Saturday, June 01, 2013

[AgileScotland] June Meeting - Edinburgh, Thursday June 20th

Two things: 

1.   The first LeanAgileEdinburgh, is on Monday night

2.  Email me - - if you'd like to come along to this months AgileScotland meeting in Edinburgh.

Who: Seb Rose
What: Growing software from examples 
When: Thurs 20th June, 6:30 for a 7pm start.
Where: Bright Grey Offices, Thistle Street (about 5 minutes from Waverley Station).

Abstract: There are a wealth of methods that use specifications, examples and tests to drive out the design and implementation of software systems: TDD, ATDD, BDD, SbE and more. Beyond a common feeling that the use of the T-word (test) is unfortunate (because it serves to distort the intent and distract the focus of the practitioner) there is little agreement. A further impediment, from a development perspective, has been the partitioning of the techniques into business-facing (ATDD, BDD, SbE) and technical (TDD).

All methods that make use of executable examples require the participation of developers and share a common subset of pitfalls and gotchas. This session will demonstrate the commonalities between the methods and show how they can work together productively to grow software. We will examine simple, yet effective, techniques that should be used irrespective of the layer at which you are working, while highlighting concerns that are specific to the business and technical layers. Tooling will only be discussed to the extent that it empowers a particular technique. In conclusion, we will make a case for a more inclusive nomenclature that emphasises the shared underpinnings of all example-based techniques.

Biography: Seb Rose is an independent software professional, trainer and consultant. He specialises in working with teams adopting and refining their agile practices, with a particular focus on delivering software through the use of examples using BDD and TDD.
He first worked as a programmer writing applications for estate agents and solicitors in compiled BASIC on an Apple II. He has worked with many mainstream technologies since then, for many