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Randori Fish-bowl Experiment

For the first of our monthly code retreats, we had 6 brave soles who were not deterred by snowmagedon. At this event, we experimented with a Randori fish-bowl for the first time. Here's what we did:

Three chairs are setup at a small table with a shared laptop connected to the overhead projector. After an initial pair volunteered to start us off, the remainder of…


Added by Bob Allen @CuriousAgilist on February 24, 2014 at 2:54am — No Comments

Thirty Developers And a Game of Life – GDCR 2013 in Wrocław

The Global Day of Coderetreat concluded on 14 December 2013. Programming communities all over the world have managed to set a new record – this year’s workshops were concurrently held in 180 cities! And how did the Wroclaw edition look like in comparison? Find out in our small summary.

“Thirty coders walk into a room” – this sounds almost like a beginning of a joke. But in reality, it was a beginning of the free Coderetreat workshop that has happened last…


Added by Jarosław Stadnicki on December 25, 2013 at 5:05pm — No Comments

Facilitating the Global Day of Coderetreat 2013 in Amsterdam

On the 14th of December 2013 - the Global Day of Coderetreat was held at ZilverlineI have experience with coderetreats and also organised one at the 7th of january in 2012, and the …


Added by Stefan Hendriks on December 20, 2013 at 12:08pm — No Comments

Why the Global Day of Coderetreat Matters

Why does the Global Day of Coderetreat matter?

Seriously. Oh sure, today, thousands of developers in hundreds of cities across almost every continent are practicing writing code together. That is cool and all, but why should anyone care?

Because practicing our craft is important. We write the software that runs the world. Literally. We need to be good at what we do. The world depends on it. Coderetreat has…


Added by Jim Hurne on December 13, 2013 at 8:00pm — No Comments

Delete Your Code Video Contest

Do you remember the Delete Your Code!…


Added by Jim Hurne on October 7, 2013 at 9:30am — 2 Comments

Thank you Emily for The Legacy Code Retreat Collection

In 2012, Emily Bache started a collection on GitHub of three katas specifically selected for use in a Legacy Code Retreat (Tennis, Yahtzee, and Gilded Rose) and invited others to contribute, and contribute they did. The result, in at least 5 languages, can be found here.  Although that work included links over to Cyber-Dojo, those links no longer work. 

So, I re-ported the work over to Cyber-Dojo, added…


Added by Bob Allen @CuriousAgilist on October 6, 2013 at 5:33am — 1 Comment

Coderetretreat About Page Contest!

Have you ever visited the coderetreat about page…


Added by Jim Hurne on September 11, 2013 at 7:30pm — No Comments

Global Day of Coderetreat 2013

A Day Like No Other, Global Day of Coderetreat

I'm happy to announce this year's Global Day of Coderetreat will be held on Saturday, December 14th, 2013!

Last year, on December 8th, 2012, over 2000 developers in 150 cities through 20 time zones dedicated the day to practicing their craft during the Global Day of Coderetreat 2012. Video calls traversed the globe as groups linked to say hello to other cities and…


Added by Jim Hurne on August 26, 2013 at 9:31am — 1 Comment

The History of "Brutal Refactoring Game"

Last year I was thinking about a session during which attendees would learn how to focus on refactoring. I had some thoughts about this: we would need a list of coding smells, and have some cards to give the attendees that had that coding smells in their code. Now the obvious question was: how can you have coding smells if you do not have a code base? I thought about it, and then I figured it out: during coderetreats I anyway see legacy code after 10-15 minutes. So if this session would take…


Added by Adi Bolboaca on May 17, 2013 at 7:26am — No Comments

Taking Baby Steps

I wrote a post on the history of Taking Baby Steps, you can read it here.

Now I would like to tell you more about the workshop and the technique itself. While coding, for me it is very important to be focused on one idea. Why? Because this is how programmer mistakes appear in the code; some people tell them bugs. The other thing I am interested in is to have an undo button…


Added by Adi Bolboaca on March 11, 2013 at 9:21am — No Comments

Facilitators note on coderetreat in Joensuu

I wrote a blog post on my company site:

Facilitator's notes on coderetreat in Joensuu

Added by Aki Salmi on March 7, 2013 at 7:49pm — No Comments

The history of "Taking Baby Steps"

Let me tell you a story on how I thought about teaching other programmers how to take small steps to help them minimize the mistakes by focusing on a small thought.

A couple of years ago I was working on a legacy project, meaning I did not know anything about the business, and it was written in Delphi .Net which was totally unknown to me. I needed to translate this medium-sized code-base from Delphi .Net into .Net / Silverlight.

All the team was using a centralized source…


Added by Adi Bolboaca on January 16, 2013 at 9:00pm — No Comments

(one of) London's GDCR 2012

cross-posted from here

Global day of code retreat took place worldwide in 154 locations on Saturday 8th December. Over 36 hours, from New Zealand to Hawaii, almost 2000 developers came together to practice their craft.

Me and …


Added by Gonçalo Silva on January 5, 2013 at 11:27pm — No Comments

Global Day of Code Retreat 2012 in Cluj-Napoca

cross-posted from here

On December the 8th, we had the Global Day of Code Retreat in Cluj-Napoca. We have joined the other 150 cities all over the world in a great global event.

My first contact with a…


Added by Florin Coros on December 17, 2012 at 8:30pm — No Comments

Notes from Global Day of Coderetreat 2012 - Skopje (Macedonia)

You can find the original blog post here.

Last Saturday I hosted and facilitated Global Day Of Coderetreat event in Skopje (Macedonia). It is second year I'm doing that, you can read the notes from last year here …


Added by Dalibor Nasevic on December 16, 2012 at 10:00pm — No Comments

Global Day of Code Retreat – Minneapolis Edition

Original post at:

On Saturday I hosted and facilitated Global Day of Code Retreat – Minneapolis. My employer BloomHealth sponsored the event at our office in downtown Minneapolis. We had 16 people come in on a Saturday in the snow during the Holidays…


Added by Kyle Boon on December 12, 2012 at 6:30pm — No Comments

Amsterdam code retreat 2012

Facilitating a code retreat, amsterdam edition

Marc Evers and me facilitated the Amsterdam code retreat hosted by Mirabeau and put together by devnology last saturday. More importantly, Rob Westgeest facilitated the kids track together with Freek Leemhuis.…


Added by Willem van den Ende on December 12, 2012 at 3:30pm — No Comments

Kudos for the Global Day of Coderetreat

As last year I helped the coderetreat first-time facilitators to jump-in and organize their first coderetreat. I had some training sessions on Google Hangout during which I talked with a lot of passionate professionals from all over the world. Together with me Jim Hurne had done the same effort to spread his knowledge about the way he facilitates a coderetreat.

Jim has done a lot of work for the Global Day, he added the sessions on the…


Added by Adi Bolboaca on December 11, 2012 at 9:00pm — No Comments

Global Day of Coderetreat 2012: Toronto edition

(originally posted at

My first coderetreat experience was in 2009. I became involved in the Software Craftsmanship community through an effort called the Wandering Book, in which a little Moleskine journal was physically…


Added by Michael DiBernardo on December 11, 2012 at 4:09pm — No Comments

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