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Raimo Radczewski Deprecating the coderetreat NING network
We decided to deprecate the social network at coderetreat.org. Here’s why. Continue…
Added by Raimo Radczewski on Jul 17, 2017

David Parsons Academic papers on Coderetreats
In case they are of interest to anyone, we have published some academic / professional papers around Coderetreats. Continue…
Added by David Parsons on Jun 4, 2017

Celebrating 100 GDCR Events all over the world with a special surprise
Hey everyone, we’re celebrating the first hundred locations for the Global Day Of Coderetreat 2016 (psst, it’s on Oct 22nd!) and we’re really excited to reveal a little surprise we prepared for the community: Our new Logo! Continue…
Added by on Sep 21, 2016

Ivan Kusalic How to participate in the Global Day of Coderetreat 2016
The Saturday, October 22nd is getting closer and with it the Global Day of Coderetreat 2016. It’s now the time to consider how you’ll participate in the event. Here are the possibilities Continue…
Added by Ivan Kusalic on Jul 23, 2016

Liao Chunbo 2016 Q1 Nokia Chengdu TC Code Retreat Day
I’m very excited to share the experience about “2016 Q1 Chengdu TC Code Retreat Day”! The 2016 Q1 Nokia Chengdu TC Code Retreat Day was hold on Saturday, March 19! For some reason,I did not share it immediately. I would like to share with you about this activity - we made it successfully and enjoy it. Continue…
Added by Liao Chunbo on Apr 25, 2016

Ivan Kusalic Announcing Global Day of Coderetreat 2016
We are excited to announce the date for the Global Day of Coderetreat 2016! This year GDCR will happen on Saturday, October 22nd! Continue…
Added by Ivan Kusalic on Apr 9, 2016

Bob Allen Three Simulations in One 45 Min Sprint
We run 45 minute “sprints” where pairs choose a kata to work on using ping-pong or pilot-navigator pairing, and follow each sprint with a short retrospective. For this exercise I ask everyone to agree on a single language, or choose from among two languages that everyone is OK with Continue…
Added by Bob Allen on Oct 13, 2015

Bob Allen Enabling constraints
Reading a tweet by @mattbarcomb led me to this post - Enabling constraints are about opening possibilities by limiting choices. A short read. Coderetreat facilitators use this, and have fun doing it! Continue…
Added by Bob Allen on Sep 2, 2015

Bob Allen Self Organizing Team Part 2 - Footballs
Below is a handout that was given at the beginning of the day. A second handout was given just after lunch. Together they define an exercise designed to require teams to work out and demonstrate these skills Continue…
Added by Bob Allen on Jul 20, 2015

Bob Allen Self Organizing Team(s) Exercise
The following are instructions handed out to participants at a recent workshop I ran. The stated goals of the exercise are to create a micro-service based calculator, a patently absurd goal. The real purpose of the exercise is the allow the attendees to learn for themselves how to self organize, providing only as much guidance as proves necessary. Continue…
Added by Bob Allen on Jul 9, 2015

Joseph Yao APAC Day of Coderetreat on Jun 13
As you may know, software craftsman and coderetreat culture is much weaker in APAC (Especially in China) than US and Europe. So, I got an idea to organize a day event of coderetreat (like GDCR) to promote that culture. Continue…
Added by Joseph Yao on Jun 12, 2015

Adrian Bolboaca Coderetreat - The toughest constraint
During the Global Day of Coderetreat 2014 (GDCR) I facilitated the event in Turku, Helsinki. That is when I presented the toughest constraint ever in any coderetreats I facilitated until now. Continue…
Added by Adrian Bolboaca on Nov 19, 2014

Jim Hurne CoderDojo and the Global Day of Coderetreat
In the original announcement, we mentioned that the Global Day of Coderetreat 2014 will support CoderDojo. However, we did not provide a lot of details. Here they are. Continue…
Added by Jim Hurne on Oct 12, 2014

