Crossposted from http://www.aaronlerch.com/blog/2011/12/03/coderetreatin/
13 people chose to spend the whole day on Saturday, December 3rd, in the "common area" at Interactive Intelligence honing their skillz.
By the way, I want to extend a huge thanks to Interactive Intelligence for providing the space, a catered lunch, and some breakfast! It was awesome!
Many of the people were new to practices like pairing, and TDD. We also got to explore a lot of design ideas and look at different ways to approach a problem. I really enjoyed being able to throw in various constraints during each session and then to see how it affected the approaches or designs that people came up with.
Overall, I got very positive feedback - it really seemed like a valuable day for everybody, for a wide variety of reasons. By far, people said that the pairing and the ping/pong TDD were the most enlightening aspects of the day. It was great to have a structured and guided environment for people to explore those concepts that can otherwise be difficult to dig into ad-hoc.
Other things people learned or enjoyed were designing with the Tell, Don't Ask approach, and getting exposed to some new languages.
Overall I think it was a huge success. Or at least, I was very pleased with how it went and how it seemed to affect people. :) People grew as software developers today! That's awesome in and of itself. :)
Thanks to all who attended!!