Flavius Stef

5 Duties of a Technical Leader: Clarify Direction

The future belongs to those who see possibilities before they become obvious. — John Scully How does a technical leader act in a company with empowered teams? This blog post is part of a series that tries to answer that question. I believe all leaders must attend to five fundamental duties: demonstrate character, clarify direction, solve problems, …

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5 Duties of a Technical Leader: Demonstrate Character

Leadership is ultimately about creating a way for people to contribute to making something extraordinary happen. — Alan Keith, Genentech I’ve always liked computers: you tell them precisely what to do and they obey without wondering whether your command is appropriate. Working with many leaders, I feel like some would also want their team members to be …

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Optional Conference Impressions

(Originally published on flaviusstef.wordpress.com) This week I attended the Optional Conference organized in Budapest. Below you can find my notes. My talk on the Agile Mindset I gave a talk at the conference comparing the agile and the traditional mindset. It’s the stuff I’ve written about in a paper earlier this week. Here’s the presentation from the conference. Notes …

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Flavius Stef – Geekterview during WebExpo Prague 2013

Last September I was invited by the organizers of WebExpo Prague to be part of their excellent conference. For my presentation I decided to tackle the topic of Lean Startup practices as applied to building and growing software products. Web applications are especially suited for this approach for two reasons: data access and simple deployments. Because we …

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Do Agile Teams Have Performance Reviews?

How does the practice of performance reviews match an agile environment? Sooner or later, most teams adopting agile come to an unanticipated discovery: the impact of this way of working goes far beyond adjusting to iterative development or learning some technical practices. It also profoundly impacts the way companies do sales, marketing or HR. In …

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