Bob Allen Revisiting Rescue Refactoring
For our March event we returned to Cyber-Dojo and discovered a very useful feature on Emily Bache’s Refactoring Katas on Github. Way down at the bottom of each kata’s explanation is a set of links (one for each of several languages) that create a new Cyber-Dojo for that kata. This was a huge help. Thank you Emily once again.  We again stuck to the Tennis scoring and Yahtzee scoring katas for the morning sprints, and moved on to Gilded Rose after lunch. Continue…
Added by Bob Allen on Mar 8, 2014

Bob Allen Randori Fish-bowl Experiment
For the first of our monthly code retreats, we had 6 brave soles who were not deterred by snowmagedon. At this event, we experimented with a Randori fish-bowl for the first time. Here’s what we did Continue…
Added by Bob Allen on Feb 24, 2014

Jarosław Stadnicki Thirty Developers And a Game of Life – GDCR 2013 in Wrocław
The Global Day of Coderetreat concluded on 14 December 2013. Programming communities all over the world have managed to set a new record – this year’s workshops were concurrently held in 180 cities! And how did the Wroclaw edition look like in comparison? Find out in our small summary. Continue…
Added by Jarosław Stadnicki on Dec 25, 2013

Stefan Hendriks Facilitating the Global Day of Coderetreat 2013 in Amsterdam
On the 14th of December 2013 - the Global Day of Coderetreat was held at Zilverline. I have experience with coderetreats and also organised one at the 7th of january in 2012, and the GDCR12. Continue…
Added by Stefan Hendriks on Dec 20, 2013

Jim Hurne Why the Global Day of Coderetreat Matters
Why does the Global Day of Coderetreat matter? Seriously. Oh sure, today, thousands of developers in hundreds of cities across almost every continent are practicing writing code together. That is cool and all, but why should anyone care? Because practicing our craft is important. We write the software that runs the world. Literally. We need to be good at what we do. The world depends on it. Coderetreat has taught us over the last few years that learning at work (on the job) is inadequate for helping us to become better software developers. As we join together today, we tell the world that practice is important and that we care about learning how to write better code. But that is not the only reason why the Global Day of Coderetreat matters it is also a fund-raiser for the Coderetreat Community Contribution Fund (c3f). Continue…
Added by Jim Hurne on Dec 13, 2013

Jim Hurne Delete Your Code Video Contest
Do you remember the Delete Your Code! videos some of the coderetreat facilitators created last year? Did you think it was great to see other people who are passionate about coderetreat from around the world?  Well, now is your chance! Make your own Delete your Code video and you could win two ebooks  (compliments of Pragmatic Programmer and O’Rielly) in the process! Continue…
Added by Jim Hurne on Oct 7, 2013

Bob Allen Thank you Emily for The Legacy Code Retreat Collection
In 2012, Emily Bache started a collection on GitHub of three katas specifically selected for use in a Legacy Code Retreat (Tennis, Yahtzee, and Gilded Rose) and invited others to contribute, and contribute they did. The result, in at least 5 languages, can be found here.  Although that work included links over to Cyber-Dojo, those links no longer work. Continue…
Added by Bob Allen on Oct 6, 2013

Jim Hurne Coderetretreat About Page Contest!
Have you ever visited the coderetreat about page on coderetreat.org? If you have, then you know it is..umm..not enticing.  Oh sure, it describes what a coderetreat is, but it is not a very exciting description and the page does not give a good sense of what it is like to participate in a coderetreat. Continue…
Added by Jim Hurne on Sep 11, 2013

Jim Hurne Global Day of Coderetreat 2013
A Day Like No Other, Global Day of Coderetreat Continue…
Added by Jim Hurne on Aug 26, 2013

Adi Bolboaca The History of Brutal Refactoring Game
Last year I was thinking about a session during which attendees would learn how to focus on refactoring. I had some thoughts about this we would need a list of coding smells, and have some cards to give the attendees that had that coding smells in their code. Now the obvious question was: how can you have coding smells if you do not have a code base? I thought about it, and then I figured it out: during coderetreats I anyway see legacy code after 10-15 minutes. So if this session wouldtake 90-120 minutes we would have no issue with finding coding smells. Continue…
Added by Adi Bolboaca on May 17, 2013

