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#xpman May 12th Stocks, flows and systems thinking

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This month we have a workshop on systems thinking. I’ll be introducing a way of modelling systems using stock and flow diagrams, discuss different types of feedback loops and look at different ways of changing systems.

We’ll be meeting at Madlab from 6.30pm to start at 7pm on Thursday May 12th.

Written by James Jeffries

April 30, 2016 at 2:32 pm

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April’s #xpman – TDD as if you meant it with @keithb_b

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This month’s session is TDD as if you meant it, hosted by Keith Braithwaite.

This is a practical session aimed at people with a coding background.

We’ll be at Madlab from 6:30, starting the session at 7pm.

Grab a ticket – https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/xpmanchester-70-tdd-as-if-you-meant-it-tickets-24375631169

Written by Mark Kirschstein

April 5, 2016 at 5:34 pm

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#xpman March 10th – ‘How does that work at scale?’ – @JohnnoNolan

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During March’s session you’re going to experience the pains of growing teams and working with multiple teams. If you’ve ever experienced (or thought about experiencing) the joys of ‘scaling up’ an agile process to work with more people, you’re going to like this one.

John ‘Oh god’ Nolan will be guiding us through the evening.

We’ll be at Madlab from 18:30 for a pre-natter and starting the session at 7.

Grab a free ticket if you’re coming!

Written by Mark Kirschstein

February 28, 2016 at 1:45 pm

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#xpman 68 – Bringing User Stories to Life, with @ruby_gem

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As a manager
I want to manage
So I can manage things

If you’ve ever seen (and despaired) about user stories similar to the above, you must’ve thought, “what’s the point?”. There must be a better way to share ideas than this…

Well there is! And Gemma Cameron is here to show us how.

Bring some of your own user stories to this session and we will transform them into rich, vibrant expressions that more effectively communicate the true value and benefits of your product.
Please bring a laptop to this workshop.

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At Madlab, from 6:30

Written by Mark Kirschstein

February 3, 2016 at 6:30 pm

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#Xpman 67 – the Saff Squeeze

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The saff squeeze was introduced by Kent Beck as a means of hunting down bugs using tests instead of the debugger.

It is a divide and conquer technique that makes bug squishing more methodical and creates a suite of tests as a by product. Bonus!

After a brief demonstration of the process, we will have a go ourselves in randori / mob programming fashion, laptops may be useful if we need to split into a few groups.

Battleships Prize Giveaway

As part of the evening we will be running the bot challenge and announcing the winner(s). There is still time to enter, more details in the original blog post. (You can still enter even if you can’t make Thursday’s session)


Madlab from 6:30

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Written by Mark Kirschstein

January 7, 2016 at 9:47 pm

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Xmas Holidays Bot Tournament – Sponsored by LateRooms

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We’re running another beat the bots tournament over the Christmas holidays this year. We also have sponsorship from Laterooms engineering department in the form of Amazon vouchers for the winner.

Rules and API:

The beat the bots website has a few basic opponents for you to test out your strategies.

To register for the main tournament, email me  (markkirschstein -at- gmail -dot- com) with your botname and its URL.

The tournament will be run and the winner decided at the January meetup.

Have fun, and Merry Christmas!

Written by Mark Kirschstein

December 24, 2015 at 7:06 pm

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#xpman 66, December 10th – Xmas Kata

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For our final meeting of 2015 we’ll be taking on a light hearted xmas-themed kata, eating the odd mince pie and drinking the odd drink.

We will be trying to ensure there are refreshments available for the attendees, so please grab an appropriate ticket so we can cater for numbers. If you think it’s unlikely that you will be able to attend please let us know, or cancel your ticket ASAP.

As a follow on from last month’s meetup, depending on exact numbers, we may break into a few mobs to have a stab at the kata.

Get your ticket here

Madlab from 6:30, starting at 7pm

Written by Mark Kirschstein

December 8, 2015 at 2:45 pm

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