David is a well-known public activist and serial IT entrepreneur. In May 2002 together with his mates, he co-founded the TemplateMonster company.
The business is run by a 35 year old CEO – David Braun – who has built a team of 427 people, and through everybody's combined efforts reached $15M in revenue.
He is the happy father of 3 children, a drummer and passionate social activist in the development of the local small businesses.
Working as CEO for TemplateMonster for 13 years he has launched numerous IT projects. Since 2002 he has invested in multiple projects, such as MotoCMS, Photodoto, Site2you, Designfloat.
Project & People Management
Topic: Thorny Way to a Self-Managed Company: Boosts and Challenges
Agile, Teal, self-managed companies are now widely discussed. Every business owner wants to build a teal company, and every Millennial dreams to work in such organization. But building Teal company only because of hype is like trying to swim across English Channel only because your best friend posted their vibes from the race on Facebook. Do you really need it? Is it really worth it, and what will be the cost?
So we'd like to talk about what real self-managed company looks like, if you should consider building your business like this, and what are the things that might boost or hamper you on your way to Teal.
As a Project manager, ScrumMaster and Agile coach I have been working in software development since 2006.
Some time ago as a startup member I have developed a tool for myself —effectcup.com, anImpact mapping software.
As a lecturer I work in universities and business schools since 2001.I also speak at the conferences,
As a consultant I have helped several IT companies to implement Agile way in their work.
Today I'm helping several public agencies to move make their processes more Agile. I'm also convincing other industries besides IT to try Agile in their work at Kyiv-Mohyla business school.
Project & People Management
Topic: First IT steps in digitalizing and modernization of huge non-IT company..
Have you ever felt you are traveling back in time when you come to the office every day? I know from talking to many projects managers, business leads, especially those new in the role, that it can be difficult to talk to people higher up the hierarchy to keep up to digital world and tools they can use to speed up the business processes. Exec managers are just normal people, subject to the stresses of the workplace like everyone else and they definitely want their business to grow. There is no single way to guarantee engagement from senior executives and while they might be supportive of your project today the situation could quickly change if the business environment changes. We will tackle the topic of bringing digital tools into the business processes and systematize the operations.
About speaker: Anna is Dubai-based seasoned Project Management Executive with leadership experience of 10 years in IT industry. In her more recent corporate role, she is IT Project Manager delivering in-house applications and training programs. Anna is a bold thought leader in these spaces, and has been sought as a panelist and speaker on the topic through Women in Tech conferences, Project Management days, Mobile tech and outsourcing conferences, other start up events, and non-profit organizations.
Her passion extends into empowering women in the workforce and has volunteered heavily for the cause. She is also lead instructor for IAMPM school, author of 4 training programs and has plans to run a show on Leadership & Diversity. In her spare time, she enjoys long trips to beautiful places, endurance workouts and movies. You can follow her at lavrovanna.com
Project & People Management
Kiran Kachela is an experienced and qualified Black Belt Lean Six Sigma Practitioner, Change Management Practitioner and Project Manager.
She started her career in the Facilities Management industry where she was recognised for her ability to introduce innovative ideas to achieve improved efficiency and customer confidence. She led several complex organisation-wide projects whilst in permanent employment, including a helpdesk centralisation project and a business process redesign across the organisation.
Kiran was the Head of Business Improvement at Balfour Beatty Workplace, and after 6 years with them, setup Continuous Improvement Projects Ltd.
She has since worked for a variety of clients including the London School of Economics (LSE) and several large Facilities Management clients such as Carillion.
Over time, the company has expanded to meet the growing demand from new and existing clients; a demand that has been generated by word of mouth, demonstrating the integral reputation that Kiran has built. With the expansion of CI Projects, Kiran has grown the company to include other highly-skilled professional women who share the same ethos and passion.
Topic: Communication with Clients: How to be Effective
Jeff will share his take on the specifics of working with foreign customers. Conference attendees will learn 10 rules of effective communication that will help them to build a long-term partnership with clients.
Jeff is actively involved with the business development processes of Dev-Pro. The rules are based on his 20+ years' experience working with Ukrainian outsourcing companies, and currently being president of one of them.