Adi Bolboaca Taking Baby Steps
I wrote a post on the history of Taking Baby Steps, you can read it here. Continue…
Added by Adi Bolboaca on Mar 11, 2013

Aki Salmi Facilitators note on coderetreat in Joensuu
I wrote a blog post on my company site Continue…
Added by Aki Salmi on Mar 7, 2013

Adi Bolboaca The history of “Taking Baby Steps”
Let me tell you a story on how I thought about teaching other programmers how to take small steps to help them minimize the mistakes by focusing on a small thought. Continue…
Added by Adi Bolboaca on Jan 16, 2013

Gonçalo Silva (one of) London’s GDCR 2012
cross-posted from here Continue…
Added by Gonçalo Silva on Jan 5, 2013

Florin Coros Global Day of Code Retreat 2012 in Cluj-Napoca
cross-posted from here Continue…
Added by Florin Coros on Dec 17, 2012

Dalibor Nasevic Notes from Global Day of Coderetreat 2012 - Skopje (Macedonia)
You can find the original blog post here. Continue…
Added by Dalibor Nasevic on Dec 16, 2012

Kyle Boon Global Day of Code Retreat – Minneapolis Edition
Original post at http://kyleboon.wordpress.com/2012/12/12/global-day-of-code-retreat… Continue…
Added by Kyle Boon on Dec 12, 2012

Willem van den Ende Amsterdam code retreat 2012
Facilitating a code retreat, amsterdam edition Continue…
Added by Willem van den Ende on Dec 12, 2012

Adi Bolboaca Kudos for the Global Day of Coderetreat
As last year I helped the coderetreat first-time facilitators to jump-in and organize their first coderetreat. I had some training sessions on Google Hangout during which I talked with a lot of passionate professionals from all over the world. Together with me Jim Hurne had done the same effort to spread his knowledge about the way he facilitates a coderetreat. Continue…
Added by Adi Bolboaca on Dec 11, 2012

Michael DiBernardo Global Day of Coderetreat 2012 Toronto edition
(originally posted at http//mikedebo.ca/toronto-global-day-of-coderetreat-2012/) Continue…
Added by Michael DiBernardo on Dec 11, 2012

Pablo Lischinsky Global Day Coderetreat at Mérida - Venezuela, 2012
Demián Gutiérrez and I have hosted and co-facilitated our first Coderetreat at Mérida - Venezuela, at the Universidad de Los Andes. None of us had participated in a Coderetreat before. Our local sponsors were the Universidad de Los Andes, the organizing team of the Agile Tour Mérida 2012, and Evolución Ágil. The day of the event 15 guys showed up (22 had confirmed). Almost half of the participants were Systems Engineering undergraduate students. Most of them used Java, a few C++ and Python. Continue…
Added by Pablo Lischinsky on Dec 11, 2012

Attila M. Magyar Budapest Global Day of Code Retreat 2012
(Original post http://athos.blogs.balabit.com/2012/12/global-day-of-code-retreat-2…) Continue…
Added by Attila M. Magyar on Dec 10, 2012

Toni Tassani Barcelona Global Day of Code Retreat 2012
(Original at http://alapamui.blogspot.com.es/2012/12/global-day-of-code-retreat-…) Continue…
Added by Toni Tassani on Dec 10, 2012

Linda van der Pal Global Day of Code Retreat in Amsterdam
Yesterday I traveled through the cold over icy pavements to the office of Mirabeau in Amsterdam to join my fellow coding enthusiasts for a day of mad coding. There I was joined by about twenty others and even eight children. The younger children set out to learn the Scratch programming language, while the older ‘kids’ went off to play with the game of life. For them (including me) the day was divided into iterations of about 45 minutes. In our first iteration we attempted to write the game using TDD as if you meant it. Which has three easy rules. Continue…
Added by Linda van der Pal on Dec 9, 2012

