Emilia Kasper & Stefan Blickensdörfer
How we fail and keep on trying
We have moved from a classic “development workshop” company focusing on body-leasing to a solution provider. In parallel we started the transformation from a classic organized company claiming to do agile, to a company with flat hierarchies trying to do agile and are now working hard to actually become agile and implement SAFe and DevOps – as a whole organization and not only in our development teams. Where are we now? What did we achieve and how did we benefit from it? Are we done yet? All these will be covered in our talk with the goal to give others inspiration and motivation to start and finish the journey.
Based in Brasov Romania, Emilia has been 3SS’ Delivery Director since 2014. She manages 3SS’ operations and delivery teams across all six of the company’s development centres, comprising some 130 people. She joined 3SS in 2011 as Project Manager and in this role, she oversaw the 50+ person team involved in the deployment of Swisscom TV 2.0, the world’s first major Android project (AOSP). As Delivery Director, she is responsible for staffing, and for establishing project teams, working closely with her department head direct reports. She is responsible for managing processes, and introducing new innovations to optimize development and project delivery. She is continuously on the lookout for better ways of doing things, to make processes ever more efficient and to optimize projects. This includes working closely with customers, and spearheading the adoption of agile/SAFe practices. Prior to joining 3SS, Emilia was a software developer for a Berlin-based STB company. Emilia has a B.Eng. degree in Electronic Engineering and an MBA from the University of Transylvania.
Stefan Blickensdörfer joined 3SS as Technical Director in 2013. His responsibilities include overseeing development and delivery activities across the company, providing leadership to technical specialists and delivery and development teams. Stefan oversees the company’s technology roadmap, and plays a central role in designing and delivering major customer projects including the award-winning Com Hem TV Hub based on Android TV Operator Tier. He has technical responsibility for the architecture and structure of 3READY, 3SS’ premier STB + multiscreen solution, optimized for Android based projects. Previously, following working on several freelance internet projects, in 2007 he co-founded a successful web and mobile development agency. He has a Bachelor’s degree in Media Computer Science from the University of Applied Sciences in Heidelberg.