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Elephant Carpaccio Workshop - An exercise in Nano incremental development

Carpaccio is beef sliced so thinly you can almost see through it. Agile development is mainly successful by incrementally producing software that provides user value. But splitting user stories into small individually deliverable parts is hard.

In this workshop we will practice slicing applications into thin vertical requests, from both the business and programming perspective.

We'll divide into teams of 2-3 people and a simple programming assignment will be handed out that you will split into really small demoable user stories. During a fixed time-box you will implement these stories incrementally in really short iterations, each ending with a brief demo. At the end of the session we will do a retrospective and analyze the results.

Each group will need a laptop with a development environment. Bring your own laptop just to be sure that we will have enough computers.

The exercise description is available at

Per Flitig from Netlight will facilitate this event!

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  • A former member
    A former member

    Great idea to combine economical concerns (customer value) and development effort in tiny packets

    2 · May 9, 2014

  • Tamas J.

    Yes, thanks everyone! And thanks to Per especially! The method of presenting development progress in a interesting way for the non-technical customer will definitely stay with me.

    1 · May 9, 2014

  • Per F.

    Thank you all for participating yesterday, I had a lot of fun!
    If you have any feedback or suggestions on how I can improve the session, feel free to contact me via mail on (per.flitig at or on twitter (sodper).

    1 · May 9, 2014

  • Michael A.

    Great exercise in de-composing stories and seeing things from a customer perspective.

    3 · May 8, 2014

  • Mika S.

    Loved it.

    1 · May 8, 2014

  • Daniel L.

    Sorry, I missed this. Last minute stuff at work. I did this exercise with Alistair Cockburn at a workshop and it was a real eye-opener.

    May 8, 2014

  • Gianfranco A.

    We still need a location for this!

    April 14, 2014

    • Johan V.

      Will there be food or should I bring some?

      May 7, 2014

    • Per F.

      Yes, there will be food. However, you might want to bring your own if you have special requirements or allergies.

      1 · May 8, 2014

  • CA E.

    I have limited experience with agile projects but know how it works in theory, and would love to learn more. Is this meetup suitable for someone in my position?

    1 · May 6, 2014

    • Per F.

      Absolutely, you should definitely come! This workshop probably won't resemble your typical agile development process. This will be a more extreme exercise, but hopefully it will result in interesting discussions and useful conclusions.

      2 · May 7, 2014

  • Sargon M.

    See you

    April 19, 2014

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