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Agile Talks

Bogdan Muresan, Senior Director of Engineering

Passionate about technology, I slowly moved from finding challenges through code writing to building teams and solve challanges together. On top of that comes a fast growing passion for sharing my knowledge and experience through articles and public speaking. Becoming a professional trainer it was a natural step which I am enjoying a lot.

Presentation Title: Teams, Clients and Two Smoking Cultures Download the presentation here!

In Agile environments the relationship between the teams and the clients can be easily the subject for an intense tragical comical (yes, it’s possible) best selling Emmy award soap opera. Most of the time we are focused to identify the good and the bad through the eyes of Agile mindset and knowledge of the parts involved. What if we go a step further and we actually ask ourselves about the culture of the two?

 

Ruxandra Banici, Project Manager

Having fun in IT for 14+ years
Going from Developer to Team leader to Delivery Director to Project Manager
and still trying out new roles

 

Presentation Title: Overtime might not be the black sheep Download the presentation here!

I want to give you a different view of overtime and shift it from the desperate measure to get things done until the deadline to a way of boosting performance and creativity.

My idea is not proven by any British scientists and it is something I observed with my colleagues, so it might be totally correct or horribly wrong.

 

Dan Mircea Suciu, Director of Global L&D

Dan is Director of Global Learning and Development at 3Pillar Global and lecturer at Faculty of Mathematics and Computer Science at “Babeş Bolyai” University from Cluj-Napoca.

He has more that 20 years of experience in software projects development, design and management. His fields of interest include software development methodologies, databases and object-oriented analysis and design.

Presentation Title: #NoEstimates Download the presentation here!

The talk is focused on #NoEstimates, a more and more popular practice used to meet the business needs for speed and predictability.

Cristian Cazan – Development Director

Cristian has a positive impact on the environment in which he works; helping to build the vision, define the culture and create leaders. He also offers training and support to his team, helping them to fully embrace the ethos and progress through each phase of application lifecycle to successful delivery. As Development Director, Cristian currently heads up a team of over 50 talented professionals; together helping Ve to challenge the status quo in the digital world.

Presentation Title: OKRs 

We will be talking about the benefits of using Objectives and Key Results (OKRs) framework and how this can be used to align and cascade objectives across different departments, teams and individuals. Tips and best practices on how to write OKRs will also be provided. 🙂

 

 Mădălina Pintea – Project Manager

Project Manager @Betfair Romania Development
PRINCE2 Practitioner certified

Curious by nature. Happy traveler.

Presentation Title: PM-ing in the wild Download the presentation here!

Project teams change with every project and sometimes even within the same project. As a result we get in touch with different stakeholders who have various behaviors. This can get wild!

Let’s see together how stakeholders can be like and how can we deal with them.

 

Liviu Mândraș-Iura, Software Architect

Liviu is a passionate programmer with over 10 years of experience in software development on the Microsoft stack, most of them on web technologies. As a true craftsman he is always fighting to keep business requirements, pragmatism and perfect design in balance.

While interested in any software design and architectural topic, his current focus is on Microservices, CQRS and lean agile approaches like Continuous Delivery, all that spiced up with Javascript.

Presentation Title: Continuous Delivery Beyond Tech Download the presentation here!

Continuous Delivery is often seen as a technical capability and while this is true, on this presentation I will focus on the implications it has on the team, the processes  and the organization as a whole.

 

Adina Grigoroiu, Trainer and Consultant

In the past six years, Adina has been involved in delivering training and consulting services for Colors in Projects. She has been volunteering for PMI and PMI Romania Chapter since 2012 (member of the PMI Romania Chapter Board, volunteer in other PMI global projects). Passionate about learning, she considers herself an eternal student and truly believes that everything can be overcome with a positive attitude.

Presentation Title: How can Anthropology help project managers? Download the presentation here!

Nowadays, when we read or hear about reports and forecasts on global issues, opinions of anthropologists are often invoked. Even recognized companies such as Intel, Google, Microsoft, or Disney have used anthropological studies over the years to enhance the success of their products and services. Why? What have these companies and many others discovered in the anthropological type of research? These are some of the questions we will be answering during the presentation, based on the insights I have gained as an anthropology student and project management practitioner.

 

George Anghelache – Head of Agile Transformation

George is a passionate Agilista with wide experience in consulting blue-chip clients in the design and effective implementation of Large Scale Distributed Agile from nearshore - up to 35 teams having 350+ business and IT people working on the same backlog.

In his career he has facilitated the delivery of over 100 Agile implementations through consultancy, shaping, coaching, and leading Agile Transformations programs.

Presentation Title: Trends in Optimizing Agility Download the presentation here!

In 2001 a group of seventeen software developers met at a resort in Snowbird, Utah to discuss lightweight development methods and out emerged the Agile Manifesto. Almost 20 years later let's explore together the latest trends in optimizing agile deliveries and agile transformation - what's new, what's old, what's refreshed.

Alex Ursa, Product Delivery Manager

Alex has a more than 8 years’ experience in Product Development & Management, eCommerce and Online Marketing.

Alex is working as a Product Manager at Paddy Power Betfair. Before he was a Product Owner for Betfair and Executive Director at Netlogiq.

Alex has given both technical and non-technical talks, as well as PO trainings, in more than 35 national and international talks and workshops at.

Alex is a Certified Scrum Product Owner and also a Google Analytics Certified Individual, with more than 5 years’ experience in IT products & projects.

Presentation Title: Agile in Mammoths Projects Download the presentation here!

Working on complex and long projects might require extra and complex planning. How are we approaching such projects while still respecting Agile principles, offer predictability and offer transparency to stakeholders?

 

Simona Bonghez, Ph.D., PMP

Simona Bonghez, PhD, trainer and consultant, Managing Director of Colors in Projects, has over 20 years of experience in delivering training and consulting services in management and project management. Simona thinks that she would not have come this far without a good sense of humor. She really believes that games and metaphors are powerful tools for having interactive and enjoyable experience sharing sessions, thus enforcing the learning process.

Presentation Title: Cheating just a little bit... Download the presentation here!

While it is true that we need to tackle corporate exploitation, grand corruption, and systemic issues, we also need to worry about all the little cheaters.  And we need to stop fooling ourselves that little lies, little indiscretions, don’t count. That is the first step.

 

Ciprian Sorlea, - CTO @ Nordlogic Software

I am passionate about technology and people, and I spend a great deal of time getting the two play nice together. All with the intent of building great Software Products. As an employee, consultant and business owner I had the great opportunity to work with and for companies ranging from Startups to Enterprises, and build products used by most of the Fortune 100 companies. Currently I am driving the Technology & Product Development strategy at Nordlogic Software, as its CTO.

Presentation Title: The Challenge of Business Value

You’re a Product Owner. You’re starting the development of a new product and you know that your job is to maximise the delivered Business Value. You need to maximise the Return Of Investment for your stakeholders, you need to make your customers happy, you know the drill. But then you face reality. You’re in an enterprise, your stakeholders are not really the ones that will come over for a Business Value planning poker, with some chips and cigars on the table and a cool and smokey atmosphere. You might not even see them more than once per year, yet your success depends on their success. In other words, you’re in trouble. Or big trouble, depending on the expectations.

Well.. it’s time you get out of trouble. Wanna know how?