Category Archives: Community

Talk: Deliberate Practice at AgileWorks Bucharest

Talk: Deliberate Practice at AgileWorks Bucharest

Deliberate practice is a highly structured activity engaged in with the specific goal of improving performance. It is different from work, play and simple repetition of a task. It requires effort, it has no monetary reward, and it is not inherently enjoyable.

The common view held until recently was that expert-level performance was simply the result of talent and “natural abilities.” But scientists believe that expert-level performance is primarily the result of expert-level practice NOT due to innate talent.

So let’s have a discussion about how we can practice, formats and methods of practice in the Software Development world. I will touch technical type of practice (for programmers, testers, etc), and also organizational type of practice (managers, Scrum Masters, Team Leaders, Product Owners, etc)

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A community event: Bring your own code

Bring your own code

Last month I started a new community event idea. It is called “Bring your own code”, and I “stole” it from what Antoine Vernois is doing in the Toulouse Software Craftsmanship Community. You can find here the event page. Tomorrow we will have the second edition that you can find here. Let’s go a bit into the mechanics of this event type.

Why

  • You have a project and you want a second opinion.
  • Your code needs improvements and you do not know where to start from.
  • You just like to show some awesome code and give it as an example.
Bring Your Own Code

Bring Your Own Code

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AgileWorks Remote Open Space – First experience

AgileWorks Remote Open Space

The idea of having a Remote Open space is simple: take 30 minutes to discuss subjects of interest to you with a group of experienced people in that area of interest. You can find the description of the idea here.

I want to try doing a couple of Remote Open Space sessions to see if we will have enough attendees to start something that is interesting, useful, and easy to organize. You just need ideas, a computer with at least a microphone and 30 minutes of your time. I saw that the Romanian AgileWorks communities are not that well connected with each other. In all the communities interesting things are happening, but they do not share their experiences with each other. So the main purpose of the AgileWorks Remote Open Space is to connect online the AgileWorks communities in Bucharest, Timisoara, Cluj, Iasi, Sibiu, and Tirgu Mures.

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Code and beer – First experience

Code and Beer

I wanted for a long time to organize a gathering of programmers where anyone can come and go whenever they please. One year ago I read about the “Code & Coffee” and the “Code & Beer” events that happen in the world, but I was more familiar with the ones in USA and UK. Because I do not drink coffee, and because it’s reaaaally hard to meet-up with someone living in Bucharest at 7:00 AM, I decided to try the “Code and Beer” experience.

The first thing I did was to ask Sandro Mancuso, the amazing force behind the London Software Craftsmanship Community, to help me a bit to organize the first Code & Beer. He gave me some good advices: give a quick intro about the group and future events,  start with quick introductions during which people say what they want to do (pet project, kata, just have a drink and decide later), ask if any one wants to give lightning talks, encourage people to pair, enjoy the evening.

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