7digital are our title sponsors

We are very pleased to announce 7digital as a Title sponsor for XPDay 2011.

Rob Bowley, Head of Development at 7digital said:

I’m delighted to be in a position to be able to give something back to an event I and many others here at 7digital have benefited so much from. I personally don’t think I’d be in the position I am today if it wasn’t for XPDay, the Extreme Tuesday Club and all the inspiring people I’ve met there along the way.

7digital Ltd is a leading B2B and B2C media delivery company based in Shoreditch, London and operating globally. They provide Cloud-based services, MP3 music, ebooks and video services to a wide range of partners around the world. 7digital is growing rapidly and need talented and passionate people to join their team.


Call for Technical Sessions

The technical track is now closed, please see the schedule for more details.

Based upon the feedback from last year, many people are interesting in more in depth technical sessions. As these generally need more preparation and have a more practical style, we are running this as a separate track to the main open spaces.

We’re looking for enthusiastic people to run sessions on new technologies or ways of working, based upon their practical experiences.

We are particulary focusing on iterative and incremental development. How do we get feedback fast without the software getting so impenetrable that the project grinds to a halt or grinds on endlessly in mediocrity.

Sessions could include topics around technical practices e.g. testing, TDD, refactoring, build and deployment automation or the teamwork practices a technical team needs to do that well and continually improve, e.g. retrospectives, collaborative design, egoless development, specification by example, etc.

If that sounds like you, please submit a summary of your session idea, brief plan and goals to Marc Johnson.

Magazine Articles

As part of XP Day 2011 we’re putting together a magazine and we’re still open for contributes. We’re looking for articles of one to three pages: between 400 and 1200 words, (if you feel you need more than three pages please consider breaking it down in two pieces). Diagram are fine, please get in touch with me to talk about formats that will print well if you’re not sure.

I’m hoping for things like a favourite blog post prettied up, or a clever lightning talk written down, or the distillation of a good chat from the eXtreme Tuesday Club. Of course something new is also very welcome. Just something that you can pull together without too much bother.

The key is that the deadline for printing is very close, and I’ll need your text in the next couple weeks.

Even if you’re not a position to make a contribution you may know someone who would like to be part of the magazine and that I might not have thought to ask. Ideally we’re looking for people connected to XP and the agile developer community in London, but we’ve been a significant crossroad for a long time so there are many people who might have something to say. You could copy this email to them or forward their name to me and I’ll get in touch a quickly as I can, whatever is easiest for you.

Please mail submissions to me at julian.b.kelsey at gmail.com with your article in plain text. Any diagrams should be a suitable resolution or format for printing. Please clearly indicate what contact information you would like printed and include about one tweet, more or less, of biographical details. Also if you would like to include a photo please send one suitable for printing.

If you’ve got any questions please ask me.

Thanks, Julian Kelsey.

Kevlin Henney Keynote

We’re very pleased to welcome Kevlin Henney as our opening keynote speaker. A long-term friend of the London XtC community, we’ve been trying to get him to turn up for years.


Code is the stuff of software. It is the definition of the software. It is the enabler of functionality, the realizer of business value, the expression of understanding. It is also an expression of misunderstanding, a resister of change, a source of sunk costs.

But the word code has meanings beyond source and binary. In a broader sense, code and codes are also the stuff of software development. There are cultures of programming, principles of practice, manifestos of desire. Code refers to a set of conventions by which a group of people will govern themselves. As with source code, other codes need to be open to change and to question.

In all senses, code is a means and model of communication. This talk will explore technical and non-technical sides of code, from questions of craft and agility to questions of culture and doctrine.

Kevlin HenneyKevlin is an independent consultant and trainer based in the UK, known internationally for his speaking, writing, incidental humor and occasional insights. His software development interests are in patterns, programming, practice and process. Kevlin is co-author of A Pattern Language for Distributed Computing and On Patterns and Pattern Languages, two volumes in the Pattern-Oriented Software Architecture series, editor of the 97 Things Every Programmer Should Know site and book, and has written many articles and columns, both treeware and online.

Call for Experience Reports

Experience reports are at the heart of learning in the Agile community.

We are soliciting for experience reports to form part of the Experience Report Track at XP Day 2011. If you have had an experience that you feel would be of value to the wider community, please submit a session.

If you have not presented before, you will be assigned a shepherd to help you prepare.

To submit a session, leave a comment on this post. We will create a blog post for each experience report so that others can leave a comment on your submission.

Your submission should be a paragraph or two and should cover the following points as appropriate:

  1. Background context
  2. What we wanted to change
  3. What we tried
  4. Something that succeeded
  5. Something that failed
  6. Something that surprised us

All the best

The XP Day 2011 team.

Lean Startup Track at XPDay

Dear All

We are delighted to announce that Salim Virani, the organiser of the London Lean Startup and various Lean Startup Camps will be organising a Lean Startup track for XP Day.

The Lean Startup track will be similar to the one that Salim ran at TNW “The Next Web” conference in Amsterdam. The Lean Startup track at TNW consisted of eight fifteen minute presentations and talks.

More details to follow!

The XP Day Team



21-22 November at Mary Ward House

Mary Ward HouseThis year XP Day will be on 21st and 22nd November at Mary Ward House

Once again, this will be a free event for practitioners which is funded by sponsorship. We are looking for sponsors for the event. Please contact Nader Talai for details.

Based on feedback from last year, this will be an open space event again, however we will also have two tracks:

  • Experience Reports ( as last year )
  • A technical track as this requires setup and planning. (Organiser: Marc Johnson – please e-mail me at xpday@marcj.co.uk)

Even though this is an open space event, it does not mean that planned sessions are not allowed. Get planning!

Registration details will be posted here soon.

Xp Day