Agile Saturday took place on 25th of October, 2014 at Tallinn University of Technology.
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As in every year, when leaves fall there is Agile Saturday to destroy your plans to pick up the potatoes, it happened again 🙂
See you soon, 25th of October, in new location – Tallinn University of Technology.
Agenda will be up soon!
Register ASAP and if you find out that you can not join us – cancel and let ushers come instead of you!
Imagine this – Your startup at launch got a handful of users who are ”innovators”. You are moving further and saw that the users you are dealing with now are “early visionaries”. Later, after you with ease jumped over the chasm, you found yourself living and talking with “early majority”. And again, one small jump and you are pleasantly in the midst of “late majority”. One nice transition and even “laggards” becoming your good friends. Every one loves you – you are famous, rich and respected. Plea of “Airport’s business books” – to never give in in dreaming of building a great company and product – worked for you well! Very nice and happy story.
But life full of things that you don’t want to hear and my late experience forced me to agree with Steve Blank who was saying – “most startups [Alek: companies] fail because they didn’t develop their market [Alek: customers], not because the didn’t develop their product”.
I will share some of my observations of a common pitfalls of untested assumptions and the blisses of work with the tested hypotheses and validated knowledge. Value of this session is heard story that is “easy to retell” and will covered practical tools critical for success and useful for organisation of any size – startup or enterprise.
How to make automated test bots play 3D games
When playing a video game have you ever wondered how its tests can be automated? Or how agile principles can be applied to big scale game development?
Expect to see less dull talking and more real stuff and coding with Unity3d engine.
How to get non-IT people to start coding
It is quite hard to find software developers with agile mindset on the market, or even any software developers at all as demand for professionals in this industry is higher than what the market can provide. And it seems to be as true in Estonia as in most other countries.
So, last summer we at Codeborne decided to do an experiment. Many companies have tried organizing summer schools for IT students in the past in order to get new employees, but we decided to try it another way: what if there are people having different education and working in other fields, but willing to learn software development? We didn’t have a clue, but still decided to start the application process. Demand was high and a bit later we had a new team of 6 working in our office on a real project from scratch.
Speakers: Aho Augasmägi, and graduates – Annika Tammik, Elina Matvejeva.
Right tools matter: why not to use JIRA, but PivotalTracker
When you are (at least thinking of) doing your project in the Agile way, you need the right tools to help you.
Of course, traditional understanding is that you need to have a physical board and put sticky notes on it. That’s probably is the best option when your team is co-located.
When you team is spread (or at least your customer has their own office), you need to have your user stories online, so you can collaborate remotely. However, people tend to choose incorrect software for that, which makes their story telling and tracking harder and less transparent instead. Remember, Agile story tracker is very different from a bug tracker.
Come to the session to learn how a proper tool can really get out of the way and let you work on your project effectively. I will also talk about proper story telling in general.
Disclaimer: I am not affiliated with any of the tool vendors that will be mentioned.
Keynote from previous Agile Saturday: From Buzz to Reality: Online bank from scratch in 5 months
As a teaser, here is the blog post from Codeborne, on how we created an online bank in Russia in 5 months. The same article is also available in Russian.
Of course, great deal of this success is because of the Agile methods that were applied right from the beginning, both managerial and technical. The second part is, of course, the people. From both sides: developers and customer’s representatives.
During the upcoming Agile Saturday I am going to share some “secrets” of how it was possible, especially in Russia. For now, read the blog post and have your questions ready!
I will share our experience of development heavy enterprise database code with Agile methods using LiquiBase. We will meet pitfalls like Pl/Sql, Advanced MQ, triggers, database links, partitioned tables etc. Can really this stuff be developed with Agile process? Sure! I will show how we do it with LiquiBase, CI and TDD.
Coderetreat is a day-long, intensive practice event, focusing on the fundamentals of software development and design. By providing developers the opportunity to take part in focused practice, away from the pressures of ‘getting things done’, the coderetreat format has proven itself to be a highly effective means of skill improvement. Practicing the basic principles of modular and object-oriented design, developers can improve their ability to write code that minimizes the cost of change over time.
Please take your computer with you