Jeff will speak about the communication culture established at Dev-Pro. Attendees will learn how to save client's time by providing them with visibility and proper email communication. Topics include problem-solving practices and "the best and the worst" examples from everyday work.
For the end of the speech, participants will know how to communicate with clients to demonstrate their team's professionalism and build a trustworthy relationship with the customers.
During my speech we will go over cases of companies that are just starting to launch innovative products as well as of those successfully doing so. We will go through and analyze major problems they encounter:
Employees being busy with their jobs, ideas die before seeing the light of the day
Employees spend money on projects but results are still to be seen
Employees don't have product development know how and use company's budget to develop mechanisms that have already been developed
Team leaders don't take responsibility for the project and the product and wait to be told what to do
We will find ways of solving those problems, will understand how much money and time it takes to resolve them. Will consider options of launching new products (Purchasing (M&A), developing together, developing internally (R&D))
By the end of this workshop participants will have a clear idea of how to most effectively build a system for launching innovative products, what budgets are required for it and what results one can expect.
Tracker at IIDF, Coach at Global Venture Alliance, Business Development Director at B2BFamily
Sales & Business Development Track
Yann Kronberg has over 18 years of technology management experience in the software, open source & Ad Tech industries, including multiple successful start-up ventures and one IPO. He has a proven background in building world class products for the AdTech, big data Industry & Data Science. When he is not researching the latest optimization algorithm, he spends his time exploring the tensorflow project and tensorflow.js.
Yann currently serves as the CTO of Zazmic a Service provider specializing in big data, data science & AdTech, where he managed the Product and Technology Team, which comprised of 230 staff globally (clients include Ericsson, Rakuten, Adxperience & France Telecom).Yann Kronberg has also served as head of Product at Lifestreet, Senior Director of Product at Velti where he led the product team building world-class Ad Tech product line. Other key roles include leadership positions with Adinfuse (AdNetwork acquired by Velti) and Siebel Systems (an Oracle Company).
Antonio is a Delivery Manager with over 18 years' experience in the IT industry and specialises in Agile methodologies. He comes from a technical background, starting his career as a Java Developer in Spain in 2000, moving to different roles within IT in three different countries.
Antonio is passionate about creating and implementing the best solution while continually seeking to improve work methodologies. He is convinced that most of the problems in IT are due to lack of communication.
Antonio usually speaks about Agile, DevOps, Project Management and Team management at conferences across Europe and US, such as DevOps Days, JAX, TopConf and Voxxed Days.
Business Development & Sales Track
Topic: Outsourcing is a dead-end. Practical steps on how to evolve your business model
Current problems of a classic IT outsourcing model: why a short-sighted business does not generate high profit.
Successful principles of building a highly marginal product business, and what challenges you should be ready for.
Sergey Korolev is a Managing Director at Railsware with more than 15 years of experience in IT: from startups to enterprises. An Engineer, Product Owner, Business Leader.
Business Development & Sales Track
Topic: How to turn risks to selling points
Anatoliy got Master's degree in Applied Mathematics, Informatics, and Programming in the Kharkiv National University of Radio Electronics. He started his career as a software developer and went all the way up the career ladder having tested all positions from a beginner software developer, a team lead, a technical project manager and a project manager, to a delivery director.
Anatoliy became a part of Sigma Software in 2008. As a project manager, he joined several complex and challenging projects, which were successfully completed. In 2009, Anatoly became the manager of the Microsoft Solutions Department. And grew the team from 17 people to almost 200 eight years later. In 2017, Anatoly got the position of Delivery Director. For many years along his career path, he has been actively involved in business development and crisis management. Anatoly also has coached project managers for about 10 years.
This is frank speech about the fails and lessons learnt when dealing with risks. Here you will not hear a standard academic theory of risk management, only hands-on experience. We are going to focus on how to voice risks in a way to be heard and to earn trust from a customer. Who would benefit from visiting the meetup: Project managers, team leaders, sales managers, business development managers.
