Mob Programming is a cost-effective, collaborative, and fun way to get work done together. It’s a whole-team approach to development, where coding, designing, testing, and working with the “customer” (partner, Product Owner, User, etc.) is all done as a team.
We’ll learn how a Mob performs project work, including user stories, prioritization, test-driven development, refactoring, and retrospectives. We cover the mechanics of how to work together as a Mob as well as the techniques that make this form of development so effective.
Designed and facilitated by Mob Programming pioneer Woody Zuill, this workshop provides a hands-on education in the art of collaboration and it’s significant benefits for your teams.
Anyone involved in software development, including (but not limited to) testers, product owners, coders, database experts, deployment experts, managers, and even executives.
Our focus in this workshop is the Mob Programming approach to teamwork, and this workshop is useful to those who will work on a team as well as those who provide support for a team.
Hands-on Exercises, Presentation, Interactive Dialogues, Simulations, Videos.
- Introduction: Mob Programming Introduction, The basics of how it works
- Activity: The nature of software development
- Activity: Teamwork – a good thing
- Driver/Navigator teamwork Roles and Techniques
- Coding Dojo Demonstration: A simple demo of Mob Programming with volunteers from the participants
- Advanced Mob Programming Concepts – Hands on coding
- Coding Exercise: Working on a Sample Project, learning to work together using a few rules and guidelines
- How Mob Programming accelerates learning
- How to take advantage of learning opportunities
- Continuing the Coding Exercise: Removing the rules
- Retrospective and review, group discussion of what we’ve learned.
What will you learn
- How 5+ people can be effective working on just one thing
- Heuristics for team size
- Guidelines for successful collaboration
- Handling competing solutions and ideas to a coding problem
- Encouraging politeness and kindness of team members
- Reducing or eliminating harmful conflicts
- Mobbing Mechanics
- Tools for team coding
- Workspace setup
- How to “Amplify Learning” and take advantage of continual learning opportunities
- “Real-time” and continuous Retrospectives to reflect, tune, adjust
- The theory of why Mob Programming is effective
- Test-Driven Development (TDD) as a team
- Working with Product Owners, Business Experts, Testers, Designers as part of the team
- Refactoring as a team
- Continuous feedback at all levels of granularity.
Expect to get your hands dirty
During Woody Zuill’s Mob Programming workshop you’ll be engaged in a variety of activities optimised for learning: Hands-on Exercises, Presentations, Interactive Dialogues, Simulations, Videos.
We will be doing coding as a team. Each team will be given a number of tiny requirements, or stories, one at a time. Each group will work on it as a team but with certain limitations as to how they are allowed to interact.
We then reflect on the results and modify the limitations so that by the end of the workshop all limitations are removed except a few critical guidelines of interaction that we originated as Mob Programming.
Once we have the basics of Mob Programming in place, each team will pick a problem or challenge to work on together.
Online Workshop – How does it work
The workshop will happen online and in live streaming: the trainer and all other participants will be in a video conference. You’ll be interacting and working together in real-time thanks to a variety of tools you’ll have at your disposal.
The workshop will keep its highly interactive and hands-on spirit despite being online.
This is why we require that all participants keep their webcam on for the whole duration of the workshop: this will enhance the quality of the communication and of the workshop as a whole.
You won’t be sitting at your desk watching slides and videos, and you’ll be engaged in real-time activities for the majority of the time… as if we were in a real classroom!