Next meeting – March 11th, 2014

We meet at 6:30pm on the second Tuesday of each month at the Farmington Community Library.

Our topics this month include:

Kanban

Some days developing applications feels like drinking from the fire-hose. New features coming in from design, bugs from users, mounting technical debt, and folks wandering the halls wondering about the status for their particular piece. How do you manage it all? Kanban is a lean process that can overlay over your existing processes and roles. It includes common-sense ideas, such as limiting the amount of work users can do, and breaking tasks down into one day deliverables Rick Harding will talk about Kanban and how he uses it not only to manage the work for a team of developers in Canonical, but also for use with his own development.

Rick Harding is a team lead for the Juju UI Engineering team at Canonical and developer of the open source bookmarking application Bookie. He’s been a team lead for about 10 minutes but has been using Kanban as a developer for over two years.

Pygame

Pygame is a game development and media layer for Python. It started off as a layer between Python and the Simple Direct Media-layer library but has capabilities that have grown beyond simply mimicking the SDL library interface. In this quick overview Craig Maloney will demonstrate the basic concepts of Pygame and do a live (hah) coding demo of a simple game.

Craig Maloney is one of the MUG board members. He fancies himself a game developer / designer and has the shelf of unread books to prove it.

As an added bonus we are giving away five books from our friends at Pearson:

  • A Practical Guide to Fedora and Red Hat Enterprise Linux (7th Edition) (2 copies)
  • Ubuntu Unleashed 2014 Edition covering 13.10 and 14.04 (9th edition) (2 copies)
  • The Technical and Social History of Software Engineering (1 copy)

You must be present (and be a paid up member) to win.

Speaking of membership we will be taking nominations for the 2014-2015 Board elections. Any member may nominate themselves or another member. Elections will be held at the April Meeting.

(And speaking of the April meeting we’ll have Marlon Dutra from some up-and-coming  start-up called Facebook come to talk about how they manage their production servers and infrastructure.)

And if that weren’t enough, we’ll also have our normal MUG meeting features: Jobs Looking For People, People Looking for Jobs, news and events, and much much more.

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