Scott Shaw

Director of Technology, Australia at ThoughtWorks

As Director of Technology for ThoughtWorks Asia Pac region, I divide my time between customer-facing consulting work and internal technical leadership. As a leader in ThoughtWorks, I'm responsible for our technical brand in Australia, ensuring that we're delivering only the highest technical quality. I help foster and share innovation on our delivery projects and develop leadership skills in our best and brightest technologists.

I work closely with ThoughtWorks CTO Rebecca Parsons, as well as my colleagues on ThoughtWorks' Technical Advisory Board. One product of our global collaboration is the quarterly ThoughtWorks Technology Radar, (

I also spend a good portion of my time as a working consultant, helping customers shape a technology strategy drives a growing digital business. As a long-time, hands-on Agile practitioner and architect, I've seen many different flavours of, and approaches to software design and delivery and can provide pragmatic advice to help keep teams on track. I also try to stay involved as an avid polyglot programmer. My current passions are building secure microservice systems and writing programs in the Clojure language.

The Interview

I came to find ThoughtWorks by

early rumblings in the open source community and contributors like Aslak Hellesøy and Jon Tirsen.  And of course I had read Martin's books.  When I moved from San Francisco to Melbourne 10 years ago, I had the opportunity to join the fledgling Australian region.

The thing I'm most proud of from my time here is

helping grow the business from a ragtag bunch of passionate geeks to a widely-respected global organisation pushing the boundaries of software innovation.  And having done that without compromising our ideals.  In fact, we're currently making lasting impacts on global health and social justice that we could only dream about 10 years ago.

My geeky passion is

Clojure.  I am a Lisper from way back.  For example, coding for the Connection Machine in *Lisp from a Symbolics Lisp Machine.  So it's gratifying to see a Lisp dialect start to gain a foothold in the business software world.

With ThoughtWorks, I've visited

Melbourne, Sydney, Perth, Brisbane, Torquay, Auckland, Beijing, Chengdu, Xi'an, Nanjing, Pune, Bangalore, Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai, Chicago, Calgary, Toronto, Philadelphia, Recife.  And lots more to come, I hope.