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Agile / XP Development Game

  • Nov 25, 2009 · 6:30 PM
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This is the first official event organized by the GDC (Graduate Development Community). Thoughtworks have agreed to run an exercise they use to help their graduates gain an understanding of how real world commercial development teams work.

Agile software development refers to a group of software development methodologies based on iterative development, where requirements and solutions evolve through collaboration between self-organizing cross-functional teams. Most UK development teams now rely on Agile principles to run software development projects. This exercise aims to introduce a few of these principles through gameplay that are used in practise, such as Pull mechanisms and Continuous Improvement. It will also introduce participants to the working dynamics of an Agile team.

The session is aimed at beginners to Agile and to those with experience with Agile and XP. Newcomers will gain a useful understanding of the processes mechanics and some of the real world issues they may face in adoption. No programming experience is required - the session is strongly recommended to all attendees with interests in becoming QA’s, Analysts, Developers, Project Managers & Business Analysts alike.

Thoughtworks are a leading international consultancy, well known throughout the industry for being at the cutting edge of technical development. They are actually use this game to help graduates gain a grasp of Agile principles such as XP and Lean. To find out more about their graduate scheme click here: http://www.thoughtwor... The GDC is a Community of Students and Graduates interested in Software Development. For more information about the group please visit the blog at http://graduatedevelo...


Sponsor: Skills Matter are sponsoring the venue for this event. They offers Europe's largest selection of events on Open Source technologies and Agile Software Development and have gained a reputation as a first class provider of practical learning solutions that help our customers adopt lightweight Java frameworks, Open Source technologies and Agile Development practices successfully on their projects.

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  • A former member
    A former member

    I really enjoyed the Agile/XP Development Game. It was good to meet other students and graduates with the same interests, and though I'd heard and read about the Agile and Extreme Programming methodologies before I felt that I learned a lot from the presentation and the Lego exercise.

    My thanks to Barry, SkillsMatter and the ThoughtWorks team (Darci Dutcher, Rebecca Stafford and Jenny Wong) for organising such a fun and informative evening.

    November 28, 2009

  • A former member
    A former member

    Really good, theory and practic matching. I found it very useful and interesting.

    November 27, 2009

  • A former member
    A former member

    Great event, Thanks to Barry and all the people who made it possible. I really hope to be free to come again in the future events. I really enjoyed, thanks.

    November 27, 2009

  • Barry C.

    Thanks also to SkillsMatter, the largest technical training organisation in Europe, for sponsoring the venue. Please visit their site at http://skillsmatter.com/ to see the latest free events and training.

    November 27, 2009

  • Barry C.

    Thanks to Darci Dutcher, Rebecca Stafford and Jenny Wong for their presentation and hosting the game. Details of their Graduate scheme can be found here: http://www.thoughtworks.co.uk/work-for-us/graduates.html

    November 27, 2009

  • Barry C.

    Here is the Podcast of the event: http://bit.ly/6PL4Kr

    November 27, 2009

  • A former member
    A former member

    very innovative game play based simulation of agile practice.

    November 27, 2009

  • Daniel L.

    Yep, great event last night. Looking forward to the next one! Met an awesome group of people, will have to add you all on here shortly... :)

    November 26, 2009

  • Daniel L.

    Wow, it was great fun. Special thanks to ThoughtWorks for providing a great seminar with an interesting game with LEGO. Will totally end up purchasing some LEGO for Christmas now :-)

    November 26, 2009

  • Mamadou D.

    Excellent introduction to Agile principles. Nothing beats a quick practice session to get a good overview. I left the meet-up with a better understanding of professional software development. Thanks for that!

    November 26, 2009

  • A former member
    A former member

    We had a good overview on the principles and ethos of the Agile movement, and the workshop later helped us build on the concepts introduced at the beginning. Perhaps the Business Analyst's role should have been better defined, as it was clear (among us graduates) that not everyone knew what responsibilities should be fulfilled in such a role.
    Overall a great experience, and something that tends to come up during interviews! Thanks!

    November 26, 2009

  • A former member
    A former member

    Overall a good experience! I think that the presentation should have provided more in depth analysis about the particular methodologies. The the environment was well friendly and Barry Cranford was very hospitable. I will definatelly join their next meeting.

    November 26, 2009

  • A former member
    A former member

    Very nice indeed.

    November 25, 2009

  • A former member
    A former member

    it was a very good learning experience. learned about team work, communication

    November 25, 2009

  • A former member
    A former member

    Great topic, well presented and good organization of activities

    November 25, 2009

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