AgileWorks Romania
25Apr/19Off

Agile Talks #36: Cultural Change & Digital Transformation

In May we'll be part of Bucharest Technology Week, one-week festival across the city to celebrate the power of technology. Our event comes with the following talks:

1. "Cultural Change in Product Development Studios. What now, what next?" by James Murphy

"From what used to drive people (creatives & devs) to studios/agencies to what drives them now. What are the main cultural trends that studios and agencies need to adapt and build on in Romania and globally? How we can attract and engage the best people in development, design and product innovation?
The world of talent is very different from what used to be 10 years ago, even 5 years ago. What attracts generation Y and X, the new breed of remote digital nomads and super creative millennials to roles and brands has changed.
Fact - if the companies of the 21st century don't consider this mindset and they don't understand what employer brand is and how important is to a business of any size, then they will more than likely fail through a trail of mediocrity and lack of opportunity.
We'll find out more together!"

About James:
James went from senior-level executive search in financial services to scaling and building tech-based startups globally over the last 15 years. With a people-centric career that has spanned through innovation in recruitment, personal funded startups and consultant for some of the fastest scaling platform businesses in London and beyond, James is now the Co-Founder/CEO of Squid40 and is focusing on a challenge culture based on uniting collaboration and empathetic minded professionals that have amazing startup ideas with inspiring founding teams.

2. "Digital Transformation from the Trenches" by Alexandru Bolboaca.
"In the past two years, we've been involved with digital transformation of European banks, working with all the levels in the organizations, from C-level and executive board, middle management, to product and development teams. We will share in this talk a few strategies that were successful and a few surprises we had."

About Alexandru:
"Being deeply passionate about technology creation I am a continuous learner in the field. Between reading, trying out technologies and multiple programming languages, presenting and participating to developer communities and conferences, I have learned enough to write two books and teach hundreds of developers.

I love working with smart people who want to get better at what they do, whether it’s team work, communication, management or technical skills. I offer you my passion, my experience and my capacity to adapt to your needs."

Agenda:
19:00 - Intro
19:10 - 19:40 Cultural Change in Product Development Studios. What now, what next? by James Murphy
19:40 - 20:10 Digital Transformation from the Trenches
20:10 - Break
20:25 - Open space
21:00 - Closing

See you there!

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23Apr/19Off

Agile Talks #

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: TBA

Second Talk: TBA

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 TBA
19:30 - 20:00 TBA
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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16Apr/19Off

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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2Apr/19Off

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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25Mar/19Off

Agile Talks #

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: TBA

Second Talk: TBA

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 TBA
19:30 - 20:00 TBA
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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25Mar/19Off

Agile Talks #35: Constructive conflict through NVC & Study of Agility in Romania

Let's meet again in April and learn from each other. Here is the agenda:

1. Silvia Pavalache will talk about
Constructive Conflict Through Nonviolent Communication

"Why should I attend, I'm not violent, I have no reason to go to this class!"
Nonviolent Communication is not a language intended only for those who express anger, frustration, irritation through aggressive gestures, offending and raising the voice.
It is more than that, it is about the deep observation and understanding of how we have been raised to see reality, is about the way we talk to ourselves and those around us.
Being stuck in a mentality in which we always seek the culprit, the one who didn't do the right thing, we put ourselves in a position of struggle with the other and therefore someone will always lose.
NVC involves both communication skills and awareness to work together to meet the needs of all concerned. It is about helping create a quality of interaction that builds collaboration based on mutual respect and understanding and not fear, shame, blame or coercion.

We will explore through the ‘four chairs’ two of the main skills developed in this approach:
•self connection when we receive a message that triggers us;
• expressing honestly and assertively without attacking."

About Silvia:
She has been learning NVC since 2010. She has a vision to bring connection in each relationship, either with herself or with others. In 2016 she began offering one on one sessions, introductory courses and developed an NVC programme for women. She is an active member of the Romanian Asscociation for NVC and has been a trainer on Extraordinary Relationships since 2017.