Bart Bakker Global Day 2012
This post is cross-posted from http//blog.thesoftwarecraft.com Continue…
Added by Bart Bakker on Dec 9, 2012

Jeff Foster Code Retreat Cambridge
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Added by Jeff Foster on Dec 9, 2012

Corey Haines On the role of the coderetreat facilitator
The facilitator’s role is to guide the participants through the various paths. Learn how… Continue…
Added by Corey Haines on Dec 2, 2012

Jan Ernsting Coderetreat Münster, Germany (22.09.2012)
On September 22nd Andreas Simon (@ndrssmn) and I (@janernsting) hosted the very first coderetreat in Münster, Germany. After quite some preparations for the event, we were very happy to welcome all participants on Saturday morning. Since they all decided to spend their free time with us, we prepared some breakfast, including rolls, coffee, and tea. Continue…
Added by Jan Ernsting on Nov 19, 2012

Adi Bolboaca Coderetreat Turku, Finland
On 20 November Aki Salmi gave me the the opportunity to meet a wonderful group of passionate programmers in Turku, Finland. My friend and dynamic facilitator Erik Talboom was supposed to be there with us, but he could not make it this time. So I was on my own to facilitate a coderetreat in a country and a city I have never seen before. Continue…
Added by Adi Bolboaca on Nov 6, 2012

Rafael Devill Changing requirements
Full version at http://c0de-x.com/changing-requirements/ Continue…
Added by Rafael Devill on Nov 4, 2012

Jeff Smith A Code Retreat
Reposted from jeffmatthewsmith.tumblr.com Continue…
Added by Jeff Smith on Oct 26, 2012

Péter Zsoldos Global Day of Coderetreat 2012 - Nuremberg
Full post text included, originally published at http//zsoldosp.eu Continue…
Added by Péter Zsoldos on Oct 20, 2012

Shaun Finglas Codeweavers Coderetreat
Last week we had @kevinrutherford in to run a coderetreat. It was the first retreat I’ve taken part in personally, the same applying to much of the team. The day was to focus on one challenge – Conway’s Game of Life, though each iteration would introduce new constraints. Iteration 1 Continue…
Added by Shaun Finglas on Oct 9, 2012

Marton Meszaros Coderetreat London 29.09.12
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Added by Marton Meszaros on Sep 30, 2012

Péter Zsoldos My first Code Retreat - Legacy Code Retreat in Frankfurt on Sep 15, 2012
Full post text included, originally published at http//zsoldosp.eu Continue…
Added by Péter Zsoldos on Sep 19, 2012

Erik Talboom Corporate-wide coderetreat
Yesterday I facilitated a 4 team coderetreat for one of our biggest customers. It was my first experiment with a multi team coderetreat and it turned out pretty good all-in-all. Read more about this unique experience http://t.co/FENq0KNb Continue…
Added by Erik Talboom on Sep 5, 2012

Corinna Baldauf Code Retreats are awesome!
This is a cross-post from finding-marbles.com Continue…
Added by Corinna Baldauf on Sep 4, 2012

Markus Gärtner Testautomation Coderetreat No. 1 - A report
On a sunny Saturday in August 2012 we had the first testautomation coderetreat in Munich. Woohoo! This was a kickstart for this new coderetreat format - besides the original one from Corey Haines, and the Legacy Coderetreat format from J.B. Rainsberger. Here is my report from the facilitator’s point of view and with some hints about what I am going to try at different other follow-up coderetreats. Continue…
Added by Markus Gärtner on Aug 25, 2012

ZPH Sassy, Challenging and Wonderfully Infuriating - A CodeRetreat Review
I attended the CodeRetreat at @SteelCityRuby 2012 and this post is an abbreviated recap of my experience. Continue…
Added by ZPH on Aug 23, 2012

corey haines Global Day of Coderetreat 2012
Check out the official page here Continue…
Added by corey haines on Aug 23, 2012

