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Looking for a new position. Consultant on mobile, mobile-web and cross-platform stuff. Agile project management too


Executive Summary

I am looking for a new position at the moment, if you know a company interested in the experienced engineer or project, please, refer them to this page

Few things worth highlighting:

– All things cross-platform, mobile, and mobile-web. Especially Qt/QML related

– I love developing software, but also practice managing projects and technical products. My last and first successfully shipped large product had an estimated business effect of some 100-500 MEur

– One of my private apps has 40K+ downloads and another one stays in the biz apps top sellers for months already. That is supposed to illustrate that even in small projects I know what mobile users actually love and I am able to focus on shipping just the relevant bits with the high quality

– Naturally all things agile, both soft and hard parts of it up to the point of organizing conferences and speaking on test-driven development in particular environments

Location doesn’t matter much as long as it is a European city large enough for an English-speaking life (for example, Helsinki, Paris, Berlin, Madrid)

Further links:

My resume (pdf)
My LinkedIn profile – please, feel absolutely free to ask for more information from anybody who recommended me there


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History of this blog and my involvement in it


I started this blog one years ago while I was an engineer working for Finnish Nokia and learning my way into Agile and software quality. At first it was a place for my to learn better by sharing the experience.

Over the years the blog was changing. After the initial “solo blogger” period I changed the concept into a group blog and was trying to differentiate from the other blogs on Agile by gathering a real diverse set of authors. We were lucky to have a maker of an agile tool , some coaches , some developers, a manager and so forth. Many of them continue having a successful Agile-related public life with the most prominent case probably being Jurgen Appelo a trainer, popular blogger and author of the best selling Management 3.0 whose essays I was fortunate to publish a few years ago. At the high point we were getting something like 50K page views a month. While brining lots of fun running and editing such a website was, however, taking lots of time from my life.

Product management, Qt and startup experience

At some point I’ve got more involved into product management and later as you may have noticed into Qt-based cross-platform development. Agile became just one of the important tools I was using in the work life, even my public talks are nowadays more on, for example, test-driving QML rather than on soft topics such as facilitating the problem solving. Without the continuous editorial effort the external contributors started leaving the blog yet daily readership and surprisingly stay high. So when I found myself looking for a job now, I figured I could try using this blog as an ad platform. Especially since the exact work location doesn’t matter much to me.

Lately I was deeply involved in a Helsinki based startup caring after making the video calls so simple and easy to use that even grandma would use it for calling the grandchildren. Unfortunately as it happens with startups, sometimes you find yourself looking for a new position earlier than expected. I am in such a situation right now.

Looking for a new position now

There are three things I know how to do well:
– Product management for the technical products. Less about the marketing side, more about the listening to market side, playing a Product Owner and shipping things (global rollouts included).
– Agile Project management – pretty much a simplified version of the above
– Mobile, mobile-web and cross-platform software development, especially all things Qt

Ideally I am looking for not a huge project where you just have to combine the things above, but specializing in any of them is fine as well.
Location doesn’t really matter as long as the city is large enough for the English-speaking life. Say, Helsinki, Berlin or London would fit perfectly.

Some highlights about my ability to build and ship what customer really wants

My biggest achievements stay with the companies, but there are a few private things worth highlighting. I created a number of private apps for mobiles during the last year. One of them got over 40K downloads by now (and that’s pure Nokia N9 app while there are not many of N9’s sold in the world), another one stays on the business apps top seller page for several months already and is the first known to me case of a real application running Symbian, MeeGo and Android from the same source code.

So if you happen to know a company in a large European city (Helsinki, Berlin, Paris, whatever) that needs an experienced engineer who also knows how to manage projects and ship products, please, refer them to this page and/or forward my CV (pdf). The closer to mobile, mobile-web or cross-platformness, the better


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Test-Driving QML. Helsinki version

On May 16, 2011 I was taking part in the Helsinki Qt meetup . I was talking there about how you can test-drive your QML projects using a semi-official qtest-qml library.

