AgileWorks Romania
27Aug/18Off

Agile Talks #13

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: Alexandra Draghici - "Switching from Scrum to Kanban". We've been following the Scrum methodology for about 4 years within our company. Recently, one of our two business units has made the switch to Kanban, which in retrospect has been a much welcome change, helping with team morale and efficiency. This talk deals with reasons to pick one methodology or the other, seen as a natural response to the challenges with which your team is faced.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FLpFS-FxYaU

Alexandra is a Product Manager at 123FormBuilder, currently focusing on the Enterprise clients portfolio.

Second Talk: Mike Dolha - "Design Thinking Crash Course". This talk focuses on the basics of Design Thinking. We will embark on a journey that wishes to find out as much as possible about the core components and ideologies used. A little bit about its history and why it came to be; why it’s important and how it connects with the Agile landscape. We will also explore some of the pros and cons of using Design Thinking, when to use and if it’s the right tool for you to use at all. The talk will be in English and will make use of memes

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=36slxIwzi0o

My name is Mike Dolha, I’m 26 and I work as a Programmer at Nagarro. I have roughly 5 years of experience as a Software Developer and University Teaching Assistant. I’m passionate about web technologies, decentralization and software architecture. Other things I dabble in are bodybuilding, music, transhumanism and chiptunes.

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 Alexandra Draghici - "Switching from Scrum to Kanban"
19:30 - 20:00 Mike Dolha - "Design Thinking Crash Course"
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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20Aug/18Off

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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6Aug/18Off

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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24Jul/18Off

Product Development from scratch

Experience frequent product delivery with peers like you!

Whether you are interested to get your hands dirty with code, or to bring improvement ideas to a software product, join us for this new monthly meetup series. We will develop a new software product from scratch.

WHAT WE WILL BUILD:

Imagine you're in the mood for dining in the city this evening. You have an approximate idea of what you want to eat, and you have a budget limit. How do you decide where to go? How do you make a reservation? How do you know the restaurant is not already fully booked? 

That's what our software product will offer: a place where you can easily make a restaurant reservation based on a few simple criteria. 

HOW IS THIS GOING TO WORK?

The facilitator (Alin Pandichi) will play the role of a Product Owner. He will provide user stories for you to pick up and implement. He will also prioritize the features based on the feedback we will get from the users of the product.

You will receive all the assistance you need in order to contribute to this product, including guidance from a Technical Leader.

You are encouraged to bring a laptop, although it is not a requirement. 

There will be a Github repository where you can submit your pull requests. 

You can choose to develop using any programming language / any technology stack. This will be possible due to the microservices architecture of the product.

HOW YOU CAN CONTRIBUTE:

Even if you don't write code, there are lots of ways you can contribute. 

As a tester, business analyst, product owner, user experience specialist, designer, marketing specialist, (etc., you name it), you can contribute too:

• build UI/UX

• test features

• do exploratory testing

• develop the backlog further

• develop a marketing strategy

• just bring ideas or any feedback

Last but not least, as a programmer / tester you can:

• write code

• write automated tests

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23Jul/18Off

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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23Jul/18Off

Agile Talks #12

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: Cristina Serban - The path to the Mecca in Testing. Importance of an agile mindset across organization and how to create a test automation framework with DSL and BDD. I will share the way we have set up an agile testing framework around 7 agile teams with very few dedicated testers and the importance of an aligned “mindset” of all organization (top-down and across teams) on the objective of creating an effective agile environment. The test automation framework and regression strategy in agile is another topic I will touch, how important in to “start with the end in mind”, from planning a user story until implementing. I will dive in a bit into how we can apply TDD, BDD, CI, and CD.
Video intro: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qMSfNikinHQ
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Cristina Serban – 10 years experience in Software Testing, part of multiple projects in medical domain, security and (lately) CRM. Is passionate about finding new ways to improve the strategies and frameworks in order to make them more robust and easy to work with.

Second Talk: Lorant Kozma - "A Software Developer's Journey From Waterfall To Agile". I will try to share some of the experiences and discoveries within my journey from Waterfall to Agile, a journey in which I've tried and still trying to be agile and not to "do" Agile. Along the road I've found out that moving to an agile approach does not solve all software development problems, but it helps to acknowledge and tackle them faster.
Video intro: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mxbq5ahw2Zk
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Kozma Lorant - Software Developer at Oce Software Romania, with 13 years of experience in Software Development, both in a pure Waterfall environment and also on a project that tries to apply Agile Methodologies and principles.

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 Cristina Serban - "The path to the Mecca in Testing."
19:30 - 20:00 Lorant Kozma - "A Software Developer's Journey From Waterfall To Agile"
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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9Jul/18Off

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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26Jun/18Off

Product Development from scratch

Experience frequent product delivery with peers like you!

Whether you are interested to get your hands dirty with code, or to bring improvement ideas to a software product, join us for this new monthly meetup series. We will develop a new software product from scratch.

WHAT WE WILL BUILD:

Imagine you're in the mood for dining in the city this evening. You have an approximate idea of what you want to eat, and you have a budget limit. How do you decide where to go? How do you make a reservation? How do you know the restaurant is not already fully booked? 

That's what our software product will offer: a place where you can easily make a restaurant reservation based on a few simple criteria. 

HOW IS THIS GOING TO WORK?

The facilitator (Alin Pandichi) will play the role of a Product Owner. He will provide user stories for you to pick up and implement. He will also prioritize the features based on the feedback we will get from the users of the product.

You will receive all the assistance you need in order to contribute to this product, including guidance from a Technical Leader.

You are encouraged to bring a laptop, although it is not a requirement. 

There will be a Github repository where you can submit your pull requests. 

You can choose to develop using any programming language / any technology stack. This will be possible due to the microservices architecture of the product.

HOW YOU CAN CONTRIBUTE:

Even if you don't write code, there are lots of ways you can contribute. 

As a tester, business analyst, product owner, user experience specialist, designer, marketing specialist, (etc., you name it), you can contribute too:

• build UI/UX

• test features

• do exploratory testing

• develop the backlog further

• develop a marketing strategy

• just bring ideas or any feedback

Last but not least, as a programmer / tester you can:

• write code

• write automated tests

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25Jun/18Off

Agile Talks #11

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.

Talk: Cherie Silas - "Change Your Questions Change Your World" .At a critical moment in history the world pivoted because people began to look at things from a different perspective. They stopped asking themselves, “How do we make our product large enough for people to see?” and started asking themselves, “How can I make my product more visible to the public?”. When we change our questions we get entirely different outcomes. Questions are powerful tools in the hands of agile teams that can help people discover innovative solutions that have been locked inside waiting to be released into our products!
Join this meetup as we discover how questions can be used to help a team learn, grow, and break through thought barriers. Learn what makes certain questions provoke more thought than others and how to make your questions more impactful.

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 - 20:00 Cherie Silas - "Change Your Questions Change Your World"
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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25Jun/18Off

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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