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!
This month, XPManchester founder @Jimmbob will be presenting a talk about Service Oriented Architecture.
This event isn’t ticketed, just turn up on the night.
The talk starts at 7pm at Madlab, meeting at Common beforehand if anyone is early.
This principle suggests that “once completed, the implementation of a class can only be modified to correct errors; new or changed features would require that a different class be created”. Which sounds great in theory! And this session aims to turn theory into practise.
The session will be facilitated by James Jeffries & Chris Carroll.
We’ll start with a short talk on learning by Kevin Timmins.
Tickets are a available from eventbrite https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/event/8166559399?ref=eiosprexshreclip
Mark and Kevin off list have been in discussion about future sessions and how they want the group to run.
We seemed to have reached a critical mass where numbers are concerned and are regularly hitting 30+. This is a nice problem to have but numbers like these do tend steer the group towards lecture based sessions which although “valuable” are not really what this “values”. Coding, and/or doing provide a much richer experience in my opinion.
There was also discussion on how they didn’t want the events turning into the “Mark, Kevin or John” show. More often than not the same people run the sessions and whereas this is obviously a good thing when it’s me I can see where bringing others in would make the group sessions more diverse. However I do see that running a whole session can be a little bit daunting. What has been noted is that the previous 2 sessions have worked really well with the lightning talk formats and we should do more of that.
The next XP Manchester session is fast approaching and the curious amongst you will probably be wondering what’s next. This month we are back at MadLab and we will be playing The Beer Distribution Game. Laptops are not required.
This session is suitable for all.
Teetotallers note that drinking beer is not a requirement for this session.
ps I’m not sure what we are doing about tickets but I’ll check with Mark and update this post.
pps I’m thirsty now for some reason.
UPDATE – tickets are out http://www.eventbrite.co.uk/event/7698998913
This is the rescheduled version of June’s postponed session.
Grab a ticket.
Please be aware, that this month, we are not at our usual venue of Madlab, we’re instead at the LateRooms offices.