Thoughts on Thoughtworks Australia Team Hug September 2010

I haven’t started yet at Thoughtworks (it’s still a week away), so I felt very privileged to be invited to the the bi-annual Thoughtworks Australia Team Hug over the weekend in country Victoria.

The weekend consisted of a series of talks and heaps of fun. I really enjoyed the talks by Martin Fowler on DSLs (Domain Specific Languages) and Chris Bushell on how to avoid branching code which was interesting as it relates to the new focus on Continuous Delivery.  I also enjoyed the two Dev-Ops talks, one frightening story by Tom Sulston and a much calmer one by Evan Bottcher. I need to look more closely into the Twist automated testing tool after seeing a demonstration of its features.

Besides the talks, there was a great Wild West themed party on Saturday night, complete with a photo booth that produced lots of hilarious photos. I dressed up as a cowboy, complete with chaps, boots, hat and guns. People went to huge effort in getting dressed up, there was even someone in a giant cow costume!

I managed to fit in a nice morning stroll on Sunday morning to enjoy the fresh country air and surroundings, which was very pleasant as I live in the city-city.

It was a great introduction to Thoughtworks culture and people and an all round enjoyable event.

Author: Alister Scott

Alister is an Excellence Wrangler for Automattic.

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