After attending OneDevDay and CodeRetreat, I was gung-ho to get some regular nerdly fun going at my place of business. Accordingly, I pulled together a Wiki site, scheduled a meeting, and "just did it".
It went better than I had hoped it would. I got some great positive feedback from the attendees in our brief retrospective. I got a good vibe from everyone as we were going through the exercise.
I wanted to keep things as informal as possible, but we did follow this minimal schedule:
5:30 - 5:45 Food & Conversation
5:45 - 6:00 Description of Dojo Format. Choose topic & Codebase
6:00 - 7:20 Coding!
7:20 - 7:30 Retrospective
The team came up with the following in our retrospective:
|What went well||What could have gone better|
We also came up with a set of ideas for future topics:
- Ping-pong pairing
- Code retreat format
My plan is to tackle the first two over the course of the next few months. I'm not sure about the third, and I want to get in touch with Corey and/or Patrick about using their format. I think they encourage doing retreats, but they don't want the meaning of it to morph into something else, so it may not fit into a 2-hour twice-monthly meeting. If not, I'll just borrow the ideas I think will work & call it something else.