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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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  • What’s in a Story? |

    dannorth.net 20 Sep '16, 2pm

    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...

  • 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...

  • Capturing the narrative

    dannorth.net 15 Aug '16, 8am

    This is work we have committed to. I don’t care how the team stores this as long as it is visible to all the stakeholders. That means if people are non-local there needs to be either an electronic version or a daily photo of the board, emailed out or posted on the blog. (I really like...

  • The Art of Misdirection

    dannorth.net 13 Aug '16, 4am

    The value of an automated test is a function of a number of things: the criticality of the code, the impact of a Bad Thing happening, the cost of correcting that Bad Thing, which may be reputational as well as operational, the likelihood of you not spotting it with regular usage in de...

  • 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 ...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

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