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Internal Legacy Code Retreat

About

A legacy code retreat is a deliberate practice workshop that lasts a whole day. It improves your team’s skills as we focus on pair-programming, refactoring techniques, unit testing, code design and team communication. The legacy code retreat is based on the code retreat format, and it is held all over the world as a community event. It proved to be an excellent skill development and team building exercise with massive benefits for attendees.

Who should attend

Technical team members. The experience, knowledge level and known programming languages can differ as it can lead to a better learning experience.

Why attend

The participants will learn how to:

  • Minimize the fear of working with code bases for old applications
  • Resolve long-lived bugs inside an old application
  • Minimize the time needed to change or add functionality for an old application
  • Incrementally improve the code to be opened to modifications for old code bases
  • Add automatic tests to old applications
  • Share knowledge better inside the team

The facilitator can also help you with:

  • Increasing the teams’ morale
  • Answering some of the current technical issues faced by the teams

Structure

  • Begin at the usual start of the work day
  • Informal discussions to identify the technical needs of the attendees (30 minutes)
  • Introduction (30 minutes)
  • 3 sessions of: 45 minutes of coding + 10 minutes of retrospective + 5 minutes of break (3 hours)
  • Lunch with the whole team (1 hour)
  • 3 sessions of: 45 minutes of coding + 10 minutes of retrospective + 5 minutes of break (3 hours)
  • Closing circle, retrospective of the day (30 minutes)

We always tailor the format based on the technical needs of the teams.

Prerequisites

  • One room with enough tables, chairs, power sockets
  • One flip chart
  • A projector
  • Computers, at least one for every two people with: working development environment, testing environment, local source control software

Practical details

  • Trainer: Adrian Bolboaca
  • Duration: 1 day, from 09:00 to 17:30
  • Training language: English/Romanian/French
  • Participants will receive a certificate of attendance

Available discounts

  • 5% for a group of >3 persons
  • send 4 people and the 5th has 50% off
  • send 8 people and the 9th goes for free

Need a customized schedule? Contact us and we’ll adapt it to respond to your constraints.