AgileWorks Romania
12Dec/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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26Nov/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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26Nov/18Off

Agile Talks #15

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: Vlad Herdean - "Thoughts on setting and evaluating personal and team objectives without shooting your Agile transformation in the foot". I would like to take a moment and discuss how organizations embarking on an Agile transformation might approach setting and evaluating personal and team objectives without negatively impacting the inevitable shift in organizational culture that needs to occur if said transformation is to be a success.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CpJGkRxOnnw

About him: Vlad is passionate about Agile in general, Scrum in particular and currently works as a Product Owner for Continental. He likes debating complex topics, coaching and mechanical keyboards as an art form. Vlad owns way too many keyboards.

Second Talk: Mihai Simioana - "Fail faster in Java - The Agile Startup Approach". We will discuss how to survive in an startup environment by using Agile methodologies with special focus on fail faster in Java - agile development on a macro level.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m8XVZPyEsPU

About Mihai: He is as much a software developer as developer of teams. He owns a small company called IdeaHub in Timisoara, which is specialized in building Java applications, mostly for external customers. The company focuses on data mining for mobile applications (IOS,Android), cybe security, breach detection and ETL.

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 Vlad Herdean - "Thoughts on setting and evaluating personal and team objectives without shooting your Agile transformation in the foot"
19:30 - 20:00 Mihai Simioana - "Fail faster in Java - The Agile Startup Approach"
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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12Nov/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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29Oct/18Off

Global Day of Coderetreat 2018

Update: In case you have problems entering the building, please call Bianca - +40765339762.

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 (http://coderetreat.org) is happening on 17th of November. Like every year, our community is participating at the event and is inviting you to practice your craft.

What is Global Day of Coderetreat?

Global Day of Coderetreat is a world-wide event celebrating passion and software crafting. 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 coderetreats in Europe, we are glad to continue this tradition. For more details please visit http://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 coderetreat 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 coderetreat 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.

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This year we have two co-facilitators: Bianca Leuca and Alin Pandichi.

Bianca has more than 7 years experience in programming and Agile methodologies. Her focus is on delivering bug free software by writing quality code. As a social learner, she practices pair-programming and regularly attends coding dojos and coderetreats. https://www.linkedin.com/in/biancaleuca/

Alin is a polyglot software developer with a pragmatic approach for continuous improvement. He is an organizer and facilitator of monthly meetings in the Agile Works community, host and facilitator of coderetreats, occasional speaker at local conferences and meetups.
https://www.linkedin.com/in/alin-pandichi-02ba40111/

The number of places is limited, so don't forget to RSVP. Also, please update your RSVP if you decide not to come anymore!

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

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 refreshments

After the closing circle we will relax and celebrate. 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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See you there!

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29Oct/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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22Oct/18Off

Agile Talks #14

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: Alexandru Cicortas - "Management approach in the Agile context". The way Agile is adopted in companies can be influenced by many factors. One such important factor, possibly the decisive one, is the management/leadership of the company and the approach it has towards Agile. During my presentation, I would highlight some important aspects which reflect the way of doing and understanding of a company’s management which is doing software development in an Agile way.

Alexandru has over 24 years of combined experience in SW and HW Engineering R&D activities in management and technical field for Telecommunications, Semiconductors and Automotive domains. He held several global leadership roles driving engineering organizations to produce outstanding world class results with regard to end customer experience, schedule predictability, product quality and improved productivity. Throughout the years, he did executive consultancy for senior management of different companies on various subjects of SW and HW R&D topics related to technology evaluations, company mergers and acquisitions, internal re-organization, subcontracting / outsourcing, operations and costs optimization, etc.

Second Talk: Stefan Juglea - "The Scrum Master's Role". If you are working in technology it's impossible that you're not at lease vaguely familiar with Agile concept. These days, most of the tech companies are trying do adopt an Agile Mindset, and even banking or clothing companies like H&M or Zara are adopting Agile for creating new products. For sure, most common way to adapt to an Agile Mindset is Scrum, but many teams and companies are failing to have a successful transition to SCRUM. In my opinion, one of the main reasons of this failure is lack understanding of the Scrum Master role, and also lack of understanding the independence needed by the SCRUM team, the independence that will push them to self-organize.

Stefan Juglea is Scrum Master at Continental and if you want to learn more about the Scrum Master Role, why within the SCRUM Team there should be no boss, and hits in how to build your SCRUM team structure to have a grater outcome, please join him on 29th of January the Agile Talks Session hosted by Continental.

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 Alexandru Cicortas - "Management approach in the Agile context"
19:30 - 20:00 Stefan Juglea - "The Scrum Master's Role"
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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18Oct/18Off

Agile Play #2

Welcome to the second edition of Agile Play!

At "Agile Play" we provide an open playground for you to train your creativity "muscles" through Games and Improvisation.

We want to inspire each other and learn how to stay "fit" in an ever shifting Agile world, communicate and connect in different ways using serious games and improvisation techniques.

Who is it for?

We invite playful, creative people to share and play games that can be used in teams and organizations.

Why Games?

1. Learning by playing works best and there is always a game to play.

2. "Games are a playful way to relate to the environment and fellow players and get unique and valuable outcomes, every time". CTRL SHIFT book (https://www.amazon.com/CTRL-SHIFT-Mike-Bonifer/dp/0986296597)

3. Because you like to play!

Facilitators: Adi Suciu, Claudia Rosu, Oana Dumitrescu, Radu Borza

Thank you PayU Romania for being a partner at our event!

Agenda:

18:45 - 19:00 Welcome
19:00 - 19:30 Improv Games
19:30 - 19:45 BREAK
19:45 - 21:45 Agile/Board Games
21:45 - 22:00 Debrief

Bar is open until 00:00 ;), so there is time to really enjoy the games.

Looking forward to seeing you there!

Adi Suciu, Claudia Rosu, Oana Dumitrescu & Radu Borza

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17Oct/18Off

Agile Talks #32 – Andrey Adamovich – DevOps Transformations: tools vs culture

SysAdmins are obsolete, we need more DevOps engineers! Or do we? Why technology X is not what you need right now? Why ignoring skills that are already present in the team may be a huge risk? Why everything-as-code is an effective approach? Why not investing in team member education may be very destructive? Why not having time is a bad excuse for not automating? Why process improvement effects may not be observable immediately? Why cost of automation sometimes is higher than the time invested in writing the scripts?

Find out the answers to these questions, and more. Our first speaker, Andrey Adamovich, Software Architect at Aestas IT, will give several use cases from his personal experience helping organizations to implement DevOps initiatives and automation of software delivery and testing.

The second speaker, Andrei Pietrosu, Senior system engineer at Netcentric, will talk about "Standardization over the entire board in IaaS". There is an art in knowing how much is enough when standardising. Ever wondered how much diversity and client specificity you should allow for when standardising accross the board? If we standardise everything, what good does it do? Lastly, when everything is nicely boxed up, what are the next steps?

Agenda:
19:00 - Intro
19:10 - Andrey Adamovich - DevOps Transformations: tools vs culture
19:45 - Andrei Pietrosu - Senior system engineer
20:00 - Break
20:15 - Open space
20:45 - Closing

More about our speakers:

Andrey Adamovich is a software craftsman with many years of experience in different lifecycle phases of software creation. Andrey's love is JVM ecosystem. In recent years, he tries to apply JVM goodness to DevOps initiatives his company is implementing for several clients. He is one of the authors of Groovy 2 Cookbook as well as frequent speaker at local communities and conferences.

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16Oct/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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