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#xpman 90 – christmas kata

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This month we have a light hearted Christmas themed kata. Bring along a laptop.

Doors open at 6.30 to start at 7.

Tickets available below.



Written by James Jeffries

December 12, 2017 at 4:28 pm

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#xpman 89 – Ethics

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This month we have a session on ethics with Andy Longshaw and Debbie Roycroft.
From the VW emissions scandal to the targeting of social media advertising in elections, the discussion around morals and ethics in technology has grown louder over the past few years. This session will mix presentation and group work to explore why digital technology seems generally to be an amoral/unethical occupation and will seek practical things we could do to address our behaviours.
To lighten the mood of what could be a troubling evening, we will conclude with a game of “real or not real” where attendees will be asked to judge whether certain publicly visible ethical or moral dilemmas involving technology are real or not real. Please bring along your own scenarios for this, whether real or not real.
We are interested in understanding attitudes towards ethics in the technology industry within the community. Please fill in and share the short survey below. Answera are anonymous.
Doors open at half 6 to start at 7.
Tickets available at the link below

Written by James Jeffries

November 4, 2017 at 10:30 am

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#xpman 88 – Event Sourcing the Checkout Kata

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EventSourcing is the best thing ever?

In this session we’ll discuss what EventSourcing is, its pros and cons, and some use-cases.

To make it real we’ll be running through a semi-guided EventSourced Checkout kata.

Before the event:

Madlab’s doors open at half 6 to get started at 7.

Tickets available here.

Written by James Jeffries

October 4, 2017 at 12:08 pm

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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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