Dan Cardella Steel City Ruby Conference & CodeRetreat Weekend
This past weekend I attended my first Ruby conference here in Pittsburgh with my friend and colleague Jeremiah Lancaster. We participated in two great days of presentations pertaining to numerous subjects including Gems, Redis, Internationalization, Diversity and a number of Lightning talks.  There were approximately 450 attendees and it was hosted at the Smithsonian History Museum on Smallman street. For me, the highlight was the associated Code Retreat held the following day by Corey Haines. Corey’s well known in the Ruby community, has a unique approach to teaching, and after spending the day in the retreat I can appreciate what all the fuss is about! Continue…
Added by Dan Cardella on Aug 7, 2012

Paul Zaich Code Retreat with Corey Haines @ Dev Bootcamp
Today’s curriculum was a retreat into the wilds of Ruby with Corey Haines. Corey is an experienced developer who has been using a TDD approach to software development for a LONG time. Like 8 and a half years long. Continue…
Added by Paul Zaich on Jul 24, 2012

Guganeshan.T Coderetreat Sri Lanka - 2012
Here’s a rare opportunity to be part of the first Coderetreat event in Sri Lanka… Continue…
Added by Guganeshan.T on May 24, 2012

Erik Talboom Memories of a legacy coderetreat
Heya guys, Continue…
Added by Erik Talboom on Mar 22, 2012

Jim Hurne Surviving the Coderetreat Hangover
Despite it’s name, Coderetreat is intense. Continue…
Added by Jim Hurne on Mar 1, 2012

Michael Higgins Honing the Craft at Rhiza
(Cross-posted from here.) Continue…
Added by Michael Higgins on Mar 1, 2012

Aviv Ben-Yosef Notes from the Israeli Software Craftsmanship Group Code Retreat
A month ago I had the great pleasure of participating in a Code Retreat here in Israel, which was facilitated by the amazing Corey Haines. The event was so awesome and fun that I just put together a few tidbits that I think are worth sharing. Continue…
Added by Aviv Ben-Yosef on Feb 28, 2012

Jonathan Wallace you must teach to be taught
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Added by Jonathan Wallace on Feb 16, 2012

Robert Fall Retreat
This weekend I attended my very first code retreat, hosted by the man himself, Corey Haines, and oh my, was it an experience. Continue…
Added by Robert Fall on Feb 13, 2012

Stéphane Bagnier Global Code Retreat Paris 2011
retrouver mon article sur le Global Code Retreat Paris 2011 sur mon blog Continue…
Added by Stéphane Bagnier on Feb 10, 2012

corey haines Announcement C3F sponsoring Black Girls Code event
It is with great pleasure that I’m announcing the first recipient of a Coderetreat Community Contribution Fund (c3f) sponsorship Black Girls Code! The c3f is sponsoring snacks and drinks during the 6 weeks that Black Girls Code participates in the National STEM Video Game Challenge. This is an exciting program for girls (grades 5-8) to compete in a national competition to create a STEM-focused video game. Continue…
Added by corey haines on Feb 9, 2012

Valentin Vesa iQuest Sibiu Romania Code Retreat Aftermath
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Added by Valentin Vesa on Feb 6, 2012

Erik Talboom New session idea Baby steps
Adi and I came up with a new idea that helps people to focus on small steps and also opens them up for committing small chunks very often. The main idea is that people get a very short time box to write a new test and implement it the simplest way possible. After that they get another short time box to refactor the code. Continue…
Added by Erik Talboom on Jan 18, 2012

Erik Talboom First in-house experiment
I facilitated my first in-house coderetreat last week. It was weird not to have my partner in crimes with me but I managed. For this workshop, I had to add a little bit of theory between sessions, really explaining the basics of TDD and giving some more context around the 4 elements of simple design. So we only got to do 5 sessions. People really responded well to most of the constraints although it forced them to go outside of their comfort zone. Especially the TDD as if you meant it was hard, that’s why we decided to do 2 of those, just to get the feeling of it. Continue…
Added by Erik Talboom on Jan 18, 2012

