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February, 2008:

A busy March

Two conferences back-to-back.

On Thursday 13th March, I’m chairing a track at QCon London called XpDay Sampler. The idea is to build on the long-running success of the XpDay and run some of our sessions for, we hope, a new audience. We think we have a pretty strong track, finishing with a panel session including Kent Beck—who’s never actually spoken at XpDay but he did turn up unannounced at the first one bringing Swiss chocolate.

On Tuesday 11th, Romilly Cocking and I will be running a new tutorial we’re developing with Nat Pryce on Test-Driven Development with Mock Objects, following on from a successful first run at the last XpDay.

Finally, from the 16th I’ll be at SPA presenting with Mike Hill a taster of our new Examples course, and with Michael Feathers and Meirion Morgan (a quant friend of mine) a very introductory workshop on using a functional language (OCaml) using financial derivatives for our examples.

Example-Driven Development course

Mike Hill and I will be taking our new Example Driven Development and Fit course out for its first spin on March 7th.

It’s about using examples to communicate, to tease out what really needs to be built in a format that everyone can understand, using FIT tables to help the team structure their ideas. We’ve run the core exercise of the course many times now (once with 60 people) and it really helps to test people’s assumptions—and it’s a great ice-breaker.

The course is not about implementation, we don’t crack open any code editors during the day.

We’re running the course in collaboration with SkillsMatter
Skills Matter