What you are going to learn:
how a simple and clear risk wording can actually increase sales (through attractive offers)
how it can motivate a client and a team on their way to remove obstacles
how it influences forming the absolute trust from your Customer`s side
Join and you will know what to do if
you foresee an inevitable misfortune, but the client does not hear you and shows no reaction to risks reporting
your customer thinks that risks you bring up are "your problems"
Business Development & Sales
Topic: Internet marketing for IT companies. Who is to blame? How to live? What to do?
Ian consults IT companies on brand development and marketing. Ian is a multidisciplinary IT professional with hands-on experience in technology research, UX architecture, project management and marketing.
7 years in information technology industry. Former software engineer. 4 years in software development (ITO,CIS), 3 years in business development, sales and marketing.
Business: - Co-founded and running FullStackUA.com, a platform connecting IT execs with Ukrainian software development companies - Co-founded and running Kaiiax, Management Consulting Firm for Tech companies - Head of Software Development at KeyUA Software
Awards: ITEM 2017 - Best speaker in Business & Sales thread
Project & People Management Track
Topic: Through Trial and Error: How to Prepare a Trainee to the Wild World of Customer Projects
AMC Bridge Campus as a training system that is based on 10+ years of a unique experience. Useful tips, poor advices and lessons learned – we'll openly share our failures and successes. • How to obtain useful experience and necessary skills? We have developed an effective system that covers full training cycle from internship to team leadership – figures can prove it. • Cutting-edge technologies and real projects published on app stores with thousands of downloads as the advanced and fruitful educational method
Chief Operating Officer Scientific background in Computer Simulation 25+ years in IT industry Built AMC Bridge from 3 to 400+ engineers
Topic: Product as marketing channel for service business
Serial Entrepreneur with interests in
Atlassian Product Line and tools. Rozdoum - Atlassian Expert and Vendor consulting worldwide and selling own add-ons on Atlassian Marketplace
Eventor - Platform for event organizers to deliver all relevant data to participants mobile and available when internet fails.
Automation of Logistics processes in Ukrainian Armed Forces. Mobile client for SAP platform. Project supported by NATO NSPA funding
Software outsourcing. Building remote, dedicated teams for startups and successful business targeting extending development capacities. Expertise : Full stack Java, Mobile (iOS + Android). Domains: Atlassian, Liferay, Business Intelligence, EMail Martketing, Lead Management, Location Based Services.
Topic:3 stories on growing Service Business with Product Startups
During the presentation we'll talk about Internal Product Startups that boosted Business for service-oriented companies (aka "outsourcing"). I'll share 3 real stories about how internal startups was initiated, developed and launched. We will discuss what worked and what didn't, what was the lessons learnt. I'll share major benefits we achieved with internal product startups.
Roman Kolodchak is a Vice President of Products & Services Success at SoftServe. With over 15 years in IT and 10 years in Consulting and Management, Roman and his team focus on professional development, competency management, developing external communities and partnerships, and solution methodology both for ISV and Enterprises. He also helps establish the overall client excellence direction at SoftServe. Roman has successfully executed cross-company initiatives and established new competencies like SaaS and cloud and acting as an active consultant. Since 2014, he is in charge of establishing and managing service product management and further product management directions at SoftServe.
Topic: From Outsource to Niche Product Guide
CPO/CEO at Tamaranga.com Background: Software Developer/UX Designer In IT from 2005 From Zaporozhie, Ukraine Now Auckland, New Zealand Remote Team, 7 People
Project & People Management Track
Topic: Redesign of management methodologies
Alexander is Operational Director with 5+ years experience in developing product lines for an organization. His passion for innovation led him into 3D-printing oriented company Kwambio where he developed and launched a unique production-line for manufacturing ceramic objects by 3D-printers.
Since autumn 2017 he has been leading the development of 3d-Printer as Product Manager. In January 2018 he participated in CES 2018 in Las-Vegas with the first prototype of the printer. Next point is launching of the production line for 3D printers assembly.
He is good at discovering tools and practices, sharing and spreading ideas. He has fun with implementation and improving production processes and facilitation of his teams.