AgileWorks Romania
16Oct/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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4Oct/17Off

Scrum & Wine Tulburel Edition

Hello Agile Supporters,

We are back for some Scrum&Wine, as we heard people are asking about it. It's Autumn, grapes are being carefully transformed into wine and we should definitely celebrate this ceremony. 

It is also a great time to connect and share ideas and news for the last quarter of 2017. 

Details about the event:

Frank Schimdt will be the master of ceremonies.


Event entrance is 40 lei and this includes only the wine tasting. The fee will turn into a voucher at the end of the tasting if you want to acquire for home a bottle (you only pay the difference).

If we want to order a wine bottle afterward, please check the selection and prices:

Grüner Veltliner Satzen – DAC (58 RON)

Grüner Veltliner Gebling - Premier Cru (120 RON)

Riesling vom Urgestein – DAC (74 RON)

Riesling Sunogeln - Premier Cru (120 RON)

Zweigelt Classic – DAC (54 RON)

Zweigelt Rubin Carnuntum - Premier Cru (77 RON)


For food, they have dishes with cheeses and smoked / raw-dried meat for 2/3 persons at 35 lei. I suggest deciding there on this matter. Last time we had 3 dishes and it sufficed.

Plain/carbonated water and crackers are free for all tasting.

We have the sofa table reserved (biggest one) so we can fit nicely. 

So, please update your RSVP accordingly and see you on Thursday!

The event is open, you can check it here: https://www.facebook.com/events/762011237316414/

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3Oct/17Off

Global Day of Coderetreat 2017

Hi all,

That day of the year, when programmers from all around the world celebrate together the joy of coding, has come. Global Day of Coderetreat is happening on 18th of November. Like every year, our community is participating at the event and is inviting you to practice your craft. 

Alin Pandichi is facilitating the coderetreat, once again. You might know him from our previous meetups such as "Coding Dojo" and "Agile Talks". He is also a frequent speaker in the local tech communities. 

We will gather in the city center at MozaicWorks office, our sponsor for this edition. The number of places is limited, so don't forget to RSVP. 

Prerequisites:

- Bring a laptop on which you have a working development environment for your chosen programming language. 

- Joy of coding :).

Agenda:

9:00 - 9:30 Welcome coffee

9:30 – 10:00 Intro

10:00 – 10:45 Session 1

10:45 – 11:00 Retrospective session 1

11:00 – 11:45 Session 2

11:45 – 12:00 Retrospective session 2

12:00 – 12:45 Session 3

12:45 – 13:00 Retrospective session 3

13:00 – 14:30 Lunch sponsored by Mozaic Works

14:30 – 15:15 Session 4

15:15 – 15:30 Retrospective session 4

15:30 – 16:15 Session 5

16:15 – 16:30 Retrospective session 5

16:30 – 17:15 Session 6

17:15 – 17:30 Retrospective session 6

17:30 – 17:45 Closing circle with beer

After 18:00 we can move to a pub for more beers (or coffee, or tea, or still water). Not to mention the interesting discussion with all the nice people you just met and wrote code with during the day.

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Global Day of Coderetreat is a world-wide event celebrating passion and software craftsmanship. Last year, over 5000 passionate software developers in 200 cities around the world registered to spend the day practicing the craft of software development using the coderetreat format. Since our community pioneered code retreats in Europe, we are glad to continue this tradition. For more details please visit http://globalday.coderetreat.org/.

What's it about?

In our day to day jobs we have the sense of wanting to get it done, that causes to rush. And so we try to cut corners, but sometimes we do not cut the corners in the best way because we do not know enough.

During a code retreat we use pair-programming, which is wonderful because you can learn a lot from each other. We write our code using TDD and the known design rules. We focus purely on writing beautiful code, there is no pressure to actually produce a working solution for the problem.

The format of a code retreat is: 
- take a problem: Conway’s Game of Life 
- during 45 minutes sessions write the best code with your pair 
- delete your code (yes, it can be hard) 
- 10 minutes retrospectives 
- 5 minutes break 
- change your pair 
- start a new 45 minutes session

We have 3 sessions in the morning, after that we have a lunch of 1h - 1h ½, and 3 more sessions in the afternoon. At the end we have a longer retrospective.

This code retreat is language agnostic, the main principles are the same for each language.

See you on 18th of November!

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3Oct/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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29Sep/17Off

Agile Talks#25- No-nonsense ProductManagement & PD in the Age of MachineLearning

Hello,

You are invited to the October edition of Agile Talks. 


