"The Planning Game and Open Source Test Tool"

Carl Erickson, Atomic Object

When: February 3rd, 2004, at 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm Where: Siemens Dematic

The January meeting is being rescheduled to February 3 due to poor weather conditions on the original date. The meeting offers a slight change in format in an effort to satisfy individuals new to XP as well as advanced XP users. Please feel free to attend the portions of the meeting most important to you.

The first portion of the meeting is for individuals new to XP or for those who would like a refresher. In this segement, Carl Erickson, Atomic Object’s President, provides a brief overview of XP and then focuses on one of the Extreme Programming best practices known as “The Planning Game”. The XP planning process allows the XP “customer” to define the business value of desired features, and uses cost estimates provided by the programmers, to choose what needs to be done and what needs to be deferred. The effect of XP’s planning process is that it is easy for management to steer the project to success according to scope, priority, composition of releases, and release dates.

The second portion of the meeting is an advanced topic on open source testing tools. Carl Erickson will have just returned from the [Austin Workshop on Test Automation|http://www.pettichord.com/awta5.html] and will provide a summary of the new and exciting things he learned there.

The specific agenda is as follows:

  • 6:00 pm – 6:45 pm – XP Practice: The Planning Game
  • 6:45 pm – 7:15 pm – Open Networking
  • 7:15 pm – 8:00 pm – Open Source Testing tools

Please register by e-mailing: coordinator@xpwestmichigan.org

The meeting will be held at the Siemens Dematic Conference Center. This is the building on their North Campus, just down the hill from the School House.

From the intersection of Michigan and Plymouth roads, go north on Plymouth (down the hill) and turn left into the first drive that you can, driving between two black iron gates. The conference center is the first building on your left, on the left side of the roof that connects two buildings.

Parking is available directly in front of the building. If that lot is full, you can make an immediate right turn when entering the drive and park on the lower parking level.