Adrian Stanescu

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Flying High Above Turbulences In Software Development (Part 1 of 2)

The past few years have taught business owners everywhere that predictability is a thing of the past. Whether they learned it the hard way, or were among the survivors of repeated turmoil, everybody from team members to CEOs is aware that uncertainty is the new “normality” and world class researchers already recognized the “chaotic” economic model as the status quo.

Reasons that led to this reality include globalization, the unprecedented expansion of the Internet and other networks and the lightning speed at which information spreads, as a direct consequence of permanent connectivity. Today’s bleeding-edge technology is mainstream by tomorrow, only to become obsolete just as fast and maintaining a competitive advantage is harder than ever.

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ShipIT Day @ 1&1 Internet Development – eCommerce Department Romania. From idea to practice

ShipIT Day @ 1&1 Internet Development. From idea to practiceThis is how the event started and this is what we’re expecting for its outcome!

Long history short…

The Ship It Day concept has been designed by Atlassian to give its employees the chance to work on anything that relates to the company products and deliver it during the 24 hours of the event. This came from the necessity of fostering the creativity, proving a different opinion, moving faster and increasing the work environment attractiveness.

Hmmm… seems familiar… and even more, we’re thinking that it also helps strengthening the teams and increasing the quality of the collaboration.

Game rules…

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Trans-marathon? But of course!

Trans-marathon

This is a guest post written by our former colleague, Larry, a developer who enjoys the life’s bits and bytes. Enjoy! 🙂

Even now, when I remember, I start smiling…

Why?!

This spring I started running a little bit more seriously, that is somehow on a frequent basis.

The first competition I attended was The Bucharest Half-Marathon in May, where I had the pleasure to run together with ex-colleagues from 1&1.

It was a beautiful experience, even though, at that time, in spite of the little training I had, I managed with some difficulties to run the 5.5 km of the relay race.

The same day we decided we should meet again for the marathon race in October, so I started following a training schedule for 10 km.

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How to organize your work with KanbanFlow

You find it hard to follow up with your responsibilities? Having problems organizing your daily tasks? Your memory is not always helping you? Not anymore!

Whether you’re familiar or not with the Agile methodologies, Kanban can (and will) help you sort, prioritize and organize each of your responsibilities.

All you have to do is to create an account here and then start configuring your own board. It’s up to you to choose the appropriate approach. You can use one for yourself or you can share a board with your colleagues from the dedicated team.

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What makes a project Behavior Driven?

This article is a guest post written by Alex, an Independent IT QA Consultant, with over 6 years of experience, specialized in infrastructure, telecom, defense and security.

Having been previously exposed to the Test Driven Development (TDD) practices at the beginning of my career in IT QA, the ancestor of current BDD practices, I have had a first-hand experience with the ups and downs arising from a poorly managed requirements development process and learned not to put expectations very high in regards to initial system architecture at a certain scale.What makes a project Behavior Driven

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[Announcement] Two brand new products from Romania

Two brand new products from Romania_ DSSA goes LiveDear readers, the Webhosting team from Romania has two very special events to announce:

  •  The nTLD (new Top Level Domains) Reservation Self Service Application is live from the 1st of July. This is one of our first steps towards conquering the new market of nTLDs. As we speak, we have over 406,900 reservations already made through this channel. We kindly invite you to enjoy our product and drop us a line in case you have some feedback. The application can be reached via:
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Trainee Experience @1&1 Internet Development

Trainee Experience @1&1 Internet Development

This article is an interview of our Product Management Trainee from the RAIN Development Romania department. Brunna is from Brazil; she is working in Romania as a trainee for a period of six months. She is sharing insights into the common struggles of a traineeship abroad.

What is like being a trainee in 1&1 Internet Development?

This is a unique experience for me. First of all because the culture is totally different from mine. When I arrived in 1&1 Internet Development I was cuddled by everyone, both the HR from the company and my colleagues from RAIN project gave me all the support I needed. Brazilian people are known for being good hosts and if I have to compare them with the Romanian ones I’ll have some trouble. Also, if you’re going to visit a Romanian house, you’d better be hungry! 🙂

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Agile Management & the four types of trust within a team

When trust between business partners disappears the business may very well disappear too or, best case scenario, the partners may break up and follow different roads. At first, the one who suffers is the performance of the team and the debates will be shadowed by suspicions and assumptions.

Jurgen Appelo in Management 3.0 has a theory on how many types of trust exist within a team (source http://www.management30.com/).
In a few words there are FOUR:
– Trust in your own person that you can make it;
– Trust in the same level colleagues;
– Manager’s trust in the team members;
– The trust of the team in the manager;
Which is the most important one? Which one should never disappear?
I believe they are all equally important and should be treated accordingly inside any team.
From the manager’s point of view his trust in the team disappears (or has already disappeared ?) when he starts playing the policeman, implementing tracking and controlling actions.
The team will respond in its turn with the same suspicions, embracing a more circumspect and reserved position.
How do we get here? Stress, insufficiently trained managers, teams that never reached the norming stage.

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Summertime is internship time at 1&1!

This is a guest post written by our interns.

Internship at 1&1The internship at 1&1 Internet Development is a great opportunity for students to participate in a first-rate, hands-on experience. We felt the thrill of working in a big international company, being part of a powerful network of developers, managers, and executives.

The duration of the internship is either 3 or 4.5 months. The program is based on a rotation system and gives us the chance to work within several departments, under the guidance of a “buddy”. He supervises our work, provides us with advice and professional mentoring. Each one of us has the possibility to choose whether to stay with the current department or move to the next one for the same period of time. So far, we got halfway through the internship and these are some of our impressions:

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What’s the degree of PMP and Agile within a project,(Part 2 of 2)

My first grasp of the toxicity level for a project template was many years ago, during a meeting (which, taking into account the fees of the participants, wasted more than 2000 Euros per hour), its topic being the template (with capital T) about to be used for gathering some trivial piece of information. Should we keep the X area? It doesn’t seem to apply in our case … I say we should; if it’s there, we might need it. Let’s leave it as it is and we’ll figure out what to write there. And so on and so forth, hour by hour. No wonder this type of experiences make the practitioners want to run away (when can we work if we sit in meetings all day long?) only when hearing about project management. The problem is that the opposite – anarchy – is just as bad as a strict setup.

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