Sunday, November 15, 2009

1DevDay Detroit

Yesterday, I attended a great event, 1DevDay Detroit. It was put on by the Detroit Java User Group, generously hosted at ePrize, and sponsored by too many companies to mention here. The day was amazingly affordable ($40) and, I think, a great success - especially given that it is a new event. There were a few minor hiccups, mainly around timing talks, but they didn't impact the overall quality of the day.

While 1DevDay was not specifically an agile event, there was much agile activity, including:

- Venkat Subramaniam's excellent and funny keynote, "Facts and Fallacies of Everyday Software Development"

- Chet Hendrickson's talk about the Agile Skills Project, a non-commercial group created to quantify skills needed by agile software developers and identify valid means of assessing skills, trainings, and books.

- Nayan Hajratwala's interactive session on refactoring legacy code with no tests and gradually adding and increasing test coverage to the codebase.

There was also a twitter hashtag, #1devday, where participants posted thoughts and comments. Check it out to get a picture of what the day was like.

Just as fun was meeting and talking with other developers, many of whom are using at least some agile practices.

I'm already looking forward to next year's event!

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