XP Manchester

December 11th – getKanban at #xpman

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This month, we’ll be playing getKanban, which is a board game that introduces Kanban in a software development context.

Grab a free ticket -

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/xpmanchester-getkanban-tickets-14843827287

 

Please note: We’re NOT at Madlab this month, we’re in temporary accommodation whilst they fix the place :)

The building is a few doors down from the Printworks in the direction towards Swan Street.
Full details:
Address: New Federation House, M60 0AF
Entrance: Our entrance is not the main NFH entrance (which is on Federation Street). It is on Dantzic Street.
Google Maps: link
Directions: On Dantzic Street, next to Dantzic House are some big black gates on the front of a building (if you click on the Google Map link, you will see a man in a red T shirt in front of them). Enter here and there is a door to your immediate left. We are here!
Directions from MadLab: Facing the front door at MadLab, take a right and continue to the end of the street. Take a left and then a right on the corner (at Dough). Cross over the road and keep walking straight, through the Metrolink Tram stop. You will then rejoin a road. This is Dantzic Street. Turn right and then look for a building called Dantzic House on the opposite side of the street. There are some big black doors to the building’s immediate left. Go through these – there is a door to the left, just inside the gates. We are here!

Written by Mark Kirschstein

December 9, 2014 at 11:06 am

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Not late, honest – November 13th #xpman Meetup

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As mentioned on the google group – this month’s meeting features two topics, Impact Mapping & cynefin.

Impact mapping takes beyond user stories, asking what we need to develop in order to, well, make impacts.

Cynefin is the idea that different contexts require different approaches. What makes agile successful? Is it always the best option?

Please note: We’re NOT at Madlab this month, we’re in temporary accommodation whilst they fix the place :)
The building is a few doors down from the Printworks in the direction towards Swan Street.
Full details:
Address: New Federation House, M60 0AF
Entrance: Our entrance is not the main NFH entrance (which is on Federation Street). It is on Dantzic Street.
Google Maps: link
Directions: On Dantzic Street, next to Dantzic House are some big black gates on the front of a building (if you click on the Google Map link, you will see a man in a red T shirt in front of them). Enter here and there is a door to your immediate left. We are here!
Directions from MadLab: Facing the front door at MadLab, take a right and continue to the end of the street. Take a left and then a right on the corner (at Dough). Cross over the road and keep walking straight, through the Metrolink Tram stop. You will then rejoin a road. This is Dantzic Street. Turn right and then look for a building called Dantzic House on the opposite side of the street. There are some big black doors to the building’s immediate left. Go through these – there is a door to the left, just inside the gates. We are here!

Written by Mark Kirschstein

November 12, 2014 at 4:37 pm

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October 9th – #NoEstimates Debate

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Earlier on in the year we had our own #IsTDDDead debate.

This month, we’ll be having a similar session, but instead looking at the #NoEstimates movement and debating its merits.

From 6:30

 

Please note: We’re NOT at Madlab this month, we’re in temporary accommodation whilst they fix the place :)

The building is a few doors down from the Printworks in the direction towards Swan Street.
Full details:
Address: New Federation House, M60 0AF
Entrance: Our entrance is not the main NFH entrance (which is on Federation Street). It is on Dantzic Street.
Google Maps: link
Directions: On Dantzic Street, next to Dantzic House are some big black gates on the front of a building (if you click on the Google Map link, you will see a man in a red T shirt in front of them). Enter here and there is a door to your immediate left. We are here!
Directions from MadLab: Facing the front door at MadLab, take a right and continue to the end of the street. Take a left and then a right on the corner (at Dough). Cross over the road and keep walking straight, through the Metrolink Tram stop. You will then rejoin a road. This is Dantzic Street. Turn right and then look for a building called Dantzic House on the opposite side of the street. There are some big black doors to the building’s immediate left. Go through these – there is a door to the left, just inside the gates. We are here!

Written by Mark Kirschstein

October 6, 2014 at 12:47 pm

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#xpman September 11th – XPerience Sharing

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An interactive, group therapy session is planned for this month. Bring your problems, your success stories, your questions. We shall draw from the experience of the group, and hopefully learn something new along the way!

We’ll also use this session to gauge interest in various topics for future meet ups, based on the questions asked and expertise in the room.

From 6:30pm

Please note: We’re NOT at Madlab this month, we’re in temporary accommodation whilst they fix the place :)

The building is a few doors down from the Printworks in the direction towards Swan Street.
Full details:
Address: New Federation House, M60 0AF
Entrance: Our entrance is not the main NFH entrance (which is on Federation Street). It is on Dantzic Street.
Google Maps: link
Directions: On Dantzic Street, next to Dantzic House are some big black gates on the front of a building (if you click on the Google Map link, you will see a man in a red T shirt in front of them). Enter here and there is a door to your immediate left. We are here!
Directions from MadLab: Facing the front door at MadLab, take a right and continue to the end of the street. Take a left and then a right on the corner (at Dough). Cross over the road and keep walking straight, through the Metrolink Tram stop. You will then rejoin a road. This is Dantzic Street. Turn right and then look for a building called Dantzic House on the opposite side of the street. There are some big black doors to the building’s immediate left. Go through these – there is a door to the left, just inside the gates. We are here!

Written by Mark Kirschstein

September 9, 2014 at 6:54 pm

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#xpman August 14th – The Circuit Breaker Pattern

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The Circuit Breaker Pattern is a simple idea that helps to build robust, self healing systems. We’ll be exploring it in this month’s meetup.

Also, as a lightning talk/exercise, Gemma Cameron will be running us through (ironic) silent grouping.

This month will involve coding! Bring a laptop ready for web dev, you’ll be making a little website.

Madlab from 7pm

Written by Mark Kirschstein

August 8, 2014 at 12:53 pm

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Lightning Talk Videos

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For anyone that missed last night’s session, we had another go at live streaming the event. The videos are now available.

Duncan Sommervile – Continuous Integration – Where Did It All Go Wrong?

Andy Lowry – Types In Haskell

Ryan Gough – Erlang/OTP

Chris Carroll – Clojure

Matt Cannon – Pentagonal Architecture

Mark Kirschstein – Increasing Velocity

A big thank you to Andy Grant for recording these last night

Written by Mark Kirschstein

July 11, 2014 at 1:02 pm

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Meeting #50 – Lightning Talks. Thursday July 10th

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For the fiftieth (!) meetup, we’ll be looking at a variety* of topics in the shape of an evening of lightning talks.

Andy Lowry – Haskell
Chris Carroll – Clojure
Ryan Gough – Erlang
Mark Crossfield – REST
Matthew Cannon – Pentagonal (sigh) Architecture
Duncan Sommerville – Continuous Integration (Where did it all go wrong?)
Mark Kirschstein – Increasing Velocity

*At the end of the meeting, Andy, Chris and Ryan will be having a threeway cage fight to decide on the ultimate functional language.

and yes, late notice again. I’m sorry. I know it’s Tuesday evening, and the meetup is on Thursday, but you know, we’ve been discussing this on the mailing list for over a month now… you do read the mailing list, don’t you?

Madlab
Doors open 6:30

Written by Mark Kirschstein

July 8, 2014 at 8:39 pm

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