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Sharpening the Tools



Dan North advices programmers on how to advance from beginner to expert: practice the basics, learn from others, understand trends, share knowledge, maintain the toolbox, learn how to learn, and start all over again.


Dan North writes software and coaches teams in Agile and Lean methods, putting people first and writing simple. He believes that most problems that teams face are about communication, so he puts much emphasis on "getting the words right", and is passionate about BDD, communication and how people learn. He has been working in the IT industry since 1991, and he occasionally blogs at

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Sep 28, 2010

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    by Kamal Mettananda,

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    This is a nice presentation; one hour went so quickly because of the ability of the presenter.

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    by Andrea Maietta,

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    I absolutely agree with Kamal!

    I liked the part in which Dan says he doesn't like learning lunches because they somehow imply that education is not considered important. So sadly true.

    The last slide focuses on two very important concepts:

    1. always assume you're out of date
    2. You owe it to yourself to keep it current

    After such an interesting presentation I could hope for no better a conclusion, as it puts so much responsibilities back in our hands and urges us on getting better and better. Thanks again.

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