Here are the slides and the example code.

This presentation has only minor changes from a year old Tampere version.

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Daily wallpaper 1.1 for Nokia N9. Knows how to cut and rotate

Direct Nokia Store link – http://store.ovi.com/content/214273

I’ve released the free Daily Wallpaper for Nokia N9 a couple of months ago. Since that time it enjoyed nearly nine thousands of downloads (quite a number for this platform) and was keeping me personally entertained. Once an hour (or once a day or once a month) it is downloading the fresh cool wallpaper from flickr and every time I unlock the phone I can enjoy a new interesting photo.

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Since the moment of release, the most popular request (sometimes even causing the low rating in the Nokia Store) was not to rotate the too wide images, but to cut the central part out of it. I do love the rotation, but my opinion is totally irrelevant compared to the customers. So since yesterday, version 1.1 knows how to do both rotation and cutting. Cutting is the default mode. Enjoy and, please, submit more requests or vote on the existing ones.

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Winter holidays: 50% discount on Easy Discount Calculator for Nokia N9 and Symbian phones

For those too busy to read the whole post: from now and until the end of winter you can get Easy Discount Calculator for Symbian and Nokia N9 for 50% cheaper (1 euro in most of the countries) from Nokia Store at http://store.ovi.com/content/186742

I am a big fan of small utilities tuned for the very concrete purpose. And I don’t enjoy messing with the lots of discount calculations. You know, when one headset for my phone was 49 euro and now it it is 33% cheaper, but then there is the other one that used to be 69 euro and now it is 40% cheaper. How much do they actually cost?

Simple, elegant, slick, fast!

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That was exactly the reason a group of friends (Artem Marchenko, Jarmo Parkkinen, Tuukka Lindoos and Ekaterina Kuts) decided to solve and created Easy Discount Calculator, the first ever real app that runs on Symbian devices, MeeGo Harmattan devices (Nokia N9) and Android devices from the same source code. OK, Android support was a bit of an experiment, so on some phones it works flawlessly, on others it doesn’t, so we offer it for free.

 

Top ranked and top rated after a couple of months in sales

Top seller position

 

From the sales start in September, this Discount Calculator was steadily climbing up the best seller list and is right now is the top rated and second top seller business app for Nokia N9 and just below the top page of Symbian business apps top seller list. So we figured if people like the clean UX and find the app useful, why don’t we give it out cheaper for after-Christmas sales and maybe we manage to climb to the very top seller position for the business apps.

Winter discounts! Get it for just one euro or even cheaper

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So from now and until the end of February 2012, Easy Discount Calculator is available for the cheapest possible price for Symbian phones and Nokia N9! That is 50% reduction of what it used to cost. Exact price is determined by Nokia store, I believe for most of the European and American countries it should be around 1 euro or 1 dollar.

You can get the Symbian and N9 versions from Nokia Store at http://store.ovi.com/content/186742 and Android beta is available for free at http://bit.ly/discountcalculator

If you happen to have a minute for comments, we would also love to reply to your comments and proposals at our support web-site http://discussions.zoho.com/easydiscountcalculator

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Daily Wallpaper – a top photo & video download for Nokia N9. Free until Christmas 2011

N9 is a wonderful Nokia device totally unlike the smarphones it was doing earlier. To the date it gathered a number of extremely positive reviews and is arguably the first phone able to compete the iPhone in the user experience area and in how beautiful it looks. It got a beautiful AMOLED screen that just begs to be used for pictures, new and interesting pictures. Yet finding great wallpapers and setting them manually is tedious. Well, no more. Meet Daily Wallpaper, one of the top downloads for N9 in the photos & videos category enoying several thousands downloads a month (quite a number for a device released just a month or two ago in a small number of markets).

