The main talk this month is being hosted by Francis Fish.
Francis owns and operates Lean Teams Consultancy and will be demonstrating some of the techniques he uses to help teams deliver more work faster. The session will include practical examples and discussions on the negative impact of too much Work In Progress as well as Flow and Communication.
Madlab from 7pm
Baby Steps, a hands-on session to encourage working in the smallest possible increments.
You will need…
- A laptop
- A development environment
- A unit testing framework for that environment
- A version control system (git is ideal)
- A stopwatch/timer (most smart-phones will be fine)
- A pen & paper
Some help will be available with Git on the evening (command-line and Tortoise-Git for Windows)
Madlab from 6:30pm
- What is the right level of granularity for your BDD scenarios?
- How do you deal with common or shared scenarios?
- Who are the main roles from whose perspective you write ether BDD scenarios?
- What if you are working on only part of the system, for example a REST API to be consumed by others?
- Do you have enough examples are are they the right ones?
As usual, we’re at Madlab from 6:30, with the talks starting at 7pm.
Happy New Year!
Main Talk – Elephant Carpaccio
The first session of 2014 will be headed up by Carl Phillips and Graham Wilson. Elephant Carpaccio is a practical session aimed at the skill of story slicing. There will be a 15 minute introduction to set the scene followed by a an exercise (involving code) to develop the skill.
Although code based, the session is suitable for none-coders involved with software development.
Mini ‘Talk’ – Bot Tournament
The http://beatthebots.apphb.com/ tournament will be run at the start of the session, and the £50 prize awarded. Remember to email me (markkirschstein at gmail dot com) with the name and url of your bot to enter.
Bit of a brain teaser for you this month…
December’s meet up features a light hearted, fire side chat with good company, a nice bottle of port and some quality cheeses.
December’s meet up is a bot tournament with prizes provided by AO.
If you think the answer is option 1, turn up to Madlab with mince pies and mulled wine.
If you think the answer is option 2, make sure you have a laptop ready for development and capable of hosting a web server. The bot protocol this time is HTTP based!
Thursday 12th December,
Madlab from 7pm,
See you there!
Novembers session is hosted by Ash Moran of Patchspace, his introduction follows…
Extreme Programming espouses the value of courage. In Kent Beck’s words courage is “effective action in the face of fear”. Conflict is an inevitable part of living in a complex system. It manifests in forms such as competition between individuals, incongruity between a person’s words and actions, dilemmas between courses of action, among others.
There are many bad ways to resolve conflict. One is compromise. Two people once argued over how to divide a cake. One wanted to take all of it, the other wanted to share it equally. They compromised, and the first person got three quarters. Fortunately, you don’t have to be either of these people.
In this session we will practise a more effective way to resolve conflict. We will use a simple “conflict resolution diagram” to visualise the two opposing sides, challenge the assumptions of each, and find a better overall solution. (If you want to bring your manager along, we will sit on the same side of the table while we do our blue sky thinking to find a win-win synergy.) We will also practise expressing both sides of a conflict in a fair and reasonable way.
It is my belief that many people avoid trying to resolve conflict because they subconsciously feel they lack the skills to do so. I would like to present some straightforward techniques, give you all chance to practise them in a safe environment, and then listen for feedback on how well (or otherwise) they’ve worked in your day-to-day life.
Madlab from 7pm. See you then!