Monday, 27 May 2013

Agile Estimating and Planning

It’s always nice to be recognised. The highlight of the days training for me was when Mike Cohn came straight over to me at the first break, knew my name, shook my hand and thanked me for my enthusiastic tweet about the training a few days before. I was astounded and took the opportunity to have a chat and get my well thumbed copy of Agile Estimating and Planning signed by the man himself. It also turns out we both have an interest in databases.

I heard about the Agile Estimating and Planning course through SyncConf sponsors Developer Focus. Of course I immediately wanted to go. It was a long wait from February to May and I nearly didn’t make it due to man flu, but I’m glad I did.

I was very pleased to find the course was as expected and I was also pleased to find that I remembered a lot of the material from when I read the book. The last time was at least three years ago. Of course everyone else in the room was still practicing Agile and I haven’t had the opportunity for some time now.

The course consisted of well put together, informative and often amusing slides and anecdotes arranged around small interesting exercises. I was very lucky to have a very experienced and enthusiastic group to carry out the exercises with. Despite being familiar with the material I learnt a great deal.

If you get the opportunity to go and see Mike Cohn speak, take it.

Wednesday, 15 May 2013

MobDevCon, Norfolk's First Mobile Development Conference - 3rd July 2013 @ Hethel Engineering Centre

Bringing the best in Mobile Development to Norfolk: 3 July 2013
Mobile technology is booming and the possibilities and opportunities available are endless. It is now widely accepted that the number of people accessing the internet via mobile devices will overtake those using fixed line PC connections by 2014. Companies need to decide on whether they want to implement mobile strategies. Mobile isn’t the future, mobile is now.
If you are serious about mobile development, don’t miss out on MobDevCon. This is the first Mobile Development Conference to be held in Norfolk. We are bringing together some amazing speakers for you from as far away as Spain and the Netherlands, from Bristol and London to the home grown talent we are lucky to have right here on our doorstep in East Anglia.
MobDevCon is being held at Hethel Engineering Centre, near Lotus Cars in Norfolk. Hethel Engineering is a hub for innovation in the region.
The Super Early Bird tickets for MobDevCon have sold out but there are still Early Bird tickets available for only £75 (plus fees) at:

This price includes not only the presentations and workshops but also lunch and tea/coffee between sessions.
MobDevCon will have the following sessions on offer throughout the day. Further details on sessions and speakers can be found at
  • Near Field Communication
  • Aviva's mobile journey and future
  • A practical guide to pricing mobile apps
  • Developing apps for FirefoxOS
  • Why Cross-Platform Development Is The Only Way Forward
  • The Android + NFC developer kick-start workshop
  • Custom Components for Android
  • Developing Cross Platform Apps using Xamarin and MvvmCross
  • 10 tips when porting to Windows Phone
  • Android security tips
  • History of MonoGame
  • Mobile technology developments, culminating in Worklight
  • Custom Components for Android
  • Building a Media Player Application with the GStreamer SDK for Android
If you have any queries or just unsure whether the conference will be suitable to your needs, please do not hesitate to contact us.