Our first speaker is Tudor Marciu, an independent product consultant with experience in software engineering, agile processes and product management. A fan of transparency and efficiency, he promotes a no-nonsense approach to software development. Through his company, Johnny Modest Consultancy, he provides Business Analysis and Product consultancy to both startups and established companies. 

Tudor will talk about "No-nonsense Product Management - a metric-based approach":

"As a Product professional in an Agile environment you stand at the intersection between two very dynamic environments with radically different mentalities: "on the shelf" (Development, Design, QA), concerned with quality and performance, and off-the-shelf (Sales, Marketing), concerned with speed and presentation. Though interdependent, the two hardly ever have the same goals. Reconciling both visions in Product decisions and road-maps is difficult by default, especially with little to no formal authority. The metric-based approach addresses this problem by creating a transparent, democratic system for making decisions and getting stakeholders on board." 

Our second speaker is Bogdan Costea, developer and lead for over 10 years. He is passionate about building products, optimizing processes and creating value. He pushes software craftsmanship, agile and lean methods on high stakes. Over the years, he's had projects in over 18 countries (most of them with his work), so he enjoys traveling. Lately he has been doing it as a hobby since he works from his home office in fluffy slippers.

Bogdan will talk about "Product Development in the Age of Machine Learning":

"Machine Learning isn’t new. Commodity, large scale, applied and cheap Machine Learning is new… and it changes everything. Most of our everyday tasks will be impacted in some way by Machine Learning in the next few years. Most things you do every day already benefit from ML in some way or another. Most likely you don’t even know it. This talk isn’t about math. It’s about what easily available, simple... and cheap Machine Learning does to Product Development, what can be gained with very little effort and what you should be really considering for your next products, all based on my journey decoding the sorcery of machine learning and using it with over-average results."

Agenda: 
18:45 - 19:00 Arriving, socializing 
19:00 - 19:10 Introduction 
19:10 - 19:40 No-nonsense Product Management - a metric-based approach 
19:40 - 20:10 Product Development in the Age of Machine Learning
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 11th of October!

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27Sep/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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27Sep/17Off

Agile Talks #3

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.

First Talk: Robert Mălai  - "The Product Mindset". The Product Mindset will help your company to become a valuable partner to your customers, enabling them to fulfil their business goals. 

Robert is working as an Engineering Manager at 3Pillar Global. Robert is extremely passionate about technology and engineering, which he has been managing for the last 15 years in various teams. He has built products from embedded software development in automotive to distributed services in the cloud. Robert is also passionate about databases, Linux servers, Python, JavaScript and Software Development. Prior to joining 3Pillar, Robert was involved in the automotive industry during his stint at Continental Automotive.


Second Talk: Iulian Paduraru - Facilitation - What actually is it?. During this session Iulian Paduraru will share his thoughts on what facilitation is and how can we use it in our company so that we overcome our obstacles.


Iulian is an Agile Project Manager and Agile Coach at isoftbet.com. With a background as a software developer, he is very passionate about agile, software development and technology in general.

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 Robert Mălai - "The Product Mindset"
19:30 - 20:00 Iulian Paduraru - "Facilitation - What actually is it?"
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

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20Sep/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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5Sep/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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4Sep/17Off

Agile Talks #24 – Unit tests for React & Managing a team is not managing horses

Hello,

You are invited to the first Agile Talks event of the season. 

First, we have Alin Pandichi with "How to unit test your React/Redux app":

"React and Redux took the world by storm. These JavaScript libraries allow you to write applications consisting of reusable components while avoiding bugs related to side-effects. But I suspect that developers do not unit test their React/Redux code. Or at least not as much as they could. During this talk, I will showcase the unit tests we have written for our eventriX product. These tests run fast and cover the most important aspects of our client-side code running in the browser. These practical real-world examples could inspire you to write more and better unit tests for your own React/Redux application.

Our second speaker is Claudiu Draghia, an active member in local communities. He started testing back in 2004. He has a lot of personal projects in testing area.

Claudiu does not like to do things just because, he likes to find the meaning and purpose of stuff. He learns new things all the time. This talk is about one of his latest learning projects:

"During my quest to better understand teams I found a lot interesting stuff. This talk will be about of the biggest highlights that I believe are crucial in working with teams. "

Agenda: 
18:45 - 19:00 Arriving, socializing 
19:00 - 19:10 Introduction 
19:10 - 19:40 How to unit test your React/Redux app 
19:40 - 20:10 Managing a team is not managing horses
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 13th of September!

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