Agile Summit Greece 2019: The Beat Recap
For the 3rd consecutive year, Beat was fully present at the Agile Summit Greece, both sponsoring and participating with on stage talks.
Agile Greece Summit (AGRS) is an international conference gathering world class Agile experts, sharing and exchanging knowledge about the latest developments in the field. It’s also a meeting point for top-class speakers and Agile practitioners from around the world. Developers, team leaders, managers and executives have the opportunity to interact and expand the boundaries of their knowledge.
This year the event took place in Athens and attracted more than 600 attendees. Beat was a Platinum Sponsor, actively supporting its role as a vibrant member of the tech community. As a company, we live and breathe in the rhythm of Agile methodologies, building the future of urban mobility. We, thus, were excited to share our knowledge and best practices on what makes Agile so crucial in a tech environment with multiple teams and people working on different projects.
Lights on stage!
“The most important thing about agility is feedback”
Thanassis Bantios, VP of Engineering at Beat, presented how Agile is in Beat’s DNA. He explained how we have embedded Agile into the everyday life of all our Departments, from Product Development to HR and Operations. He also presented one of the most important Beat projects, our recently launched Amsterdam Engineering Hub, highlighting this is a great example of applying Agile methodologies and values to bring something great into life. You can watch Thanassis’ presentation here.
Our very own Maria Galani (Scrum Master), Harris Christopoulos (Scrum Master) and George Bekiaris (Software Tester) took the stage delivering lightning talks on several technical topics based on their working experience at Beat.
Beat is a fast-growing and dynamic working environment. During the past year our rapid growth reached new heights, as we doubled our workforce, expanded in 11 new cities and launched two new services. For these to happen, we had to scale fast along with our practices. During her talk, Maria presented how we are handling organisational scaling and how we approach the structure of Engineering teams, while preserving the benefits of working in coherent groups that cooperate to deliver business value. You can watch Maria’s presentation here.
Harris raised the issue of leadership, pointing out that everyone is a potential leader and must act like one, as we shape others’ emotions and lead by example in every single endeavor. According to the emotional contagion theory our emotions can spread and affect our teammates like a virus. Empathy and self-assessment are the key elements of effective leadership.
Automation is part of Beat’s DNA, being one of our four core values. George, as one of our Software Testers, described the progress we have made in our automation suite, as a result of the effective collaboration between our SET & QA Teams. This made our suite more dependable and less time-consuming, significantly reducing the manual work.
A stand with surprises
During the two-day event, Beat had the pleasure to interact with the participants, hosting a number of interactive and networking activities at our stand. Beat representatives were there to meet the visitors, answer their questions and share insights of everyday engineering life at Beat. All participants were invited to participate in Beat Agile Matchmaking, a networking activity created by our team, and put their Agile knowledge to the test, playing the Beat Agile Meter game!