New Tools and Techniques for 2023 📡
A tech radar of what you should adopt — or avoid — for your new year resolutions!
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For many teams, this time of the year is a time of reflection and planning. So I wanted to create an edition that covers some new techniques, tools, and frameworks that you may want to adopt for the new year.
And just appropriately, a few weeks ago, Thoughtworks released the new version of its Technology Radar.
For those who don’t know, Thoughtworks is one of the most influential tech consultancies in the world. Some of its leaders, like Rebecca Parsons, or Martin Fowler, have literally made the history of software development.
The Technology Radar, released roughly every six months, is an opinionated list of items, organized into four categories and four rings.
With rings, Thoughtworks gives their subjective evaluation of items, based on their experience with them.
🟢 Adopt — items that Thoughtworks had the best experience with. You can consider them best practices.
🟡 Trial — items that are safe and ready to use, but not as completely proven as those in the Adopt ring.
🟣 Assess — items worth keeping an eye on but that you shouldn’t necessarily try, unless they are a particular good fit for you.
🔴 Hold — items they haven’t had a good experience with and they wish the industry would stop using altogether.
I went through the whole radar, which is more than 100 items, and in this article I will cover the 10 most interesting ones to me — both good and bad. I will comment on them based on my own experience, and that of people in the Refactoring community.
The idea is to give you a compendium of the good stuff you can try in 2023… and also some stuff you should probably avoid.
Let’s dive in!