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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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  • How to train your Agile

    dannorth.net 04 Jul '16, 6pm

    If you ask a team to target 16 months instead of 18 months for the release, they will try to do whatever they do now but harder. They might start working longer hours or occasional weekends, cutting corners here and there, squeezing a few percent more out of their practises at the exp...

  • Blink Estimation

    dannorth.net 21 Jun '16, 9pm

    So where do these expert estimators come from, and how do we grow the next generation of them? Once a team is used to the dynamics of blink estimation you can use it as a learning workshop for the non-experts. The non-expert observers are just that: observers. They are not allowed to ...

  • Learning to Lean

    dannorth.net 11 Jun '16, 1pm

    Someone was asking how they might apply Lean to setting up and running a new project. A number of people made suggestions, all of which were the kind of good common sense I would expect from my ThoughtWorks peers, but what particularly struck me was the way the answers exemplified the...

  • Programming is not a craft

    dannorth.net 13 Apr '16, 9pm

    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...

  • Introducing BDD

    dannorth.net 22 May '16, 8am

    At the end of 2003, I decided it was time to put my money – or at least my time – where my mouth was. I started writing a replacement for JUnit called JBehave, which removed any reference to testing and replaced it with a vocabulary built around verifying behaviour. I did this to see ...

  • Deliberate Testing interview

    dannorth.net 17 Apr '16, 1pm

    [Josiah Renaudin interviewed me in May 2015 ahead of the STAREAST conference in Orlando. The original interview is online at AgileConnection .] Summary: In this interview, technology and organizational consultant Dan North discusses deliberate testing in an agile world. He talks about...

  • Adventures With Agile interview

    dannorth.net 21 Apr '16, 1pm

    Again most of the challenges I see are structural. Hand-offs are time-consuming and often politically-mandated, involving sign-off and transitioning of blame. So people tend to work in larger batches. Instead of delivering a single feature all the way through, the process starts with ...

  • Two hours per team

    dannorth.net 26 Dec '15, 7am

    For instance every team should have their code in a source control system, be writing tests and have CI, there is simply no excuse not to. But what if the technology stack you are working is hostile to these? One team I coach uses a legacy business flow modelling tool, which you “prog...

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