Deliberate Advice from an Accidental Career


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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. Filmed at

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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Deliberate Advice from an Accidental Career

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  4. 4. Part 1: Receiving
  5. 5. “Today we learn…” –Jan #1: The Outage
  6. 6. “I sent them your CV” –Joe #2: The Referral
  7. 7. “Hey buddy!” –JR #3: The Coach
  8. 8. “Let me figure it out” –Neil #4: The Stack Trace
  9. 9. “Nice, is it live yet?” –Joe #5: The Product
  10. 10. “You’ll have to teach me” –Seth #6: The Leader
  11. 11. “Don’t hire yourself” –Suzi #7: The Interview
  12. 12. Part 2: Giving
  13. 13. “Let’s ask Phil!” #8: The Customer
  14. 14. “How soon do you want feedback?” #9: The Start
  15. 15. Part 3: Learning
  16. 16. You are what you do Choose your travelling companions Be open to opportunity Pay it forward Be yourself Practical trumps inspirational
  17. 17. “I've learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.” –Maya Angelou
  18. 18. Watch the video with slide synchronization on! -career