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On 8 december we are celebrating the global day of code retreat as part of our devnology sponsorship. Join us for this free event in the QWAN Tilburg office for a day of programming for fun and learning. A code retreat is a day-long variation on the coding dojo theme.
We will be doing the classic ‘game of life’ as an exercise. In a number of rounds we will do the same exercise, each time with different constraints. You get to work with a different partner each round, so you can learn a lot in a day. After each round we will demonstrate our work to each other and discuss challenges and surprises we had while doing the exercise. You can choose the programming language you want to work in. It is handy if you bring a laptop with your favorite development environment. If you don’t have a laptop, that is no problem. You can pair with someone who brought a laptop, or use one of ours; we’ll provide Ruby, Python, C# and Java to work with. If you feel more adventurous you can pair with one of us to do exercises in Clojure, Scheme or Smalltalk. Marc Evers, Rob Westgeest and Willem van den Ende will be present to facilitate.
Devnology is a dutch association of polyglot developers who look well beyond their keyboards. Recent devnology meetings were about software security and programming the arduino microcontroller and wiring up LED’s and a microphone to make a virtual birthday cake, hands-on at the university of Nijmegen and Delft respectively.
We are now officially a Scrum Registered Education Provider: we offer the 3 day Agile Engineering training course, which qualifies for the three day technical skills course of the Certified Scrum Developer program.
This means that if you complete the Agile Engineering course and a Certified Scrum Master or Certified Scrum Product Owner course, you can qualify for Certified Scrum Developer.
We will be working closely together with our colleagues from Zilverline to offer a complete CSD program consisting of a two day Certified Scrum Master course and the three day in depth, hands on Agile Engineering course. This program will provide developers with a good foundation for high quality, sustainable agile software development.
Would you like to know more? Do you wish to improve development quality with our CSD program? Don’t hesitate to contact us.
We have updated our courses and workshops brochure for 2010. We have added a number of workshops, refactored some of our courses, and improved the layout.
XP Day Benelux (25-26 November, in Heeze, NL) is an international conference about Agile development, intended for people from all walks of life who want to uncover better ways of developing software by doing it and helping others do it. XP Days Benelux is made for, and made by, the Agile Community. Now you can be a contributor too.
XP Day Benelux will have something for everyone. Sessions for people who are new to Agile, sessions for experienced people, a good mix of technical, experience, management and process sessions. We’ll have sessions on Agile in real life, stories of success and horror, hands on workshops, and sessions that will completely surprise you!
We are looking for enthusiastic people who want to lead these sessions. People who work with Agile in any role, business or form. People who are willing to share, and are prepared to learn. Reflective practitioners who are not only interested in quality work but also want to know why things work as they do.
We are in particular looking for new, even crazy, topics and ideas!
For more information, see http://www.xpday.net/Xpday2010/CallForSessions.html
Alpe d’HuZes is an event where cyclists cycle to collect money for the fight against cancer, by climbing the legendary Alpe d’Huez at least six times in one day. An almost impossible challenge. Nonetheless quite a few participants managed to achieve this in 2006, 2007, 2008, and 2009, even a number of (former) cancer patients. In 2009, 6 million euros were collected. This year, the goal is to reach 10 million!
This year, we are sponsoring Pim van den Heuvel and his team Logica & Friends.
On 9 & 10 February, QWAN will organize a Mastering Unit Testing course, together with iLean. Mastering Unit Testing is a practical, hands-on course to take your programming skills to the next level. Two days of fun and in-depth learning on unit testing and various forms of test driven development.
This course is intended for those who have some experience with unit testing and want to increase their skills.
QWAN will run two workshops at the Devnology Community Day on 7 November:
- Give your code some love – we will lead participants through a number of code fragments that seem alright at
first sight, but that can still be improved in our opinion – they just need a little love.
- Flying horses – cleaner code in other languages – where we explore how you typically solve problems in different languages and how it can inspire your to do things differently in your current working environment.
XP Days Benelux will be held for the 7th time this year, on 23 and 24 November, in Mechelen (Belgium). XP Days Benelux is the leading agile conference in the Benelux area. The program has been published and offers a fine mix of lean, kanban, design, agile analysis, … We will run three highly interactive sessions:
We will run a workshop on story testing and working in a behaviour driven way at the Scandinavian Agile Conference, which will take place on 15 and 16 October, in Helsinki (Finland).
This workshop is meant for both developers and product owners:
- As a developer, I want to know story testing frameworks and practice one of them, so that I can test stories using the examples the product owner writes together with me.
- As a product owner, I want understand the process of testing stories and practice specifying acceptance criteria using example scenarios, so that I can help developers develop what I want.
We are happy to announce that we will be delivering two open enrollment courses in Belgium this autumn. Together with iLean, we will organize a Mastering Unit Testing course on 24 and 25 September in Antwerp, and a Mastering Legacy Code course on 5 and 6 November, also in Antwerp.