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Global Day of Coderetreat

It's that time of the year again! The DC and Baltimore Software Craftsmanship user groups are joining forces and hosting the 2014 Global Day of Coderetreat at Excella Consulting.

This is a one day event being held simultaneously on November 15th in over 200 cities around the world to practice and hone in your skills. It's a full day of Katas!

Come with your laptop equipped with your favorite programming and unit testing environment. Be prepared to pair up, code, learn, share and have fun!

When: November 15, 2014 at 9:00 am (see agenda below)

Where: Excella Consulting, Ground floor conference room, 2300 Wilson Blvd., Arlington VA 22201


9 - 9:30 am: Breakfast & introduction

9:30 - 10 am: Form pairs & prepare for Katas

10 - 11 am: First Kata

11 - 12pm: Second Kata

12 - 1 pm: Lunch & Sponsor presentations

1 - 2 pm: Third Kata with Challenge

2 - 3 pm: Fourth Kata with Challenge

3 - 4 pm: Fifth Kata with Challenge

4 - 5 pm: Retrospective and conclusion

Directions - Metro Rail:

Take the orange line to Courthouse Metro Station.

Take the Wilson Blvd exit (on your left).

Walk 2 blocks W (or turn left) on Wilson/Clarendon Blvd to 2300 Wilson Blvd.


On-site garage parking: $5.00 for first hour, $10.00 per day.

Metered street parking: $1.00 per hour, Free after 6:00pm.

Free parking garage: 6:00 pm or later weekdays at 2200 Clarendon Blvd.


Thank you to Excella Consulting for hosting this event. 

Check out Excella's Agile training coursesExcella voted Best Place to Work by the Washington Post and the Washington Business Journal! Check out the open job opportunities page.

Thank you to LMO for providing breakfast. 

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Thank you to Corporate Brokers for providing lunch. 

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  • A former member
    A former member

    I think splitting everyone up by language worked very well, it made it easy to pair and also to share thoughts in downtime.

    November 17, 2014

  • Nevin H.

    Good day of fun, and coders the world over should be entitled to a retreat day once a year. Whether the intent if the event is "process over product" or now, however, I hope that people won't be told to delete their code again. That is not a best practice, even if you start the same algorithm over with a new team 5 times from scratch in a day. Can't we please encourage people to save a copy of their work at each Kata to refer back to in the future?

    1 · November 16, 2014

    • Vlad K.

      I'm glad you liked it. Unfortunately we cannot change the rules for the Global Day event. However, there is no such rule for monthly event, you are welcome to take home everything you created during that session.

      November 16, 2014

  • Chris B.

    Was fun. 10/10 would do again

    1 · November 15, 2014

  • Vlad K.

    Excellent. The turn out was phenomenal. Everybody were real troopers. Thank you all for coming

    November 15, 2014

  • Brian S.

    Great space, great food, great people!! It was fun to get my geek on with a few other like minded folks. Thanks to those that put this on!

    November 15, 2014

  • 'Q'

    Where is the agenda?

    November 7, 2014

  • Sean K.

    I think I found and joined this group just in time! Looking forward to this. Anything I should know as a first-time participant in this group/event (other than to bring a love of TDD, pairing, and learning?)

    November 6, 2014

    • Sahil T.

      Nope, just bring a laptop and be ready to both learn from your partner and teach! :)

      November 6, 2014

  • Darryl F.

    This sounds like fun. I will have to leave at 3pm for another event.

    1 · November 6, 2014

  • Vlad K.

    It will be challenging since these types of events require close communication. But we can try to work you in into one of the session if someone is looking for extra challenge...

    1 · November 4, 2014

  • Mike M.

    Can I participate from a I am flying to DC?

    1 · November 4, 2014

  • John M.

    Sadly, I have had a family obligation pop up which conflicts with this. I was really looking forward to this, too. :-(

    October 23, 2014

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