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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!

The Global Day of Coderetreat is an opportunity for…

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Added by Raimo Radczewski on September 21, 2016 at 8:00pm — No Comments

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:



You can participate in a local coderetreat and freeing yourself to experiment and try new techniques, learning from each other, writing the best code you can by focusing on some basic principles of well-written code and challenging many of our everyday…

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Added by Ivan Kusalic on July 23, 2016 at 4:11pm — No Comments

GCDR 2016 - Call for Sponsors

As we announced last month, the 2016 Global Day of Coderetreat will take place on Saturday, October 22nd. Each year we offer financial sponsorships to allow organizations an opportunity to participate in the Global Day of Coderetreat and support an awesome non-profit organisation. We are excited to announce that this year all sponsorship funds will go directly to CoderDojo! Global Day of Coderetreat has sponsored…

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Added by Stafford Brooke on June 9, 2016 at 11:00pm — No Comments

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.

It is my privilege to be the facilitator of the Code Retreat Day in Nokia Chengdu site. For I have limit experience on this, I learned some experience from Harry (last year’s…

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Added by Liao Chunbo on April 25, 2016 at 1:00am — No Comments

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!

Thousands of developers all around the globe will get together on the same day to improve skills, share knowledge, practice together and generally have great time in a safe and fun environment.

Last year, we had around 150 Coderetreats and 2,000 participants all over the globe joining us for the Global Day of Coderetreat. This…

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Added by Ivan Kusalic on April 9, 2016 at 4:30pm — No Comments

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…
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Added by Bob Allen @CuriousAgilist on October 13, 2015 at 11:00pm — No Comments

"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…

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Added by Bob Allen @CuriousAgilist on September 2, 2015 at 5:22pm — No Comments

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:

  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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Added by Bob Allen @CuriousAgilist on July 20, 2015 at 11:00pm — No Comments

Ready for the 2015 Global Edition?

We are very excited to announce this year's Global Day of Coderetreat!

On Saturday, November 14th, 2015, thousands of developers all over the globe will join us to honour our craft, share knowledge, and practice by “playing our instruments behind the scenes” to learn from each other.

Last year, about 150 Coderetreats and 2,000 participants all over the globe joined us for the Global Day of Coderetreat. This year we expect even more!

What…

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Added by Pandichi Alin-Ionut on July 15, 2015 at 10:14am — No Comments

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.…

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Added by Bob Allen @CuriousAgilist on July 9, 2015 at 7:00pm — 1 Comment

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. After I talked to other GDCR organisers in China and Asia, the idea was accepted quite well. Then, the date was set at Jun 13 (Saturday).

We now have 14 cities registered for this event and I created a map …

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Added by Joseph Yao on June 12, 2015 at 2:31am — 2 Comments

Coderetreat: The toughest constraint

Ask the attendees what they want

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.

Since I have a lot of constraints in the list, some time ago I started to ask the attendees how difficult would they want the constraints to be. I am asking them on scale from 1 to 5, 1 being boring, and 5 being…

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Added by Adi Bolboaca on November 19, 2014 at 7:58am — No Comments

Vote for the best coderetreat logo!

A few days ago, we announced that the community is going to help choose a coderetreat logo as part of the Global Day of Coderetreat.

It is now time to vote! You can vote by visiting:

http://gdcr.coderetreat.org/logo/vote

The form allows you to rate each logo and provide comments…

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Added by Jim Hurne on November 14, 2014 at 7:00pm — No Comments

Help Us Choose a Coderetreat Logo!

Our community needs a logo! A good logo will help people recognize events and artifacts created by the coderetreat community. A good logo will help our community to grow, both in size and stability.

We would like to involve the community in the process. Starting this Saturday, as part of the Global Day of Codereteat, we are going to choose a coderetreat logo.

I am very excited to announce that…

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Added by Jim Hurne on November 11, 2014 at 1:16am — No Comments

What Happened to the Coderetreat Logo

In September, we started to roll out a new coderetreat logo for our community. Some of you may have noticed that the logo started to disappear last week. This is because we made an honest mistake.

Last week, we learned that the coderetreat logo was strikingly similar to Polyglot Programming, Inc’s logo. The similarity was entirely accidental, but it was problematic for both Polyglot Programming and our…

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Added by Jim Hurne on November 11, 2014 at 1:00am — No Comments

CoderDojo and the Global Day of Coderetreat

In the original announcement, we mentioned that the Global Day of Coderetreat will support CoderDojo.  However, we did not provide a lot of details.

When Corey announced the very first Global Day of Coderetreat, he had something bigger in mind than getting a bunch of geeks together all over the world for a day of programming.…

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Added by Jim Hurne on October 12, 2014 at 11:30am — No Comments

GDCR 2014 Needs a Visual Designer!

UPDATE: Several volunteers have stepped up to help us with the website and the media pack. Thanks!

Why

If you have ever visited the Global Day of Coderetreat event website, then you know how ugly it is. All our previous attempts to improve the site have not worked out. We ran a website design contest last year but we only received one entry.

We are…

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Added by Jim Hurne on July 31, 2014 at 2:30am — No Comments

Global Day of Coderetreat 2014

We are very excited to announce this year's Global Day of Coderetreat!

On Saturday, November 15th, 2014, thousands of developers all over the globe will join us to honor our craft, share knowledge, and practice by “playing our instruments behind the scenes” to learn from each other.

Last year, over 170 Coderetreats and more than 5,000 registered participants all over the globe joined us for the Global Day of Coderetreat. This year we expect even…

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Added by Jim Hurne on July 25, 2014 at 9:00am — No Comments

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…

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Added by Bob Allen @CuriousAgilist on March 8, 2014 at 8:00pm — No Comments

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…

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Added by Bob Allen @CuriousAgilist on February 24, 2014 at 2:54am — No Comments

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