I have always been enthusiastic about the ThoughtWorks Technology Radar both because of the idea in itself and because of its implementation in the form of radar.
The Technology Radar is a document which gathers substantial changes in IT technologies of interest to various ThoughtWorks teams. The Radar is written by the ThoughtWorks Technology Advisory Board (TAB), made up of senior technologists at ThoughtWorks, which regularly meet themselves to talk about technology trends that significantly impact our industry.
The implementation in the form of radar is characterized by four quadrants: techniques, platforms, tools, languages & framework; and four concentric levels (from outside to inside): hold, assess, trial, adopt. The various moving technologies appear on the Radar as blips: the closer the blip is to the center, the more it is qualified to be of worth by ThoughtWorks.
The ThoughtWorks Radar contents summarise the essence of the TAB meetings, and its format effectively communicate contents to a wide range of stakeholders, from CIOs to developers.
Over the years the Thoughtworks Radar has evolved in the contents, in the graphic layout, and in the distribution in various languages; but it hasn’t been available in Italian yet. Last year, when I discovered that ThoughtWorks has an office in Bologna, the city where I work in, I wrote an email asking if I might have contributed to the Italian translation of the ThoughtWorks Radar. I received a reply from Matteo Vaccari: