Category Archives: Bucharest

Lessons learned by attending OpenAgile Romania

Open Agile RomaniaOpenAgile Romania 2010 took place in Bucharest between the 14 and 15 of May. The conference was aimed at putting the local Agile practitioners in front of some of the top international domain experts and speakers.

The organizers did a great job at inviting some of the people that were part of the Agile movement from the very beginning and this definitely made a difference in the level of experience and expertise showed by the speakers.

With the organizers being domain experts as well (experienced agile practitioners and coaches), they very well understood the need to have the talks focused on answering questions as opposed to raising new ones. All the talks were focused on practical approaches to improving Agile methodologies as well as methods to implement Agile in organizations just getting started. Not a single talk was focused on theory or theoretic approaches to methodologies or frameworks.

I’m sure that most if not all of the attendees left the conference with a clear view on how to improve on their company’s Agile approach. There were talks on coaching, writing user stories, testing, product ownership as well as other topics, but the most important aspect was the general openness of the speakers to give advice and discuss about problems one might have with implementing Agile to their organization.

More info on the conference talks and speakers can be found at http://openagile.ro/talks/. From what I understood from the organizers, sooner than later they will publish on the website the talks along with interviews with the speakers.

Photo made by Lucian Daniliuc

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Online Wiki of the Romanian Internet Market

Today at OpenCoffee Bucharest I presented my most recent startup initiative, an online wiki for the Romanian Internet Market. Feedback from the community was amazing, with everyone in the room looking forward to contributing with content.

The main reason for starting this is to help provide an unbiased information source for people looking into the local entrepreneurship effort.

Topics featured into the wiki will include, but not limited to, who the entrepreneurs are, what projects are they working on, who are the local investors and advisors, who are the non-core business professionals with experience in working with entrepreneurs (lawyers, accountants, etc.). Also an entrepreneurship guidebook will be featured with articles about various processes an entrepreneur encounters in his activity (raise capital, make a partnership, hire the right people, etc.).

Anyone will be able to edit, as long as their submitted content is correct and unbiased.

Attached below is the Keynote I have used to support my speech. It is not very self-explanatory, but will offer you a general view of what today’s OpenCoffee was about.

If you want to know more about the project or how you can help please use the comment section or the about page.

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Pitching TwiMarket.com at Net Start-up – CERF 2009

Video clip from the Net Start-up event held at CERF this year to which I was invited to preview TwiMarket.com. The aim was to make a pitch similar to the one at Mini Seedcamp and improving it with the help of the feedback panel. In the end I ended up pitching differently compared to this clip based on the feedback I received privately from some people.

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