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ThoughtWorks announces Early Access of Twist™, Automated Functional Testing platform

- Twist enables business users and technical professionals to work together to create test suites of lasting business value and impact; Early Access offers progressive software teams a first glimpse of the next-generation of testing tools -


Bangalore, San Francisco, London, 29th September 2008 - ThoughtWorks™, the global IT consulting and software company, today announced the immediate availability (in Early Access mode) of Twist, an automated functional testing platform and the latest addition to their Application Lifecycle Management (ALM) suite for software teams. For the first time, business experts, testers and developers (i.e., everyone on a project team) can collaborate to write high quality software aligned with business intent and needs.

Twist drives the development of lasting and re-usable test suites that are easily maintainable throughout the software development lifecycle – allowing businesses to get the maximum return on the investment they make in building test suites. It enables business experts to define acceptance criteria in English-like language, increases tester productivity with a powerful editor and gives developers early feedback on product quality.

Chad Wathington, VP – Product Development for ThoughtWorks Studios said, "ThoughtWorks has been at the forefront of building complex business critical systems for the last 15 years. We’ve learned that many teams lack the tool support, know-how and business collaboration required to accomplish testing effectively, even though it is a crucial part of the development process.”

Wathington added, “Twist helps teams build automated test suites in a language their business users understand. It allows everyone in a team to engage in the testing process while ensuring that production software meets business requirements. The Twist Early Access offers progressive teams an early glimpse of the next generation of functional testing tools.”

Twist is designed by ThoughtWorks, creators of the popular open source web testing framework Selenium. It provides a rich environment for authoring, executing and maintaining large test suites. Twist improves team productivity dramatically with powerful Integrated Development Environment (IDE) features, like refactoring, html reporting, and automatic code generation.

Twist is the third commercial software product in the ThoughtWorks (ALM) suite. Mingle, an Agile project management application launched in July 2007, is already on its third major release, and is being used by more than 90 companies globally. Cruise, the continuous integration and release management system was released in July 2008.

ThoughtWorks is offering a free 60-day trial of the Twist Early Access (on Windows, Mac OS X and Linux) in a beta mode. With prices starting at $2,500 for teams of 5, it is affordable for entire project teams, not just testers. Software teams will be able to purchase Twist licenses at those prices when Twist launches in the coming weeks.

For more information on Twist, including pricing, please visit:

About ThoughtWorks
ThoughtWorks kick-started the Agile business era with pioneering software delivery practices and world-leading open source software. Today, clients approach us to solve their toughest business problems, and we deliver some of the world’s most sophisticated custom applications to many other world-class companies. Our products division, ThoughtWorks Studios, was established in 2006 to make cutting-edge software development tools, currently including Mingle (project collaboration), Cruise (continuous integration) and Twist (functional testing).

Founded in 1993, ThoughtWorks is headquartered in Chicago, and has offices in Australia, Canada, China, Hong Kong, India, Sweden, United Kingdom and United States.

More at and ThoughtWorks recently launched a Testing portal,

For more information or to obtain Twist screengrabs / product feature table, please contact:

UK: Lennard van Otterloo, MS&L, +44 (0)20 7878 3210,

US: Chad Wathington, VP – Product Development. E:, M: +1.773.263.5019

Rest of the World: Risha Mathias, E:, M: +91 97313 01404

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