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GDCR15 Cross-Event Google Hangouts

Hi All,Doing a Google hangout with another GDCR event in a faraway time zone helps to bring home the GLOBAL nature of the event to attendees. I've used a cross-timezone meeting planner to determine times that work and have tentatively sent out invites to others for two hangouts; one just before our local lunchtime and another at our end-of-day retrospective. If you like the idea, it's not rocket science. You need…See More
Oct 17, 2015
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Global Day of Coderetreat 2015 - Ann Arbor, MI, USA at The Forge, 7th floor

November 14, 2015 from 8:30am to 5pm
Developers at every level gather monthly in Ann Arbor MI to learn together, but in November, we gather on a GLOBAL scale. Join Code Craftsman Saturdays and Pillar Technology for the annual GLOBAL DAY of CODE RETREAT.Please register using the link above. Breakfast and lunch provided.See More
Oct 15, 2015
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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, and a single non-trivial kata, i.e. everyone solving the same problem. We also use cyber-dojo.org to level the playing field for all as regards an IDE.1. Start a timer after everyone has sorted themselves out…See More
Oct 14, 2015
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Global Day of Coderetreat 2015 - Ann Arbor, MI, USA at The Forge, 7th floor

November 14, 2015 from 8:30am to 5pm
Developers at every level gather monthly in Ann Arbor MI to learn together, but in November, we gather on a GLOBAL scale. Join Code Craftsman Saturdays and Pillar Technology for the annual GLOBAL DAY of CODE RETREAT.Please register using the link above. Breakfast and lunch provided.See More
Sep 17, 2015
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"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!Also, "Constraints that Enable Innovation - Alicia Juarrero"Alicia Juarrero, Professor Emerita of Philosophy at Prince George’s Community College (MD) on…See More
Sep 2, 2015
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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. The results are described below the handout.<begin handout> Welcome to ICC, Incremental Calculator Corp. Today you are going to build the first…See More
Aug 14, 2015
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Self Orgnizing Team #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:Self organization of teams when given full reign (and full responsibility).How to work with what you're given, even when extremely sparse.How to deliver iteratively (MVP).How to keep parts of the solution decoupled from one another.<Handout #1 - Morning session>Welcome to the BBC -…See More
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Nov 17, 2014
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Global Day of Coderetreat 2014 - Ann Arbor, MI, USA at The Forge

November 15, 2014 from 9am to 5pm
Global Day of Code Retreat (GDCR) at The Forge in Ann Arbor Complements of Pillar Technology.This is also the November event for Code Craftsman Saturdays. Most important: Please register here.Code Craftsman Saturdays is a monthly always free workshop, but GDCR is special and usually our largest event of the year. There will be lots of developers of all…See More
Oct 23, 2014
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Global Day of Coderetreat 2014 - Ann Arbor at The Forge 4.0

November 15, 2014 from 9am to 5pm
Global Day of Code Retreat (GDCR) at The Forge in Ann Arbor Complements of Pillar Technology.This is also the November event for Code Craftsman Saturdays. Most important: Please register here.Code Craftsman Saturdays is a monthly always free workshop, but GDCR is special and usually our largest event of the year. There will be lots of developers of all…See More
Aug 14, 2014
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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…See More
Mar 9, 2014
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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:Three chairs are setup at a small table with a shared laptop connected to the overhead projector. After an initial pair volunteered to start us off, the remainder of the attendees setup chairs positioned so they could watch both the overhead screen and the current pair.  What made it a "fish-bowl"…See More
Feb 24, 2014
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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. So, I re-ported the work over to Cyber-Dojo, added attribution…See More
Oct 6, 2013
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Global Day of Coderetreat 2013 - [Ann Arbor / USA] at The Forge (downstairs from the Tech Brewery)

December 14, 2013 from 8am to 6pm
Come join what may be the only MONTHLY code retreat/coder dojo. Always free, but registration is required via the website. As always, we'll be serving breakfast and lunch (no pizza here). We'll be connected with the rest of the globe and sharing the fun at http://codecraftsmansaturdays.blogspot.com/.See More
Aug 30, 2013
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Code Crafstman Saturdays at The Forge

September 14, 2013 from 8am to 5:30pm
Every month, in Ann Arbor on the 2nd Saturday, we do a full-on hands-on-keyboards day of practicing what we do best: code. While we're at it, we improve ourselves and those around us, we learn new stuff, and we have fun.   Did I mention?  There's no cost to participants and both breakfast and lunch are included (no Pizza or box lunches).Attendance is limited and requires registration so that we…See More
Aug 17, 2013

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Three Simulations in One 45 Min Sprint

Posted on October 13, 2015 at 11:00pm 0 Comments

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, and a single non-trivial kata, i.e. everyone solving the same problem. We also use cyber-dojo.org to level the playing field for all as regards an IDE.
1. Start a timer after everyone has sorted…
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"Enabling constraints"

Posted on September 2, 2015 at 5:22pm 0 Comments

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!

Also, "Constraints that Enable Innovation - Alicia Juarrero"Alicia Juarrero, Professor Emerita of Philosophy at Prince George’s…

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Self Orgnizing Team #2 - Footballs

Posted on July 20, 2015 at 11:00pm 0 Comments

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:

  1. Self organization of teams when given full reign (and full responsibility).
  2. How to work with what you're given, even when extremely sparse.
  3. How to deliver iteratively (MVP).
  4. How to keep parts of the solution decoupled from one…
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Self Organizing Team(s) Exercise

Posted on July 9, 2015 at 7:00pm 1 Comment

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. The results are described below the handout.

<begin handout>

Welcome to ICC, Incremental Calculator Corp.…

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