XP days in Kiev, Ukraine

Few days ago (on November, 16-17) I was at one of the biggest Ukraine conference related to agile engineering practices. The main topics were Unit Testing, TDD, Continuous Integration, BDD, Code Review, Refactoring, Acceptance Testing and etc. More about conference you can read here and about all session here.

This time there were a lot of different speakers of over the all country the word, such as UK, Norway, Switzerland, the Netherlands, Poland, Sweden, of course Ukraine and even Australia and USA.

Comparable to Belgium our Ukraine IT events of course are not so interesting and technically high. However, just we can do it better! J First day of conference wasn’t really good. And unfortunately, I’ve chose English speaker’s scene where wasn’t really interesting. However, second day was much-much better! Here I’d like to emphasize just three fantastic lectures on my opinion:

  • The frustrated architect (Simon Brown, UK) — the speaker was very enthusiastic. No agile dogmas, only real examples about the role of software architecture in agile.
  • Enabling TDD in BigData world (Vyacheslav Moskalenko, Ukraine) — there was only own expedience from his project about NoSQL solutions, ways to test it and TDD for big data. It was interesting for me, especially because I’ve never worked with this kind of project. Hope to solve this misunderstanding soon J
  • Agile Anti-Patterns (by Sander Hoogendoorn, Netherlands) — absolutely awesome lecture and speaker! It was very inspiring, energetic and fun, lots of fun! I’m waiting for video from this session and would like to show some dogmatic agile “experts”. Because I’m a little bit tied from “Agile projects can’t fail! And waterfall projects always fail because it’s waterfall”. Especially, if you are doing agile + TDD — you don’t have a choose, only success J This speaker told us about a lot of dogmas which people just doing only because they think it will be real agile. I like his critics (especially because I’m “2 days certificated scrum master” as Sander said). And I’m completely agreed that people are doing a lot of this crap, just because other ways it would be true agile!

Now I’m waiting for the videos from the conference and will try to add it ASAP to this post.

At the end, XP days was successful at my opinion. Thank a lot to all people how it did. Hope to join as a speaker someday.

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