Why I Still Teach Scrum

Scrum is an agile method (framework) that when instantiated can be rather ornate. Most developers, when I talk to them, tell me that when given a choice they would not be doing Scrum. While Scrum may have felt much lighter than the competition back in the nineties, today it weighs in as rather heavy.

Given this, I wanted to reflect on why I still teach Scrum (and have a blog post to point any of my students to).

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Upcoming Industry Talk on Agile in Research by Carina Haupt of Deutsches Zentrum für Luft- und Raumfahrt (DLR)

We will host an industry talk on “Agile in research” in AMOS, our agile methods course. The talk is free and open to the public.

  • by: Carina Haupt, Deutsches Zentrum für Luft-und Raumfahrt (DLR)
  • about: Agile in research
  • on: February 8th, 2018, 10:15 Uhr
  • at: TU Berlin, Marchstraße 23, 10587 Berlin, room MAR 4.065
  • as part of: AMOS speaker series

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Upcoming Industry Talk on Inside an Agile Transformation of 1000+ Employees by Samir Keck of Zalando

We will host an industry talk on “Inside an agile transformation of +1.000 employees” in AMOS, our agile methods course. The talk is free and open to the public.

  • by: Samir Keck, Zalando
  • about: Inside an agile transformation of 1000+ employees
  • on: February 1st, 2018, 10:15 Uhr
  • at: TU Berlin, Marchstraße 23, 10587 Berlin, room MAR 4.065
  • as part of: AMOS speaker series

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Upcoming Industry Talk on Continuous Delivery by Thomas Fricke of Endocode

We will host an industry talk on “Continuous Delivery” in AMOS, our agile methods course. The talk is free and open to the public.

  • by: Thomas Fricke, Endocode
  • about: Continuous Delivery
  • on: January 18th, 2018, 10:15 Uhr
  • at: TU Berlin, Marchstraße 23, 10587 Berlin, room MAR 4.065
  • as part of: AMOS speaker series

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Upcoming Industry Talk on Richtung Innovation – Scrum und Design Thinking (in German) by Radouane el Marjani of 365farmnet

We will host an industry talk on “Richtung Innovation – Scrum und Design Thinking” in AMOS, our agile methods course. The talk is free and open to the public.

  • by: Radouane el Marjani, 365farmnet
  • about: Richtung Innovation – Scrum und Design Thinking
  • on: January 25th, 2018, 10:15 Uhr
  • at: TU Berlin, Marchstraße 23, 10587 Berlin, room MAR 4.065
  • as part of: AMOS speaker series

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Upcoming Industry Talk on Advanced Scrum Master – From Applying Scrum to Understanding Agility by Mario Berger and Martin Wurm of Mister Spex

We will host an industry talk on “Advanced Scrum Master – From applying Scrum to understanding agility” in AMOS, our agile methods course. The talk is free and open to the public.

  • by: Mario Berger and Martin Wurm, Mister Spex
  • about: Advanced Scrum Master – From applying Scrum to understanding agility
  • on: December 14th, 2017, 10:15 Uhr
  • at: TU Berlin, Marchstraße 23, 10587 Berlin, room MAR 4.065
  • as part of: AMOS speaker series

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From Chat Bot to AI (Student Project, TU Berlin, Winter 2016/17)

Project name From Chat Bot to AI
Project logo  
Project vision The project management tool “RPLAN” makes it possible to plan projects efficiently and transparently. The user’s planning effort should be as small as possible. This will be achieved through a smart product which proposes further steps independently to the customer. For this purpose, RPLAN is connected to the web interface “Slack”, automating the planning process using natural language.
Industry partner Actano GmbH
Student team
Project summary Arrow.js supports the user to identify the correlation between multiple contexts and a single file. We score the relation between different resources. As the result the user gets a score, which describes the probability of a connection between these data sets. This service is accessible through a REST call.
Illustration N/A
Source code https://github.com/amos-ws16/amos-ws16-arrowjs
Materials N/A

Chaos Testing (Student Project, FU Berlin, Summer 2016)

Project name Chaos Testing
Project logo  
Project vision A system to test, if new data and code versions for the DB ticket booking system are valid. The system is deployed in a Docker container to be used in a continuous delivery process. The data and code versions are integrated into a VM, given to us by DB Systel, which can get booking requests and replies with the same information the DB booking site would. By validating, if these replies are what we expected, we can detect if the new code has errors a lot faster than before, thus improving overall developing speed of DB Systel.
Industry partner DB Systel
Project summary See project vision
Illustration See final project presentation
Source code https://github.com/AMOS-FUB-2016/amos-ss16-proj1
Materials Final project presentation

Upcoming Keynote: The Software Engineering Education Tripod: Students, Teachers, and Industry

I’ll be keynoting the European Conference on Software Engineering Education on Nov 28, 2014, at 11:00 Uhr, at Seeon Monastery, Germany. Here is the abstract. See you at the conference!

Abstract

Over the last few years, we have shifted most of our courses from traditional upfront lecturing to project-based learning. Each course consists of multiple projects with three main stakeholders: students, teachers, and industry. Using AMOS, our “agile methods and open source” software engineering course as the example, we review our course concept and discuss our experiences. We take the perspectives of the three stakeholders in turn: Achieving learning goals and performing meaningful work (students), fulfilling both an educational and an economic mission (university), and receiving a return on time and monetary investment (industry). The perhaps surprising result is that these three perspectives can work together well and make reaching each stakeholder’s goal easier.

Materials

We recently discussed our approach on my research group’s website as the “Lehrkonzept der Praktischen Softwaretechnik an der FAU” (in German).

Das AMOS Projektkonzept (2011)

NACHHALTIGE PROJEKTE ZUM LERNEN UND AUSGRÜNDEN

Dieser Artikel stellt das AMOS Projektkonzept vor, welches ich in der Informatik-Lehre an der Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg einsetze. Ziel des AMOS Projekts ist es, Studierenden professionelle Softwareentwicklung in einem konkreten Projekt zu vermitteln, welches idealerweise zu einer Startup durch die am Ende ihres Studiums befindlichen Studierenden führt.

Das AMOS Projekt ist für mich eine neue Erfindung: Ich habe es das erste Mal 2010 so abgehalten. Deswegen dient dieser Artikel nicht nur der Schilderung des Projektkonzepts, sondern sollte auch als Aufforderung zum Kommentieren gelesen werden. Ich vermute, dass es anderswo in ähnlicher Form betrieben wird und würde gern von den dortigen Erfahrungen lernen.

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