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CAST, Inc.

CAST, Inc.

February 17, 2011 08:10 ET

ThoughtWorks and CAST to Host Dinner Forum on Agile Development and Technical Debt

Experts in Agile Development and Software Quality Discuss How to Quantify Agility via Technical Debt and Address Important Issues About Reducing Technical Debt

NEW YORK, NY and CHICAGO, IL and SAN FRANCISCO, CA--(Marketwire - February 17, 2011) -  ThoughtWorks, Inc., a pioneer in Agile-based systems development, and CAST, Inc., the worldwide leader in software analysis and measurement, will co-host a dinner forum this evening, February 17, titled, "Straight Talk about Technical Debt in Agile" to discuss the impact of Technical Debt in Agile Development. The dinner forum, which will run in conjunction with the Forrester Enterprise Architecture Forum, will be held at the Palace Hotel in San Francisco from 6-8 p.m. PST.

The Gartner Group reported recently that Technical Debt -- the cost of maintaining and repairing software issues that could have been addressed in the build stage -- is increasing at an extremely rapid rate and will reach $1 Trillion worldwide by 2015. As more and more businesses begin to adopt Agile methods of development, Agile practitioners have raised the issues of quality and Technical Debt and their impact on responsiveness and financial results. 

"Straight Talk about Technical Debt in Agile" will focus on how to define and quantify Technical Debt and its impact on an organization's ability to deliver software over time. In particular, it will address important issues about Technical Debt, namely how much is too little or too much, and also provide a pragmatic approach to debt stabilization and reduction. Leading the discussion are experts in the fields of Agile Development and Technical Debt, Jim Highsmith of ThoughtWorks, Inc. and Jitendra Subramanyam of CAST, Inc.:

  • Jim Highsmith, executive consultant, ThoughtWorks, Inc.: Winner of the prestigious JOLT Award, he is co-author of the Agile Manifesto, a regular keynote speaker at industry events and a prolific author of some of the most influential books on Agile methodologies, including Agile Project Management: Creating Innovative Products (Addison Wesley 2009), Agile Software Development Ecosystems (Addison-Wesley, 2002), and Adaptive Software Development: A Collaborative Approach to Managing Complex Systems (Dorset House, 2000).
  • Jitendra Subramanyam, director of product strategy and research, CAST, Inc.: Author of an upcoming book on software quality as well as a number of articles on enterprise software development topics ranging from ERP to Agile, Subramanyam is responsible for helping to develop and grow the ecosystem of IT service providers who benefit from integrating CAST into their operations, governance and process improvement programs.

Those interested in joining this informative session can register online at http://bit.ly/AgileDinner.

About ThoughtWorks
ThoughtWorks, Inc. is a global IT consultancy providing Agile-based systems development, consulting and transformation services to Global 1,000 companies. It has pioneered many of the most advanced and successful Agile methods and best practices used in the industry today. At its core, ThoughtWorks helps CIOs maximize investment performance across a portfolio of complex, business-critical applications, while reducing time and risk. Its products division, ThoughtWorks Studios, offers tools to manage the entire Agile development lifecycle through its Adaptive ALM solution, comprised of Mingle®, Go™ and Twist®. ThoughtWorks employs 1,600 professionals to serve clients from offices in Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, Germany, India, the United Kingdom and the United States.

About CAST
CAST is a pioneer and world leader in software analysis and measurement. The company's unique technology is the result of more than $80 million in R&D investment. CAST provides IT and business executives with precise, quantified insight to immediately and significantly improve the business performance of their critical software assets. More than 650 companies across all industry sectors and geographies rely on CAST to prevent business disruption while reducing hard IT costs. CAST is an integral part of software delivery and maintenance at the world's leading IT service providers including IBM, Capgemini, AtosOrigin and CSC. 

Founded in 1990, CAST is listed on NYSE-Euronext (Euronext: CAS) and serves IT intensive enterprises worldwide with a network of offices in North America and Europe. For more information, visit www.castsoftware.com.

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