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SPA Conference 2013: Is XP alive & kicking?

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Back in 2000, we worked together as Java developers at Connextra - one of the first companies trying eXtreme Programming in UK. If you've ever been asked to write stories using the “As a ..I want..so …

Back in 2000, we worked together as Java developers at Connextra - one of the first companies trying eXtreme Programming in UK. If you've ever been asked to write stories using the “As a ..I want..so that..” way, then blame our team - we were also the originators of Mock Objects.

Perhaps because of the scary XP moniker which implies a full-on approach, other agile approaches have become more popular across industry in subsequent years. No equivalent organisation to the Scrum Alliance or Lean SSC exists that is dedicated to promoting XP and advancing the state of practice, unless you count London's very own eXtreme Tuesday Club. XP has therefore become more of a grass roots approach for software developers with most organisations opting for much less extreme agile approaches, although still pulling in milder XP practices such as user stories, velocity, and test-driven development.

We've found it really interesting to see how many old-school XP practices are still helping developers and where gaps remain (such as working with UX and Infra specialists). It's also been interesting to see how open our XP team is to “embracing change” and experimenting with ideas from Kanban and Scrum.

The objectives for this session are to reflect on XP practice and engage session participants in discussion of whether XP is alive and worth pursuing.


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  • 1. Is XP alive & kicking? @rachelcdavies @unrulymedia   Ivan Moore @ivanrmoore   Tim Mackinnon @iterex  
  • 2. “XP  is  a  lightweight   methodology  for   small  to  medium   sized  teams   developing  so:ware   in  the  face  of  vague   or  rapidly  changing   requirements.”    
  • 3. XP Reinforcing Practices
  • 4. XPv2 Practice Map
  • 5. HOW WE DID XP @CONNEXTRA
  • 6. Connextra •  Technology company •  Established in May 1999 •  eXtreme Programming (XP) •  Acquired by BetGenius in 2005
  • 7. As a .. I want .. template (2001)
  • 8. LONDON SCHOOL OF TDD
  • 9. LonE RANGER
  • 10. GOLD CARDS
  • 11. HOW WE DO XP @UNRULY
  • 12. Unruly Founded in 2006, Unruly is a video technology company that works with top brands and their agencies to predict the emotional impact of their videos and get them watched, tracked and shared.
  • 13. Pair Programming
  • 14. Information Radiators
  • 15. SPECIALISTS
  • 16. RETROSPECTIVES
  • 17. CAKE!
  • 18. NERF GUNS
  • 19. BUT ARE WE STILL EXTREME?
  • 20. 18 DAYS?
  • 21. STORIES IN TARGET PROCESS IS THIS WASTE?
  • 22. Product   Managers   Ops   Sales   Media   MarkeBng  
  • 23. EMBEDDED PRODUCT MANAGERS
  • 24. Product   Development   Product   Development  
  • 25. Developer   (Lone   Ranger)   Ops   Sales   Media   MarkeBng  
  • 26. DEVELOPERS DRIVE STORIES
  • 27. UNDER INVESTIGATION
  • 28. USER MAP
  • 29. STAKEHOLDER PRioritisation
  • 30. VISUALISING TYPES OF WORK
  • 31. WHAT DID WE WORK ON?
  • 32. CONTINUOUS TIMELINE
  • 33. HOW WE DID XP ELSEWHERE
  • 34. Park Bench Discussion
  • 35. VOTE: Is XP alive & kicking?  
  • 36. Further  reading   •  Extreme  Programming  Explained  -­‐  Kent  Beck  (Addison   Wesley  2000)   •  Endo-­‐Tes)ng:  Unit  TesBng  with  Mock  Objects  XP2000.   Tim  Mackinnon,  Steve  Freeman,  Philip  Craig   •  InnovaBon  and  Sustainability  with  Gold  Cards.   XPUniverse  2001   •  Extreme  Support  by  Rachel  Davies  &  Colville  Wemyss