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Eduardo Ribeiro, Betfair

Agile Coach at Betfair/Blip, responsible for providing guidance and support in agile concepts and principles to multiple teams distributed across 4 locations (Portugal, United Kingdom, Ireland and Romania).

Passionate about transforming people’s minds and businesses. Transforming in such a way that they achieve great costumer satisfaction by using and being fully Agile. This way answering very quickly to the constant changes of the world and the business needs.

Author of the Beyond Lean Agile blog and Co-Funder of Lean Coffee Portugal.


Presentation Title: Agile Champions - The new Change Agents 

As you know we live in a world that is made of different people, mentalities and cultures. Due to this, we need to keep improving and find new approaches and models to help implement changes.
After working for a period of time with different environments and cultures, I’ve realised that sometimes it’s really hard to help people to change even when that change is beneficial to them, others and the business.
Some time has passed, conversations and discussions took place with different people, but, one person in particular asked why shouldn’t we try to motivate and empower people to be change agents?
Why not try this approach?
From that moment I started to plant this idea, like a seed, in everyone’s mind.



Simona Bonghez, Colors in Projects

Simona Bonghez, Ph.D.- Author and speaker, Owner of Colors in Projects. Although she has an IT background, Simona’s professional path moved slowly towards training and consultancy. She has over 20 years’ experience in delivering training and consulting services in Romania and worldwide. Even though professional experience is a defining aspect in her activity she 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 presentations, workshops and training sessions, thus enforcing the learning process.

Presentation Title: Do or Do not, there is no Try. – Yoda

Can we learn creativity? That would be cool, wouldn’t it?

This presentation describes some of the key elements that foster creativity and gives examples of some of the best techniques we can use in creative problem solving. And here is the awesome news: anyone can do it! 🙂

Cristina MorariuCristina Morariu, CloudTroopers 

Ph.D. eng. Cristina, has obtained the MSc. degree in Computer Science in 2008 at Technical University of Cluj-Napoca and in 2013 obtained her Ph.D. degree in automatic control at University Politehnica of Bucharest, Faculty of Automatic Control and Computers.
She hasover 4 years of experience in IBM and over 10 years experience as a project/ people manager. She is a mother of 2 and she is passionate about Tarantino movies. 🙂


Presentation Title: Leadership shorts I Download the presentation here!

The presentation will focus on 4 main aspects from the manager and the leader perspective in a project context:
- Objectives vs Subjective
- Power of the questions
- Thinking like in Chess
- Put yourself in the other person’s shoes


Dan DanciuDan Danciu, ISDC

Dan Danciu is a model whenever it comes to talking about passion for technology;; no matter that we talk about architecture, design, big data, continuous delivery, user experience, practices in general or any other aspect of technology;; he always has something to say and adds value in the discussion. Although he calls himself a true engineer, therefore a technical person, Dan pays attention to what makes a great team, towards practices, and being a dedicated agile advocate.

Presentation Title: Frustration Management I Download the presentation here!

A roller-­coaster ride through the world of frustrations: the feeling of being upset or annoyed as a result of being unable to change or achieve something. We will look at why frustration appears, understanding how others end up frustrated and what we can do to reduce the impact of frustration on the relations we have at work or in our personal life.


Bogdan MuresanBogdan Muresan, 3Pillar Global

Bogdan Muresan is the Director of Engineering for 3Pillar Global, where he has transformed his background in software development into a passion for project management. Following this passion has allowed him to cultivate a skill set in Agile methodologies frameworks, inciting improvements to management processes, and promoting teamwork across a multitude of complex projects.


Presentation Title: A Successful MVP Hangs By A Thread I Download the presentation here!

From my experience the rate at which the release of a “Minimum Viable Product” (MVP) is delayed is really high. Mostly this happens because we need a lot less in the MVP that we probably think we do. Couple of suggestion addressed here might really improve the rate of success of the first release.

Picture1Agota Radoi Riger, Imprezzio Global

Agota Radoi Riger is a Project Manager at Imprezzio Global. She has a technical/IT background (MSc Eng, TUC-N), doubled by a bachelor’s degree in Psychology (UBB) and about 8 years of experience in the field of software development. She was an active software developer before becoming a PM (PMP certified) and she has seen/felt both Agile and non-Agile software projects succeed and fail. She loves how Agile empowers developers, but, with great power comes great responsibility… 🙂


Presentation Title: Psychology of Agile I Download the presentation here!

