clickheat Extreme Programming Club: January 2007

The Yorkshire Extreme Programming and Agile Methods Club

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Our meetings are held on every second Wednesday of each month at Victoria Hotel Pub in Leeds city centre at 7.00pm.
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Hi all,

There has been some feedback to my previous post, which is great, so I thought I would answer some of the queries.

After a slow start, I am now optimistic that there will be about 20 people at the first meeting. This is wonderful and shows there's a real interest.

I am hoping to get the XP Yorkshire website up and running soon at There will be a forum on this site.

Richard, to me Extreme Programming is all about best practice - this definitely includes agile methods. In the past, when trying to justify new processes to sceptical managers, I've used the term 'agile methods' rather than Extreme Programming. There's a sexier ring to Extreme Programming, though.

Richard, Andy, Keith, it would be great if you were willing to do a talk at one of the meetings.

Andy, I have now joined the Agile Yorkshire group, and was glad to see that someone had already posted about the meeting. I am also intending to make contact with
and see if we can tempt any of our Red Rose neighbours to cross over to this side of the Pennines, even if just for a night.

It seems from the feedback that people would quite like some talks. Do we have any requests for topics that are of particular interest?



First meeting of the Extreme Programming Club

I have been interested in Extreme Programming for quite a while, and have been using various agile methods in my day-to-day job for the last two years. While I am not an expert, I consider myself to have some domain knowledge, and a desire to learn more.

My employers Erudine ( are also fanatical about good software development methods and they have agreed to sponsor an Extreme Programming Club where it is hoped people can come together, network, and generally discuss IT issues related to Extreme Programming. (Although not necessarily exclusively XP - if someone wants to wax lyrical about the joys of Ruby then I for one will listen). Drinking real ale in one of my favourite pubs is something I am willing to endure for the greater good.

Initially, we are thinking of holding the meeting once a month in Leeds.
So the first meeting of the Extreme Programming Club will happen on:

Thursday 8 Feb at

Victoria Hotel
Great George St

The meeting starts at 7.00pm and finishes when we are all too tired to talk.
So I can get some ideas of the number of people that might turn up, can I ask anyone who is intending to come to email

I would love some feedback. Do people think this is a good idea/a bad idea, would people like short talks (maybe 20 minutes) about aspects of Extreme Programming, or just an informal gathering? If you would like talks/presentations, what topics are of interest? Is anyone interested in doing a talk?

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