Are functional languages common at Coderetreats?

July 18, 2014

When was the last time you spent a full day just to practice new ways of coding? Back in 2008 four guys met during a conference and tried to encourage more people to engage in deliberate practice. This is how the Coderetreat concept was born. Briefly, a Coderetreat consists of 5-7 programming sessions of 45 minutes. The main characteristic of these sessions is... Read more

Second day of I T.A.K.E. Unconference 2014

June 11, 2014

 After the first intensive day of I T.A.K.E. Unconference the participants started the second one sharing briefly to each other their impressions and takeaways. Mozaic Works teddy bears supported them, being their pair right from the intro. All speakers presented briefly the next talks and workshops. Already used to five parallel tracks, the participants joined their preferred sessions. These were: True Software... Read more

First day of I T.A.K.E. Unconference 2014

June 3, 2014

I T.A.K.E. Unconference 2014 kicked off with the open Intro. The speakers briefly introduced their sessions in front of almost 200 participants. All the participants attended Michael Feathers‘ keynote who talked about the influence of organization on code structure and evolution. His experience shows that the composition of teams and the structure of the organization around them often has... Read more

Skills over Technology

May 21, 2014

This article was initially published in Today Software Magazine, no 23. The authors are: Adrian Bolboacă and Alexandru Bolboacă.   The natural career of a software developer is: junior programmer, senior programmer, technical lead / team leader, optionally architect and then it turns into management. There’s something paradoxical about this path: the career that started... Read more

Improving Agile with Software Craftsmanship

March 17, 2014

We have been doing Agile for over 10 years now and we have been focusing on people, interactions, team building, the ecosystem. As a result, we are now working in a software environment where “processes are more important than technical practices”. This is how Sandro Mancusso started his keynote at ITAKE Unconference 2013, a talk that was very appreciated... Read more

Manifesto For Software Craftsmanship Gatherings

March 17, 2014

Software development meetups, communities, conferences, unconferences, both free and paid are exploding in numbers. A few people think that these can be better. That no matter if the event is free or paid, it should feature a few characteristics to make it truly valuable for the attendees. This is why today we have initiated the Manifesto for Software Craftsmanship Gatherings:  ... Read more

Software Craftsmanship and Lean Startup – TSM article

March 17, 2014

Alexandru Bolboaca and Adrian Bolboaca’s article about Lean Startup movement was published in the Today Software Magazine, no 20, page 15. You can read here a fragment of the article. Software Craftsmanship and Lean Startup The Lean Startup movement was a revolution in the startup world, although it started from a simple observation. The standard way... Read more

Meet software professionals from all over Europe

March 16, 2014

We invite you to the second edition of the exciting IT event for programmers, testers, technical leaders and managers I T.A.K.E. Unconference 2014. We created it to offer you the opportunity to meet software professionals from all over Europe. Our first confirmed keynote speaker is Michael Feathers, the author of ”Working Effectively with Legacy Code” (Prentice Hall, 2004) and a world renown consultant with over 15  years... Read more

Sharing and Learning in the European Communities: SoCraMOB

November 20, 2013

Last week I was invited by Marco to be part of the awesome series of Open Space events organized by the Software Craftsmanship (Softwerkskammer) community from Münster, Osnabruck and Bielefeld. These Open Space events are organized by the local Software Craftsmanship community that consists of software professionals from the three cities. A couple of years ago, they decided they... Read more

Raising the Bar At SoCraTes UK

September 23, 2013

“As aspiring Software Craftsmen we are raising the bar of professional software development by practicing it and helping others learn the craft.” The Manifesto for Software Craftsmanship   I am very glad to be one of the 70 developers and testers who attended the SoCraTes UK unconference. We were all hoping to work together towards... Read more

The Story of the First European Code Retreat

September 19, 2013

It was 2009 when Maria decided to organize the first ever agile conference in Romania, Open Agile Romania. To facilitate the marketing, it was planned as a track of an open source event, eLiberatica, better known at that time. Finding interesting speakers willing to come to Romania, at that time was much harder than expected.... Read more

FAST is safe

February 4, 2013

During our work as programmers we often have the feeling of wanting to get the things done. We as programmers feel that cutting corners and taking big steps is a safe way. Until the bugs kick in! And when the changes in the already written software are so painful! This is why for us FAST... Read more