Meet other local people interested in better software development practices and methodologies. Software development is a very young discipline when compared to construction projects. While the main stream PMI based waterfall approaches have their merits, agile and lean methodologies are gaining popularity for good reasons. Even better approaches might be lurking around the corner. By meeting and discussing interesting topics, participants can improve their practices and potentially influence their companies to adapt better software development processes.
The Vancouver Adaptive Software Development Meetup Group
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Wed, 22 Aug 2012, 01:30 - 04:30 in Vancouver, Canada
Want to learn about? *the planning game? *velocity? *story estimation? *short releases? *making predictable plans? *how to explain these things in your company?Want to? *play the planning game? (?but maybe in another role) *feel the velocity of your team? *see it work? *let both business people and developers experience it? *have fun?
Wed, 8 Aug 2012, 01:30 - 04:30 in Vancouver, Canada
OK, so you have your release plan, iteration plan, uncertainty buffer, financial metrics, all in order. How do you monitor them, communicate them and evaluate your progress?Let's look at task boards, burndown charts, parking lots and other tools that are used for these purposes. bring your own techniques and inventions to the table, and we will learn from each other and look at the literature to find the pros and cons.
Wed, 1 Aug 2012, 01:30 - 04:30 in Vancouver, Canada
The Last remaining topic in our tour of Agile estimation and planning, is how to split user stories. This we are going to visit from three viewpoints, Mike Cohn, William Wake and Jurgen Appelo.As always, we will cross reference these suggestions with the real-world experiences of the attendance to critically appraise their value and to decide on their use in our own projects.Please observe that we ask for our members to kindly honor their RSVPs, as resources are limited.
Wed, 18 Jul 2012, 01:30 - 04:30 in Vancouver, Canada
OK, we now have enough background to try once more on the techniques for estimation of user stories. We have looked at the financials, the planning, the velocity and the uncertainty. Let's take a tour of estimation and re-estimation techniques that would help prevent the problems we saw in those topics.We will be at the conference room of Club Viva this time, meaning that we need to come through the WestOne entrance, and the concierge has to let us in.
Wed, 27 Jun 2012, 01:30 - 04:30 in Vancouver, Canada
We are continuing our hands-on example from last time, enabling our snipper to bid on items and in the context look at the principles of sustainable test driven development.Please observe that DMM employees need to usher us into the building, so arriving a couple of minutes early will be deeply appreciated.See you all there,Rex
Wed, 20 Jun 2012, 01:30 - 04:30 in Vancouver, Canada
So we have our stories, epics, and themes. let's look at ways to prioritize them, the four factors, financial prioritization and sources of return, and Desirability model techniques for selecting the stories with most value.Petra has graciously arranged for us to have this meeting at her building.
Wed, 13 Jun 2012, 01:30 - 04:30 in Vancouver, Canada
The third part of our Object Oriented Test Driven Development approach, we will tackle some more controversial subjects, and explore some uncharted waters.Be ready for hands-on, heated discussion (that is, more than usual!)Thanks to David and Dominion Marine Media who donated the venue, Our meeting place is located on the fourth floor of the office tower at 1111 Melville Street. This is the north west corner of Melville and Thurlow, one block west of Burrard Skytrain Station.
Wed, 23 May 2012, 01:30 - 04:30 in Vancouver, Canada
Uncertainty is the single most important problem when it comes to planning. We will talk about how to measure it, and how to account for it in release and iteration planning.Bring your views and experiences to the table for this non-developer meeting. hear what others think and how they handle uncertainty in their real life situation and share what you think about that. critically appraise the different approaches and methods. the whole nine yards!
Wed, 16 May 2012, 01:30 - 04:30 in Vancouver, Canada
Second session on Driving object oriented projects using tests. we will continue were we left off last time.As usual, please note that RSVPs are expected to be honored. we will increase the seats until there is no one on the waiting list, so there is no need to reserve a spot unless you really plan to attend.
Wed, 9 May 2012, 01:30 - 03:30 in Vancouver, Canada
Agile Release Planning, Iteration Planning, Velocity, Buffering for Uncertainty. When planning an Agile project, these are some of the more challenging topics. We are getting together and comparing notes on them.Bring your questions, personal experiences, ideas and speculations to the table. They are all welcome!. This non-developer meeting will have absolutely no code in it, and the price of admission is a smile on your face, and a positive attitude, the usual currency of this group.
Tue, 24 Apr 2012, 01:30 - 03:30 in Vancouver, Canada
Managing distributed Agile teams is an emerging topic. Many of us are challenged with that on a daily basis. Big companies are no exception.We are going to hear from Ade Miller, Microsoft program manager on LINQ, about how he handles distributed agile teams, and the tools and protocols he suggests.Ade has given lectures about this topic in many international conferences, including Agile Vancouver annual conference.
Wed, 18 Apr 2012, 01:30 - 03:30 in Vancouver, Canada
We are back!Now that winter is over, let us kick start the meetings of 2012 with a developer oriented one. Last year we saw the US School of TDD by Beck and Martin. This year, we are going to examine the London School of TDD, as explained by Steve Freeman, to see how we can leverage TDD to achieve object oriented design.
