Roland Dürre
Friday October 31st, 2008

(Deutsch) In meiner eigenen Schreibe …

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A little more than a year ago, a young doctor of mathematics who wanted to change from his university career into the world of free enterprise was warmly recommended to me. Naturally, I immediately invited him for an interview. This is how I met a young man who had just about all the talents you can think of. He was pleasant, self-assured, trustworthy, reliable, extremely intelligent, competent, goal-oriented, and obviously had very good general knowledge. He could listen carefully and give precise answers. He showed understanding of technical and business matters, his English was perfect, and he was even good-looking. If he had one weakness, it was that, at 29, he was no longer all that young and yet still relatively inexperienced. Studying, writing a doctorial thesis, and then spending another year at university does take time.

With the exception of LaTeX and a little Office, he had no IT experience (his minor subject had been physics, where he seemed to be very proficient). Since our enterprise had been recommended to him, he wanted to learn a little about InterFace, and he liked what he saw. Nevertheless, we soon discovered that his plans for the future did not really meet our needs. Regardless of his many qualities, it would have taken considerable time to turn him into a qualified IT advisor. On the other hand, he wanted to become a “real” economical advisor, rather than specialize in IT. We liked each other well enough, so we remained on friendly terms for some time.

This is how I know that (probably because of his age) his applications were not a success with companies like McKinsey or BCG. However, he landed with a small financial service with a very “innovative” product. And his pay-check was about 2½ times as much as a beginner can earn at an IT company. I then investigated the salary structure for graduate career beginners and found out that a young “high performer” gets two to three times as much as a good computer scientist or engineer if he starts with one of those enterprises that is now taking refugee under the German Multi-Billion-Euro-Shield. If you start with one of the famous companies, as far as I know, you get “only” 1½ or 2 times that money.

The bad news was that his working day with the new company was more like 14 hours than 12 hours, and that six days per week. As a sign of gratitude, they sometimes flew him to London on a Saturday at company expense, for dinner in a noble restaurant to celebrate particularly successful results. mehr »

Sorry, this entry is only available in German.

Sorry, this entry is only available in German.

Alexander Maisch
Tuesday October 28th, 2008

The Über-Product-Owner

Well it’s always nice to see my own ideas (visualizing the ProductOwner role) being shared with “greater minds”. Jeff Sutherland wrote about “World’s Best Product Owner: Evil Genius Steve Job” in his blog.

short but mine 😉

We are proud to make a special announcement. Here, according to our researches, is the first and only Scrum Poster in the world. It is offered exclusively in the IF-Blog. It cost our team enough hard work, but now the first version is released for free download in English or German.

How this came about:

Our technology scout, Alexander Maisch (known as Axel) told me a year ago that he had searched in vain for a Scrum Poster. So we decided to produce one ourselves. The boys and girls from InterFace, and local universities (TUM and TEG) got down to work. And now we have done it; the first release stage is there.

Here it is, our definative Scrum Poster as a free Download in German and English!

Naturally, we shall continually enhance it and release the latest version for download after every Sprint!

RMD

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Roland Dürre
Friday October 24th, 2008

(Deutsch) IF-Blog – it’s party time! (11.12)

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Sorry, this entry is only available in German.

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