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Dan North

Dan North & Associates, Ltd.

Programmer and organizational change specialist Dan North applies principles from lean operations and agile software development to help organizations align their technology capabilities with their business objectives. With twenty years of experience in IT, Dan is a frequent speaker at technology conferences worldwide, has published feature articles in numerous software and business publications, and contributed to The RSpec Book: Behaviour Driven Development with RSpec, Cucumber, and Friends and 97 Things Every Programmer Should Know: Collective Wisdom from the Experts. The originator of Behaviour-Driven Development (BDD) and Deliberate Discovery, Dan is currently working on his book Patterns of Effective Delivery, helping organizations radically improve their delivery. He blogs at

Speaker Presentations
Tuesday, November 12, 2013 - 8:30am
Full-day Tutorials
Accelerated Agile: From Months to Minutes

Formula 1 drivers don’t just drive faster than you—they drive differently. Accelerated Agile uses different rules, based on the core principles of agile but taken to another level, to deliver in hours and days what regular teams can only achieve in weeks or months. Accelerated Agile is for experienced agile practitioners who are frustrated with the pseudo-science of agile planning and estimation, the social pressure to automate where it doesn’t add value, the artificial commitment of sprints, and the unwelcome surprises that still derail projects.

Wednesday, November 13, 2013 - 2:15pm
Agile Implementation
Six Impossible Things before Breakfast

Recently we’ve been seeing a lot of things that just don’t happen in real life. A managing director at Bank of America abandons decades of organizational “best practices” and recreates his organization by letting people organize their own teams. And, if that weren’t unusual enough, the teams even choose their own coach. Impossible. A group of former managers reinvent their role as servants rather than masters. Also impossible.