Erik Talboom First coderetreat of 2012
On Saturday 7 January Adi and I facilitated the first coderetreat of 2012 in Amsterdam and it was a blast. It was my first coderetreat outside of Belgium and it was fun to see that people were really surprised that a guy living in France and one living in Belgium were crazy enough to drive all the way to Amsterdam to go and facilitate a coderetreat there. All I can say is that I’m glad I can do things like this. It’s awesome to see passionate people that really want to change things. It’s an honor to be able to meet all those people and discussing with them. Continue…
Added by Erik Talboom on Jan 18, 2012

Isaac Sanders CodeRetreat with Corey Haines
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Added by Isaac Sanders on Jan 17, 2012

Alexandru Bolboaca How to Organize A Code Retreat
This article was initially published here on 14 August 2010. It refers to the code retreats organized in Romania between June 2009-August 2010, tipically co-facilitated by Maria Diaconu and me. Continue…
Added by Alexandru Bolboaca on Jan 9, 2012

Alexandru Bolboaca Don’t Let Your Methods Look Like This!
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Added by Alexandru Bolboaca on Jan 9, 2012

Alexandru Bolboaca 10 Reasons To Attend A Code Retreat
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Added by Alexandru Bolboaca on Jan 9, 2012

Samir Talwar London Coderetreat Video
I just received a link to the video of the London Coderetreat, which the lovely guys at Valtech have put together for us. I know it’s been a while since the event, but I hope you enjoy it nonetheless. You can check it out on Vimeo, or watch it below. Continue…
Added by Samir Talwar on Dec 23, 2011

Erik Talboom Global day of Coderetreat the Belgian edition
First of all I would like to thank my facilitation counterpart Adrian Bolboaca for all our coderetreats. I’m glad to be able to team up with this guy everytime. Continue…
Added by Erik Talboom on Dec 22, 2011

tdriscol Global Day of Code Retreat - NYC
Details of NYC coderetreat can be found here Continue…
Added by tdriscol on Dec 12, 2011

Cristina GDCR SF Coderetreat 2011
Of the 50 participants that rsvp’ed to the event, about 25 showed up Continue…
Added by Cristina on Dec 12, 2011

Steven Proctor Global Day of Code Retreat Dallas - thought dump
A write up of my thoughts on Dallas’ Global Day of Code Retreat can be found here Continue…
Added by Steven Proctor on Dec 11, 2011

Mike Long Global Day of Coderetreat - Beijing!
Here are my notes from Global Day of Coderetreat - Beijing Continue…
Added by Mike Long on Dec 9, 2011

Alexander Marek Global Day of Code Retreat - Vienna
In Vienna, we had 15 participants (of the 25 that registered). Continue…
Added by Alexander Marek on Dec 9, 2011

Rob Tarr Code Retreat Roundup GitHub Toolbox
Original post can be found at http//seesparkbox.com/foundry/code_retreat_roundup_github_toolbox Continue…
Added by Rob Tarr on Dec 9, 2011

Dalibor Nasevic Notes from Global Day of Coderetreat 2011 - Skopje (Macedonia)
You can find the original blog post here. Continue…
Added by Dalibor Nasevic on Dec 8, 2011

Mattias Sällström Global Day of Coderetreat in Umeå, Sweden
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Added by Mattias Sällström on Dec 8, 2011

Tony Trung Thanh Vo global day of code retreat in Calgary
Organizing the event Continue…
Added by Tony Trung Thanh Vo on Dec 8, 2011

Antonio Lucca GDCR in Milan
My post about the day in Milan. Continue…
Added by Antonio Lucca on Dec 8, 2011

Carlos Iglesias Global Day of Coderetreat at Barcelona
Hi!!! Continue…
Added by Carlos Iglesias on Dec 7, 2011

Marton Meszaros Global Day of Codereterat in Budapest
I’ve posted notes from the global event in Hungary to the following pagehttp://alternateillusion.com/global-day-of-coderetreat-budapest Continue…
Added by Marton Meszaros on Dec 7, 2011

