Great software professionals build better software faster. Agile methods, continuous delivery and software craftsmanship helped speed up delivery from years to months or even weeks, but then what?
Some teams are able to deliver software at a speed of change like you have never seen before, delivering quality software in days or even hours, again and again. So what is keeping the rest of us from doing so? Now is the time to go from months to minutes, to rethink the way we organize and improve our software development and delivery process.
Accelerated Agile is for people who believe it can be done. People who feel themselves limited by current Agile, CD and Craftsmanship thinking. People who want to go back to basics and uncover new, simpler ways to deliver great software. Are you a seasoned agile developer who is frustrated at how slow your “hyper-performing” process feels? Are you suffering with an unwieldy feature backlog, the pantomime of estimation, the card wall where cards go to die, the efforts to automate where it obviously isn’t adding anything? Are you fed up with the artificial commitment of sprints and the unwelcome surprises that still seem to derail your projects?
Accelerated Agile brings agile principles into the 21st century. You will learn new techniques that both enhance and replace existing agile practices, some of which are counter-intuitive and many which are completely counter to current “agile” doctrine. Using a mixture of discussion, instruction and exploration you will start to think differently about design, architecture, development and testing, operations, automation and team dynamics, as well as working with legacy systems and integrating with third parties.
What you will learn:
Most web technologies developed in the past had only one purpose, to offer the users a great experience mimicking the one you normally get from desktop applications. One way of developing those kind of applications that emerged lately is called Single Page Application, where everything fits in one single web page (more or less).
In this workshop we will develop a SPA from scratch using Angular.js, Breeze.js. The resulting application will be yours to take home to continue work on it, and learn from it. For best experience I recommend you bring your own device with any modern text editor installed (Visual Studio, Webstorm, Sublime, Notepad, vi).
It takes time to become really good at something. Time, commitment and a genuine passion. If you're not having fun the learning is a chore, if you are then it hardly feels like learning at all, at least not like the thing they made you do in school. Craftsmanship is about making that commitment and then figuring out how to see it through.
Using examples of mastery from various fields and a thirty year paper-folding habit, Dan describes some of the many facets of craftsmanship and tries to figure out exactly what the craft is that we programmers do.
The web is a funny old place. You create a wonderful application, deploy it for the world to see and then everybody just wants to break it. This session will show you some of the common security mistakes made by developers and how to avoid them. There will be (possibly frightening) demos with code in C#. Talk is rated level 200-300 with a target audience of web developers (not just ASP.NET. All the examples will be done in .NET. Even if you are not a web developer some of the parts of the talk will be handy) and assumes knowledge of web programming, basic security concepts, a working brain and sense of humour.
It’s undisputed that regular peer reviews are one of the most effective ways to maintain high quality in a code base. Yet, so many development teams choose not to adopt them for their software project. In the publishing industry, no written word ever sees the light of day before it has gone through an extensive period of critical review. This applies to books, scientific papers and newspaper articles alike. Why not software?
In this session we’ll explore the social and practical reasons why code reviews aren’t as widely adopted in modern software development shops as they should be. We’ll also look at a few concrete tools and techniques that teams can put in place to help them overcome the most common road blocks. In the end, we’ll see how code reviews help peers leverage each other’s knowledge and skills to ensure their work is as good as it can possibly be.
TDD has long been recommended by agile practitioners, but the community still argues about how to go about it. Inside-out or outside-in? Mockist or classical? Through a component's public API or for every class? And then there's Kent Beck's famous quote: “I get paid for code that works, not for tests, so my philosophy is to test as little as possible to reach a given level of confidence.” This introduces a further level of subjectivity, especially since developers are frequently overconfident.In this session, Seb will explore the choices that agile teams need to make when considering which development practices to adopt. He'll look again at some of the arguments for the different approaches and urge teams to practice until you're happy with the way you code.
The world of software development is changing at an increasingly rapid pace, leaving developers with less time to learn new tools and paradigms, and hardly any time to convey that knowledge to others. How do we convince our managers to change course? How do we bring other developers up to speed? And if things go wrong, how do we explain it to our non-technical customers without losing their trust? Qi will talk about the relationship between art and code, and how we can use the principles of fiction, music, poetry and painting to present complex information to any audience without confusing or -- worse -- boring them to tears.
Frameworkless development with NPM is great - but patching together odd templating libraries and managing the DOM can end up causing performance issues if the team is not careful to batch updates across components. That's where React comes in - utilizing React as a view engine within a typical framework-less set-up can result in cheap performance gains and a sensible data management strategy throughout the app without any of that horrific two-way data binding found in other systems.
