We are proud to announce the world’s first SharePoint Retreat!
The first event is taking place in London on Saturday 10th July. Don’t delay places are filling up fast with a limit of 16 people.
The aim of SharePoint Retreat is to help developers practice the fundamentals of software development, but like all things in the SharePoint community we intend to keep this SharePoint focused, so developers practice the fundamentals of SharePoint development
What is SharePoint Retreat?
The idea is not our own, more information can be found about the original Code Retreat at http://www.coderetreat.com/ – we have just given it a SharePoint flavour.
It has a simple objective: provide a day-long event that is focused on practicing the fundamentals of SharePoint development.
Why SharePoint Retreat?
We want to bring SharePoint development to the fore, to make developers want to work with SharePoint and to show that doing SharePoint development does not mean you have forego any plans to become a software craftsman.
How does it work?
A group of SharePoint developers – That means you! - gather at the Retreat with laptop in hand ready to code.
- Problem: TBC – the problem will be SharePoint related and can vary between Retreats
- Retreat lasts from 9am until 5pm followed by SharePint
- Each coding session will last 1 hour
- Each session coders will pair program
- code is deleted after each session, its about learning the techniques and not getting code samples
- Encourage techniques like TDD where appropriate
- programming pairs are swapped at each session
on the day
- 9:00 – 9:30 Intro to the day
- 9:30 – 10:30 session 1
- 10:30 – 10:45 retrospective
- 10:45 – 11 :45 session 2
- 11:45 – 12:00 retrospective
- 12:00 – 1:00 Lunch – with brown bag presentations
- 1:00 – 2:00 session 3
- 2:00 – 2:15 retrospective
- 2:15 – 3:15 session 4
- 3:15 – 3: 30 retrospective
- 3:30 – 4:30 session 5
- 4:30 – 5:00 wrap up
- 5:00 – late ShareFood and SharePint
in the sessions
session 1 and 2
The area of SharePoint may be unfamiliar to some people, others may have done something like it before. The aim of the first two sessions are to allow people to understand how they are going to approach the problem and what the final solution could look like. Some pairs may try and implement it, others will spike out ideas and try to solve specific challenges.
At the retrospectives each pair will have a few minutes to discuss what they did and any problems they could not solve.
During lunch the coders get to sit back and relax whilst the facilitator demonstrate techniques or ideas in a couple of short brown bag sessions.
session 3, 4 and 5
continue with the problem and looking to refine some of the scenarios and techniques. The aim is to learn and practice techniques that will improve the knowledge and experience of the coders. If you don’t complete the problem it’s not an issue – if you complete the problem then look for new challenges or refine the techniques.
After the event
Any gathering of SharePoint people and you are likely to find a SharePint – the facilitator will find a suitable venue for people to unwind, drink beer and SharePint – hopefully more SharePoint people will be in the area so that they can brag about the new found talents.
If you can be in London on Saturday 10th July 2010, you’re a SharePoint developer and you fancy spending a day with other like-minded people honing you development skills. Sign up.
This first event is limited to 16 coders – so be quick.
If you fail to make the first 16, put your name down on the waiting list. We do ask that people who have signed up but for whatever reason can’t make it please make the space available to others.
How Much? – Its Free
Best of all this is a community activity, we are funding this event through sponsorship in order that we can provide the places to coders F.O.C
The sponsors for this inaugural event are
providing the venue and internet access – and Ben Robb
providing the food – and Andrew Woodward