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Understanding Agile Principles, Practices, and Processes

To kick off 2013 Vermont Code Camp early, Microsoft's Stephen Bohlen will be offering a special FRIDAY EVENING session on Agile Principles, Practices, and Processes at Champlain College.

February 2011 marked the 10th anniversary of the Agile Manifesto but after all these years there are still plenty of people that haven’t embraced Agile or still have important questions about it. What is Agile and what does it mean for me? How do I “become Agile”?

In this session, we will explore the underpinnings of the Agile software movement, discuss the management and technical practices that can lead to successful Agile projects, and understand how they are all interdependent and co-reinforcing. Attendees will better understand how Iterations, Test-Driven Development, Continuous Integration, and other practices can be used to provide a constant stream of timely and immediate feedback to the software development team, permitting rapid responses to changes over time.

Using a combination of lecture-style content and interactive group lab exercises, over the course of several hours in this workshop we'll explore techniques for effective agile estimation as well as pair-programming and test-driven development. Attendees will leave with a good understanding of the principles at the core of Agile as well as how to apply practices that help reinforce those principles in the process of software development projects.

If you have always wanted to better understand Agile and its influence on software development, then bring your laptop, your curiosity, and your open mind to learn what Agile is all about!

Come for the education, stay for the pizza!

Join Stephen Bohlen, local code gurus, and Champlain College programming students for this special free training brought to you by Vermont Code CampMicrosoft, and Champlain College

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  • Bryan A.

    Uncle Bob posted some thoughts on Test First just a few days ago: http://blog.8thlight.com/uncle-bob/2013/09/23/Test-first.html

    September 25, 2013

  • Mick m.

    I'm always happy to talk Agile if anybody wants...

    disclaimer: I am a Lean / Agile Coach and Consultant by profession, but this is in no way a sales pitch. I do what I do because I love it, and I love the good that comes from it. I am always happy to talk "shop" by email phone or even face to face no charge.

    September 23, 2013

  • Mark H.

    Steve's talk was clear and to the point about the "why"
    of Agile. Based on this presentation I will now be looking
    for everything I can find on agile and on companies who really use it!

    1 · September 23, 2013

  • Todd M.

    Steve was a terrific speaker. Is there a chance to get a soft copy of the presentation?

    1 · September 23, 2013

    • Kyle M.

      Steve might show up here with a newer version, but you can get a copy of the slides from an earlier presentation from his blog (http://unhandled-exce...­). Click the 'download right here' link.

      September 23, 2013

  • JR

    I greatly enjoyed the presentation on Agile P^3. Most of it made sense, because (like many others-- i'm sure) I've personally experienced many of the stated negative ramifications of following the traditional "Mythical Man Month" approach to software development. In some ways this lecture ratified my long standing notion that the harder one tries to get it right the first time--- the more elusive that goal becomes. Moreover, in terms of BV and other measures, project progress for a give time interval: it is preferable to do (n) percent of the project whole - rather then trying to accomplish 100 percent of just (n) percent of the project whole-- however obscure the difference might appear to be. The exercise on project complexity was also quite an interesting way to arrive at the likely best estimate.
    Bottom line, I believe the discussion was interesting, informative, and relevant. The speaker was excellent an communicator and humorist.

    September 22, 2013

  • Kyle M.

    Steve Is a terrific presenter and we covered some great content.

    September 21, 2013

  • Mike J

    The Agile conversation was really good. The TDD example was fun , and Champlain Collge has a nice facility including ready to go laptops. Success all the way around.

    September 21, 2013

  • Nick F.

    Well worth the admission price of 'nothing' ... but actually is worth much more. Is it everything I ever needed to know about AGILE? No. But I know that this would have been great to bring some of the folks I keep trying to sell AGILE to to. The last AGILE training I had was led by a professional AGILE project manager which was great. But Stephen Bohlen's background as a programmer gave me better insight into AGILE as it would be from my perspective while also giving me good talking points to bring to project manager clients that need convincing on why they should pay for a different development approach. Worth the time!

    September 20, 2013

    • Alex T.

      I thought this was an incredibly informative talk on how TDD and agile are used to make engineers skilled mediators and consultants with other developers, and managers. Champlain could benefit a lot from more talks like these.

      September 21, 2013

  • Kathleen S.

    So sorry. . Got a late start from work now stuck in bad traffic. Best release my spot.

    September 20, 2013

  • JR

    I am very much looking forward to this discussion. The word "agile" conjures up something(or someone) that responds gracefully to rapidly changing conditions and/or environment. From the outset, software design that is broad enough to transcend both known and unknown--unknowns, would would be preferable to starting over every time some sudden discovery is made.

    That being said-- i am coming across from NY state (starting within a few minutes) to (hopefully) learn something new.

    September 20, 2013

  • Nick F.

    Will there be signs to the room - where do we park? I have driven by the Champlain College campus many times, but I am unfamiliar with where things are within it. Google Maps shows the build just fine, but which entrance do we use?

    September 20, 2013

    • Nick F.

      "shows the build"... 'Building!'

      September 20, 2013

  • Amanda I.

    Ill be late, but will get there as soon as i can

    September 19, 2013

  • Brie H.

    Excited to be there!

    1 · September 19, 2013

  • Dave C.

    Sounds interesting, looking forward to it. Do we need anything installed on our laptops for the group lab exercises (i.e. frameworks or a particular OS)?

    September 13, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Bring your laptop. There will be a mix of lecture, discussion, and paired coding exercises in your choice of either Java/Eclipse or C#/Visual Studio.

      September 16, 2013

    • Amanda I.

      Good to know u would have brought the wrong laptop.

      September 16, 2013

  • Leonard K.

    Hello!

    September 10, 2013

  • Zigmyal W.

    Hello!

    September 10, 2013

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