Personality/Psychological traits and their importance in performing well in one’s job have long been discussed from various perspectives in virtually all fields of all industries. IT is, of course, no exception. With the emergence of the Agile Manifesto, the traits of the individual have become even more important inside the software development team. So how exactly does the ideal Agile team member act? What are his/her personality traits? What makes him/her help the team succeed or fail in their quest for the near-perfect/valuable software? I don’t have all the answers to these questions, but I will try to tackle the problem taking into consideration research of the scientific community, historical information as well as my own personal experience, thus identifying/quantifying that which makes for the “perfect” Agile team member from a psychological point of view.


Cristiana Bogateanu01Cristiana Bogățeanu, Colors in Projects

Cristiana is an experienced Project Manager, with an entrepreneurial mindset, and trainer in Project Management at Colors in Projects. Driven by curiosity, professionalism and self-improvement she believes in the power of making a meaningful change. This is how in 2011 she helped create the first makerspace in Romania, known as Center of Technological Creativity for Youth and after a few years she co-founded DeviceHub.net.

Currently she is developing Academia inventeaza.ro which is a Science Technology Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) educational program for kids and teenagers through robotics, based on the fact that studies have shown that it is highly effective in developing team-work and self-confidence. Cristiana has studies in Marketing and Management, Managerial Communication and Human Resources and Project & Process Management (Professional MBA at WU – Vienna University of Economics and Business).

Benefiting herself from mentoring within the incubation and acceleration programs that she was part of, she is a team player, willing to share her knowledge and learnings with others.

Presentation Title: Let's talk about the future: The Role of Technology in Education

We live in a world of change where the technology is for sure a fast growing market. We all have in our pockets the latest smartphones, laptops and wearable devices that are equipped with the latest hardware generation and technologies. We use them both at home and at work.But, if we are "early adopters" when it comes to new technologies, why aren’t we applying it in terms of our education - especially when it comes to the next generations that will build future technologies? How can we overcome this deficiency considering that we already live in the "digital age"?

The latest EU reports concerning Romanian's progress towards a digital society and economy places us in 2015 in the last place. According to the European Commission only 20% of Romanians own basic digital literacy, and Romania has the lowest percentage of ICT specialists - only 1.3% of the total labor force in all EU countries.

We are engaged in debates about the extent to which the use of computers or computer games can negatively influence children's development, rather than in developing educational programs that use technology in order to develop new skills and competencies needed for the future.


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Tania Sorana Nemes, TSS Yonder

Tania is currently working as Scrum Master and Team Leader for one of the projects in the company TSS-Yonder. She is a Scrum Alliance Certified Scrum Master and she is currently pursuing to get the next level certification of Certified Scrum Professional. She is a firm believer in people and in the agile practices as they empower people to think outside the box, seek out solutions to eliminate the impediments while feeling safe to fail, innovate and pursue excellence.

Presentation Title: Buzzing Agile I Download the presentation here!

In the early days of the "agile movement" (around 20 years ago), most people in the agile community (Innovators and Early Adopters) were perceived as leading-edge thinkers that were willing to take risks and were determined to ignite cultural shifts and experiment with new ideas in hope of gaining competitive advantage. The registered successful cases emerged as best practices around Agile software development and started being applied in companies throughout the world in hope to drive business performance.

Steve Denning noted in his Forbes article that Agile is "the world's most popular innovation Engine".
Due to the overall success rate of projects delivered using Agile, even nowadays such practices/methodologies like Scrum, Kanban, Extreme Programming (XP) and others, are present (to a certain extent) and are believed to work by helping the customers and the business altogether. They are called 'classics' for a reason. But I did mention "to a certain extent", as ideally the context of application of any given practice is always changing.


Anca_AexeAnca Alexe

With a bachelor in Psychology and 10 years of experience in implementing and managing HR complex projects engaging activities in performance evaluation, organizational design and optimization of workflows, for companies in the country and abroad, I organized and accompanied throughout its different business restructuring, reorganization plans and change projects, in organizations that have shifted their business area or were experiencing economic difficulties.

As Consultant & Coach I had projects as: training, assessment, multicultural team management, facilitation & project management. I work with creative, active and participative methodology encouraging experiential learning and I believe that changes people produce within them, are reflected in the changes that they expect from the system.


Presentation Title: Agile Profile ® a diagnostic tool of individual and collective agility I Download the presentation here!

In a world increasingly complex, it becomes more and more difficult to understand, navigate, respond and decide. Our individual and organisational context is constantly evolving and knowing how to act together interdependently with various internal and external stakeholders is a way to avoid blind spots and identify multiple repetitions.

