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12th Aug, Georgiana Mannion & Kev McCabe plus Mathew McLoughlin

posted 24 Jul 2014, 00:16 by Neil McLaughlin   [ updated 1 Feb 2015, 16:11 by Royd Brayshay ]

Georgiana Mannion & Kev McCabe: Pairing isn't just for Devs

Goergiana Mannion at Agile Yorkshire
In an age where people liquidity is important, we humans need to learn to work together closer and more effectively, just like the hunter-gatherer days. Multiple studies have proven that pairing on tasks reduces the overall time taken and increases the quality of the output. Pair programming has been something developers have been doing in an ad-hoc fashion over the years and picked up a lot of traction in the Agile era. Pairing shouldn’t be limited to just developers and it shouldn’t be limited to just pairs. Two minds are greater than one, three even greater but maybe too many cooks spoil the broth? Three Amigos, Famous Five, Secret Seven.

In this session Georgie (BA) and Kev (DEV) will give their insight into cross-discipline pairing. From a BA with little development experience, and a DEV with little BA experience, this light hearted session will cover the highs and lows of pairing. Pairing can be effective if some simple rules are followed and even the most solitary person will enjoy pairing with others (or at least tolerate). We’ll also touch upon the basics of people liquidity and skills matrices.
What you will come away with:
• Statistics on pairing both for and against
• Tips and Tricks for dealing with your pairs
• The habits of effective Pairs
• Typical Pairing situations
• That pairing isn’t just for Devs it’s for BAs, Testers, Designers and everyone.
• How to easily go from 0-3 on your skills matrix

Bio: Georgie started her career in Nursing and worked through HR and Project Management but her heart is now in Business Analysis. She is a Freelance BA, Coach & Trainer, currently working at General Electric on multiple projects. She is a committee member for IIBA NW&E, organising events for the BA Community. She has an interest in problem solving, learning, and empowering others including mentoring new BAs.
Bio: Kev has worked with large corporations in the Finance, Media and E-commerce spaces. He’s currently the Technical Lead for General Electric. He has had an Interest in all things Agile since 2002, mainly XP, but of late Scrum & Kanban having become a Certified Scrum Master in 2012. Outside of the office, you can find Kev either propping a bar up or watching Rugby (London Irish Mainly).

Mathew McLoughlin: ASP.NET you're doing it wrong: An Introduction into Nancy

ASP.NET sucks. Well it's not that bad, but there is a better way. The Nancy way. For those of you who haven't heard of it, Nancy is a lightweight framework for building HTTP based services and it's a great alternative to the typical Microsoft web stack. In this talk I will give an introduction to the framework showing you how to create a basic application and highlighting some of Nancy's advantages along the way.

Bio: Mathew McLoughlin is a developer with a love of all things .NET. He has a passion for all new technologies in particular Nancy. He believes in using the right tool for the right job and not everything needs to come from the Microsoft stack.