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David Norton
Research Director
7 years at Gartner
25 years IT industry

In his role as research director with Gartner's application development and architecture team, David Norton supports clients by developing and delivering quality and timely research. Read Full Bio

Agile Maturity Assessments – Use Wisely or Not at All

by David Norton  |  April 20, 2017

Method and process people are like salespeople, first knocking on your door selling a new method,   then they are back with a framework, and finally, they turn up with an assessment model to complete the set. Might sound a bit harsh, but I used to be one, and got very good at jamming my foot […]

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Adopting an Enterprise Agile Framework – Culture Not Included

by David Norton  |  January 26, 2017

Enterprise agile frameworks come in all shapes and sizes. Some focus on scaling for multiple teams, other focus on teams and the challenges of program and portfolio governance.  The most popular include, but are not limited too; SAFe, LeSS, Nexus, Disciplined Agile 2 (Formally DaD), and Spotify (not a framework per se, more a squad […]

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What would the father of capitalism say about the digital economy?

by David Norton  |  October 28, 2016

It is 240 years since Adam Smith, often considered the father of capitalism,  wrote his seminal work “The Wealth Of Nations”.  Not even a man of his brilliance and foresight could have imagined a global economy of the scale we see today and the many diverse and emerging business models. However the wisdom laid down by Adam Smith […]

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Bimodal in an Agile-Everywhere World

by David Norton  |  September 30, 2016

It is a fact of life that we all live and work with degrees of certainty and complexity. There are problems and situations we know, understand and can solve with well-understood practices and process — the world of “known-knowns.” And there are more complex problems with higher degrees of uncertainty be it technical, people or […]

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The Rise of the Digital Invisibles

by David Norton  |  February 23, 2014

In the future there will be two tribes the “digital visible” and the “digital invisibles”.  One will embrace digital technology without question, the other limit it to their terms; one will be on the grid 24/7 the other will appear and disappear like a stealth fighter.  One will be a digital open book to be […]

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The Debt Collectors

by David Norton  |  October 25, 2013

 KNOCK  KNOCK  KNOCK – “Come on, open the door” “Just a minute, I am coming” says Jo the CIO as he walked slowly to the door.  He knew this day was coming, the day when all those “we will worry about that tomorrow” would catch him up. “Come on, open the door, don’t make us break […]

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The Nexus Will Demand Continuous Everything and Smart Systems

by David Norton  |  June 28, 2013

I have been thinking about the Nexus of forces; cloud, mobile, social, big data and what does it really mean to me and my clients! I have come up with an analogy; bit of an odd one but it demonstrates two areas I think are important. Imagine there is a spoon you have been asked […]

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Gaming Velocity or What Star Trek Taught Me About Metrics

by David Norton  |  September 7, 2012

Agile development is not immune to commercial pressures and the adverse effect it can have on individuals and teams.  We are already seeing issues with “under-promise, over-deliver” in company’s new to agile and organizations with more conservative command and control cultures. What is more, it is an increasing problem with agile sourcing. The issues we […]

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The Ticking Time Bombing Of Technical Debt

by David Norton  |  December 4, 2011

The timer flashes red 5:32, 5:31, 5:30 counting down to its final terrible conclusion. James Bond calmly leans over the device, “So is it the red or green wire, let’s go with lucky red”, snip. The counter jumps from 5:24 to 0:30. ”Ahh not so lucky red, lets try the green”, snip. The counter stops, […]

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Countering Cyber-Warfare With Conventional Force Is Not News, It’s Doctrine

by David Norton  |  June 10, 2011

For this blog I am going to be wearing my defence hat or should I say cap. I spent the best part of 15 years in defence working as a systems specialist including urgent operational needs during the first Gulf War. So it not surprising that I help to look after defence at Gartner. And […]

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