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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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Kudos for the Global Day of Coderetreat 2012

Global Day of Coderetreat 2012

As last year I helped the coderetreat first-time facilitators to jump-in and organize their first coderetreat. I had some training sessions on Google Hangout during which I talked with a lot of passionate professionals from all over the world. Together with me Jim Hurne had done the same effort to spread his knowledge about the way he facilitates a coderetreat.

Jim has done a lot of work for the Global Day, he added the sessions on the coderetreat.org website created, the hangouts for all the registered attendees for each session, and a lot of other very useful things. He was full of energy and I want to thank him for all that effort, I don’t think the Global Day would have been that successful without his sustained effort.

I chose to go to Cluj-Napoca to facilitate the coderetreat on the Global Day. I had talked with the Cloud Troopers company about hosting a community event, and this was the time. They were kind enough to sponsor also the lunch. Out host was Georgiana Gligor, and she was very keen to see what a coderetreat is all about.

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Open Agile Cluj, the 6th edition

Open Agile, the 6th edition in Cluj

17 November 2012. It was a great day for the Romanian developer community and for all passionate people in and around Cluj. This was the day when Agile Works and Mosaic Works organized the 6th edition of the OpenAgile conference. As always, its purpose was to popularize both gold old concepts and brand new ideas in Agile, Lean and Software Craftsmanship. Additionally, we often talk about Gamestorming, Change Management, Psychology and other interesting fields. Like the other editions, the event was balanced between information and practitioners’ experiences while mixing organizational and technical topics. OpenAgile was thought from the beginning as a non-profit event that helps knowledge exchange between the members of the Agile Works community. And what better way of sharing ideas and experiences than having three Open Space time slots!

I have to remark the great job done by my colleagues Alexandra and Nicoleta to remotely organize the event. For example, they did not have the chance to see the venue in advance. This works because of the trusted network of conference partners and suppliers that help organizing everything smoothly. But what a work that is! As an attendee, you often don’t see all the aspects of a conference (especially when it all goes well), so here’s a short list: the speakers know where to arrive and how to get to the venue, the volunteers are doing their part of the work, the sponsors are happy with the packages offered, the venue is set-up right, there’s enough coffee and thousands others. There are always small complaints and unexpected events, sometimes conflicting: it’s too warm *and* too cold, the coffee machine broke down etc. Everything was very well in the end, so I’d like to thank Alexandra and Nicoleta for the awesome job they did making it look easy!

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Open Agile Cluj 2012 – Our Fabulous Volunteers

Open Agile Cluj 2012 – Our Fabulous Volunteers

Since a couple of Open Agile editions we had the idea to ask volunteers to help us with some parts of the conference. It seems that for the Cluj edition we had this idea well-baked in our heads. Alexandra and I took the responsibility to ask who would want to be a volunteer and then to explain our concepts and how the conference would be.

We decided to have a remote call with all the volunteers, a couple of weeks before the conference. It seemed like a very useful ideas as it was also underlined by our volunteers retrospective, made after the conference. We explained during the call what were the areas where we would like help and each volunteer chose at least one responsibility. This was a kind of kick-of of the conference.

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Open Agile Cluj 2012 – The Crazy Erik Talboom and Jurgen De Smet

Open Agile Cluj 2012

The Cluj edition of Open Agile was special for more reasons: it was the first Open Agile in Cluj, for the first time we engaged volunteers who were fabulous, the first touch with Open Space for most of the attendees at the conference.

At this edition we had invited Andrea Provaglio to have the opening keynote, but because his flight was cancelled in the last minute he could not arrive. In return, he made a short ten minute overview about his presentation on Skype.

And because of this happening we had to convince Jurgen De Smet to give another talk, since he was already present at the venue after the Management 3.0 course he had taught. He was crazy enough to create a new talk in less than an hour. After we told him about our idea of him replacing Andrea, in a couple of minutes post-its started to fill-up the coffee table in the lounge of the venue. His idea was a bit alien to the Agile world, this giving it even more value: Financial Improvement. You can find his video here and his slides here.

We then stole the idea from this year’s ALE Conference: all the speakers of the day will have a Talk Show where they will say briefly what they will talk about in their presentations. Since everyone found it really useful during ALE, we thought, why not use it for Open Agile too. So thank you ALE 2012 organizers for inventing this concept!

One of the highlights of the talk show was Erik Talboom dragging Jurgen De Smet on the stage and slapping him hard, just because Jurgen was sloppy with his Agile Transformation. You can see this outrageous event here.

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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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