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Software Consulting with Rachel Laycock

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Software consultancies solve problems involving management and software engineering. A large company might hire a software consulting company to give an external opinion on software architecture, or on an organizational structure. Sometimes a consultancy is brought in to help integrate a new technology, or do a major refactoring.

Scaling a software consultancy to meet the varying demands of clients presents a unique challenge. Software companies that make money from media, or software-as-a-service, or advertising technology are primarily focused on scaling the technology. For a software consulting business, scaling and updating the team is arguably more important than any particular piece of software.

Rachel Laycock is the head of technology for ThoughtWorks North America. She joins the show to discuss how to manage and grow a large software consulting organization. It’s a great discussion of culture, technology, and how the nature of work is changing.

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