Hi there! I am Dorin Chirițoiu, an Agile enthusiast and Open Source promoter, living in the beautiful Hanseatic city of Hamburg, Germany. Whenever I get the chance, I help local organizations deliver social impact.
How did I start?
My career path was influenced by the internship program ran by The Foundation for an Open Society (Bucharest, Romania), where I learned about Open Educational Resources, and later, about the role of "open source" concept. Its philosophy and (social) impact have quickly transformed me in an open source advocator.
Two years later, during my Master's studies, I received the opportunity to join as Technical Editor LimeSurvey GmbH, which governs the development of LimeSurvey - the leading open source survey software. A great opportunity to get hands-on experience in the open source world. The community built around the software easily attracted me, working closer with people from all over the world: developers, contributors, customers or simply other open source fans. Once I finished my studies, I joined the company as Community & QA Manager.
During the process of adopting an Agile-oriented approach, I have been tasked to manage the public bug tracker, and be always in contact with our community. In a couple of months, I took the responsibility of managing the Product Backlog of the organization. I have started identifying and conceptualizing new features (preparation and follow-up of sprints), closely cooperating with all stakeholders: customers, open-source community, developers, UX team, and upper management. Since February 2020 I am officially a Product Owner (CSPO), focusing on the development of the LimeSurvey survey software application.
Why a blog?
The potential of Agile in open source projects is great, but how to overcome obstacles such as remote work or lack of motivation? That is why I am looking for every opportunity to improve my Agile-related knowledge to share how other open source projects can benefit from these findings.
The best way to do that is via a blog where ideas and thoughts are stored in one place, and can be easily accessed by anyone. While covering Agile- and Open Source-related discussions, I will also focus on important topics that influence to a great degree our daily lives such as climate change, moral philosophy or political economy.