[Cialug] user group idea: coding dojo
kyounger at gmail.com
Mon Apr 5 09:31:10 CDT 2010
I would definitely participate in this.
On Mon, Apr 5, 2010 at 9:27 AM, Matthew Nuzum <newz at bearfruit.org> wrote:
> Hi, I was able to participate in a cool user-group concept called a
> "code dojo" last week. It was a great idea. The group starts out with
> socializing and eating (this is optional, but the socializing part
> should probably not be excluded), then the premise of the group is
> explained to newbies, then a plan is set forth. In my case this was
> the 8th meeting so the plan was to decide how to continue from the
> previous meeting.
> Then you split into a number of groups of about 4-5 people to
> effectively pair program where you pass the keybaord about every five
> minutes. The goal is to accomplish the agreed upon task in the time
> allotted (1 - 1.5 hours), at which point each team demonstrates what
> they accomplished, why they chose the path they did and what successes
> and problems they encountered.
> The group I participated w/ on Thursday evening was extrodinary
> because each of the four groups actually had a working project at the
> end. Admittedly, at the actual end several of the groups were so close
> that they extended the time by 5 min to achieve this, but apparently
> having working code is not a given.
> The point is to learn collaboratively. Each team is assigned at random
> (i.e counting off) so you're bound to get different skill levels and
> experiences. Unless everyone in the group is an idiot, I'd expect that
> it would be near impossible to leave w/out learning something new.
> I'd like to bring this idea to our area. Here's a wiki:
> Matthew Nuzum
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