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.
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.
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 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.
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'.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.