It has been a busy few months for the team and we're pleased to bring the newsletter back, including some useful resources for you to take advantage of, such as an article on 'The Fine Art of Fast Development', a talk on building 'Sustainable and Empathetic Cross-Functional Teams' and, if you haven't already checked it out yet, Katalyst, our new handy skill-honing tool. Please feel free to share the newsletter with your colleagues for their own learning and development!
Until next time, The Codurance team
Consistent Growth and Exciting Changes
By Sandro Mancuso and Mash Badar
Since our last update, we're delighted to report Codurance's continued expansion, with new homes for both the London and Barcelona offices and the launch of Software Crafters North, a group run by our new Manchester branch as we continue to grow. SC London returns this October for a third consecutive year, with a raft of impressive thought-leaders scheduled to share their crafting expertise with the community - we're looking forward to seeing you there!
We kicked off 2019 by achieving AWS Partner Status, recognising the expertise, skill and experience of our people in the AWS Cloud ecosystem and its various services. As part of our commitment to contributing to the development community, we're pleased to announce that 7 of our talented apprentices have recently graduated to Craftsperson level, creating expert practitioners able to contribute to and share Craftsmanship values within the software development realm.
Last but by no means least, we've had the pleasure of working on some truly exciting international client projects - coaching, advising and delivering exceptional software. We're excited to see what's next for the business over the course of the rest of the year and welcome you to follow our journey.
Denise Yu's 'Agile on the Beach 2019' talk covers the importance of how psychological safety and empathy enables teams to perform better at achieving strategic outcomes - complete with some great cat doodles.
There comes a time in everyone's career when this question becomes persistent in one's mind. Our co-founder Mash Badar discusses how the alignment of individual, team and organisation is key to delivering value within the context of software delivery.
Creating well-crafted software and contributing to best practice is our passion and therefore we have created Katalyst, a portal to share some of the programming problems that we use to teach and practice software development.
We have selected Katas that we believe will improve skills, in fundamental areas such as test-driven development and object-oriented design. Katas vary in skill level, in the language the crafter is most familiar with - we'd love to hear your feedback!
Over the last few months the Codurance team have been steadily recording podcasts covering technology, Software Craftsmanship and everything in-between. Subscribe directly via Podbean or Apple Podcasts to keep up with each episode, or find each release our website.
Robert "Uncle Bob" Martin's introductory piece for those aspiring to become a fully-fledged craftsperson; The Clean Coder contains a useful foundation of the core techniques and disciplines required to practice true Software Craftsmanship. One to share with the more junior members of your team.