I’m hoping to be a lot more regular with them over the next few months but at present they are just infrequent enough that I always seem to forget something in the setup to the session.
Checklists to the rescue! This is the current checklist I run through before starting a coding dojo session. Hopefully it will be useful to someone else.
Once you decide to run a dojo use this checklist:
- Find interested attendees
- Agree a venue and date
- Check venue has enough space for all attendees and a few spares
- Check wifi and network coverage for venue.
- Check electrical outlets for venue.
- Book venue for correct date.
- Book food, projector and other “extras”.
- Write the agenda
- Expectations for the session
- How long the session will last?
- What equipment participants need to bring (if any)?
- Which programming language(s)?
- What experience level is required?
- Which problem/kata to try?
- Send invitations and add date to calendar
- Print instructions and/or cheatsheets for everyone
Immediately before the dojo starts use this checklist:
- Check cyber-dojo is online
- Bring personal laptop
- Bring projector
- Bring Instructions/Cheatsheets
- Bring Biscuits!