Last Saturday January 7 Adi and I traveled to the beautiful city of Amsterdam. We were invited there to facilitate the first coderetreat of 2012. I was really looking forward to this and also a little anxious at first, being in unknown surroundings, and especially facilitating for Dutch people who are known for their honesty and open communication. This was indeed my first coderetreat outside of my Belgian comfort zone.

Most participants never went to a coderetreat before and had little or no experience with pair programming and TDD. So that was our first challenge for the day. We had a couple of experiments we wanted to run. First of which was to start off with explaining the 4 elements of simple design. This immediately got everyone’s attention to writing tests and having clear naming. I think those were the two elements people focused most on.

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