See now as Rob covers how he uses React within a typical application set-up, build tools, common patterns, common modules and patterns for easy wins for the entire team.
The best way to annoy a designer is to tell them that a red block should be blue, that a piece of text should be moved over, or to make the logo bigger without any motivation or reasoning. The best way to give constructive feedback is to have evidence based on the site flow, design goals, visual principles and user behaviour to support the problems that you see with the design.
To provide this you need to start thinking like a designer. In this session Ben will discuss how to start thinking like a designer, the core principals of design that affect our opinions of applications on a sub-concussion level based on the key design principles and how to start defining potential solutions the designer way. Alongside this Ben will also attempt to provide answers to the “blank canvas” problem and how you can go from nothing to something, an activity that designers seem to do without even thinking. As companies and communities embrace full-stack developers it’s time to start including design within that stack and not just a single person’s responsibility.
The internet of Things is a pretty big things by now and shows no sign of stopping - in fact over the last year the "buzz" about IoT have increased fivefolded and the .NET community is going to find loads of work in this Area.
But the problem is that we currently don't have a good middle place for aspiring developers that just want to build something cool, the developers that are not in IoT projects and are looking to dive in, learn and create home IoT projects.
I have been creating network connected items for a long time and never really understood why the fact that my doorbell could be muted with a click of a button in my WindowsPhone was such a big deal to my developer friends, especially since it was nothing more to it than a 433 Mhz transmitter pair, an mCU and a transistor to it.
We need to get it out there to all our super skilled developers that hacking hardware and connecting the physical world to our computers is cheap, easy and fun!
This talk asserts the possible technology choices such as Arduino, Netduino, AVR and some other interesting choices, how basic reverse engineering of existing hardware is done (analysis, tools for analysis etc) and how to get started hacking hardware in a Microsoft/C# .NET (well mostly) environment TODAY!
What to do when app requirements are „without any sense”? You might try to defend yourself from doing nonsense by estimating this accordingly (infinity sounds like correct estimate ;))… This strategy is tricky though! Despite high estimates client might still decide to do feature in “not the wisest manner” and make you miserable by the way.
However, there is another way! Presentation will reveal the secret of art of saying no and expressing disagreement in a firm but user-friendly manner (or friendly enough to not been thrown away from window or fired).
We've all heard it... or something similar. There's probably one senior guy at work who tells you this at least once a month. You've got an idea for an amazing new feature or practice that's going to save your company both time and money, but it's too 'cutting edge'; your management fears the unfamiliar and you are cruelly stifled.
"It doesn't work like that in Enterprise" is a passionate and motivational story about my journey as a developer in the face of one of the worst fallacies in our industry. The extremes of my experience will make you laugh & cry in equal measure, and maybe help put your own frustrations into perspective. Just remember, it does get better... and you probably got off very f***g lightly!
DevOps is not just a buzzword. DevOps is all about culture. By achieving the right culture, then your engineers can really start to move fast. Moving fast is something that we currently think we do.
DevOps is not about tooling or giving developers root access to production systems.DevOps is about breaking down the communication barriers to allow our entire IT team to work as 1. When the team has a culture of open communication and business understanding, then they can achieve anything!
During this talk, Paul will describe what DevOps is and how it is a great way for the entire business to achieve their goals. DevOps is not the new Agile! DevOps is about people :)
Software architecture and coding are often seen as mutually exclusive disciplines, despite us referring to higher level abstractions when we talk about our software. You've probably heard others on your team talking about components, services and layers rather than objects when they're having discussions. Take a look at the codebase though. Can you clearly see these abstractions or does the code reflect some other structure? If so, why is there no clear mapping between the architecture and the code? Why do those architecture diagrams that you have on the wall say one thing whereas your code says another? In fact, why is it so hard to automatically generate a decent architecture diagram from an existing codebase? Join us to explore this topic further.
From the very beginning we were focused on people, not on companies. Being developers ourselves we thrive to provide the ultimate experience that you'll remember. We'd like to connect awesome speakers with willing to learn and share knowledge community. It's not only about sessions - it's about meeting with like-minded people - this can result in great ideas, right?
Do you know it was a day of 6.5 hours of sessions and 6.5 hours of networking? Pretty good balance, don't you think?
Needless to say - we had a lot of fun during knowledge sharing sessions, while meeting great speakers and asking them difficult questions. And as a community - we got closer to each other than ever. See for yourself!
One full day of the conference on 26th September. It's free as in free beer and includes whole day of sessions and fun.
Everything that's included in a Conference and a day of pre-conference workshops on 25th September. Price depends on which workshop you choose.