XP Manchester

September 10th – #xpman 63 Microservices Discussion

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Microservices seem to be a hot topic at the moment driven by companies such as Netflix and Spotify. This month (September) we’ll be running a discussion on what ever you would like to talk about on microservices.

If you have something you would like to talk about then fill in this form.

We’re also looking for someone to help facilitate the discussion so get in touch if you’re interested.

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August 22, 2015 at 3:23 pm

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Could you help with Saturday venue?

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It has been far too long since we held an all-day event, our last being XL4 way back in Feb 2013. We would love to rectify this.

First and foremost, we would need space. Running water is a plus, electricity is a must.

Central Manchester would be preferable, or some where within walking distance of good public transport links.

If you can help please get in touch,

@xpmanchester on twitter
or email markkirschstein ‘at’ gmail ‘dot’ com

Written by Mark Kirschstein

August 18, 2015 at 12:05 pm

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August 13th – #xpman 62 – In Defence of Mocks, with Mark Kirschstein

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Mocks don’t seem to have many fans. Common complaints being that they lead to:

Tests that are brittle.
Tests that are laborious to write.
Tests that are difficult to read.
Tests that don’t fail when you introduce a real bug.
Tests that have “mocks, returning mocks, returning mocks”.

Are mocks pointless? This session argues maybe, maybe not…

What to expect from this session?

Part Presentation
Part Discussion
Part Practical [Bring a laptop!]

Grab a ticket

Madlab from 6:30, (starting at 7pm)

Jetbrains Raffle

Speaker Feedback


Written by Mark Kirschstein

August 10, 2015 at 3:05 pm

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July 9th – Lightning Talks (#xpman 61)

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This month is lightning talks, we have a great selection lined up already

Grab a ticket!

We have space for one, maybe two more people to speak, if you’re interested get in touch. @xpmanchester on twitter, the usual google groups etc.



Madlab from 6:30, starting at 7pm



Written by Mark Kirschstein

July 1, 2015 at 10:51 am

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#xpman June 11th – Open Space XP

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This will be an open space session to re-examine the XP values of Communication, Simplicity, Feedback, Courage and Respect. As a group, you will begin by exploring how the values align with what you and your peers find yourselves doing from day-to-day as you develop software and systems. You will then have a chance to introduce your own questions into the discussion so please have a think about how your work aligns with what you believe to be the values and principles of XP and bring your questions with you.

We’re at Madlab, starting at 7pm

Written by Mark Kirschstein

June 3, 2015 at 8:12 am

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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
Grab a ticket

Written by Mark Kirschstein

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

Written by Mark Kirschstein

March 18, 2015 at 3:26 pm

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