A trip to CodeFest: startups, bait for designers and Kanban!

    Hello, dear Gabrazhiteli.

    Let me tell you about my experience attending the CodeFest developer conference , which took place last weekend in the glorious city of Novosibirsk.

    Under the cut, I will talk about the most interesting thoughts on the second day of the conference.

    I want to say right away that we only got on the second day of this event, since we were primarily interested in Project Management and Human Resources. Under the cut, I will talk about the most interesting thoughts on the second day of the conference.


    And so, we have arrived. They met us very nicely with delicious buns and unlimited coffee, only free Wi-Fi with excellent communication quality and the number of points could please us more.

    Looking a little ahead, I’ll say that we did not expect something supernatural, and were pleasantly surprised by the ratio of excellent motivating reports that gave us a huge amount of material for thought.

    What happened?

    Of course, within the 40-50-minute speeches, it was only possible to touch slightly on each topic, so I had to think and digest all this on the way home.

    Now, with your permission, for those who were not at CodeFest, I will give the main points of the most interesting speakers to show what you missed. And for those who were at the conference - let this be a kind of list of theses that should not be forgotten.

    Evgenia Smorodnikova and Pavel Pravdin (Aurum)And so, the first notable characters at the conference were Evgenia Smorodnikova and Pavel Pravdin. They made a very incendiary story about how to grow and sell startups. Of course, they did not have time to tell a lot, but pointed out the main mistakes of beginning startups and suggested options for solving them:

    1. The main reason for the uncertainty of startups, they called the alleged "lack of initial capital." Their antithesis was the creation of start-ups with people who are close in spirit and burning ideas, which can be found in abundance at specialized conferences, websites, and even simply, if you look in your environment, you can find like-minded people with the skills of a programmer / designer, etc.
    2. The second question that arises for all startups - “How to monetize a project?”, The answer was simple and obvious - “Create something that will be useful to people, even if they don’t know about it.” Here is such an ingenious advice, which many unfortunately neglected.
    3. And the third - "I do not have enough experience." As the authors of the report clearly noted: “Nobody starts startups being experienced in this field, then they are startups that you should be the first!”

    In general, the performance was very lively, and full of incentives to get up right now and go come up with an idea, design an interface and create a business model, then to sell profitably and start getting the drive from the process of creating the next startup.

    Sergey Arkhipenkov (SPM Guild)Young speakers were replaced by their experienced colleague Sergey Arkhipenkov from SPM Guild. Oddly enough, his very mature and clever thoughts, even being framed in such a scientific and conspiratorial form, still beat right in the brain and I sensed with coccyx their importance and the need to introduce the mentioned techniques. Sergey talked about the adaptive project management system - the direct continuation and development of flexible methodologies. Briefly, his report boiled down to the seven basic principles of “good governance.” Listing them out of context does not make sense, and retelling Sergei’s report will not work in the framework of this article. I think I can present my vision of his ideas in future posts.

    Vacheslav Pankratov (It4Business)Contrasting with Sergei, Slava and Sasha (Vacheslav Pankratov and Alexander Orlov) came on the scene, whose total experience was only 20 years against 35 attributable to Sergei. It was a delight: the audience exploded with laughter at each of their studies, they were the first to convey their thoughts at first sight, using a storm of gestures and emotional exclamations. The fact is that they spoke in absolutely simple words about the regulation of unconstructive behavior in a team, and simply proposed the terrific idea of ​​coaching unconstructive elements aka "ask a question so that the person himself reaches the right decision."

    Dinner. Continuation

    Alina Zherdeva, Alexander Lozhkin (Novotelecom)Almost immediately after the lunch break, the vigorous emotional mood of the audience was brutally defeated by the gentlemen from Novotelecom who talked about the “convenient, probably” (that is how the speaker Alina Zherdeva put it) an interface for an online TV service that has not yet been delivered to the customer.

    Konstantin Gorsky (Yandex)After them, there were pretty cool reports: for example, Konstantin Gorsky from Yandex pleased the audience with his unshakable sense of humor in his speech “How to Find a Designer”. He talked about designer habitat, bait, and free graphics for these creative creatures. The main idea was that the designer should not be selected by education, gender, age and nationality. The main criterion is the portfolio, not even the portfolio itself, but the tasks performed. It is when the task is set, and the designer in the portfolio shows how he solved it, and why he did it that way - this is a real indicator of the quality of the designer. Another interesting idea from Yandex - you must definitely ask the designer to remake something in the test task, and see how he reacts, because this is a normal stage in the design development of any project.

    Evgenia Shkuratova (Yandex)But the hall after Novotelecom was already only a quarter full, which means that only miracles could save subsequent speakers, and it never happened, even despite the insanely interesting presentation by Evgenia Shkuratova from HR of the aforementioned Yandex.

    Askhat Urazbayev (ScrumTrek)Separately, it is worth highlighting an absolutely wonderful fighter for using the flexible methodologies of Askhat Urazbayev with a story about Kanban. He quite clearly and competently told how to use kanban in the framework of IT companies. Thanks to him for this, we recently introduced this technique, but we are already feeling the first results.

    In general, the impression of CodeFest was simply amazing, we left there, full of new ideas and thoughts, full of readiness for new achievements.

    In conclusion, I would like to say that there is IT in Russia, and there are first-class masters of their craft. We are grateful to the organizers for the opportunity to participate in such events, even in Novosibirsk, so far from the center of Russia.

    I want to add that I have nothing to do with the organization of this event and in this article I just tried to most fully describe what is happening inside, so that you understand what can be expected from them in the future.

    PS Unfortunately, there was no camera with you, so the authors had to take photos from the CodeFest website.

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