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Nathan Wilson
Principal Research Analyst
1 year at Gartner
27 years IT industry

Nathan Wilson is a principal research analyst in Gartner Research, where he focuses on agile development methodologies.Read Full Bio

The challenge for agile in 2014

by Nathan Wilson  |  January 10, 2014

Now that the holidays are over, it is time to get start the 2014 work year. My inquires in 2013 showed a continuing interest in agile. Changes included an increased interest in strategic agile development. While I still talk to development mangers wanting to convince their management that agile is a good idea, I had […]

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Phase Gated

by Nathan Wilson  |  October 25, 2013

Phase gates provide a structure to large project. The give the impression of being able to control a project or at least track it’s progress. The reality is that each phase cannot be verified until the next is complete and verified. This means that design defects are commonly discovered in final test. This tendency for […]

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Agile and Lean – What do they really mean?

by Nathan Wilson  |  October 18, 2013

As hard as it is for a nerd to admit, words matter. One of the challenges of talking to clients about methodology is that two of the most important words have different meanings to IT and the wider organization. First is the word agile itself. The authors of the Agile Manifesto did a great job […]

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Back to school (and work)

by Nathan Wilson  |  August 30, 2013

Well another summer is over and the kids are back in school. My to-do list for this fall is to finish up research on agile and architecture, update research on technical debt and prepare for our AADI conference in early December. I still talk to a lot of organizations that want IT to be more […]

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Agile 2013

by Nathan Wilson  |  August 15, 2013

I am still catching up after spending a week at Agile 2013. After almost two years at Gartner it was nice to get back to my geek roots again. It was also nice to go to a conference in Nashville instead of the usual Orlando or Vegas. Of course there was too much happening to […]

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Apocalypse Now?

by Nathan Wilson  |  June 13, 2013

Apocalypse is often thought of as the end of the world in popular movies and literature. This is not it’s only meaning. Apocalypse is the Greek work for uncovering or revealing what has been hidden.  In ancient texts including the bible, it often referrers to the end of one age and the beginning of the […]

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Agile and Telecommuting

by Nathan Wilson  |  March 15, 2013

It is a long held principle of Agile development that face to face communication is the gold standard for interactions. I have been thinking a lot about this while following the debate on telecommuting following Yahoo’s elimination of working from home. The truth is that the Nexus forces of Mobile and Social have changed the […]

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Catching Up

by Nathan Wilson  |  February 1, 2013

The transition to agile requires major changes to many roles outside of the development group. One of the bigger impacts is on how projects are managed.  I came across an example of this week. An agile team did not complete all of the stories for a sprint.  The reaction of the program manager was to […]

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Welcome to the post-Waterfall era!

by Nathan Wilson  |  January 2, 2013

Happy new year! It is 2013 and the Mayan apocalypse did not happen after all. We have also avoided the “fiscal cliff”, at least for a couple of months.  However the IT world is going through a form of “end times”. It is now clear what we are coming to the end of the traditional long-duration […]

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One year later…

by Nathan Wilson  |  November 9, 2012

This week marks my one year anniversary as a Gartner analyst. I have authored 11 pieces of research. Most are advise for those transitioning to agile, but there are several aimed at more advanced agile practitioners. I have also co-authored several more, including the Application Development Market clock where I added incremental and waterfall to […]

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