23 December 2019

What is a Coderetreat, organisers participating in coding and answering questions

In this episode:
  • What is a Coderetreat?
  • Should organizers participate in coding?
  • How much should a facilitator answer questions from participants?

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Thanks to David Tanzer and Markus Decke for feedback on this podcast.

(Music from Synth Loop 1 by allpurposedw and Gong 001 by tec_studio.)

21 December 2019

About This Podcast

I regularly facilitate Coderetreats - as part of my work as Code Cop and for the local Software Crafters community. To support people organising events in other cities, I run Coderetreat facilitation trainings each year, especially in the months before the Global Day (of Coderetreat). Based on the feedback I get, e.g. Thanks for the training today! Very helpful! I see that these trainings are helpful for people who want to run Coderetreats. Often people ask the same questions, so I decided to record the most common questions. I will publish the recordings as I create them in this podcast.

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In this podcast I am answering questions about Coderetreat hosting, facilitation and participation. It will help you run Coderetreats, Coding Dojos, hands on meetups and even classic training. Each episode covers two to three questions and takes up to 10 minutes. From time to time I will invite guest facilitators to discuss with me. In the first few episodes I will also cover basic questions about the Coderetreat itself, e.g. What is a Coderetreat?

As each episode is short, I plan to release at least two each month. While I am too late for #GDCR19, there should be around 30 questions and answers ready for people who want to help organising the next #GDCR20. That would be like three hours facilitation training. That would be great. Let's see how far I get.

If you have any questions regarding your Coderetreat, Coding Dojo or hands-on workshop, please send me an email or leave a comment. I will answer the question in one of the next episodes.

8 December 2019

Most important about workshops and benefits of pair facilitation

In this episode I am asking MIATPP Lisi Hocke the following questions:
  • What is the most important thing when running workshops?
  • Are there any book recommendations for running hands-on workshops?
  • What are the benefits of pair facilitation?

Download it here: MP3 (9 minutes - 6.3 Mb)

Lisi, thank you for sharing your experience. You can reach Lisi for further discussions at @lisihocke. Earlier this year, Lisi has been awarded the MIATPP, short for the Most Influential Agile Testing Professional Person 2019. Congratulations!

(Music from Synth Loop 1 by allpurposedw and Gong 001 by tec_studio.)

24 November 2019

Minimum number participants, retrospective without observations and explain the Game of Life

In this episode I will answer the following questions:
  • Should we consider a minimum number of participants to run a Coderetreat?
  • What to focus on during a retrospective if no "noticeable" events had happened during that session?
  • How to help new participants get used to the exercise of Game of Life?

Download it here.

Thanks to my friends Paul Rohorzka, David Leitner and Christian Haas from Developer Melange and Raimo Radczewski for feedback on this episode.

Posters with the rules by Marco Emrich.

(Music from Synth Loop 1 by allpurposedw and Gong 001 by tec_studio.)

13 November 2019

Number participants, pizza and seeing different languages

In this episode I am discussing
  • What is the ideal number of participants?
  • Is Pizza allowed for lunch?
  • Learning a new language - is that one of the valid outcomes?

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(Music from Synth Loop 1 by allpurposedw and Gong 001 by tec_studio.)