Code Retreat Event
Coderetreat is a day-long, intensive practice event. The Coderetreat event has a standard format which focuses on the fundamentals of software development and design. The format has a unique approach to practicing eXtreme Programming rules like Unit Testing, TDD and Pair Programming.
The Coderetreat started from the observation that we, software developers as an industry, don't practice. We do most of our learning on the job, pushing directly software into production. Learning on the job is not always an environment appropriate for learning, because of all the constraints involved: deadlines, getting things done, technology constraints, backwards compatibility, budget etc. The Coderetreat format creates an environment for suited for practicing by removing all these constraints. By the format, we have one day long in which we are going to work, over and over again, on the same problem, the Conway's Game of Live, in short sessions of 45 minutes. To make sure that all the “on the job” constraints are removed, the format says that all the code gets deleted after each session, so nothing has to be finished or remain for future use. The focus is not on the end result; the entire focus is on practicing. It mimics how other professions, like musicians, do only practice.
You can read more about the Coderetreat philosophy and history at: https://www.coderetreat.org/
Over the years I have facilitated many Coderetreat events, and all have proven to be a great way to learn Unit Testing, TDD and Pair Programming for a large variety of developers. Some of these events were public, as part of the Global Day of Code Retreat, which I have also co-organized as part of RABS, in Cluj-Napoca, Romania. While facilitating and co-organizing these events I have became an experience Coderetreat facilitator.
If you are looking for a fun and effective way to teach your colleague developers or your development team, eXtreme Programming techniques while practicing, Codertreat is a great way to do this, and I can help as facilitator. You can contact me for planning and details.