Imagine a 2-hour hackathon at a cosy café
We’re experimenting with finding the right format for informal after-work tech gatherings.
The purpose is to have people engaged and contributing to an actual delivery, rather than just listening to a presentation.
We call it CoDe Café because we strive to master Continuous Delivery. We want to be able to develop software, that has quality built in - as opposed to glued on. And we want to be able to do it small bite-sized chunks that are …well; delivered continuously.
Imagine an unconference combined with a world café with the same purpose as a hackathon leaning on paired programming demonstrating continuous delivery - all in just one evening.
The format that we’re inviting to is not new, in the sense that it’s never been tried before, but we will try develop and optimize it to fit the following constraints:
The tech world is experiencing a boom in conferences, meetups and gatherings. It’s really cool and fun. But as everyone of us spend more time on community events we start to wonder; how we can ensure that the gatherings has value and high quality.
The approach that we’re looking for is founded on the discovery that having an evangelist on a pedestal talking to tired faces on a late afternoon actually isn’t much of a community, and the success of this approach is entirely dependent on the quality of the speaker’s potential - if it’s boring, you’re trapped!
We don’t see community as just another buzz work. We want to take it serious and actually form and nurse that community. We want to achieve only two things; we want to enjoy ourselves while we’re together, and we want to take something with us when we’re done.
We believe, that when we meet as a group, we don’t necessarily need an evangelist or speaker. We’re all engaged, knowledgeable and interested individuals. If we combine our knowledge and produce something that encapsulates and distills that knowledge - then we’re in good shape. That’s the unconference part of it; There might be an event host, but there isn’t a leader or a presenter.
We will create that thing together and everyone will take it home and be able to use it. We imagine that the thing essentially is a collection of useful snippets - code or content - that can serve as inspiration not just for the participants, but for everyone who’s interested in the topic.
During the cafe, we will produce code and content, just like at a hackathon. We will even make sure, that the code can actually run and we will write content that is actually useful and published, that’s the continuous delivery aspect. The outcome is useful immediately, and we can add to it and improve it later - simply by inviting to a new café.
Before we actually meet the community have jointly prepared and groomed a set of tasks broken don’t to manageable sizes: small, medium and large, reflecting something that can be done in either 2, 4 or 8 hours
The surroundings are cosy and inspiring. Think back on an enjoyable evening in good company with friends or colleagues;
You’re in a cafe, you just had a good meal and maybe a beer or two, everyone is engaged in the discussion, you’re drawing on napkins and table cloths. Your friends and colleagues are all drawing on the same napkins and table clots - it’s like paired programming . When you leave, you take the napkin with you, because it captures the essence of all the ideas you shared, distilled into something useful and inspiring.
We want to set the scene to a real cafè like this.
Potentially CoDe cafés in the same scope or community will build upon or correlate to each other, some may even run in parallel at the same time, hacking in the same repository. Together we will combine all our skills and knowledge and put together a process, a method, a tool-stack, a manual - well, a thing.
And it will be yours too.
We will initiate the thing together, then use the thing to expand, refine and evolve the thing that will eventually become the manifest of a Software Development DORITH approach (DORITH = DO the RIght THing).
We don’t know exactly where this will lead us in the end, but we imagine that over time we will be touching on everything Continuous Delivery and DevOps related. We will take offset in the Continuous Delivery Maturity Model which itself is a moving target that evolves over time.
Jenkins is one of the best adverts for open source and at Praqma we have been using it since the very beginning. We enjoy giving something back to the community by hosting Day of Jenkins, and this year’s event was packed with exciting developments. Read on!
Celebrating Jenkins and open source collaboration
Day of Jenkins [as code] - A summary
Continuous Delivery and DevOps are here to stay and not because they’re being practiced by trendsetting unicorn companies. The fact is science tells us that these approaches work and this year’s conference gave us lots of examples.
Continuous Delivery and DevOps - Not Just For Unicorns
DevOpsDays Copenhagen 2018 was a great success. Inspiring talks and a pleasant community. I had the pleasure of being the host of this event. I decided to kick off the event with a song about DevOps. See the video and lyrics here.
The DevOpsDays Copenhagen 2018 Song
A whole new (DevOps) world
Once again the contributors and major players in the Git ecosystem are gathered. Read along for news, announcements and stories from Git Merge 2018.
Report from Git Merge 2018
Blogging from the Git Merge Conference at MACBA in Barcelona
We strive to continuously improve, so the 8th gathering in our Continuous Delivery Alliance will feature all the good things from the 7th meeting in a slightly evolved format.
CoDe Alliance goes code camp
Continuously improving our format
We had our 7th gathering in the CoDe Alliance a few months ago and have worked to distill and evolve many of the good ideas that came out of our sessions. Our aim is to turn our interesting discussions into tangible projects and running code.
The 7th gathering
What’s next for the CoDe Alliance?
Albert Rigo shares his thoughts on the Atlassian Accelerator Day in Copenhagen, and how he learned to quickly and comfortably scale Atlassian Data Center, upgrade with zero downtime and stop spending his weekends upgrading JIRA.
Atlassian Accelerator Day in CPH
A day to learn how to scale fast and upgrade without downtime
Let’s talk about Eiffel - the traceability protocol, not the programming language. As we are attending the Eiffel Summit, we let you in on how the big companies work with traceability, and on the latest collaborative projects.
The Eiffel Summit report
Follow our blog from the 2017 Eiffel Summit
This November the Continuous Delivery Alliance gathers for the 7th time. Do you want to join forces with some of the best people in the world of Continuous Delivery and collaborate on the next generation of tools? Then join the Alliance!
State of the Alliance
Continuous Delivery Alliance - Prepare to launch some rockets!
Live from Dockercon EU17 Day 3
Follow our updates from the conference on Day 3
DockerCon is rolling full steam ahead these days in Copenhagen, and Praqma is there with an awesome pack of consultants. Follow this post to get the latest update from this cool event.
Live from Dockercon Europe 2017
Follow our updates from the conference
It’s early morning on the day before the official opening of DockerCon ‘17. Pre-conference activities are buzzing, but one room is different; Outside this room a breakfast buffet is set up - and it’s good. Whoever is invited here is in for a treat.
Community Leaders Summit
The grand opening of DockerCon 2017
Hear about upcoming events in Scandinavia, latest tech blogs, and training in the field of Continuous Delivery and DevOps