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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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  • BDD by example

    dannorth.net 03 Apr '15, 5pm

    Scrum has it even worse. Certification is the epitome of boundary marking, and selling certification is a great way to gain both money and status. The official line is that Scrum is based on principles from Lean Operations, in particular the principle of inspect-and-adapt . In reality...

  • 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 ...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • BDD is like TDD if… | Dan North & Associates

    dannorth.net 16 Feb '14, 9am

    First of all I’d like to say that I’m a big fan of the work you’ve done. I think vocabularies and phraseologies that are identified with BDD are quite valuable. I think the BDD tools such as JBehave, Cucumber, and FitNesse have done a lot to help with communications between programmer...

  • What’s in a Story? |

    dannorth.net 22 Mar '14, 6pm

    Story: Account Holder withdraws cash As an Account Holder I want to withdraw cash from an ATM So that I can get money when the bank is closed Scenario 1: Account has sufficient funds Given the account balance is \$100 And the card is valid And the machine contains enough money When th...

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