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#xpman 87 – Trunk vs Branches Debate

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This September 14th we have a debate on trunk or mainline development vs using branches.

In the blue corner advocating for trunk based development we have Martin Tierney and John Nichols. In the red corner showing their support for branches are Gary Hall and Martin Thwaites.

Doors open at 18.30 and we’ll be starting at 19.00 at Madlab.

Tickets available here


Written by James Jeffries

August 31, 2017 at 3:15 pm

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#xpman 86 – 99 Bottles of Sudoku

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99 Bottles of Sudoku – Application of techniques from 99 Bottles of OOP to solve the Sudoku Kata

The book clubbers are going to attempt to solve the sudoku kata by appliyng their learning from Sandi Metz and Katrina Owen’s 99 Bottles of OOP, and hopefully share some of the knowledge along the way.

Doors open at 18:30 to start at 19:00. Tickets available below


Written by James Jeffries

August 7, 2017 at 11:14 am

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#xpman 85 – Lightning Talks

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It’s time for our annual lightning talks!

We have a couple of spaces left for talks, so please get in touch if you want to speak. If you are new (or nervous) and want some support, tips or coaching, we would love to help out.

So far we have the following talks scheduled:

  • Is ethics the only way?
  • Coaching
  • Using Data Science to Analyse Feedback
  • Refactoring Fast and Slow

And more to be confirmed…

As usual, we’re hosted at Madlab

Doors open at 18:30 for a 7pm start.

Look forward to seeing you


Written by James Jeffries

July 4, 2017 at 3:49 pm

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Lightning talks next month – volunteers please!

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It’s become a xpmanchester tradition to host an evening of lightning talks in July, which means we’re looking for willing speakers to step up.

So far we have three sessions tentatively scheduled –

  • Coaching
  • Using Data Science to Analyse Feedback
  • Refactoring Fast and Slow

Seasoned speaker or fresh faced newbie, all are welcome. If you’re nervous about speaking but want to give it a shot, we’re happy to help support you along the way. Your talk can be as short as 5 minutes. Send an email to markkirschstein -AT- gmail -DOT- com or tweet @xpmanchester

If you’re short of ideas, here’s a brief list of some sessions we’ve had in previous years –

  • What we learnt form the mob
  • Test Driven Novel Writing
  • How we’re going about replacing a legacy system by understanding our Core Domain
  • Economies of Scrum
  • We said it would be simple, not easy
  • Collaboration
  • The Bug-Free Backlog
  • Hidden Queues
  • Micro services
  • Haskell
  • Clojure
  • Erlang
  • REST
  • Pentagonal Architecture
  • Continuous Integration (Where did it all go wrong?)
  • Increasing Velocity

Written by Mark Kirschstein

June 14, 2017 at 6:13 pm

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#xpman 84 – Strong and Stable Kata

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You want your user group to be dependable, always there with a clear manifesto of what’s coming up. We believe we’re the usergroup that best shows that. We’re strong and stable, and we have proven that by not turning up on social media at all to promote ourselves this month, nor engage in debate about the agenda.

We hope we can count on your support on June 8th, at Madlab*, for a Strong and Stable Kata around 7pm. And undoubtedly, some cast iron bitching in the pub afterwards about how the country is going/has gone to shit.

*Unless of course, you forgot to register for a postal vote, and have more urgent matters to attend to that evening, we understand, really.

Written by Mark Kirschstein

June 7, 2017 at 6:49 pm

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#xpman 83 – XP Unconference

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This month we will be having an XP unconference discussing XP themes. Been to Agile Manchester during the day and want to share what you’ve learnt? Got something interesting to talk about or lead a discussion on? Just want to come along and see what it’s all about? Join us at Code Computerlove’s office from 6.30pm to start at 7pm.


Written by James Jeffries

May 2, 2017 at 11:02 am

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#xpman 82 – Wooly Root Causes

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Retrospectives and continuous improvement is regarded as one of the most important aspects of an agile team. It’s unfortunately usually only given a superficial consideration by organisations.

This is a session looking at collaborative root cause analysis and learning as a group, illustrated with sheep.

As usual we’re at Madlab

Thursday 13th April, 6:30 for a 7pm start
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Written by Mark Kirschstein

April 11, 2017 at 7:15 pm

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