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Deliberate Advice from an Accidental Career



Dan North shares some of the interactions that have shaped his accidental career: the time he killed the production database, the time the team was imploding, the time the boss was wrong, the time he was the boss who was wrong, the time he tried to quit and failed, and a few others, outlining the impact that interactions with people can have on someone.


Dan North uses his deep technical and organisational knowledge to help CIOs, business and software teams to deliver quickly and successfully. He puts people first and finds simple, pragmatic solutions to business and technical problems, often using Lean and Agile techniques. With over twenty years of experience in IT, Dan is a frequent speaker at technology conferences worldwide.

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Software is Changing the World. QCon empowers software development by facilitating the spread of knowledge and innovation in the developer community. A practitioner-driven conference, QCon is designed for technical team leads, architects, engineering directors, and project managers who influence innovation in their teams.

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Jul 02, 2014

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  • Fashionable, but a good one

    by Richard Richter,

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    I saw this one at DEVOXX UK, and while there is a lot of peoplewarish presentations around lately (arguably not getting to the people they should influence very often :-)), this one is at the better side of spectrum. At least for me... it was even touching.

    People often forget what influence they can have. Some people don't even aspire for that (which may be OK), others are not good enough but are high enough to drive others away from the teams or companies. Most of us have some influence after a couple of years in business, especially to our junior colleagues. And we should be considerate, careful, yet dountless and inspiring... pfu! Not an easy one. But knowing it is this way is a good start.

  • Career

    by Noah Parsons,

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    There are several kinds of career opportunities through which we are looking for good and positive development. But in most of the cases we have found that people are always suffering from low career profile just because of choosing wrong career choice. So it is quite essential to learn some crucial facts from experts in terms of developing career.

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