William L. White Professor of Business Administration at the Harvard Business School
Carliss is an expert in the evolution of complex designs, modularity, real-options, and technological innovation. She has written extensively about system architecture, modularity, and technology platforms. Carliss has done pioneering work establishing the link between an engineering firm’s financial performance, its strategy, and how complex physical and software products are structured. Carliss’ book Design Rules: The Power of Modularity posits a powerful theory of design and industrial evolution by exploring the history of the computer. Using mathematical and computational models, she argues that the industry experienced previously unimaginable levels of innovation and growth because modularity allowed them to build complex products from independently designed subsystems that functioned as a coherent whole.
Dr. Alan MacCormack
MBA Class of 1949 Adjunct Professor of Business Administration at Harvard Business School
Alan, a Professor at Harvard Business School, is an expert in the management of innovation and product development in high-technology industries, specifically the computer software sector. He has written extensively on how organizations like Intel, Microsoft and NASA manage new product and service innovation efforts. Much of Alan’s recent work, produced with Carliss Baldwin, has focused on analyzing software architecture by exploring the networks of interdependencies that can be automatically extracted from living codebases. These techniques have been used to explore system adaptability, to look at the strong link between the structure of a development organization and the structure of its code, and to examine the effects that successful refactoring efforts have on a body of source code.
CEO and Co-Founder, Silverthread and Researcher at Harvard Business School
Dan is an expert in software design and management with a focus on software complexity and business metrics. In his work as an entrepreneur, system architect and software engineer, he has focused on exploring the relationship between technology structure, development process, technical debt, and business outcomes.
Michael A.M. Davies
Chairman and CEO of Endeavour Partners and Senior Lecturer at MIT Engineerings Systems Division
Michael has deep business and technology expertise in mobile and digital domains. He is an expert in technology and business ecosystems, competition and collaboration, and the management of innovation. Prior to founding Endeavour Partners, Michael held executive and strategic advisory roles with leading firms including Boston Consulting Group, BellSouth International, Braxton Associates, GeoPartners Research and Mars Electronics. He has also been an entrepreneur, including pioneering the first global system for a mobile communication business outside Europe and the first personal digital assistant with digital connectivity (a predecessor to the modern smartphone). Michael is a Senior Lecturer at MIT and Guest Lecturer at London Business School.
Silverthread is an emerging software analysis company whose mission is to help businesses thrive by rigorously evaluating software assets and making complex code simpler through better architecture. Silverthread’s team has decades of experience working with software firms and organizations impacted by software including Siemens, IBM, Thomson Reuters, Red Hat, and dozens of others. For more information about Silverthread’s mission, capabilities, and experience, please visit Silverthread’s contact page.