Daily Wallpaper is a small app that every hour, every day, week or month gets to flickr, downloads a fresh photo from a group focused on gathering great wallpapers and sets it as a device wallpaper that you can see on the device lock screen. Certainly you can set choose the wallpaper yourself at any moment as well.

The app is evolving actively, new features and improvements get released sometimes once a week and while I am still working on the fresh features, I am keeping the app available for free until at least Christmas 2011, possibly longer. Later the app will become a paid one, but once you downloaded a free version, you should be able to get updates for free forever (that is if I’ve git the Nokia store rules correctly).

 

Have a look, give it a try and let me know which features you are missing the most. Go vote for your favorite features or submt a new idea to the Daily Wapaper’s uservoice portal.

Enjoy!

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How to make your QML applications scale to and look nice on Symbian, MeeGo/Harmattan and android

Yesterday I was talking at the 2nd Tampere barcamp about how you can make your application automatically scale to different devices, yet allow for pixel perfect fine-tuning when needed. We used this approach for Easy Discount Calculator that is to my understanding the first real app available simultaneously for Symbian, MeeGo/Harmattan and Android (on some Android devices it runs smoothly, on som it has problems due to bugs in not yet mature the porting technology).

Unfortunately the presentation may not make much sense to you if you haven’t been to the barcamp as well, but you may like to have a look at the application on your device. Here are the links to the app stores:
Easy Discount Calculator for Nokia devices. BTW right now it is the second in the top seller Business apps for Nokia N9.
Easy Discount Calculator for Android devices

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Tampere Goes Agile 2011 – conference photos

A couple of days earlier, on Saturday, Sep 17 in a city of Tampere I was co-organizing the conference called Tampere Goes Agile. Conference was a big success, preparations were challenging and interesting and I should really write about it. For now, here is the slideshow for the conference photos. If you want your photos to appear here, tag them on flickr with tamperegoesagile.

There are no comments allowed on this blog (until I find time to solve the overspamming problem), but feel free to copy-paste the slideshow code to wherever you like. The best way for providing feedback is a tweet tagged with #tamperegoesagile or a blog post with a tweet linking to it.

Created with flickr slideshow.

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Agile Eastern Europe 2011. A unique conference and a unique marketing opportunity

As some of you may know, I used to go to quite many Agile conferences from relatively academic XP20XX to pretty-much industrial Agile20XX. Yet there was always one conference that remained special for me – Agile Eastern Europe that happened first time in Kiev, Ukraine in 2009.

Even from the first time it was a huge event never seen before in the region. The reasons were three:
– The region was ripe for a big event. Agile was still in its infancy and a number of local conferences just had to turn into something big
– Excellent speaker line up. The team did excellent job attracting the best speakers one could hope for, including David Hussman, J.B. Raisenberg, Jurgen Appelo and others. Yours truly was also speaking on Estimating and Planning, though in a somewhat different league
– A unique location that is visa-free to nearly whole world. It is pretty much the only country in the world where EU, US, Russian, Ukrainian and Belorussian people can meet without any visa hassles

AGILEEE 2011

This year AGILEEE is going to happen again and I am glad to help with finding sponsors for it. Besides being a great place for participants, AGILEEE is also an excellent marketing opportunity with the crowd full of influence on the company purchasing decision. Last year we had people from 22 countries (twenty two!), nearly half of 450 participants were project managers and executives.

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So if you happen to know a company with software industry related interests in the region or just a maker of a tool for the software developers, tell them about this post or about my direct contacts: marketing@agileee.org. skype:artem.marchenko, phone: +358-50-486-1137, twitter:AgileArtem


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Test-Driving QML

On March 15, 2011 I was taking part in the Tampere MeeGo meetup . I was talking there about how you can test-drive your QML projects using a semi-official qtest-qml library.

Here are the slides and the example code.


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Test-Driving QML

On March 15, 2011 I was taking part in the Tampere MeeGo meetup . I was talking there about how you can test-drive your QML projects using a semi-official qtest-qml library.

Here are the slides and the example code.

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