XP Manchester

Meeting on the second Thursday of every month

[deferred] #xpman 132 – New Refactoring Exercise

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Delayed again!

Ran out of ideas so threw together some horrible code to practise refactoring that isn’t one of the usual suspects of the trivia app or gilded rose – as awesome as those exercises are, I thought I’d add in a bit of variety for us.

The example is written in javascript, so I would recommend arriving with WebStorm (there is a month’s free trial) installed as it has some of the best javascript refactoring support.

We’ll be on Zoom, and I’ll email the link to people shortly before the meeting starts.

Thursday 17th June, meeting from 18:30 BST, starting the session at 19:00.
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Written by Mark Kirschstein

June 17, 2021 at 10:29 am

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[deferred] #xpman 131 – Spike & Stabilise

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Apologies at the failure to come up with a session in a timely fashion – as such will defer this to the 3rd Thursday of the month instead of the usual 2nd.

The topic next week will be spiking & stabilising, which will be a bit of a ramble, a demonstration, and a possible practical / discussion afterwards.

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20th May 18:30 for a 19:00 start

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Written by Mark Kirschstein

May 13, 2021 at 5:14 pm

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#xpman 130 A Taxonomy for TDD

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April’s XPManchester is a hybrid practical/discussion session based around the idea of trying to classify “moves” we can make whilst developing using TDD.

Bill Wake recently described TDD as a tension between making progress on the feature and stabilising what we have.


Online (Zoom) 8th April 2021
Meet from 18:30 for a 19:00 Start

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April 8, 2021 at 11:31 am

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#xpman 129 – TDD & Emergent Design, Demonstrated through Sudoku

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In this session, Ian Howarth demonstrates some of the points he was making in January’s discussion about how he approaches TDD, by making a program to to solve Sudoku problems.

This will be an interactive session, with opportunities for discussion and questions as Ian walks us through the problem.

March 11th 2021 18:30
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March 9, 2021 at 11:19 am

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#xpman 128 – Looking for Root Causes – Why isn’t XP more widely adopted?

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Why aren’t XP practices such as TDD more widely adopted?

This is the question that Martin Tierney will be helping us investigate through structured Root Cause Analysis.

The aim is to take away some actions that will help promote better working practices within our organisations.

The session will start at 7pm on Thursday 11th February via Zoom, but it will be open from 18:30 for social chats and catch ups.

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Written by Mark Kirschstein

February 8, 2021 at 4:32 pm

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#xpman 127 – Revisiting TDD Sudoku

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This session is an experiment, and will likely be a “play by ear” type of affair.

This session will be most likely be group discussion based upon the options we have for progressing, and we may form a small mob to explore the options we have. Should their be appetite for more, we may continue this onto another month.

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We’ll be meeting from 18:30 for a 19:00 start this Thursday, 14th January.

Written by Mark Kirschstein

January 12, 2021 at 10:37 am

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#xpman 126 – Christmas Kata

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This month we have a Christmas themed kata to work on.

The zoom meeting will open at 6.30pm ready to start at 7pm. The invite will be sent out on the day.

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Written by James Jeffries

December 7, 2020 at 7:17 pm

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#xpman 125 – lean coffee

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This month we will be hosting a discussion using the lean coffee format on anything related to XP.

We’ll send out a link to a zoom meeting on the day, which will start at 6.30 if anyone wants to come on and chat before we get started at 7pm.

Tickets available here.

Written by James Jeffries

November 10, 2020 at 9:17 am

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#xpman 124 – improving our tests using DSLs

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This is a retrospective post so we can remember what things we’ve covered after I forgot to update the blog last month.

Written by James Jeffries

November 10, 2020 at 9:15 am

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#xpman 123 – Deadlines and Estimates – for good or evil?

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This month we’ll be hosting one of our annual debates or a goldfish bowl style discussion on the subject of estimates and deadlines.

On Thursday 10th September we’ll be meeting via zoom from 6:30 for a natter and pre-amble before properly kicking off at 7pm.

If you’re brave enough to volunteer to help kick off the initial discussion, please email markkirschstein at g mail dot com.

Written by Mark Kirschstein

September 4, 2020 at 11:55 am

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