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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

Kicking off the BPA MQ

by David Norton  |  January 28, 2011

Today I kicked off the Business Process Analysis (BPA) Magic Quadrant. Writing a MQ is always a demanding task; coordinating with vendors, taking up customer references and making sure the MQ process is followed. But the hardest part is not producing the MQ its making it sure its relevant and helpful to our clients. And […]

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Will 2011 See Our Love Affair With Scrum End?

by David Norton  |  January 16, 2011

If you  talk about agile to a developer you often hear the reply “oh you mean Scrum” – the two have become synonymous.  By any measure Scrum is the most well known of the agile methods (is Scrum a method is for another blog), search results, blogs, books or surveys – its top of the […]

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Enterprise Agile in 2010

by David Norton  |  January 20, 2010

Well 3 weeks into 2010 and it already clear we going have a busy year regards agile. If last year saw the tipping point for agile this year will see the blood on the boardroom carpet. When clients told me of their plans to use Scrum on a $5 million project with 400 developers in […]

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Want to see the perfect component? – just open your eyes.

by David Norton  |  September 25, 2009

Monday night saw me settle down in front of the TV to watch “What Darwin Didn’t Know” on BBC. A documentary described as “the story of evolution theory since Darwin postulated it in 1859 in ‘On the Origin of Species’.” Towards the end of the program, and just before I nodded off (having two boy’s […]

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What do battleships and social networking have in common – System of Systems

by David Norton  |  September 16, 2009

 Last week found me at the Defence Systems & Equipment International Exhibition (DSEi) in London.  DSEi bills itself as the world’s largest defence trade show with over 1000 exhibiters and 25,000 delegates over 4 days. Attending the show is an event by itself, you need to be security checked weeks before hand and it took […]

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Agile – The end of the beginning

by David Norton  |  August 26, 2009

“Now this is not the end. It is not even the beginning of the end. but it is, perhaps, the end of the beginning.”  When Winston Churchill spoke those words in 1942 he was talking about a turning point in WW2, I am talking about a turning point in agile development. In my last blog […]

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Agile 2009 kicks-off in Chicago

by David Norton  |  August 24, 2009

This week I am in Chicago attending the Agile 2009 conference. Now in its 8th year this is the major event in the agile calendar.  The event kicked off today boasting over 1400 delegates, a measure of the interest in agile in these austere days of travel bans and belt tightening.  With over 300 session […]

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Can industry lobbying make a real impact on british IT?

by David Norton  |  August 2, 2009

Last week I attended an event at the House Of Lords to witness Micro Focus unveil their Technology Manifesto – “Making BrITain Great Again”. On the panel was Micro Focus CEO Stephen Kelly joined by the Rt Hon Lord Young of Graffham (Con), Lord Razzal CBE (Lib), Lord Harris of Haringey (Lab) and analyst Richard […]

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Lean, CMMI, Iterative and Agile – The war’s not over but there is a ceasefire.

by David Norton  |  March 16, 2009

As this is my first blog let me start by giving a quick introduction.  I am based in the UK just outside London. I am a Londoner but I don’t speak like Michael Caine, oddly I get mistaken for Australian when I am in the US.  I have two small boys. The 3 year old […]

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