Build Smarter


At ITHAKA, we fully support Agile from end-to-end, empowering our teams to innovate to solve problems and to increase productivity in the way that works best for them.


The work of our teams is important, not just to us, but to the world. Using this approach, we build online libraries that reach millions of users, manage large-scale digital preservation solutions to store the world’s knowledge, and work with universities and colleges to find ways to educate more people at lower cost.


Here’s how we do it:


Work Together

Small, diverse, durable, and co-located teams are given the tools and the freedom to collaborate and create, giving them the ability make impactful changes quickly.



Clear goals and metrics are shared and owned by each team who work to deliver outcomes that make these goals a reality.


Move Quickly

Methodologies and technologies are embraced that allow us to move fast, including continuous deployment, enabling at least 500 deployments to test and 80 to production each week.



Regular team retrospectives let us reflect, learn, and adjust. Practices include “Blameless Post Mortems” and other tools to turn “fail fast” into “learn fast.”  



Talking regularly with each other and people in other industries helps us to improve what we do. 


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