Effective code sprinting

Accepted Session
Short form
Scheduled: Thursday, June 18, 2009 from 11:20am – 12:05pm in Burnside


Code sprints are events where developers quickly complete coding tasks in a collaborative environment. A panel of skilled developers will share their experiences for organizing effective code sprints so you can better participate and organize your own. The panel members have organized and participated in over a hundred sprints (ranging from Django to JRuby) and used sprints as the primary way to develop community-oriented projects (e.g., Calagator). While most of the discussion will be about volunteer-run open source code sprints, many of the ideas will be readily applicable to improving development at your workplace. The panel will offer practical, actionable advice that you can use and answer your questions.


  • How to get the most out of code sprints as a participant and organizer?
  • How do you organize a sprint?
  • How do you run a sprint?
  • How do you maintain momentum after a sprint?
  • Challenges to effective code sprints
  • Questions and answers

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