Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Monday's Agile Day in Edinburgh

Here's a better link to the rational user group Agile day: http://www.rational-ug.org/groups.php?groupid=20. You do have to register, but it's free and you won't get any spam. It takes less than a minute.

Also, just to clarify that the session is focused on Agile, in general, rather than RUP in particular.

And if you didn't notice ... Scott Ambler is speaking too.

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Second event .

Sorry, I accidently hit send too quickly

2.  UK BCS - Scottish Testing link - Glasgow, November 24th

John Isgrove is talking on Agile ("Delight your customers, increase your job satisfaction, and  Maximise your potential")


And Stephen Allott is talking on Pairwise Testing.  A fascinating topic which I personal
think all Agile folk should immediatley google.

I can't make this event unfortunately, but it looks good.  I don't know if it's free, but if you're interested the you'll find contact details on the site.

Two Agile events

Hi everyone,

Here're details of two Agile events taking place very soon.  I'm talking at the first and a friend of mine, DSDM expert, John Isgrove is speaking at the second.

1.  UK Rational User Group - Edinburgh, 23rd of November.  Free - but you have to join the group (for free) and register.: https://secure.rational-ug.org/check_user?type=meeting&meetid=1037

 Nov 23rd, 2009

Meeting time:
 09:30 to 16:45
Meeting location:
 IBM, 21 St. Andrew Square, Edinburgh, EH2 1AY
Meeting topic: 
UK RUG "Achieving Agility" in Scotland

This agenda is subject to change, but most of the speakers have now confirmed their availability. 

09:00 - Registration 
09:30 - Welcome - Julian Holmes 
09:45 - IBM Rational Update and summary of RSC - Anthony Kesterton 
10:30 - Break 
10:45 - The Agile Way: Agility as a way of thinking - Clarke Ching 
11:30 - Break 
11:45 - Getting Started in Agile, Part 1: The safety Net - Paul Oldfield 
12:30 - Lunch 
13:15 - Zero to Hero: An RTC SCM Quick Start for Agile Development - Andrew Harmel-Law 
14:30 - Break 
14:45 - Agility @ Scale - Scott Ambler (Live from Toronto) 
15:45 - Break 
16:00 - Agile "Goldfish bowl" - All presenters 
16:30 - Wrap-Up - Julian Holmes 
16:45 - Close 

2.  UK BCS - Scottish Testing link - Glasgow, November 24th

John is talking on Agile ("Delight your customers, increase your job satisfaction, and 


I'm uncertain of

Saturday, November 07, 2009

CodeRetreat Glasgow, November ...

Hi all,

1.  Good news!  Two long-term AgileScots, Rob Lally and Adrian Mowet, along with Joe Wright present the UK's first CodeRetreat.  It's hosted by the kind folk at Glasgow Caledonian University; it's free; it's only a couple of weeks away and ... there are only 5 spots left. 

Here's the official announcement:

This November the first ever Code Retreat in the UK will be hosted in Glasgow.  We are inviting developers of all skill levels to tackle Conway's Game of Life using Ruby.


A Code Retreat is a day long programming session based around a simple coding challenge.  Developers of different skill levels are invited to engage in deliberate practice as equals. The goal is to learn, teach and improve with fellow software developers in a non-competitive setting.

If you are looking to improve your software development skills and network with people in your industry then please come along and embrace the challenge.


Pairs will attempt to solve the problem in 40 minute iterations.  At the end of each iteration one person swaps with another pair and all code is deleted.  The new pair then try to make a better solution based off their experiences.

We will be providing breakfast and lunch.  After the event finishes we will be heading to a nearby pub.

Join up here:


2.  I'm currently working with a strong development team in a well known computer manufacturer.  We're looking for "a highly skilled, first rate designer/developer with experience of  working on complex projects and  an excellent understanding of object orientated design and development, UML and software architecture."  If that describes you and you're looking, or, if you know someone you'd be happy to recommend the please email me and I'll pass your details on to the appropriate people.

3.  I should have details of our next event out very soon.  I've gotta get the logistics sorted out first.