during: 2020

How to do effective video calls

Get good audio, use gallery view, mute if not talking, and welcome the cat.

by Martin Fowler

19 Mar 2020

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Coping with Covid-19, part 2

A second post on how ThoughtWorks is coping with the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (Covid-19) outbreak

by Martin Fowler

13 Mar 2020

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The Elephant in the Architecture

We, and our colleagues, are often called on to perform architectural assessments for our clients. When we do this, the architects involved with these systems will talk about the performance of these systems, how resilient they are to faults, and how they are designed to evolve to easily support new capabilities. The elephant that rarely comes up, however, is how different systems contribute to business value, and how this value interacts with these other architectural attributes.

by Ian Cartwright and Martin Fowler

2 Mar 2020

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Coping with Covid-19

What we've learned so far from dealing with the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (Covid-19) outbreak

by Martin Fowler

27 Feb 2020

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Outcome Over Output

Imagine a team writing software for a shopping website. If we look at the team's output, we might consider how many new features they produced in the last quarter, or a cross-functional measure such as a reduction in page load time. An outcome measure, however, would consider measure increased sales revenue, or reduced number of support calls for the product. Focusing on outcomes, rather than output, favors building features that do more to improve the effectiveness of the software's users and customers.

by Martin Fowler

11 Feb 2020

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On Pair Programming

Many people who work in software development today have heard of the practice of pair programming, yet it still only has patchy adoption in the industry. One reason for its varying acceptance is that its benefits are not immediately obvious, it pays off more in the medium- and long-term. And it's also not as simple as "two people working at a single computer", so many dismiss it quickly when it feels uncomfortable. However, in our experience, pair programming is vital for collaborative teamwork and high quality software.

by Birgitta Böckeler and Nina Siessegger

15 Jan 2020

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