2. Cristina Pana will present us the results of the Study of Agility in Romanian Software Community.

"In this study we aim to evaluate the development of practices in the Romanian Software Community by observing how it evolved in the past years and what are the opportunities that lay ahead. The study is looking in the following dimensions to address agility:
(1) Companies, employees and productivity,
(2) Agile Practices Survey,
(3) Interests, knowledge sharing and tech events,
(4) Education and learning. "

About Cristina, Learning Facilitator - Co-Founder DOvelopers:
"I enjoy working with teams to help them improve their interactions and way of working as . At DOvelopers I experience different roles , from facilitator, Scrum Master, trainer to being an entrepreneur.
I am continuously learning and improving as a professional in order to bring value to the teams and organisations we cater to.
Looking forward to share the study about Agile in Romania and start a great conversation about it with you."

Agenda:
19:00 - Intro
19:10 - 19:40 Silvia Pavalache - Constructive Conflict Through Nonviolent Communication
19:40 - 20:10 Cristina Pana - Study of Agility in Romanian Software Community
20:10 - Break
20:25 - Open space
21:00 - Closing

See you there!

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18Mar/19Off

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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4Mar/19Off

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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28Feb/19Off

Agile Talks #18

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: Liviu Mesesan - TBD

Second Talk: Mariana Zaharia - "Scalling Agile: Rewriting the future of your project and your organisations. "
https://youtu.be/aERP1Q1fzAU
Scalling Agile is a hot topic these days. Everyone is searching for the key to performance in their teams, projects, business and organisations.
Seems easy to go for Scaling Agile when everyone talk about it, but what it takes to scale agile? what are the risk? how you can map it?
SAFE and LESS are well known scale agile frameworks but do they work by the book ?

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.

My name is Mariana Zaharia. Everyone calls me Mari . I am an Agile Coach and Trainer and currently started as a freelancer in this field.
I have 14 years experience in SW development industry working in a Waterfall and Agile approach. I am passionate about transforming organisations and bringing business towards success.

Agenda:

18:30 - 18:45 Arriving, socializing
18:45 - 19:00 Introduction
19:00 - 19:30 Mariana Zaharia - "Scalling Agile: Rewriting the future of your project and your organisations."
19:30 - 20:00 Special event - 2 years of AgileTalks
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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27Feb/19Off

Agile Talks #34: Scrum in non-tech teams & Dynamic governance in Agile

March edition brings two new speakers with two new interesting topics.

1. Rares Bacioiu is sharing with us his experience in applying Scrum in non-tech teams:

"Aplying Scrum in Non-Tech Teams is like drying your socks in the microwave: It's not wrong if it works! We will talk about how we started to apply Scrum in one team in HR, and then to other teams in HR, and then to Finance, and then to present about it at an Agile Meetup. It's nice to have the same language of working across the company, but how is it working since we don't deliver code?"

About Rares:
With experience in Agile, Tech and HR (so far) and passionate about creativity, I like to work with people and processes and I can't help but find things that can be improved in the way we work. My work so far involved: Technical Support, Quality Assurance, Quality Control, Project Management, Integration Management, People Analytics, and of course, Scrum Master(-ing) in several teams. Apart from that, I am also training new entries in the art of Agile and implementing Agile methods in other teams.

2. Teodor Darabaneanu talks about scaling Agile in the organization using sociocracy principles, aka Dynamic Governance for Agile Organizations.

"This presentation will suggest a new organizational structure – double link circle structure - that enables Agile methods to be scalable up to the highest executive level in organizations. This structure is part of Dynamic Governance (aka Sociocracy) principles that transform a functional organization in an Agile one.
The participants can participate to a short game, experimenting at physical level the feeling of being part of one and another type of organizational structure. They can feel the difference and understand why it’s hard for executive to agree on organizational evolution to Agile. "

About Theodor:
He is a senior trainer and consultant of Training & Education for Organizations (T.E.O. - Training) with over 20 years’ experience in IT&C. He was the first Romanian Agile Apostle, trained in Scrum by Ken Schwaber, promoting more than 10 years the Agile methods in Romania.
Now he is promoting Dynamic Governance (Sociocracy) in Romania for its applications in business, in ONGs, in Education. He is part of Sociocracy global movement and he is contributing to its development and adoption in organizations.

Agenda:
19:00 - Intro
19:10 - 19:40 Rares Bacioiu - Scrum in non-tech teams
19:40 - 20:10 Teodor Darabaneanu - Dynamic Governance for Agile Organizations
20:10 - Break
20:25 - Open space
21:00 - Closing

See you there!

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