Microsoft Sinergija (Synergy) 2011

This year I will be speaking at the annual Microsoft conference Sinergija 2011 (Sinergy).

As a CIO I am very proud that this year there are even two speakers from our company’s IT team, beside myself. This is a significant acknowledgement both to the whole company as well as to my work in inspiring and motivating others to grow and learn, but also to join the community and share the knowledge (starting with 2009 when one of my associates held one track, to 2010 and this with two of my associates being presenters).

You are kindly invited to come and check their sessions:

– System Center Service Manager – Implementing ITIL framework on 19.10. at 10:30 – 11:30.
– Data Mining In Retail Industry on 20.10. at 16:00 – 17:00.

As for me, I will be doing five tracks. The most important is Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 (a new version of Microsoft’s Flagship ERP system). I will be doing a session on Agile and also three community tracks (one of them is Agile/Scrum User Group meet-up and also Microsoft Dynamics User Group meet-up).

Community tracks are free, so anyone can come (more info:

Lean Architecture: for Agile Software Development

I recently got my hands on hard copy of an excellent book of James Coplien – Lean Architecture: for Agile Software Development. I was one of the reviewers for the book and have only the words of praise for it.

This book brings the world of the architecture right in the context of agile. If you are using Lean, Scrum, XP or any of the other agile approaches in any of the roles in the process, this is the book for you. If focuses on the collaborative approach as one of the key success factors of the good development teams. Written in the clear and understandable tone, with the concrete samples in almost every popular language, you will get your hands deep on the new approach that is complimentary with the idea of the book.

James was one of the main promoters of Scrum in Serbia and has already twice visited our country and passed a part of his knowledge without compensation.

The book is currently top title on Amazon for agile and architecture. If you have space to order it, I think this is an excellent choice.

Retail IT Summit 2011

This is one of the conferences where I initially planned to attend as a visitor, because of industrial focus (retail), but I got invited by organizers to present instead.

The event will bring together representatives of leading retail chains in Serbia, who will attend a one day event (10th May 2011) on which they will follow the presentations and exhibitions of the biggest international experts in retail area (you can get more info and detailed list of exhibitors here).

I will be presenting about our way of working with focus on our award winning in-house developed retail solution and its application in sports and fashion retail, with brief touch on our ERP system: Microsoft Dynamics AX.

Decisions Spring 2011

To my great pleasure, I have been asked again to speak about Agile Software Development and Microsoft Dynamics AX at one of the greatest virtual conferences on Microsoft Dynamics products: Decisions! has been hosting these semiannual events for a couple of years now, and they are tremendous, free resources for learning and networking. This time it is spring version, and is again features 4 days dedicated to different Dynamics products, as shown on promo below:

One interesting thing is that expert will be answering questions from the audience through live chat after the sessions. And you may want to consider stopping in to the networking lounge at the event as well and continuing the conversation with the presenters or other attendees, as that tends to get some lively discussion. If you already attended this event, then you know from your own experiences how interesting this can be.

Here are the links for programs for individual days:

And you can register here.

Good Old AI & Microsoft Dynamics AX

Good Old AI Logo

This winter I had lot of opportunities to speak in academic circles. In a sense the presentation was similar to my lecture about Microsoft Dynamics AX to future managers at Belgrade University, but this time the audience was the group that I belong to and which focuses on AI (Artificial Intelligence) application in academic and practical fields.

Good Old AI is an internationally recognized network of award-winning researchers, engineers, and students working in the fields of applied artificial intelligence and software engineering, situated at the University of Belgrade. Almost all the people in the group are young, talented and very motivated researchers or people from the AI field with very deep technical knowledge (here is the link to most of people from the group).

My session was attuned to this so this time it was very technical and was trying to show how easy it is to create new functionalities in Microsoft Dynamics AX and how it is easy to use its out-of-the-box CI (Continuous Integration) capabilities to support agile approaches like Scrum or how to extend it to support high quality development trough software metrics. Here is a more detailed report about my session at Good Old AI’s website:

PKB – Agile Project Management

Belgrade Chamber of Commerce is hosting a mini event about agile project management. The event is supported by PMI (Project Management Institute) Serbia and our Agile Serbia user group.

There will be a presentation of a research about software project approaches used in Serbia, we will hear what is happening with PMI and Agile and I will speak about Scrum.

If you are interested to come (21 Apr 2011, 3:00 PM – 4:30 PM) you can find more details at–agile-project-management.

Microsoft WinDays 2011

I was really delighted to be accepted to present at the biggest IT conference in Croatia – Microsoft WinDays. This is a conference with a long tradition and splendid organization.

Being the first person to present about Microsoft Dynamics AX, I was really enthusiastic about it. The track showed key business advantages but also the technical resons with focus on agile. It went well and it was nice to see that Microsoft Dynamics AX is used in Croatia.

Conference was held in beautiful seaside town of Rovinj.

Do you need advice about Microsoft Dynamics AX or Scrum?

In the past few years, I had great pleasure and a remarkable experience being consulted as the person from the trenches on topics as Microsoft Dynamics AX, Scrum, CIO challenges, or personal development.

I am more than willing to help and try to solve presented challenges, either to help friends and colleagues or someone totally unknown from the other side of the globe.

This happens in many forms: either by e-mail, directly, at a lecture, training or as form of mentoring for seminar papers or graduate thesis.

I had experience with all this forms both locally but also internationally. People and companies come and talk to me, visit us, write e-mails with questions, use sites like LinkedIn and ask questions. I try to help as much as possible, and this has so far made several nice manifestations that I will try to share with you in posts to come.

If you need help with some of the topics that are in my field of interest, don’t hesitate to contact me, and I will do my best to stay up to the challenge and help you.

Some of examples of this include:

Knowledge Factory – Agile and Dynamics AX

I was invited by Microsoft to present at “Knowledge Factory” (educational and business conference) which begun on 7th September. This event is very important from bussines perspective and goverment so it was opened and key-noted by prime ministers and ministers from different departmetns. This year, the main focus of the “knowledge factory” was at business software solutions for various industries. “Knowledge Factory” was also open for the youngest visitors and guests from elementary and high schools.

On 10th September I presented an agile approach with Microsoft Dynamics AX development.

Below are two photos from the presentation. More photos from my presentation and others can be found in Sinergija’s Knowedge Factory Facebook album.