Jan 21: Art of Agile Development Book Club

Fridays from 8:00 – 8:45am Pacific, I host an online discussion inspired by the new edition of my book, The Art of Agile Development. Each session uses a chapter from the book as a jumping-off point for a wide-ranging discussion about Agile ideas and practices.

Attendance is free!

To learn more about The Art of Agile Development, see the book home page. You can buy a copy from Amazon or your favorite purveyor of software development books.

January 21st: Pairing & Mobbing

Pair programming and its descendent, mob programming, are two of the strangest ideas to come out of Extreme Programming. They’re also surprisingly effective. In this session, we’ll be looking at them in depth. We’re joined by two of mob programming’s pioneers: Woody Zuill and Chris Lucian.

Woody Zuill is an Agile and Lean Software Development guide who has been programming computers for almost 40 years. He is an originator and pioneer of the Mob Programming approach to teamwork in software development, and a founder of the “No Estimates” discussion.

Chris Lucian is the director of software development at Hunder Industries, a founder of mob programming, co-host of the Mob Mentality show, and international keynote speaker. He’s passionate about the advancement of software craftsmanship and machine learning.

WhenJanuary 21st, 8-8:45am Pacific (calendar invite)
Where🎙 Zoom link
Reading 📖 Collective Code Ownership
📖 Pair Programming
📖 Mob Programming
Discussion🧑‍💻 Discord invite

Discussion prompts:

  • Pairing and mobbing are based on an underlying appreciation of collective code ownership—the idea that it’s good and desirable for the whole team to be responsible for all its code. How have you seen people respond to this idea, and how have you helped them accept it?

  • What tricks and tools do you use to make remote pairing and mobbing work well?

  • People often worry that pairing and mobbing won’t work for introverts. Although that fear is often overstated, what can teams do to make pairing and mobbing safe and enjoyable for everyone involved?

  • What are the tradeoffs between pairing and mobbing? Are there any situations where one is a better choice than the other?

Session Recordings

See below for recordings of past sessions.

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