First public Coding Dojo

First public Coding Dojo

On 29 November 2012, we organized our first public Coding Dojo.

As far as we are concerned, the experience was a success and we most definitely plan to do more of these in a near future.

We had to use a very simple Kata (FizzBuzz) because the dojo was organized during one of our free Agile Mëtteg session, over lunch time. This format is a little constraining because it does not provide enough time for a longer and more interesting kata.

Also, some of the attendees had little knowledge about TDD, whereas some were using TDD on a daily base. Because we did not want to leave anyone behind, we did a session where the attendees would volunteer to come to a computer that was plugged to a projector, make the last breaking test pass and implement the next one. The advantage of this format is that the session was very interactive. The disadvantage is that some, who are more advanced in TDD, might have felt underchallenged.

We probably need to think of a different format for the future, with more pair programming. Something more hands-on and lasting longer.

What do you think ? Would you be ready to spend 3 hours (one afternoon) pair programming katas in a dojo ? If yes, would you be ready to pay a small fee for this kind of session ?

Cédric Pontet

Cédric Pontet is a seasoned Lean and Agile practitioner, with more than 13 years of experience in software development. He really started focusing on Agile project management when he joined Agile Partner. Since 2005. Cédric has been involved in sizable projects, for several customers in sectors as various as "notaries" public sector, intellectual property management, banking & insurance, or post & telecom. He has been working on these projects first as a developer, and then as an architect and a team leader, gaining more and more experience and agility, while always keeping an eye on technology evolutions. Lately, Cédric has been spending more time coaching teams to start their agile transformation, evangelizing Lean and Agile values, in Luxembourg and its neighboring countries, not only for software development but beyond.

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