schedule Oct 15th 04:15 PM - 05:00 PM place Executive Boardroom people 11 Interested

Slides: https://www.slideshare.net/Camille_Bell/kata-your-way-to-sw-craftsmanship

Maybe you are a developer and want yourself and your team to become Software Craftsmen.

Or perhaps you've a leader and heard about the greater quality and productivity of high functioning agile development teams.

Or you could be in dev ops and know that you can't implement a CD Pipeline without a solid suite of automated tests. But your developers don't practice Test Driven Development, Refactoring or other agile technical practices, and you don't know how to guide them.

Whatever your role, you would like your team to become software craftsmen, proficient in agile technical practices.

Join Camille as she shows you how to Kata Your Way to Software Craftsmanship.

 
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Outline/structure of the Session

This session will be a mix of slide presentation, group discussion and hands on demonstration.

Learning Outcome

Attendees will:

  • Learn what software craftsmanship is
  • Learn how code katas can be used to improve software craftsmanship
  • Learn how to set up a space to practice code katas
  • Learn how to run a code kata
  • Learn about the levels of difficulty and focus of different code katas
  • Learn which code katas to start with
  • Learn where other code katas may be found

Target Audience

Technical team leads, developers, testers, dev ops, coaches, development managers or anyone looking to improve the level of software craftsmanship within their teams

Prerequisite

Attendees who want to use katas themselves should have current or prior experience in software development.

Ideally, attendees should have familiarity with a programming language and unit test tool they currently use in order to participate in the hands on section of this session.

Attendees who do not wish to participate hands on, do not need current experience to understand the process.

Managers or others without development experience will later need to work with a developer to lead implementation of code katas at their place of work.

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