12th April, An Evening With Retrospectives

Post date: Mar 27, 2011 10:9:38 PM



6:00-7:00 Lightning Talks, Networking And Pizza

6:10 Facilitation Basics

6:20 TDD: Writing The First Test

6:30 Introduction to Agile (AKA Agile in 5 minutes!)

6:40 Introducing Retrospectives

7:00-9:00 The Main Event - a participatory mix of talk and exercises

with something for everyone from beginners to experts

9:00-10:00 Withdrawing To "The Victoria Hotel"

10:00 Onwards - After Party

An Invitation


Mark and Robert invite you to an evening on retrospectives. Fresh from

fun at XP Manchester, they promise to host a programme with little bit

of something for everybody. Or your money back! (Easy for a free


Between 6pm and 7pm early birds network and catch a variety of

Lightning Talks including short introductions to agile development,

facilitation and (of course) retrospectives. The main event opens at

7pm and features a participatory mix of talks and exercises, including

a Park Bench forum to share experiences of retrospectives and a

session focussing on "Running Your First Retrospective".

Why Retrospect?


Iterative development methods are powered by a strong, positive

feedback loop. This makes retrospectives an essential tool. Like any

good tool, they can be used in a wide variety of ways - for example to

bond teams, collect knowledge, generate insights or continuously

improve process. But without good technique, these meetings can

produce negative feedback - reinforcing failure and enculturising


But Who Are Mark And Robert?


Mark van Harmelen has worked in a whole slew of different areas in

Computer Science, including, in the dim and distant past, staring down

oscilloscopes and logic analysers looking for lost nanoseconds. Mark

spent several years specialising in user interface and interactive

system design, and, in part based on work at National Panasonic’s

Tokyo Research Centre, produced Object Modelling and User Interface

Design: Designing Interactive Systems together with a bunch of

collaborators. In 2002 he led the team that formulated the

establishment of the Meraka Institute in South Africa. Mark now runs

Hedtek, a small software house that specialises the production of

social software to support educational processes and other high tech

topics; for example

recently putting 1.3T linked data triples on the web. Mark teaches an

annual software engineering course module in the University of

Manchester’s School of Computer Science, most recently on agile

methods. He has a PhD in

Computer Science.





Robert Burrell Donkin is agile developer by day, open sourceror by

night. Old enough to have experienced DSDM and Extreme Programming

when they were shiny, he remembers well the dark days before test

first. Open source highlights include micro-libraries in the Apache

Commons, community building in the Apache Incubator and email protocol

implementation in Apache James. Had fun helping Mark with last year's

Agile course module. Elected a Member of the Apache Software

Foundation in 2005.






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