This approach becomes a key factor for adaptation and even survival. Adopting this systemic vision becomes a necessity. This means permanent awareness of interdependencies and interconnections



Cristian Cazan, Ve Interactive

Since March 2015 Cristian took a new challenge: to build the Cluj development center for Ve Interactive, a fresh Cluj start-up. As Development Director, Cristian is spotting, attracting and leading over 80 IT talented professionals and thus helping Ve to challenge the status quo in the digital world and becoming one of the IT giants.
Cristian likes to speak about the values he believes in, presenting at various international conferences using an original approach by combining the passion for science fiction with his extensive Enterprise Agile expertise in presentations like: “Back to the future”, “Trust the Force, Luke”, “Crash and Burndown”.


Presentation Title: From merging a Pull Request, through CI/PRE to PRODUCTION? 

We will be talking about how to optimize the time it takes to go from merging a pull request through CI, Pre-Production and Production for a very complex interconnected system by scripting the creation and configuration of the environments, automating the build, testing and deployment processes, using service status monitors and feature toggling in a continuous delivery build pipeline.



Andrei Mărginean, NetBrinel

Andrei is currently working as a Software Project Manager at  NetBrinel S.A. and he believes that the most important project that was ever assigned to him is to successfully lead his own life. He believes in the idea  that “people grow through people” and that “knowledge is the gate to freedom” that is why he is continuously focusing on professional and personal development not just for him but for others as well.

He is a certified PMP, holds a Master’s degree in Cybernetics (UBB), a Bachelor’s degree in Technology (UTC), one in Business (UBB) and one in Low (USH) and as hobbies he adores to travel and practice sports.

Working closely with cultures across the world, he developed a set of skills, which doubled by the PM experience fueled his desire to share knowledge. As a result he became a Project Management Trainer, spearheaded a training & best practice channel www.facebook.com/AndreiMarginean.Trainer, he is promoting free-knowledge-sharing to Student Groups and became a big supporter of the new founded PM Elite Group.

Presentation Title: Success Story vs Epic Failure I Download the presentation here!

Get ready to take a ride through history to determine if “agility” was the key for the survivor of our species and how modern humans understand to use it in the day-to-day business-life. We will take a look at the global statistics behind the output of the IT Projects driven today in our modern society and you will be presented with examples where our capacity of adapting was the thin barrier between success and failure in projects lead by me along time. The goal of the presentation is to answer the question: Are Lessons Learned one of the keys of working more Agile and meet the mission of creating Projects’ Success Stories?



Dan Mircea Suciu, 3Pillar Global

Having over 20 years of experience in software development projects, Dan has extensive knowledge in both theoretical and practical aspects of various project management methodologies, especially Agile.
He has over 8 years experience of training in Managing Software Projects and Analysis and Management of Complex Informatic Systems, which are Bachelor and Master level courses taught at the Faculty of Mathematics and Informatics of the Babes Bolyai University in Cluj Napoca, where Dan is a lecturer. He also has a Ph.D. in in Computer Science.


Presentation Title: Maintaining Agile Equilibrium I Download the presentation here!

A wise approach when we want to adopt a new methodology, technology or simply a new practice in a project team, is to identify and compare in advance the advantages and disadvantages of its use. Every time such analysis shall be carried out taking into account the context in which it will be adopted.
"Which are the benefits of implementing the practice X in my team?", "What are the main risks for my project in the conditions of implementing the methodology Y?", "Which is the learning curve of the technology Z and how will it impact the deadlines?" - these are just a few examples of questions we ask ourselves (together with our team) prior to taking a decision
The unexpected trap of this process is that we usually try to fully benefit of the advantages of the methodology/technology/practice we implement and most of the time we exaggerate in this respect. This is happening mainly because we do not realize that too good is the enemy of good in the same way like bad is the enemy of good.


George Anghelache

George Anghelache, Endava

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: Proxy Product Owner: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly I Download the presentation here!

Product Owner, Scrum Master, Development Team. 3 roles they say, however we all use a Proxy Product Owner sometimes. We will explore some of the interactions of a proxy product owner with the agile team and try to spot where it fits.


Laurentiu_TomaLaurențiu Toma, Frequentis România

After almost 15 years of experience in the Software Development field, out of which about 8 as Project Manager in Romania, Singapore and Berlin, Laurentiu likes to talk about good ol' days and tell his "war" stories when he gets a chance. He is currently a Department Manager at Frequentis Romania where he enjoys working with the Air Traffic Management domain, and teaches Project Management at the Informal School of IT.


Presentation Title: Agile Metrics: How Are Your Projects Really Doing? I Download the presentation here!

Managers, customers and other stakeholders are always asking about the status of your projects. How are we doing? How much will it cost? When will it end? They don't care about our Agile mumbo-jumbo, they care about numbers. How many times did you have a hard time explaining the details to them, or simply getting the right information yourself? I will show you the metrics we're tracking in our projects and the tool that we created to get the data and use it to create comprehensive reports and charts.