Black Marble is hosting the Yorkshire Chapter of the Global Windows Azure Bootcamp on the 27th of April

Black Marble is hosting the Yorkshire Chapter of the Global Windows Azure Bootcamp taking place in several locations globally on the April 27th, 2013. This free community organised event is one day deep dive class where you will get you up to speed on developing for Windows Azure. The class includes a trainer with deep real world experience with Windows Azure, as well as a series of labs so you can practice what you just learned.

Black Marble’s event will be run by Robert Hogg (Microsoft Integration MVP) and Steve Spencer (Windows Azure MVP). Come along and join the global Azure event of the year!

Check out the prerequisites you need to install on your PC and here to sign up

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Agile Yorkshire – December Lightening Talks

December’s Agile Yorkshire, on the Tuesday, 11 December 2012, will be Lightening Talks covering a range of agile topics and be held at a new venue The Round Foundry Media Centre.

Submissions for Lightening Talks are still arriving so the precise agenda may change but proposed topics included:

  • Visual agile assessment for improvement
  • Continuous Integration
  • Agile Interviewing
  • Difficult conversations
  • Time management
  • Refactoring using the Mikado Method
  • PowerShell
  • Agile testing
  • Burn up charts
  • Multi-team, multiple kanban board problems.

For more details and registration see the event site


This event is at a new venue, The Round Foundry. It has plenty of free (evening) parking right in front and is 5 minutes walk from Leeds train station. The Midnight Bell pub is also next door

Tuesday, 11 December 2012 from 18:30 to 21:00 (GMT)

The Round Foundry Media Centre
Foundry St
LS11 5QP Leeds
United Kingdom
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Black Marble at the 2012 Abbey Dash

Another good turn out this year for the Age UK Abbey Dash 10K in Leeds. Over 9000 runners this year, certainly seemed much busier than previous years.



Again Black Marble had staff members running. As with last year we did a wisdom of crowds based handicap race for the impressive Black Marble trophy (we all estimate each others expected times, the winner is who beats mean estimate the most). This year there was a tie to the second between Jon and Becky, who are as we speak negotiating over trophy sharing for the next year.


Congratulations to all who took part, I am sure plenty of good causes benefited from the efforts of everyone who ran

Its events time again

if you missed yesterdays DDD10, as I did, then don’t worry. You can come to DDD North in Bradford at the University Management Centre on the 13th of October. There is another great set of speakers, I was lucky enough to get my session on Unit Testing and Fakes in VS2012 accepted. Hope to see you there

Also my company Black Marble as announced our free autumn  and winter events, check them out on our events page. There is a good varied selection this year, something for everyone.