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#xpman98 – Wardely Mapping by @MrsDHW

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This month’s session is on Wardley Mapping, an incredibly useful tool and will be presented by Danielle Haugedal-Wilson from the co-op.

Wardley Mapping is a tool to enable you to understand your business landscape and the context it operates in.

Wardley Mapping helps you answer questions like ‘should I buy or build this?’ ‘How should we organise ourselves’? and ‘What is really duplicated?’

This session will provide an introduction to the technique and then have a practical exercise to practise.

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We are hosted by Madlab at Plant NOMA

9th Auguest 2018, 6:30 for a 7pm start.


Written by Mark Kirschstein

August 7, 2018 at 3:35 pm

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#xpman 97 – Lightning Talks

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Our annual Lightning talks session is here again. We have six confirmed speakers.

  1. Gemma Cameron – DDD Europe Round up
  2. Clare Sudbery (presenting remotely from London) – How Pairing Saved My Code Base
    Synopsis – Clare has been working on an iOS app for eighteen months now. It’s a personal project, and the key source of motivation is that the app itself is a game which she enjoys playing. This is both a blessing and a curse. She has been the developer, the QA, the BA, the project manager, the product owner, the major stakeholder and the end user. She is a demanding user: she wants new features and she wants them NOW. She has no sympathy for herself as a developer and frequently puts pressure on herself to prioritise delivery over code quality. When she stopped writing tests, she knew something had to change. So she brought Sal Freudenberg on board as equal partner, and now she’s behaving herself again. This is a description of the journey she and Sal are on.
  3. Mashooq Badar – Material Focus
    Synopsis – Every craft has a relevant set of materials. A deep understanding of those materials is absolutely necessary to their work. What are the relevant materials to our craft and how do we use Material Focus to guide our work?
  4. Dr Eleanor Mollett – Estimation for people who hate estimating
    Synopsis – I’ve never been a fan of estimating and have avoided it as much as I can. I now have a need to use estimates, here is how I do it in the quickest and least painful way possible” I think I can get it down to 10 minutes if you are pushed for time, but I’m still putting it together so can fit it to whatever your limit is
  5. John Nicholas – Leeroy Driven Development
    Synopsis – Automating all the way to production in a cool, measured and calm manner that actually looks like a giant shit show.
  6. Andy Lowry – Why can’t we just build websites?
    Synopsis – So you think testing web development is hard? Yeah, so did I! Little did I know how good we had it. I’ll give a whistle stop tour of some of the fun of beinga developer in an IoT Startup


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As usual, we are open from 6:30 for a 7pm start, but we’re not at our old Madlab home, we’re now at PLANT NOMA

Written by Mark Kirschstein

July 4, 2018 at 7:22 pm

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#xpman 96 – XP Misfortunes

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As it’s our birthday we thought we’d try and have some fun this month. Players will be going head to head in a Family Fortunes XP Misfortunes game show where we consider common mispractices of XP/agile.

Doors open at half 6 to start at 7 at Code Computerlove’s office.


Written by James Jeffries

June 6, 2018 at 7:35 pm

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#xpman95 – #NoEstimates Goldfish Bowl Discussion

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We’re revisiting a topic we have debated at #xpman before, but way back in November 2014, #NoEstimates.

This session isn’t a formal debate as such, but a group-wide discussion in the tried and tested goldfish bowl format.

Bring your questions and bring your devil’s advocates.

Please note, as per the announcement from Madlab last month, we will no longer be meeting at Edge Street, but Plant NOMA.


6:30 for a 7pm Start – 10/05/2018


Written by Mark Kirschstein

May 7, 2018 at 10:18 pm

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#xpman 94 – Introduction to Design Thinking

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Come along and try out our workshop exploring the process of Design Thinking and Human-Centered design with Colin Preston (@colinpreston).

The session will be fast-paced and split up into several tasks. You will be working in small groups in a fun lively environment so be prepared to get stuck in.

During the session, we will explore divergent and convergent thinking, a fundamental concept of design thinking.

Doors open at 6.30 to start at 7.

Tickets available here.

Written by James Jeffries

April 2, 2018 at 3:26 pm

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#xpman 93 – Legacy code refactoring

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This month we have an exercise in refactoring legacy code from Kieran Hewitson. The code looks like someone has done a TDD kata without the refactor step throughout, so has nested if statements and the like. The session will be about writing some tests that cover the code and then work on refactoring it without breaking it.

Bring along a laptop. Doors open at half 6 and we’ll be starting at 7.


Written by James Jeffries

March 4, 2018 at 2:41 pm

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#xpman 92 – Stock Ordering Kata

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This month we’ll be working on a kata based around ordering stock so bring a laptop.

Doors open at half 6 and we’ll be starting at 7.

Tickets available at the link below


Written by James Jeffries

February 4, 2018 at 8:19 pm

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