Monthly Meeting - December/2019

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Thursday, December 19, 2019
4:30 PM

Every 3rd Thursday of the month

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Schedule:
19:00 - Doors open
19:30 - Talk
20:30 - Raffles, and announcements
20:45 - Social, drinks and food

Talk: How to really work as a team - from sleepy to strong pair programming

So many people think that pair programming is a boring waste of time and effort. I'm here to explain how our team made it work, and what benefits we got out of it!

I love working in a team, bouncing ideas off each other and using our combined strengths to produce something that as individuals we wouldn't be able to come up with.

One way I like to do this is pair programming. But, when I talk to people about this, I often get told it's a waste of time. That it’s about one person working hard whilst the other looks on, superfluous to the process. And let's face it, most of us have experienced this when trying it out!

But I’m going to show you how we went from this sleepy type of pair programming to being super productive when working with multiple developers at one machine!

Not the one person working, one person staring into space type of pair programming, but actually providing value to each other, making the extra effort worthwhile, and bringing extra benefits to the team as a whole.

Speaker: Stacy Cashmore

Stacy has been a software developer since the mid 1990s.

Since being handed a sink or swim assignment managing a near shoring project in the early 2000s she has been an avid fan of agile ways of working (even before she had heard of the agile movement). Seeing no other option than close collaboration with the client and constantly looking for ways to improve the delivery of the project.

The success of the project only cemented the idea that this was the way to work!

For the last decade she has worked for Independer, the largest online financial advice website in the Netherlands, on the customer facing website, and interfaces with external financial institutions, whilst also helping with the ongoing agile adoption within the development environment.

Outside of her tech work she loves music, reading, motorsport and cooking.