Tech Summertime begins at Agile Code Retreat

Agile on the Beach ran their first in a new series of Code Retreats this week welcoming local and national software developers to refine and practice their coding skills.

The unique 2 day retreat set overlooking St Austell Bay was fully booked with over 40 developers joining software development experts Kevlin Henney and Jon Jagger to practice and refine the quality of their software engineering skills. The retreat welcomed local developers, and teams and individuals from across the UK.

The event started with a snow swept venue, creating a picture postcard view for delegates on the first day and breaktime fun in the snow. Delegates were joined by members of the BBC Radio 4 InBusiness team Jonty and Estelle to interview them for an upcoming show on Digital Nomads, and Cornwall as a Global destination, especially for developers.

No Agile on the Beach event would be complete without a social by the sea, so delegates headed down to Charlestown for the evening in between to unwind on the beach, take a tour of the tall ships and film set at the harbour, and enjoy dinner and drinks for the evening at Loveday’s restaurant.

On day two delegates enjoyed more time with Jon and Kevlin, working in pairs and mobs to further refine and reflect on their practice and learning whilst enjoying the crisp and clear views across the bay as the snow melted away in the warm sunshine.

Feedback on the event was incredibly positive and teams left keen to apply their new skills and knowledge.

“with stunning views and excellent facilities attending the retreat was delight and felt like I was whisked away and really could ignore the outside world allowing me to delve into coding”

“Very nice retreat for developers where you get opinions of other developers”

“Really enjoyable with good mentoring on TDD techniques and code habitability.”

“really enjoyable variation to learning in a bland office space”

“It all worked well, the course, the tutors, the location, the event staff, the food and drinks, the evening entertainment. It was all good. Thank you.”

“When I first saw the retreat mentioned on twitter I did not hesitate to book. To spend two days learning from Jon and Kevlin, both experts in their field, was an opportunity not to be missed, especially at the price on offer. I was not disappointed. The two days were fun, interactive and packed with learning points. The venue was modern and had fabulous views. A nice touch was the social evening that was organised for the Monday evening. Belinda and the crew did a fantastic job of organising the event and I would thoroughly recommend it to anyone looking to further their understanding of how to improve their software development skills.”

Cornwall’s software development teams are known for their delivery of high quality software solutions across the world. Investing into time for their teams to improve practices and increase their knowledge of the latest development methods is critical to maintaining this standard of excellence. Paul Massey, founder of local software company Bluefruit, comments on why this type of training is vital for their teams “Bluefruit develops embedded software for intelligent products and devices. We believe the success of any intelligent product depends on the quality of its software. It’s the core of everything we do.”

Following the great response to this first event, a second retreat is planned for the autumn following the Agile on the Beach annual conference in July. Interest can be registered by emailing

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March 21, 2018