Team Leaders and Scrum Masters

April 18, 2015

When adopting Scrum, a common concern for both teams and managers is “What do we do with the Team Leader role?”. We discussed this delicate issue earlier this year at the AgileWorks meetup in Timisoara. There were still unanswered questions after the first meeting, so we had to schedule another one. In this blog post, I... Read more

Usable Software Design

February 4, 2015

In a previous blog post, I wrote about the fact that we tend to perceive software design as userless. Whenever we talk about design in other domains than software, we discuss it from a user-centric point of view. Apple’s products are renowned because they focus on the experience of a user with their device: how... Read more

Global Day of Coderetreat 2014 in Vienna

December 9, 2014

Picture taken in the same at Global Day of Coderetreat 2014, in Bucharest This year, Peter Kofler invited me to facilitate Global Day of Coderetreat 2014 in Vienna. The event was hosted by Frequentis and sponsored by Frequentis and I TAKE Unconference. The event was setup to be a challenge for any facilitator. About half... Read more

An Example of User Story Slicing

November 25, 2014

User story slicing is a key agile practice, yet many teams my colleagues and I work with struggle with it. The stories they create often are too complex, unclear or without a clear value attached to them. There are many ways to deal with this situation: workshop, coaching, learn by trying or reading various materials... Read more

Test Driven Development and incremental design

November 25, 2014

As we were sharing in an article in Today Software Magazine (Adrian Bolboaca & Alexandru Bolboaca) our views about software craftsmanship, we came to the fact that Test Driven Development is one of the core practices for software craftsmen. Besides the increasing number of articles, blogs, short movies or books on this subject, Test Driven Development (TDD)... Read more

Why Agile?

November 13, 2014

This article was published first in Today Software Magazine, no 28. Below it’s the full version. The author: Alexandru Bolboacă Why Agile? “Real knowledge is to know the extent of one’s ignorance.” Confucius ** Unpredictability I have seen in my 15 years career as a developer, technical lead, project manager, freelancer, trainer, agile/lean/technical coach and again developer many... Read more

What does a Scrum Master do?

September 10, 2014

What are the main responsibilities a Scrum Master should take care of? This post identifies four major 'hats' they should wear: team facilitator, performance guardian, servant leader and change catalyst.