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 ?