ThoughtWorks is a privately owned global IT consultancy that delivers custom software, software tools, consulting, and transformation services to Global 1000 companies. It has a products division, ThoughtWorks Studios, which creates and markets software development and project management applications. The company is closely associated with the movement for agile methods of software development (see Agile software development).
ThoughtWorks describes itself as “…A social and commercial community whose purpose is to revolutionize software creation and delivery while advocating for positive social change in the world.” Founder and Chairman Roy Singham has said “I believe the world should have access to the best ideas in software for free. My goal is a technically-superior infrastructure to solve the world's problems." The company has contributed to a range of open source products.
As of February 2012 the company had over 1700 employees, with 23 offices in 9 countries: Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, Germany, India, England, Singapore and the United States.