Tomek Kaczanowski Coderetreat, Cracow, 2011 - Been There, Done That
Hi All, Continue…
Added by Tomek Kaczanowski on Dec 7, 2011

Giorgio Sironi What I learned in the Global Day of Code Retreat
I have authored a post on my experience in the Global Day of Code Retreat 2011. I cannot repost it here, but it is available on DZone. Continue…
Added by Giorgio Sironi on Dec 6, 2011

Mike Ebert The Deep End & The Global Day of Code Retreat
Cross-posted from mikeebert.tumblr.com Continue…
Added by Mike Ebert on Dec 6, 2011

Carlos Peix Global Day of Coderetreat in Buenos Aires
Hi, Continue…
Added by Carlos Peix on Dec 6, 2011

Andrew Cox Coderetreat A first-time facilitator’s view
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Added by Andrew Cox on Dec 6, 2011

Franklin Chen Why I Am Writing This Week for CSEdWeek
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Added by Franklin Chen on Dec 5, 2011

Jim Hurne The Hours Before
It was 330pm on Friday afternoon, and I was heading out of work for my daily drive back home. I slipped behind the wheel of my car, turned the key, put the car into gear, and then…sat there.  Because it wasn’t just any Friday. In just a few hours, the first Coderetreats of the Global Day of Coderetreat would start. Continue…
Added by Jim Hurne on Dec 5, 2011

Jorge Notes from Bilbao Global Day of Coderetreat
Hi everybody! Continue…
Added by Jorge on Dec 5, 2011

Samir Talwar Global Day of Coderetreat An Account from London
Here’s what you do. On Saturday morning, at ridiculous o’clock (i.e. around 8), you walk into a room which has a delicious breakfast all laid out. There are some people running about shouting at each other about “sessions” and “calls”, but you ignore them in favour of the sweet pastries, fresh fruit and hot coffee sitting on the counter. When you’re done, you take out your laptop, and someone with a funny haircut floats over to remind you that you should have a test environment set up for your language(s) of choice. Continue…
Added by Samir Talwar on Dec 5, 2011

Aaron Lerch Global Day of Coderetreat - Notes from Indianapolis
Our coderetreat in Indianapolis went very well - exceeded my expectations! Of course, it was my first time doing anything with coderetreat, and it was just me hosting, facilitating, etc. so I really didn’t know what to expect. :) Continue…
Added by Aaron Lerch on Dec 5, 2011

Nithin Bekal Global Day of Code Retreat, Chennai
Originally posted on my blog. Continue…
Added by Nithin Bekal on Dec 5, 2011

Chris Rice GDCR11 in London
Cross-posted from http//www.chrisrice.co.uk/2011/12/05/global-day-of-code-retreat-2011/ Continue…
Added by Chris Rice on Dec 5, 2011

Enrique Comba Riepenhausen GDCR Madrid (video)
In Madrid we had an awesome time in this very special day of the Global Day of Coderetreat. Continue…
Added by Enrique Comba Riepenhausen on Dec 5, 2011

Philipp Riemer GDCR 2011 in Prague
Yesterday I attended the “Global Day of Coderetreat”. It was an event that took place all over the world on the same day. It’s goal is to bring together developers and let them code together over one day without any job pressure. By pairing with foreign people that share the same interest, one can try new methods or learn the advantages and disadvantages of other programming languages or in general improve skills. Continue…
Added by Philipp Riemer on Dec 5, 2011

Carlo GDCR 2011 in Durban, South Africa
Our session was held in a training room that was perfect for the event; enough plug points, desks, a/c, projector, flip-chart, kitchen close-by etc which made things easier. Originally 16 people had registered; 2 had cancelled beforehand because of other commitments and 1 did not pitch, so we were left with 13 which was a good showing. We had 6 pairs with one pair consisting of three. 11 of the developers were C# developers, while 2 were using python. Most of the attendees were experienced developers, familiar with TDD and agile concepts, 2 had no idea it existed. We also had one attendant that was from the local university. Continue…
Added by Carlo on Dec 5, 2011