Wed, 25 Jan 2012, 02:00 - 04:00 in Vancouver, Canada
We are demonstrating the implementation of HITSP standard IS07 in Agile methodology. This is a standard on interoperability specification for medication management required by Meaningful Use and CCHIT certifications.The standard explains the requirements using UML diagrams, and we are going to see how Agile user stories and acceptance tests can be derived from those and translated into working software, how the tasks are estimated and monitored and how tests are devised to drive the developm
Wed, 21 Dec 2011, 02:30 - 04:30 in Vancouver, Canada
It was exactly a year ago when I first decided to change to Agile methodology. I had no idea how to do that, and what I was reading in the books wasn't working. So I took over this meetup.It was a very hard journey with lots of twists and turns, but I enjoyed every bit of it. At the anniversary of my Agile baptism, I invite you to come and see the tools I have developed that are helping me manage my teams, which are scattered across the globe.
Wed, 14 Dec 2011, 03:00 - 05:00 in Vancouver, Canada
Gord and Adam got swamped and couldn't make the meeting on Nov 29th, so we will now do it on December 13th, and on 7pm.There will be a half hour review of the protocols of pair programing, and then a hands on exercise on paper.The instructions that I was sent does not include actual coding, but we will get down to it too if we get the time!please observe the usual RSVP rule, our members are expected to honor their RSVP.
Wed, 16 Nov 2011, 02:30 - 04:30 in Vancouver, Canada
The discussion on Oct 25 was a great intro to the challenges of doing (and not doing) estimates in Agile. I didn't find it very helpful though in understanding best practices. I think this would make for a great idea for a future Meetup. The scenario of a business owner needing a quote on a potential, loosely-defined software project in order to determine possible ROI would be a great model for the discussion, IMO.
Wed, 9 Nov 2011, 02:30 - 04:30 in Vancouver, Canada
Our new Developer-oriented meetup. (red alert for people how fear code!)We are gathering to review what Uncle Bob advises us to do writing Clean code.We will review the book chapters and see some samples. as usual, the goal is that by the end of the session, the participants have an idea what the book is about and can decide if they want to read it.The format is again series of presentations by different members who may volunteer, or myself if no one steps up.
Wed, 2 Nov 2011, 01:30 - 03:30 in Vancouver, Canada
Our Hostess for this event is Alissa.She has cooked a plan to take us through a test run into one full iteration of a real world agile project. I have only one word for that: Fascinating!If you are a developer, a product owner, a scrum master, a C-level executive, marketing, or any other role in real life you come in and assume your natural position.In Alissa's plan, there is a place for every role.
Wed, 19 Oct 2011, 01:30 - 03:30 in Vancouver, Canada
This is the 3rd session in a series, but it should be beneficial even if you did not attend the prior sessions.Have you wondered how service providers can deliver Agile solutions successfully on a fixed price, fixed cost contract? Whether time and materials is the only other viable contract type? If there are contract options that fit better with agile delivery? Then this session is for you.Have you not given it much thought? We're going to try to make it interesting anyway.
Wed, 12 Oct 2011, 01:30 - 03:30 in Vancouver, Canada
Approaching the self-organizing status, we have an event with 7 hosts! We are aiming for the day that every participant in the event would also be a host of that event.To continue our saga into the worlds of development excellence, here is our eighth session on TDD techniques.
Wed, 5 Oct 2011, 01:30 - 03:30 in Vancouver, Canada
Our next managerial meeting, with no code at all!Retrospectives are the single most important chance for an agile practitioner to make sure that everyone is on the same page. They are, however, tricky.Techniques have been introduced to make sure that everyone is heard and that all the problems are addressed thoroughly.We are going to explore some of these techniques using a role playing sample.
Wed, 28 Sep 2011, 01:00 - 03:00 in Vancouver, Canada
Raphael, Roy, Gord and Adam have graciously agreed to organize our next session.We are continuing our TDD sessions by reviewing techniques devised by Martin Fowler, Robert Martin, and William Wake for refactoring old code that does not have a test framework using TDD techniques.We will be using a 'Speed dating' format. since these guys have, in total, 30+ techniques. We will go through the first six this time.
Wed, 14 Sep 2011, 01:00 - 03:00 in Vancouver, Canada
Maude and Roy have graciously agreed to host our next monthly meeting, in September, with the theme of an Agile Game Night.So far, this is what we have in store for you! :-)- A 40 minute movie describing Agile principles in the context of a bedtime story - Enchantingly delicious, Thanks to Maya!- An hour length spongy game on Agile! sorry, can't give away more than that! Extremely fun, thanks to Maude!- A 20 minute 'problem lottery
Fri, 9 Sep 2011, 01:30 - 03:30 in Vancouver, Canada
We will be continuing to explore the intricacies of Agile in a service agency, where clients: *demand time and budget commitments, *are not constantly available to the team, and *expect ALL deliverables defined in the work contract.Agenda *A continuation of how exactly a service provider might manage Agile adoption on the part of clients *A discussion of the risks involved when a client is not yet fully engaged, and how best to address them
Wed, 7 Sep 2011, 01:00 - 03:00 in Vancouver, Canada
Our popular hands on workshop on TDD continues.in these series, we are playing the role of an enthusiastic agile practitioner that joins a company and is confronted by a very complex, zero test covered codebase.As the codebase, we are using Raphael: the test framework, we are using Jasmine: as previous sessions, the price of admission is a smile on the face and a friendly and engaging demeanor.