Author Archives: Adrian Bolboaca

Adrian was involved in developing software for domains like energy, ecommerce, banking, customs and ERP/CRM. He has been working with companies from Netherlands, Romania, Italy, France and Germany, and he is knowledgeable in software technical domains like: clean code, unit testing, test driven development, simple design, emergent design, working effectively with legacy code.

As a continuous learner and challenger of existing ideas and concepts, Adrian is a supporter of movements that give new ideas on how to continuously improve software and that embrace the values of software quality and efficiency. He facilitated many code retreats in Romania, Belgium, France, Germany, Netherlands, Finland, Bulgaria and has a keen interest in serious games and using gamestorming for continuous improvement.

He is fluent in Romanian, English and French, but when it comes to programming languages he supports language agnosticism, since he strongly believes that a programming language is only a tool towards higher level software concepts.

As a constant participant to conferences and workshops, he is recognized for challenging ideas and getting people out of their comfort zone, not out of disrespect or lack of reverence for his peers, but out of his desire to show people that there are always things to learn.

“I try to be a continuous learner and a continuous teacher, because I think good software comes from the skills of the people that are involved in the process, on each and every level. Whenever I write code I focus on reducing domain complexity to obtain maintainable software. I love to develop software that helps companies to improve their business, to implement solutions that improve their internal processes and to motivate teams to use their capabilities to yet another level.”

Adrian works as a technical and organizational trainer and coach at Mozaic Works.

Balkan Coderetreat, the first edition in Sofia

Balkan Coderetreat in Sofia

A couple of months ago I contacted Stefan Kanev to ask him if I could attend a coderetreat in Sofia. My main concern was not to bother all the attendees to speak English just because of me. What happened was that instead of attending a coderetreat I ended up facilitating a coderetreat in Sofia, and a rather special one.

Then I started chatting with Stefan and we ended up with the concept of Balkan Coderetreat. We want to create a type of event that will be organized in different countries in the Balkans. Why? Because there are not enough events for programmers around here. And one more reason: people from different countries and cultures would meet and share their knowledge and ideas. This idea is in the spirit of the ALE Network which I support as much as I can by being a bumble-bee, cross-pollinating ideas in the local European communities of Software Development. I would like to see this event happening in one of the Balkan countries each 2-3 months, organized each time by someone else. This would be in the spirit of a community of professionals that care about what they do and about sharing and learning, cross-language, cross-cultural and cross-border. I intend to support this event being organized again in a different country sometime in January.

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TDD as if you meant it, Turku, Finland

TDD as if you meant it Turku, Finland

Because of my plane connection from Bucharest to Turku which was not so great, the trip lasts around 12 hours all in all, I needed to stay from Friday to Tuesday next week in Turku. So why not trying to organize an event shorter than the coderetreat, for two hours in the evening like I did a lot of times in Bucharest. Aki was really receptive to my idea and in a matter of hours he found a host, and announced the event to the local community.

TDD as if you meant it, Turku, Finland

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Coderetreat Turku, Finland

Coderetreat Turku, Finland

On 20 November Aki Salmi gave me the the opportunity to meet a wonderful group of passionate programmers in Turku, Finland. My friend and dynamic facilitator Erik Talboom was supposed to be there with us, but he could not make it this time. So I was on my own to facilitate a coderetreat in a country and a city I have never seen before.

The first surprise of the morning: almost everyone was at the venue at 8:45 when I arrived. “They must be eager to code”, I said to myself. But we waited a bit to make sure that everyone will arrive in time for the intro. And I took the time to enjoy the unusual cubical separators of the venue: hay stacks 🙂

Coderetreat Turku

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