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Amazing Evening of Festive Lightning Talks

posted 19 Dec 2014, 03:04 by Royd Brayshay   [ updated 19 Dec 2014, 03:35 ]

At Agile Yorkshire in December,
Were Lightning Talks and I remember,
Talks of ten minutes, sometimes less,
My thoughts on which I'll now express.

Grant Crofton, of the Leeds Code Dojo
Keen to flex his coding mojo,
Showed that he was not undone,
In finding schools fit for his son.

In Ioanna Touflexi's driving lessons,
She tired of hearing odd expressions,
So learnt the things a car can do,
And shared them, with neat videos, too.

Jon Fulton, an experienced Scrum Master,
Had tips to keep us from disaster.
He's customized his working style,
In ways that he has found worthwhile.

Paul Henshaw joined us from Immedia,
With tales where Scrum-Ban made work speedier.
He always finishes what he starts,
By cutting out the useless parts.

If project time is running short,
Code structure should be your first thought.
Joe Simmonds loves a unit test,
And fixing code when time is best.

C# tools from Microsoft,
May seem to have a painful cost.
Matt McLoughlin's Omnisharp,
Might be a better place to start.

Matt Russell's "Test Reporty Thing",
Wants to take the vicious sting,
From flaky tests which obfuscate,
Your software's verifiable state.

Why keep your rules in two locations,
And risk conflicting validations?
With only one truth to maintain,
Tim Brown thinks you might save some pain.

And finally onto last year's winner,
Ivor Tymchak's no beginner.
Last year he won a Kindle Fire,
This time he warned us off desire.

We voted using lego bricks,
Building pillars for our top picks.
It was then judged whose tower was higher,
First came Grant, then Ioanna and Ivor.


Amazing festive thanks to Eleanor for her fantastic poem above (much better than my dull write up last year) and apologies for any browser rendering issues. It's not easy to get a poem and and a dozen photos looking sensible with the stupid Google WISYWIG editor. Congratulations to the Grant Crofton, the overall winner, Ioanna-Kyriaki Toufexi second and Ivor Tymchak third, plus all the other speakers who made such a fantastic night.

Finally thanks also to all our volunteer team who make the event happen and to main sponsors iSource ITPikselCallcredit and NewRedo and to our prize sponsors O'ReillyJetBRAINS,ManningWrox and PluralSight.

See you next year,