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We've probably all been on teams that argued about the smallest possible things. Or perhaps a team where a key members didn't listen. And I'm sure you remember fondly that team that just seamed to click. Where curiosity was the norm and you could safely bring your whole self. On Friday Feb 22 we'll talk about how to support a great team or help a hurting team by bringing in emotional intelligence (EQ). What can you do to optimize the emotional intelligence of the team itself? How can you coach individuals on the team about and with emotions? Join us on the Westside at lunchtime for what is sure to be an interesting and colorful discussion.
What is Coderetreat? Coderetreat is a day-long practice event that focuses on the fundamentals of good software development and design. Developers are given the opportunity of focused practice away from the pressures of “getting things done”, allowing them to sharpen their craft and to learn new skills in a safe environment. Yes, this event is women-focused, and everyone is welcome. (Originally developed by Corey Haines, the global webpage is located at http://coderetreat.org/ if you would like to read more about it.) Why attend a Coderetreat? ~ Learn new skills to help you write better code ~ Learn to take risks and experiment ~ Learn to practice writing code ~ Gain collaborative experience through pair programming ~ Network and make new friends Wait...it’s free? Yes, Coderetreat is free. There are simply 2 requirements that will help you get the most out of a Coderetreat: ~ Show up with an open mind and learner’s attitude. ~ Bring a laptop with a working development environment and testing framework, and be prepared to use it (see below for a list of popular IDEs). What does a full day of coding practice involve? Coderetreat is built on a specific formula. The day consists of usually[masked]-minute iterations in which participants are presented with a specific problem that they need to code. Emphasis is NOT placed on finishing, in fact participants are not expected to finish within the given 45 minutes. Instead, the emphasis is placed on learning new skills that enable participants to write code in a different way than would normally be the case. Participants change partners with each iteration, with the goal being that everyone should pair with someone different for every iteration. Techniques such as Test Driven Development will be introduced, with exposure to core fundamentals such as the 4 Rules of Simple Design and SOLID. Breakfast and lunch are both included, with gluten free options available. This is your chance to learn something new, and to be fed while doing it. If you learn one new thing that you can take back to the office, you have a win, and so do we! We’ll also be supporting you in understanding the importance of taking care of yourself while coding and strategies for attracting skills transfer opportunities. Come early and meet other attendees for a leisurely chat over coffee! More details and handouts will be posted as we near the event, so watch this space and manage your RSVP so we have an accurate food and coffee headcount. This space is cozy, so seats are limited. Popular Development Environments ~ PyCharm Community - https://www.jetbrains.com/pycharm/download/ ~ VS Code - https://code.visualstudio.com ~ Visual Studio Community - https://visualstudio.microsoft.com/vs/community/ ~ Aptana Studio - http://www.aptana.com ~ Eclipse - https://www.eclipse.org ~ Netbeans - https://netbeans.org
In Organizing Genius, Bennis declares that the age of the empowered individual has ended: what matters now is "collaborative advantage" and the assembling of powerful teams. Drawing from six case studies that include Xerox's PARC labs, the 1992 Clinton campaign, and Disney animation studios, Bennis and coauthor Patricia Biederman distill the characteristics of successful collaboration, showing how talent can be pooled and managed for greater results than any individual is capable of producing. Join us to talk about what Bennis’ insights on teams can tell us about practicing agile. Looking forward to discovering what our own collaborative discussion will uncover! We are so grateful to The Toffee Club for hosting us free of charge. Please enjoy a beverage and/or food to thank them, if you can!
As organizations scale, they necessarily add personnel and processes. Change, both good and bad, is inevitable as we grow. But must this result in dilution of culture and loss of agility? How do we scale responsibly while seeking to preserve beneficial cultural ideals and principles, tactfully challenge and improve the organization, and maintain agility to thrive in a rapidly changing world? Join in the discussion and offer your experience, musings, or ideas. Everyone is invited. You are always welcome within our community of practice. Please join us at Ringlers Pub for great food, great conversation, and good beer. Note: Cancellations will be posted on MeetUp and Calagator at least 3 hours before event time. We will not have the event in ice, or snowy conditions.