AgileWorks Romania
19Apr/17Off

Digital Nomadism and Freelancing

We have really great speakers in Iasi these days:

Asia Lindsay - Europe Community Lead for Toptal

Bozhidar Batsov, the VP of Engineering at Toptal 

We'll be talking about freelancing and how working remote fits in our fast-paced environment with respect to open source technologies;

This meetup is held together with DevOps Iasi group.

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19Apr/17Off

Agile Talks #22

Hi,

May edition brings two new technical talks for our community. 

First we have Alin Pandichi with "Covariance and contravariance. Say what?!". 

While merrily browsing the Internet and reading technical articles about programming, you may encounter the terms of "covariance" and "contravariance." These sound spooky enough to make you consider closing the tab and forgetting all about it, as if it were a bad dream. It doesn't have to be that way!

These two terms are actually abstract mathematical concepts that are used in probability theory, statistics, theoretical physics, category theory and (you guessed it!) computer science. Each aforementioned field has a certain definition regarding what covariance / contravariance is. Each definition may or may not have a degree of similarity to the other definitions in the other fields.

During this talk, we'll try to make sense of these things, together. We'll lightly touch upon what covariance and contravariance means in a couple of applied mathematical scenarios (Don't worry, we won't be talking about functors!). Then, we'll see how these concepts are used to describe subtyping relationships in programming languages such as Java and C#. There will be code examples, of course!

Second speaker will be announced soon.

Agenda:
18:45 - 19:00 Arriving, socializing
19:00 - 19:10 Introduction
19:10 - 19:40 Covariance and contravariance. Say what?!
19:40 - 20:10 TBA
20:10 - 20:20 Break
20:20 - 21:10 Open Space - ask the speakers for more details or propose interesting topics
21:10 - 21:20 Closing

See you on 4th of May!

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19Apr/17Off

Agile Talks #2

Hi,

Agile Talks wants to bring together people who are passionate about software development and agile methods.

We will have two talks of maximum 30 minutes and after that two Open Space slots for around one hours.

The event ends with a group retrospective and with some conclusions from the participants.

Agile Talks is a great opportunity to both learn from other people's experiences and discuss your own topics during the Open Space.

The talks are to be determined in the next period.

We are in discussions for the venue and will announce it soon.

If you want to sponsor Agile Talks, please get in touch. Participants love having some drinks and some food in the evening so that can discuss the current burning matters with more energy.

Agenda:

18:30 - 18:45 Arriving, socializing
18:45 - 19:00 Introduction
19:00 - 19:30 Talk 1 TBD
19:30 - 20:00 Talk 2 TBD
20:00 - 20:10 Break
20:10 - 21:00 Open Space - ask the speakers for more details or propose interesting topics
21:00 - 21:15 Retrospective, Closing

See you in June!

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19Apr/17Off

Agile Talks – Design Thinking special edition

Hi,

You are invited to a special Agile Talks edition with Design Thinking as the main topic.

On May 23rd we will welcome Silvia Mihailescu who’ll be sharing her story about embracing Agile and Design Thinking in order to rapidly develop user-centric applications together with users.
This event is dedicated to those who are working on developing IT products and solutions, want to become more client-centric, or are just curious of hearing about Silvia’s adventure in Japan.

As an experienced Marketer, story doer and design thinker, Silvia has worked for 10 years at IBM, before joining the startup world. She has lived in New York, Tokyo, Germany and worked a lot around Africa and South Asia. 

Agenda:
18:45 - 19:00 Arriving, socializing
19:00 - 19:10 Introduction
19:10 - 20:00 Memories of a Design Thinker
20:00 - 20:15 Break
20:15 - 21:00 Open Space - ask the speaker for more details or propose interesting topics
21:00 - 21:10 Closing

See you on May 23rd!

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18Apr/17Off

Code and beer

What

The code and beer idea is simple enough: we gather in the evening after work, in a pub, have a beer and write some code. It is a social coding event where you can share ideas with other developers. You can come and leave whenever you want.

Why would you come and join us

Meet other programmers
Work on your own project
Help others with their projects
Find someone who might help you with a specific topic
Pair with someone and learn new things
Just hang around and talk to people

How

Bring your laptop and some code that you'll be working on. If you don't have code then think about what you would like to practice during the evening.

There is no predefined agenda. We just meet and work on whatever we feel like.

Important

Please specify what you would like to do during the evening by answering the question "What would you like to practice?" when registering.

Also, as soon as you know you can no longer attend the meeting please change your RSVP to NO immediately. Consider this gesture a sign of respect towards other members of this group who might want to attend in your place.

The number of attendees is limited because of the difficulties of finding a big pub and making reservations for a big group.

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14Apr/17Off

Agile Talks #1

Hi,

The first edition of Agile Talks wants to bring together people who are passionate about software development and agile methods.

We will have two talks of maximum 30 minutes and after that two Open Space slots for around one hours.

The event ends with a group retrospective and with some conclusions from the participants.

Agile Talks is a great opportunity to both learn from other people's experiences and discuss your own topics during the Open Space.


The talks are to be determined in the next period. 

