CHICAGO, Feb. 4, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Internationally recognized software developer Michael Feathers has joined Obtiva, one of the nation's most innovative custom software development companies, as Chief Scientist.
In his new role at Obtiva, Feathers will lead complex and challenging software development projects, perform world-class Agile and technology coaching, consult with clients, mentor software teams, and conduct research that contributes innovative ideas, theories and practices to the industry. He also will develop new curricula and lead training programs.
Feathers, an expert developer with more than 20 years of experience, is the author of "Working Effectively with Legacy Code" and an active leader in the Agile software development community.
"Michael Feathers brings tremendous experience and thought leadership to a software organization," said Obtiva President Kevin P. Taylor. "Michael would surely be listed on anyone's software dream team. One of Obtiva's core values is inspired learning, and Michael will be leading our efforts to advance innovative ideas in the software industry."
Feathers has a passion for helping teams surmount problems in large legacy code bases and connecting with what makes developing software fun and enriching. He also guides organizations through challenging organizational overhauls in order to maximize the effectiveness of their web-based software teams.
"As Obtiva's Chief Scientist, I will serve as a catalyst for change — disrupting the status quo, revealing new ways to improve old systems, and helping bring about needed organizational changes," Feathers said.
Since 1999, Feathers has provided training, coaching and mentoring services to clients around the world at Object Mentor, an Illinois-based software development and training firm.
He developed CPPUnit, an open source C++ port of the JUnit testing framework; is a regular speaker at software conferences around the world; and has chaired the Codefest event at three Object-Oriented Programming, Systems, Languages and Applications (OOPSLA) conferences.
Obtiva ignites ideas to bring web and mobile applications to life. A full service Agile software consultancy specializing in Ruby on Rails, Obtiva's technical mastery shines through in its work. Obtiva's studio team of developers, project managers and mobile technology experts provide full-service web application development, from product vision to user experience design to development and deployment. Obtiva's co-development services will bring specialized skill sets to your existing team, while infusing it with creativity and energy. Training programs deliver cutting-edge topics, led by senior consultants with real-world experience, in private sessions at your location or in public classes. For more information call 630.588.8622 or visit www.obtiva.com.