Exploration Through Example

Example-driven development, Agile testing, context-driven testing, Agile programming, Ruby, and other things of interest to Brian Marick
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Thu, 25 Jan 2007

Workshop on guiding Agile products

It's a crying shame how poorly we treat product directors on Agile projects. They're tossed into the hardest job on the team with no training, no support, and no one to talk to. Something Must Be Done.

I would like to have two peer workshops this year. The main purpose is to let product directors get together and teach each other. A secondary purpose is to have a mix of product directors, testers, programmers, and so on teaching other.

Since I will be in London anyway for Software Practice Advancement 2007, I'm thinking that would be a good place to have one, and March 30 - April 1 would be a good time to have it (possibly shifting it a day or shortening it a day).

The format I'm thinking of would follow the AWTA variant of the LAWST workshops. The format is one mainly of people telling their stories to the group, who respond by asking lots of questions. There's no time limit on a presentation, so the question-and-answer period can really probe into what happened and what conclusions can be drawn. There may also be open space style breakout sessions and lightning talks.

What I need is a local organizer. Up for it? Mail me.

I'm also thinking of having one in North America. Possibly in Chicago, Calgary, Toronto, Denver, or somewhere else.

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Everyday Scripting with Ruby

Everyday Scripting with Ruby is out.

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About Brian Marick
I consult mainly on Agile software development, with a special focus on how testing fits in.

Contact me here: marick@exampler.com.




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