If you want to sponsor Agile Talks, please get in touch. Participants love having some drinks and some food in the evening so that can discuss the current burning matters with more energy.

Agenda:

18:30 - 18:45 Arriving, socializing
18:45 - 19:00 Introduction
19:00 - 19:30 Talk 1 TBD
19:30 - 20:00 Talk 2 TBD
20:00 - 20:10 Break
20:10 - 21:00 Open Space - ask the speakers for more details or propose interesting topics
21:00 - 21:15 Retrospective, Closing

See you in May!

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14Apr/17Off

Agile Talks #1

Hi,

The first edition of Agile Talks wants to bring together people who are passionate about software development and agile methods.

We will have two talks of maximum 30 minutes and after that two Open Space slots for around one hours.

The event ends with a group retrospective and with some conclusions from the participants.

Agile Talks is a great opportunity to both learn from other people's experiences and discuss your own topics during the Open Space.


The talks are to be determined in the next period.


We are in discussions for the venue and will announce it soon.

If you want to sponsor Agile Talks, please get in touch. Participants love having some drinks and some food in the evening so that can discuss the current burning matters with more energy.

Agenda:

18:30 - 18:45 Arriving, socializing
18:45 - 19:00 Introduction
19:00 - 19:30 Talk 1 TBD
19:30 - 20:00 Talk 2 TBD
20:00 - 20:10 Break
20:10 - 21:00 Open Space - ask the speakers for more details or propose interesting topics
21:00 - 21:15 Retrospective, Closing

See you in May!

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4Apr/17Off

Code and beer

What

The code and beer idea is simple enough: we gather in the evening after work, in a pub, have a beer and write some code. It is a social coding event where you can share ideas with other developers. You can come and leave whenever you want.

Why would you come and join us

Meet other programmers
Work on your own project
Help others with their projects
Find someone who might help you with a specific topic
Pair with someone and learn new things
Just hang around and talk to people

How

Bring your laptop and some code that you'll be working on. If you don't have code then think about what you would like to practice during the evening.

There is no predefined agenda. We just meet and work on whatever we feel like.

Important

Please specify what you would like to do during the evening by answering the question "What would you like to practice?" when registering.

Also, as soon as you know you can no longer attend the meeting please change your RSVP to NO immediately. Consider this gesture a sign of respect towards other members of this group who might want to attend in your place.

The number of attendees is limited because of the difficulties of finding a big pub and making reservations for a big group.

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28Mar/17Off

Coding Dojo

A Coding Dojo is a team practice format that accelerates knowledge transfer and sharing skills between team members. With an experienced facilitator, it is also a way of learning by applying various techniques.

Objectives

The following skills are typical candidates for improvement during a dojo:

• Refactoring
• Simple design
• Clean code
• Improving pair programming technique
• How to safely modify code you don't understand (usually legacy code)
• Learning a new programming language
• Unit testing
• Test driven development

In addition, coding dojo can be used by a team as a collective and structured way of solving difficult or risky problems related to production, like fixing a bug or redesigning parts of the application.

How it works?

The basic format of a coding dojo:

• All developers and the facilitator gather in a room.
• The facilitator introduces the purpose and the format of the coding dojo.
• One laptop with a functional development environment is connected to a projector.
• Two developers pair program on the laptop. The others are in the room, watching the code changes.
• Every 7 minutes, one developer leaves the laptop and the next one from the room takes his place.
• After a specified period of time (usually around two hours), the dojo ends with a retrospective.

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22Mar/17Off

Agile Talks #21

Hi,

April edition brings two new interesting talks for our community. 

First we have Alexandra Anghel with "Outsourcing Company vs. Product Company"

"I will show a comparison between my experience working in my own agency for almost 9 years and being a startup founder for the last 3 years, including lessons I have learned along the way". 

Alexandra Anghel is the Co-founder & CTO at Appticles.com, a startup developing progressive web apps. She has a technical background, mostly in backend programming, and she has previously owned an outsourcing company. She's passionate about startups & entrepreneurship and likes to get involved in various activities to help women get into programming/coding. Last year, she graduated from the Prosper Women Entrepreneurs accelerator in the US and at the beginning of this year joined Codette, a community for girls and women in ICT.


Second speaker is Eduard Budacu with "Agile Research: A journey into unknown worlds".

"A talk about the learning experience I had the past 3 years while researching Agile practices as a PhD student and as a fellow within the IT community."
 

Eduard Budacu is passionate about software development, agile teams and personal growth. Currently sustains the software industry growth, as an Agile Coach, by creating a productive working and learning environment. Together with Cristina Pana founded DOvelopers CONNECT with a personal challenge to meet as many people in the Romanian software industry, work with them, learn with them and have fun.

Agenda:

18:45 - 19:00 Arriving, socializing
19:00 - 19:10 Introduction
19:10 - 19:40 Outsourcing Company vs. Product Company
19:40 - 20:10 Agile Research: A journey into unknown worlds
20:10 - 20:20 Break
20:20 - 21:10 Open Space - ask the speakers for more details or propose interesting topics
21:10 - 21:20 Closing

See you on 10th of April!

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