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  • Increasing Developer Effectiveness by Optimizing Feedback Loops

    We can think of engineering as a series of feedback loops: simple tasks that developers do and then validate to get feedback, which might be by a colleague, a system (i.e. an automation) or an end user. Using a framework of feedback loops we have a way of measuring and prioritizing the improvements we need to do to optimize developer effectiveness.

  • The Selfish Meme: How Organisational Memes Define Culture

    The Selfish Meme is a mental model that allows us to build a framework around some tools and techniques that might help us to guide positive cultural change within an organisation. Frequently, we have to battle against the organisation itself and the “Corporate Immune System”. Sometimes we managed to “win” the battles and the war and effect positive and lasting change.

  • Evaluating Hyperledger Composer

    Hyperledger Composer is a new open source project which makes it easy for developers to write chaincode for Hyperledger Fabric and the decentralized applications (DApps) that can call them. This article summarizes a technical evaluation of the performance characteristics of using Composer in a test application.

  • Perspectives On Agile Software Testing - Book Review

    On the occasion of Selenium's 10th Birthday Celebration, a bunch of ThoughtWorkers have compiled an anthology of essays on testing approaches, tools and culture. This anthology of essays is available as an eBook, titled - "Perspectives on Agile Software Testing".

  • An Interview with Rebecca Parsons - ThoughtWorks CTO

    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.

  • Software Development Lessons Learned from Poker

    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.

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