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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.

Cultures Where Agile Emerges

Posted by Pollyanna Pixton  on  Sep 08, 2009 1

Agile practices emerge in a collaborative environment. As the leader on several projects, Pollyanna used collaboration processes to create a culture that fostered the emergence of iterative development, test first, evolving functional specs, pair programming, minimal documentation, and customer involvement at every step of the way. Pollyanna presents the steps leaders for emerging agile methods.

The Dancing Agile Elephant: IBM Software Group's Transition to Agile and Lean Development

Posted by Sue McKinney  on  Aug 12, 2009 3

This session explores the approach and challenges to transforming multi-thousand person division to adopt new approaches to developing software. Questions about how to inspire and motivate change, identifying the change agents, the tooling to enable the masses will be discussed.

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.

BayAPLN Agile Expert Panel

Posted by David Chilcott, Polyanna Pixton, David Hussman, Sue Mckinney, Pat Reed  on  Jan 12, 2009

During QCon San Francisco 2008, InfoQ and BayAPLN, a local group of Agile Project Leadership Network (APLN), organized a panel comprised of Agile experts which answered questions from the audience. The panelists were: David Chilcott, Moderator, Polyanna Pixton, David Hussman, Sue Mckinney, Pat Reed.

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?

Succeeding With Agile: A Guide To Transitioning

Posted by Mike Cohn  on  Aug 07, 2008 3

In this presentation filmed during Agile 2007, Mike Cohn talks about the transitioning process towards an agile organization, why the process is inherently difficult, and what it takes to see self-organization emerging in a previously tightly controlled environment.

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