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ThoughtWorks embraces the individuality of the people in the organization and hence the opinions expressed in the blogs may contradict each other and also may not represent the opinions of ThoughtWorks.

Role of Community Management in Workplace Learning Today


When I read Rachel Happe’s (@rhappe) post, The Emerging Career Path of Community Professionals, I was reminded of my older posts on community management and the skills required. I wrote about the tenets of community management based on my experience. In this post, I want to highlight the importance of community management as a discipline that can enable organizations to take on the challenges and complexities of the future of work.

Organizations investing in enterprise social platforms (IMHO, more and more organizations are doing it and will continue to do so) require community managers who can

Blog post by Sahana Chattopadhyay
22 November 2014

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To Deploy or Not to Deploy - decide using Test Trend Analyzer (TTA) in AgilePune 2014

I spoke on the topic - "To Deploy or Not to Deploy - decide using Test Trend Analyzer (TTA)" in Agile Pune, 2014.

The slides from the talk are available here, and the video is available here.



 

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Blog post by Anand Bagmar
22 November 2014

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Working out Loud and Serendipity


I started my day reading a post by Rawn Shah called Work Out Loud because Everyone is Figuring Out Their Job. The post of course struck a chord and reminded me that this is #wol week. It is serendipity that I also happen to be reading Austin Kleon's Show Your Work! at this time. All of this made me think I should write a post on working out loud and its place in workplace learning.

As is my wont, I tend to look at everything mostly through my L&D lens, especially when it comes to learning and

Blog post by Sahana Chattopadhyay
21 November 2014

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ThoughtWorks Anthology Brazil; the newest addition to the family

Over the past few years ThoughtWorks has been releasing a series of books called ThoughtWorks Anthology.

This month one more installment of this successful journey has been released:
ThoughtWorks Antologia Brasil: Histórias de aprendizado e inovação
(ThoughtWorks Anthology Brazil – Essays of learning and innovation)

With an amazing foreword by Luca Bastos and Ronaldo Ferraz, editing by Paulo Caroli, TW Antologia Brasil has 16 chapters covering tech practices, patterns, innovation stories, social impact projects, soft skills, management and even cognitive psychology from passionate ThoughtWorkers who have been working together from different parts of the world to get this book in production.

Blog post by Paulo Caroli - Blog
20 November 2014

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Integration and Component tests for Microservices

Toby Clemson continues his discussion of techniques for testing microservices, with two more styles of testing. Integration tests probe the interaction a service has with its data stores and external components. Component tests provide a coarse-grained test of the entire service, which can be usefully performed both in-process and out-of-process.

Blog post by Martin Fowler
20 November 2014

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Changing Face of ID: An Experiment

I am trying to experiment with different ways of putting out bits and snippets of my work, thoughts and ideas. I thought I would try to put out my modern workplace learning presentation as a Pinterest board. I am not sure how good or bad the idea is but thought it would be interesting to have each slide as an individual image and see how much sense they make as a single, standalone image. The rationale being: Should anyone find any of the images useful, they can--in the spirit of share and share alike and combinatorial nature of creative work--freely

Blog post by Sahana Chattopadhyay
20 November 2014

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Get started with Appium for Android & Cucumber-JVM using quick reference book

TestVagrant Technologies has released two free Ebooks on Gitbook.io and couple of projects in github which can help you get started with Appium and Cucumber-JVM. Both the books are for beginners and have detailed steps on how to set-up and goes till how to execute your first test.

We did find lack of good documentation on both the subject in terms of starting up so we tried putting one hand book for the same. Happy Reading !!!


Appium for Android

A quick reference book on how to use Appium for automating Android Application using Java. This would detail each and

Blog post by Nishant Verma
20 November 2014

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Growth, Quality & Culture - Yes they are bundled together


Today I was having a discussion with one of my long time friend who is in a senior role in an IT industry. We touched upon a lot of topic but one thing which makes me write this blog is Culture, Quality (by quality I mean the quality of people) and Growth. 
For once it does look like 3 different topics but it's actually interrelated and bringing up one invokes other. So you can't have discussion on Culture in silo or for that matter either Quality or Growth.

Relating from my experience of hiring in one of the companies I…

Blog post by Nishant Verma
19 November 2014

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Retreaded: TechnicalDebtQuadrant

Retread of post orginally made on 14 Oct 2009

There's been a few posts over the last couple of months about TechnicalDebt that's raised the question of what kinds of design flaws should or shouldn't be classified as Technical Debt.

A good example of this is Uncle Bob's post saying a mess is not a debt. His argument is that messy code, produced by people who are ignorant of good design practices, shouldn't be a debt. Technical Debt should be reserved for cases when people have made a considered decision to adopt a design strategy that isn't sustainable in…

Blog post by Martin Fowler
19 November 2014

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L&D's Role in the VUCA World: Part 1


Josh Bersin's presentation on 21st Century Talent Management: Imperatives for 2014 and 2015 highlights some of the following as the key areas where the biggest capability gaps exist: Leadership, Re-skilling HR, Talent Acquisition and Access, Talent and HR Analytics, Reinventing L&D, and so on. Each area is critical today in building an organization and an organizational culture that will not only attract the best employees but will also provide them with the necessary platform to give their best. An organization may attract the best and then lose them due to an overly repressive culture,

Blog post by Sahana Chattopadhyay
19 November 2014

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