Dave Robertson, John Johnston  on  Feb 02, 2009

In this presentation filmed during ThoughtWorks’ Quarterly Technology Briefing, Dave Robertson and John Johnston explain what the Agile and User Centered Design’s (UCD) common denominators are, common values being the most important one in their opinion.

Shaw and Fowler About Forging a New Alliance

Posted by Scott Shaw and Martin Fowler  on  Oct 06, 2008 10

Scott Shaw, Director of Services at ThoughtWorks, and Martin Fowler, Chief Scientist at ThoughtWorks, talk about the need for a new relationship between the business department and the IT department. Studies have constantly shown that the main culprit for unsuccessful projects lies in miscommunication between the business people and the IT ones.

Do the Hustle

Posted by Obie Fernandez  on  Aug 17, 2008 8

Obie Fernandez will leverage his experience successfully selling consulting services for both Thoughtworks and Hashrocket to help you with the following questions: How do I figure out how to price my services? How do I figure out the kind of work I want to sell? How do I write contracts and statements of work? What about proposals? And RFPs? How do I close the deal?

Mingle: Building a Rails-Based Product

Posted by Neal Ford  on  Jun 06, 2008

Neal Ford talks about Mingle, Thoughtworks Studios' project management software. Mingle is written or JRuby - Neal explains the experience with building a product on JRuby, solutions to problems, and future plans for using JRuby in Mingle.

Architecture Evaluation in Practice

Posted by Dragos Manolescu  on  Oct 03, 2007 2

Dragos Manolescu shares insights gained from growing ThoughtWorks' architecture evaluation practice and evaluating several architectures for Global 1000 companies. These insights aim at preparing people interested in commissioning, managing, performing, participating in, or analyzing the results of architecture evaluation to tackle the realities of the front line.

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