Aaron Lerch Coderetreatin’
Crossposted from http//www.aaronlerch.com/blog/2011/12/03/coderetreatin/ Continue…
Added by Aaron Lerch on Dec 5, 2011

Miguel Ángel García Martínez Code Retreat Global Day Retrospective
Yesterday was the day. Continue…
Added by Miguel Ángel García Martínez on Dec 5, 2011

Navin K Simple Design
Cross post from my blog - original at http//novemberkilo.com/2011/12/principle-of-simple-design/ Continue…
Added by Navin K on Dec 4, 2011

Michael Denomy My Day at Global CodeRetreat 2011
Cross-post from my blog, original at http//mdenomy.wordpress.com/2011/12/04/my-day-at-global-code-retre… Continue…
Added by Michael Denomy on Dec 4, 2011

David Adsit Global Day of Coderetreat - Organizing
Yesterday was the first ever Global Day of Coderetreat. Using the closing circle format, allow me to share my experience as an organizer of the Salt Lake City event. Continue…
Added by David Adsit on Dec 4, 2011

David Adsit Global Day of Coderetreat - Attendee Report
Yesterday was my first opportunity to attend a Coderetreat. I am so glad I did. What an amazing day. I think every developer should attend a Coderetreat. Using the closing circle format, allow me to share my experience as an attendee of the Salt Lake City event. Continue…
Added by David Adsit on Dec 4, 2011

Michael Hunger Global Day Code Retreat, Dresden, Germany
Heute war ein toller Tag. Wir haben in der Buchbar den Dresdner Part des Globalen Code-Retreat Events (#gdcr11) bestritten. Damit waren wir ein Teil von 2000 Leuten die heute daran gearbeitet haben, ihre Coding-Habits zu verbessern. Continue…
Added by Michael Hunger on Dec 4, 2011

Matthias Günther GLOBAL CODE RETREAT 2011 IN BERLIN
I attended the Global Coderetreat event initialized by Corey Haines2. The general purpose of this event was to get a bunch of hackers together to implement Conway’s Game of Life. Continue…
Added by Matthias Günther on Dec 4, 2011

Jan Novotný CodeRetreat 2011 in Prague
Never, never give up to you lazyness. We all know Christmas time is full of events and parties, and I admit that yesterday I was seriously considering whether I actually wanted to go to CodeRetreat and disappear early from the other event of my friends completely sober. I admit my weakness and I am ashamed that I ever doubted. CodeRetreat was one of my best events this year and I must say that it got into my top rated events I ever attended. Continue…
Added by Jan Novotný on Dec 4, 2011

Mark Simpson Coderetreat - the need for preparedness
(crossposted from verdammelt.posterous.com) Continue…
Added by Mark Simpson on Dec 4, 2011

corey haines On the role of the coderetreat facilitator
Coderetreat is a dynamic day with the specifics molded to the individual participants. There is a strong emphasis on self-discovery. The intense pair-swapping allows ideas to rapidly disseminate through the group. The frequent session reflections help with more complete internalization of lessons. Starting over allows experimentation without the baggage of previous experiments. To ensure the objectives of the coderetreat are met and that the participants get the maximum value out of the event, it is essential to have a facilitator for the day of coderetreat. The facilitator’s role is to guide the participants through the various paths of experimentation, putting appropriate pressure at each stage of the day. Continue…
Added by corey haines on Dec 2, 2011

corey haines Announcing the Coderetreat Community Contribution Fund (the c3f)
Coderetreat events are easy to organize, only requiring enough sponsorship for venue and lunch. It is easy to find a sponsor in cities with strong company presence, but there are a lot of places that don’t necessarily have this. Unfortunately, this can be a detriment to running coderetreats and other community-focused, practice-oriented events. To this end, we are establishing the Coderetreat Community Contribution Fund, the c3f, currently operating as a non-profit and under review for 501(c)(3) status. The c3f is currently being formed to subsidize and support local coderetreat events in areas without a strong company sponsorship presence. Continue…
Added by corey haines on Dec 2, 2011