Sep 11, 2020 · by Csilla Grozea

Programmers’ Week: Meet Your Speakers

Flaviu Ionescu talkss about the effects of the pandemic downsizing a team from over 180 people to just 40

Programmers’ Week is a weeklong celebration dedicated to the programmers of the world and their amazing contributions to our industry. As we embark on the sixth edition of Cognizant Softvision’s largest technical event, we have over 130 internal and external Tech Talks, presented by the very people we are honoring – programmers. We’ve highlighted a few of our speakers in hopes you get to know them a little bit more. 

Just like professional soccer players seem to do before the game, Flaviu Ionescu always has song lyrics in his mind when getting on stage for a Tech Talk, his favorite being “Lose Yourself” by Eminem. Although this will be his sixth time as a speaker at Programmers’ Week, he still gets stage fright. But, he doesn’t let that discourage him. On September 15, 2020, the delivery manager from the Cognizant Softvision studio in Cluj-Napoca will share his recent experience with a project impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic that forced a team to downsize from over 180 people to just 40. Join his talk to find out how he managed the situation. “We assure you no engineers were hurt in the process,” Flaviu says.  

The 45 minute Tech Talk is an opportunity to learn about the challenges associated with the adjustment from people management, to processes and project management, to client management and most importantly, trying to keep morale at a reasonable level for the team and for the leader. “The current pandemic really took its toll on a lot of businesses, with the retail industry being one of the most heavily affected. It’s important to understand that sometimes this happens in our field and the challenges that this kind of situation brings along should be shared,” Flaviu states.

On September 14-18, 2020, Flaviu will be among more than 50 Softvisioners delivering  external Tech Talks during Programmers’ Week, a five-day event, filled with amazing activities. This event honors all of our technical colleagues, their expertise, and our culture, which continually encourages and empowers knowledge sharing. 

Programmers’ Week 2020 will be the first edition that is 100% online and Flaviu expects it will attract a greater audience than ever before due to the ease of access that the current distancing brings. “I expect the speakers to be a lot more natural and confident since we are eliminating a major variable – speaking before an audience. This is important, because a lot of talented engineers do get cold feet when they get put in front of actual people on a stage,” he concludes.  

Don’t miss Flaviu’s talk, “Toppling a Giant – A Pandemic Story!”

When: Tuesday, September 15, 3:30 PM GMT+3 (45 minutes)

Register HERE

Want to know what’s in store for Programmers’ Week 2020? Click here to see the full agenda.

About Programmers’ Week

In what started out as recognizing the 256th day of the year, also known as International Programmers’ Day, Cognizant Softvision’s Programmers’ Week is now a week-long celebration that honors those who bring invaluable expertise and insights to our company.

Our largest technical event, Programmers’ Week, is dedicated to the developers and software engineers from around the world who share their passion and commitment to engineering and delivering amazing software products. 

#DaretoCode with us – joining our company for our sixth edition of Programmers’ Week, filled with thought-provoking keynote speakers, enriching Tech Talks and discussions, and meaningful connections.

Csilla Grozea

Delivery Director

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