Recently one of our software engineers approached me and asked about the possibility of ReadyTalk helping sponsor the local Global Day of Coderetreat being held at Uncubed, a local downtown Denver co-work space. I had never heard of this event so I did some reading up on it and in the end it was absolutely something I wanted ReadyTalk Engineering to be a part of.
If you are unfamiliar with this event, it has a very grassroots feeling based on how it came to be. Corey Haines and a few other individuals got together and wanted to create a day-long event focused on practicing the fundamentals of software development. Since its inception in January 2009, it has undergone some changes in format but at the core it has remained the same.
The idea is to get software engineers together to practice their craft. To refine what they do and how they do it. To think outside the box. To get back to basics. To learn from one another. And probably most importantly to walk away from the experience a better programmer. ReadyTalk will have 4 software engineers in attendance at this event on December 3rd, and I'll be attending to learn how to facilitate this in hopes of bringing this event back to ReadyTalk to do on a yearly basis within our own organization. If you'll also be attending a Coderetreat somewhere, let us know! I'd love to learn about your experiences at the event. I'll also be writing a follow-up blog post to share with everyone our experiences at this event, so stick around!
Jason Collins (aka JC) is the VP of Engineering at ReadyTalk and the self-appointed Chief Happiness Officer. He's been either writing code or managing engineers for nearly 15 years and has a passion for technology and agile development practices. The happiness of the engineering team is his top priority and he can usually be found wearing a ReadyTalk cape and the infamous "idea helmet" around the office to help keep people entertained. When he's not hanging out with his work family, he's at home with his wife and four boys doing all sorts of geeky things, like playing video games and watching campy Sci-Fi and Action flicks.