Category: Thoughts about…

Retrospective Q1

First three months of 2019 helped me realise that this year will be different. We had the time to finish up the projects we started in 2018, study the market and prepare for the next initiatives. Our activity in the past years involved forming teams and creating a proper environment for people to collaborate. This need came from the growth goals and the desire to launch new or significantly improved products. This year started with

The new year is about…

  At the end of last year, we took a moment to reflect on how was 2018 for us. It was mostly about courage, action, and learning. And each new beginning of the year finds us thinking on a few words that describe how our approach will be for what is to come. Transitioning between these periods, we also realized that we are embracing strongly one of the Agile Principles.  Simplicity–the art of maximizing the

Astăzi, în industria IT, disponibilitatea te face mai valoros decât un angajat

(Please scroll until the end of the article for the English version, thank you!) Ce se întâmplă în momentul de față pe piața forței de muncă din România și în particular în industria IT reprezintă o criză semnificativă de personal. Cererea este mult mai mare decât oferta, ceea ce impune presiune pentru angajatori să crească salariile, să găsească metode noi de compensare cu beneficii, să își diversifice strategia de recrutare și să își definească un

Don’t Hold Back Your Daily Scrum Meetings

  Sometimes the daily scrum meetings get a bad rap, some argue it’s an outdated practice and a waste of time. This is not your classical article about how a daily scrum is structured. If you need that, Mike Cohn explains it very well here.  It’s rather about why this ritual is important and what can it prevent.   Those 15 minutes of sync and alignment, about what the team needs to work on and clear out misunderstandings

How Agile transformed Testing

  Testing – the island of bugs and production failures, where products and apps crash after a long development trip. Any plan that defers testing to the end of the project is broken. Thankfully, this changed in the past decade, as software development embraced Agile as a mindset and consequently implemented agile development practices as a way of working.  Thus, having continuous feedback loops through implementation lifecycle and spotting those issues in proactively. Using concepts like CI

Rethinking change

  The idea of rethinking change appeared while we did a review and retrospective on the past week work. It is something that we do on projects, we zoom in and out on our work, generate ideas and solutions that could be useful in achieving our commitment. It’s a common saying, practice what you preach :). The discussion took us back to a program we did in 2016 – 2017 with one of our clients, Adore Me, an e-commerce company (find out more details about

Books and readings

A week ago, a friend of mine asked me to recommend some books on project management or something close to this topic. So I decided to write this blog post and synthesize a list of books that were read by me and friends of mine. The topics approached are project management, team management, product, business and personal development. So, besides the books from the header image :D, here is my list of books I recommend

Ken Rubin – Agile Transition Lessons

There are some moments that happen once in a while, which brings value on the spot for you as a person. The AgileTalks #29 Meetup about Agile transition was one of those moments I am very grateful for. First of all, the one and only Ken Rubin was the speaker. He is the author of Amazon’s #1 best selling book Essential Scrum: A Practical Guide to the Most Popular Agile Process.  Ken is an Agile Thought Leader

Agile for Startups

So, I got to listen to one of Kent Beck presentation at Startup Lessons Learned Conference 2010 about Agile for Startups (full video here: Short info, Kent Beck is the creator of Extreme Programming, a popular software development methodology. And one of the 17 original signatories of the Agile Manifesto. Agile for Startups Mindset He talked about how the manifesto should transform for a startup.  Their context is different than an already formed company and team. 

Happy Holidays and a Jolly 2017 Retrospective! ⛄

It’s the most wonderful time of the year!  May the holiday’s spirit brings you the joy and energy you need. It is a perfect time to retrospect on your 2017’s  achievements. We also encourage you to think about what’s going to be the theme for the year to come. Take these 3 questions, get a cup of hot spiced wine and think about it: # what are you grateful for in 2017? # what is your theme

From “responding to change” to “embrace uncertainty”

  Eduard, Founder DOvelopers, is constantly thinking about how the industry is evolving. Learning makes us more valuable than yesterday and it helps us embrace uncertainty rather than avoid it.  Below you can read a great article Eduard wrote on LinkedIn about this matter.    ” I’m happy to see leaders in Romanian software development company are taking the chance on innovation and product development.  I think it is to the benefit of all parties:

Why did I become Agile Coach?

Two and a half years have passed since I decided to start a new career challenge. I have intuited a field and a need that develops in the IT industry. The one of continuous learning and professional development. So I chose this role of Agile Coach, in order to help software teams find a better way to work. Since then, I have discovered  that there are three things that motivate me: # The joy of

Thoughts about retrospectives

Retrospective is a very important tool in agile development. The purpose of retrospectives is clearly described in the 12th agile principle: ‘At regular intervals, the team reflects on how to become more effective, then tunes and adjusts its behavior accordingly.’ Besides effectiveness, this reflection process brings improvement and innovation within a team (find out more about retrospective benefits here).  Although people may look at it as a side effect, an awesome benefit is team bonding. The role of a

It’s 2017 and AGILE is going strong

It grew into numerous practices and methodologies. It created a boost for many development teams and non-it ones. The first glimpse of it was in 1968 through “Conway’s Law”. Decades later it had a massive boost in 2001 through AGILE Manifesto. And here we are today with more than 70 different practices (trace the timeline of agile practices here).Don’t think of these practices as being SUPERMAN. Even him had flaws and faced issues on this planet. But

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