Hello,
My name is Lucian Ghinda.

I like to create products and to build learning experiences.

About me

I am an innovator always looking for opportunities, for ideas, for new products. I think in solutions and I create learning experiences.
My experience is a mix and match of various fields: I am a product owner but also a programmer and a tester.
In my day to day activities, I combine different working styles: there are times when I work as a freelancer, and other times, as an entrepreneur.
Sometimes I am a trainer but most of the time I am a learner. I always like to learn something new.

Current

I am currently the Strategic Advisor and one of the Board Members of Digital Nation and I am delivering various programming, testing and agile trainings or consultancy for or in partnership with different companies, see What I do section for examples of my consultancy activity.

Education

2008 - Master of Business

After obtaining my Bachelor’s Degree, I continued with a Master of Business and Projects at Bucharest University of Economic Studies, which I finished in 2008.

2006 - Faculty - Bachelor of Science

I attended the University Politehnica of Bucharest, Faculty of Automatic Control and Computers and obtained my Bachelor of Science in Computer Science and Information Technology in 2006.

2001 - High School - Computer Science Based

During my highschool years, I followed an intensive program of computer science with focus on programming.

IT Experience

1997 - 2001

During highschool, I started do to more complex programming projects. There are two worth mentioning: the first one is a Physics engine programmed in Pascal with a Graphical Interface build up from scratch. The second one is a students management platform which I took over from the student who built it and kept updated to the newest regulations. This was programmed in Fox Pro 2.6.

2001 - 2006: Freelancer & Entrepreneur

During faculty, I did a lot of freelance projects. Here are some examples: I built a small ERP named Business Contracts in PHP with MySQL and deployed on premise. I was part of the team who implemented an Internet Cafe Management Software which ran in multiple internet cafes in Bucharest and UK. I built an application management platform for the National Agency for Disabled People – the platform was also built in PHP with PostgreSQL, with various partsimplemented in Java.
In summary I programmed mostly in: PHP, PostgreSQL, MySQL, Java.

2006 - 2008: Software Engineer & Team Leader

As a developer I was part of a team who researched how to use Javascript as a frontend for creating a Website builder. At the same time, I was a Python programmer for the international backend provisioning of Hostway Next Generation Platform. I was also working in Ruby on Rails, as part of the team who developed the ordering application of Hostway Next Generation Platform.
During this phase, I programmed mostly in: Ruby on Rails, JavaScript, Python

2008 - 2013: Research and Development Manager

During this time I was leading the Research and Development programming division of Hostway Romania. My main areas of responsibilities included:
1. Project management (agile) and technical product manager for implementation of an enterprise platform to automate flow of delivering products to customers. The platform automated all steps from the moment a visitor enters the website until the moment he/she starts using the actual product on our servers. This included hosting products for the local and global market: Dedicated Servers, Virtual Dedicated Server based on VMWare technology, Wordpress automatization, Shared Hosting Services, Email Applications, User Interfaces and so on.
3. Inter-departmental communication inside Hostway Romania and international communication with the other Hostway Corporation R&D centers
3. The hiring and training new employees, as well as the professional development of the other R&D team members.
My team worked with edge technologies in an agile environment using various programming languages and frameworks: Ruby on Rails, PHP, Python, JavaScript. We worked both on national and international software platforms.

2013 - present: IT Consultancy

Currently, I am providing a wide range of IT services as a consultant for various companies. These services are mostly focused on: 1. Working with teams to identify and solve technical challenges in Web space
2. Implementing Web Solutions for internal and external needs or opportunities (Ex: Innovation Platform, Recruiting Platform, Event Platform, Services Registration ...)

Training and Teaching Experience

2007 - present: TRAINING and WORKSHOPS in IT

I am organizing a wide range of learning experiences (trainings, workshops, mentorship and coaching), most of them focused on helping tech teams become efficient.
I am delivering testing workshops (web & web automation, mobile & mobile automation), programming workshops (ruby and python), agile methodologies workshops along with people management, team buildings and change management.

2013 - present: ANIS and ISTQB

I am a certified ISTQB Trainer for ISTQB Foundation Level, CMAP Mobile App Testing Foundation Level, ISTQB Agile Tester Foundation level and deliver these trainings

2013 - 2017: DevAcademy Co-founder and Learning Architect

As a part of DevAcademy’s team (now DigitalNation.ro), as well asthrough with my work as co-founder, I helped create our learning experience. We offered 6 months learning tracks, led by mentors, to a wide audience (programmers - backend; frontend and mobile; product managers; graphic designers).

Innovation, Culture and People

2013 - present

I have been collaborating with various companies on changing cultures or improving team work.
I created an environment to foster innovation at METRO SYSTEMS by building an innovation team, organizing events and working directly with people to help them work on their own innovative projects.

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