Do You Even Kata?

How do you get to be an All-Star sports person? Obviously fitness and talent help. But the great athletes spend hours and hours every day, practicing.

But in the software industry we take developers trained in the theory and throw them straight in to the deep-end, working on a project. It’s like taking a group of fit kids and telling them that they have four quarters to beat the Redskins (hey, we manage by objectives, right?). In software we do our practicing on the job, and that’s why we make mistakes on the job. We need to find ways of splitting the practice from the profession. We need practice sessions.


Bring your laptops and join us for a Code Kata! At this meetup, we will actually do some coding using the Kata format. If you’re not a coder, no worries.  You are still welcome to come and hang out and experience a Kata.  Coders will be presented with a small and fun, but challenging puzzle and you will have some time to implement the solution to that puzzle, in code. We will reserve some time at the end for volunteers to share their solution to the problem. The solution can be coded in whichever language you prefer (Java, Javascript, CSharp, Python, Ruby).

Bob Damato, Director of Software Engineering, Valpak / Cox Target Media

I’m an unabashed fan of Agile Development and software development in general.  I’m a firm believer in the credo “There’s always a better way” (and I’m relentless in my pursuit of it).  I’m an introvert who deeply dislikes public speaking (but I do it anyway).

Bob can be found on LinkedIn at and Twitter @bdamato.

Food and beverage for this meetup are made possible from our generous sponsor, TEKsystems.  We take RSVPs very seriously!  RSVP counts are used to determine how much food and drink to supply at each meetup. The point is, if you RSVP to a meetup, please show up.