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Dan North & Associates | faster organizations, faster software

What do you do? We help your organization go faster. What do you mean by faster? Imagine: A product manager wakes up with a great idea. He tells his ...

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  • Capturing the narrative

    dannorth.net 18 Jul '14, 2pm

    People come up with ideas for the product all the time. Users, operators, administrators, developers, testers, anyone. You want a mechanism for capturing that that’s different from the backlog, otherwise people dump all their half-baked ideas into the backlog, which makes lead time me...

  • Programming is not a craft

    dannorth.net 23 Apr '14, 4pm

    I wholeheartly agree that Craftsmanship shouldn’t lead to a bunch of prima-donnas but truth be told I don’t think that it will. Prima-donnas will always be prima-donnas at the end of the day. My own experiences are that of working for one of the UK’s most recognisable dot coms. A smal...

  • The Busy Kitchen – a parable of work in process |

    dannorth.net 13 Mar '14, 9pm

    Some software teams get stuck because their business users don’t realise they need to make time to take delivery of features they’ve requested. Over time their UAT backlog increases to the point where the team’s throughput virtually stalls. Once upon a time there was a restaurant. It ...

  • Are we nearly there yet?

    dannorth.net 08 May '14, 6pm

    Hi David, thanks for taking the time to comment. Fun and meaning and security all sound like things you value, and I definitely try to align my working practices and environment with my values because otherwise I end up conflicted, which saps my energy and makes me less effective. How...

  • Whose domain is it anyway?

    dannorth.net 15 Apr '14, 7am

    But back to our login story. Every domain we include in a scenario potentially pulls in an additional stakeholder, whose requirements or priorities might change at any time. So to avoid a scenario becoming brittle we want to involve the minimum number of stakeholders we can get away w...

  • Six Impossible Things

    dannorth.net 03 May '14, 9pm

    I’ll preface this by saying I think it’s in pretty poor taste to make light of someone’s death, and I think it’s tragic that a young person has died in whatever circumstances. However I’ll respond to the point anyway. Usual disclaimer that my opinions represent me and no-one else. The...

  • Introducing Deliberate Discovery

    dannorth.net 29 Mar '14, 8am

    If we assume the only difference is that the second time round you have learned about the problem, this would suggest that the biggest impediment to your throughput was what you didn’t know . That’s not to say you spent all the extra time busily learning stuff. Heck that’s fun and wha...

  • The perils of estimation

    dannorth.net 06 Apr '14, 2pm

    Estimates are always estimates. They are almost like the published schedule of a busy urban transit system; the time is given for arrival and departure of all trains and buses at the start of the year (or season) however the trains and buses can run late (compared to the scheduled tim...

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