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Hi All,

Last night, we had a great event at Kings College London  – http://www.meetup.com/grad-dc/events/43860072/ – where about 40 undergraduates got a chance to revisit their youth and play with Lego, building pet animals to learn some of the principles of Agile. The results were somewhat varied… some of the animals came out looking beautiful, well constructed and polished, some of the others certainly wouldn’t have won any prizes – you all know who you are 😉

It was a great event, there was a fantastic turn out and a lot of buzz in the room throughout and most importantly everyone got to understand some of the core principles of Agile.

As I mentioned when I opened the event, getting involved in events like this is crucial for your development. The general feeling on the market is that graduates do not finish university ‘ready’ to enter the market. Events like last night help to prepare you for some of the principles and technologies that you are going to come across when you hit the real world. Talent development is not just about getting a job it’s about getting 4-5 job offers and being able to select the right job and package for you. Our next event is happening tomorrow night at Queen Mary University and will be far more focused around coding itself. I can not recommend it highly enough. We have 50 senior developers signed up and just 6 graduates at this point, sign up here for a chance to meet some of the brightest minds in the industry and find out about Dependency Injection Frameworks.

We are always looking for new volunteers so if anyone is interested in getting more involved the get in touch directly to discuss how you could help: bc@recworks.co.uk

Here is the event page and the GDC twitter tag: @GDCldn I am really keen to get as much feedback as possible to pass on to everyone involved to ensure we can have similar events in the future.

At RecWorks we are proud to have been able to organise another event for the GDC. RecWorks is a specialist consultancy blending social networks and recruitment services to provide first class service to candidates and clients across London. We are involved in the GDC to try to help connect you with advice, guidance, internships and job opportunities. For a list of our latest jobs please see our jobs page here: http://recworks.co.uk/jobs contact me directly on bc@recworks.co.uk or follow us on twitter @recworks

We were incredibly lucky to have ThoughtWorks with us, one of the premier global technical consultancies to assist with the event. Katie was able to organise for 8 of their consultants to help out at the event. ThoughtWorks are always looking for the most talented graduates, you can follow them here: http://twitter.com/#!/TWEuropeGrads

Finally a massive thank you to Steffen, Emily and Fatos for organising and co-ordinating the use of the venue. It was a great location and room and we hope to organise many more in the future.

See you all at the next one!
Barry

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The Graduate Developer Community’s next free event is – ‘Lego XP Game: King’s College London’ on Monday 6th February at 6pm.

Please see link for details and to sign up – http://bit.ly/yx3sZy

ThoughtWorks will be running a hands-on game – using lego to simulate software delivery – giving you an insight to the working dynamics of an Agile development team.

The session is aimed at beginners to Agile as well as those with experience of Agile and XP. You will gain a useful understanding of the processes (XP iterations, feedback, customer involvement, stories) and some of the real world challenges frequently faced in adopting Agile.

No programming experience is required – the session is strongly recommended for anyone considering a career in software development regardless of what role you are interested in.

Thoughtworks are a leading international consultancy, well known throughout the industry for being at the cutting edge of technology and development practices. The Lego game is widely used by ThoughtWorkers to demonstrate practices to clients as well as internally for training.

You can find out more about ThoughtWorks by visiting us online and following us on twitter @TWEuropeGrads

Please see link for details and to sign up – http://bit.ly/yx3sZy

The Graduate Developer Community’s next free event is
‘Lego XP Game: Queen Mary University’ on Tuesday 22nd
November at 6pm.

Please see link for details and to sign up – http://www.meetup.com/grad-dc/events/40795692/

Thoughtworks will be running a hands-on game – using lego to simulate software delivery – giving you an insight to the working dynamics of an Agile development team.

The session is aimed at beginners to Agile as well as those with experience of Agile and XP. You will gain a useful understanding of the processes (XP iterations, feedback, customer involvement, stories) and some of the real world challenges frequently faced in adopting Agile.

No programming experience is required – the session is strongly recommended for anyone considering a career in software development regardless of what role you are interested in.

Thoughtworks are a leading international consultancy, well known throughout the industry for being at the cutting edge of technology and development practices. The Lego game is widely used by ThoughtWorkers to demonstrate practices to clients as well as internally for training.

You can find out more about ThoughtWorks by visiting us online and following us on twitter @TWEuropeGrads

Please see link for details and to sign up –

http://bit.ly/taiDw4

We had a superb evening on Wednesday. For those that want to check out what we do – here is a link to the podcast of the event: http://bit.ly/6PL4Kr

Thanks firstly to Darci Dutcher, Rebecca Stafford and Jenny Wong of Thoughtworks Ltd for their presentation and hosting the game. They did a great job of explaining the principles to Agile and XP techniques before hosting the game and providing examples of how a real software development project plays out.

Thanks also goes to SkillsMatter, the largest technical training organisation in Europe, for sponsoring the venue. Please visit their site at http://skillsmatter.com/ to see the latest free events and training course they run.

 Here is some feedback on our official site from the event:

“Wow, it was great fun. Special thanks to ThoughtWorks for providing a great seminar with an interesting game with LEGO. Will totally end up purchasing some LEGO for Christmas now :-)”

“Excellent introduction to Agile principles. Nothing beats a quick practice session to get a good overview. I left the meet-up with a better understanding of professional software development. Thanks for that!”

“Great event last night. Looking forward to the next one! Met an awesome group of people, will have to add you all on here shortly… :)”

More events to follow in 2010. Please help us grow by forwarding this to any undergrads, professors or graduates so they can follow the work we’re doing.

Barry Cranford

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This is an announcement of our very first event. It is a free event on the 25th November 2009 – if you would like to come along then click here to RSVP: http://www.meetup.com/Graduate-Undergraduate-Development-Community/calendar/11802925/

This is the first official event organized by the GDC (Graduate Development Community). A Leading consultancy – Thoughtworks have agreed to run an exercise they use to help their graduates gain an understanding of how real world commercial development teams work.

Agile software development refers to a group of software development methodologies based on iterative development, where requirements and solutions evolve through collaboration between self-organizing cross-functional teams. Most UK development teams now rely on Agile principles to run software development projects. This exercise aims to introduce a few of these principles through gameplay that are used in practise, such as Pull mechanisms and Continuous Improvement. It will also introduce participants to the working dynamics of an Agile team.

The session is aimed at beginners to Agile and to those with experience with Agile and XP. Newcomers will gain a useful understanding of the processes mechanics and some of the real world issues they may face in adoption.

No programming experience is required – the session is strongly recommended to all attendees with interests in becoming QA’s, Analysts, Developers, Project Managers & Business Analysts alike.

Thoughtworks are a leading international consultancy, well known throughout the industry for being at the cutting edge of technical development. They are actually use this game to help graduates gain a grasp of Agile principles such as XP and Lean. To find out more about their graduate scheme click here: http://www.thoughtwor…

The GDC is a Community of Undergraduates and Graduates interested in Software Development. For more information about the group please visit the blog at http://graduatedevelo…
Sponsor: Skills Matter are sponsoring the venue for this event. They offers Europe’s largest selection of events on Open Source technologies and Agile Software Development and have gained a reputation as a first class provider of practical learning solutions that help our customers adopt lightweight Java frameworks, Open Source technologies and Agile Development practices successfully on their projects.

What is the GDC?

The GDC, or Graduate Development Community is an independent community of undergraduate software developers. Our goal is to bridge the gap between the worlds of Academia and Business. We organise and host presentations and events with senior members of the development community as well as offering advice, guidance, internships and jobs through our community site.