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TDD your own Test Framework – #xpman May 14th with James Jeffries

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Feedback is one of the core XP Values. Quick feedback cycles allow us to avoid waste from going in the wrong direction and keep our confidence and morale high to continue going the right way.

TDD is one way of seeking this feedback. Often, we have a framework of preference and we just use it – but what considerations went into it? How does it help or hinder your thinking?

In his excellent book, TDD by Example, Kent Beck, the Yoda of Extreme Programming presents an exercise where he bootstraps his own TDD framework, building in better and better feedback loops. In this session of xpman, we’ll follow in his footsteps.

And what self respecting Jedi hasn’t built their own lightsabre?

Join James Jeffries in Madlab from 6:30pm, May 14th
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May 6, 2015 at 1:33 pm

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#xpman April 9th – Jurassic Park: What went wrong?

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In this talk, 65 million years in the making, your esteemed host Andrew Seward (@MrAndrew) explores what went wrong at Jurassic Park; what mistakes were made by the leadership, Jeff Goldblum, the planners, designers, developers and dinosaur wranglers and what it can teach us about deploying complex systems into unpredictable environments.

Also why Jeff Goldblum didn’t know what the hell he was talking about.

Andrew Seward has been working in software for 12 years, he is the organiser of Tech Nottingham – a monthly software meetup and Hack24 – a 24 hour coding competition in Nottingham city centre on 2nd & 3rd May.

He is also Technical Product Manager at Esendex, a global SMS provider based in Nottingham.

 

Location: Madlab, Edge Street
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Written by Mark Kirschstein

March 18, 2015 at 3:26 pm

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#xpman March 12th – Lessons learnt scaling a mainstream restful API, with David Whitney

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A walk through the design, launch, and evolution of a RESTful API that ended up powering some of the largest charity campaigns in the UK. We’ll go through what worked, what didn’t, along with some tips and advice to help you grow your own API to be ready for consumption by just about anyone.

David is an independent software consultant based in London focusing on iterative software delivery, developer mentoring and cultural change.

Prior to consulting David spent almost half a decade as the technical architect at JustGiving, and has done stints in telecoms, sports betting and ecommerce.

Location: Either Madlab or New Federation House (TBC)

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Written by Mark Kirschstein

February 24, 2015 at 12:34 pm

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#xpman February 12th – TDD with Kevin Timmins

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A practical session to explore two extreme TDD strategies and the confidence they give us. The session will provide an opportunity to explore the TDD activities which make us feel happy and make us feel uncomfortable. It will be run in two short parts with an opportunity to reflect and discuss thoughts and ideas at the end of the session. The idea is that it will challenge those who do TDD on a daily basis as to the reason for really doing TDD, and it will provide an excellent introduction to TDD for anyone who is new to it with a headstart in where to focus time and attention while following the key steps.

The session will be a paired kata so please bring laptops.

We’re still based at New Federation House, not Madlab.

from 6:30, coding starts at 7pm, see you there!

Written by Mark Kirschstein

February 9, 2015 at 8:21 pm

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#xpman January 8th – From Enterprise to Startup – Our XPerience.

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This month, Gemma Cameron and James Jefferies will looking back through their diaries and telling us all about their experiences transitioning from Enterprise developers to start up life.

Starting at 7pm

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

January 5, 2015 at 1:46 pm

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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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