Pre-Game Routine to Write Code

I’ve first heard of having a “pre-game routine” in this post by James Clear, and have used to technique a couple of times. This week, I’ve decided to try it out as a “code writing warm-up”. 🙂

The idea is to write a little bit of code for a couple of minutes just to get my mind in that mode. I also decided to stack pair this new habit with either learning or getting better at something I see room for improvement. In my case, that’s ES6.

I’m relatively new to ES6 and am still educating my brain to get used to reading and writing it. I enjoyed using RubyKoans back when I was learning some Ruby, so I figured I could try something similar for ES6.

I’ve found this collection of ES6 Katas; before starting any sort of coding in my workday, I spend 5-10 minutes doing these Katas. I’m digging it!

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Speaking at the HDNUG tonight!

I’m speaking at the HDNUG tonight! The User Group is hosted at Improving Houston. I’ll be delivering my current top favorite talk out there:

Testing in Agile: from Afterthought to an Integral Part

Testing cannot be an afterthought; it has to be an integral part of software development. Is it something that QA teams do? Or is it part of a developer’s duties? Do business analysts play any role in it? What is test automation? Unit test, Integration test, Test-Driven Development, Behavior-Driven Development… what do those mean?!

This session addresses all of those questions, as we talk through the importance of tests, the collaboration among team members, the techniques, and practices around different kinds of automated testing.

Those who have seen this talk before have been saying it’s a great talk for both developers, as well as QA, Business Analysts, Produt Owners… and I agree with them. 🙂

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Speaking at the Houston Tech Fest this weekend!

I’m speaking at the Houston Tech Fest this Saturday, September 29. This is a great free conference, which started way back in 2007, and I’ve had the honor to speak there every time when I was in town.

I’ll be delivering the following sessions:

  • Testing in Agile: from Afterthought to Integral Part
  • Beyond the Daily Stand-up: An Intro to Scrum
  • Web UI Testing? Yes You Can!
  • Becoming a Better Developer – Part 1
  • Becoming a Better Developer – Part 2

Yup, I’ll be busy most of the day! 🙂

Looking forward to seeing some of you out there.

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Speaking at the Houston Scrum Users Group

Improving Houston has picked up the torch and is bringing the Houston Scrum Users Group back to life, and I have the honor to deliver the first talk of this comeback on May 15!

I’ll be giving my most recent talk, as below:

Testing in Agile: from Afterthought to Integral Part

Testing cannot be an afterthought; it has to be an integral part of software development. Is it something that QA teams do? Or is it part of a developer’s duties? Do business analysts play any role in it? What is test automation? Unit test, Integration test, Test-Driven Development, Behavior-Driven Development… what do those mean?!
This session addresses all of those questions, as we talk through the importance of tests, the collaboration among team members, the techniques, and practices around different kinds of automated testing.

Please RSVP on the link below:

https://www.meetup.com/Houston-Scrum-Users-Group/events/250467740/

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Speaking at the Spring Houston Tech Fest on May 5

I’m speaking at the Spring Houston Tech Fest this May 5. I’ll be doing the following sessions:

  • The Software Doesn’t Work? Rewrite it!
  • Code Review: I Mean No Harm!
  • Testing in Agile: from Afterthought to Integral Part
  • Beyond the Daily Stand-up: An Intro to Scrum

I look forward to seeing some of you there!

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Improving Houston is Hiring!

Improving Houston is hiring. We have a TON of positions available!

  • Senior and Principal level Java consultants
  • Consultant, Senior, and Principal .NET consultants
  • Senior and Principal UI/UX consultants
  • Agile Coaches and Scrum Masters

If you’re interested, or know somebody who’d be, contact me at claudio.lassala AT improving.com

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Speaking at the North Houston .NET User Group on April 19

I’ll be speaking at the North Houston .NET User Group on April 19 at 6:30pm. Here’s the session info:

Becoming a Better Developer

This presentation is filled with tips and tricks for you to become a better developer, including teaching developers to think more business and less technical, how to think about writing tests, TDD/BDD, and much more.

I hope to see some of you there!

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