Hans Bonfigt
Sunday August 21st, 2016

Ende mit Schrecken

Der Rolan, zurecht, sagt ja immer, hier im Blog müsse das Positive überwiegen. Und er hat recht.

Roland Dürre
Thursday July 23rd, 2015

Ada Lovelace and Unschooling?

Here is my introduction to the presentation “Learning in Innovation” by Bruno Gantenbein  “Learning in Innovation” as I would like to see it tonight. What I am going to say is meant to connect the person ADA LOVELACE both with the term “unschooling” and with “project management”.

Ada Lovelace 1836, Gemälde von Margaret Sarah Carpenter (1793–1872)

Ada Lovelace 1836,
Painting by Margaret Sarah Carpenter (1793–1872)

ADA LOVELACE was a very controversial lady. As I see it, she must have had a very exciting – both successful and desperate – life. Even reading about her in Wikipedia gave me the following ideas.

If we want to become masters of our profession, we have to exercise the “best practice” of great masters and make use of humanity’s experiences condensed in “design patterns”. Until we reach a dead end – where we have to say good-bye to what we learned. Now you have to rebel and question “things” like “but that is how we always did it”.

Consequently, learning means familiarizing yourself with patterns and sticking by them.

Learning in innovation, however, calls for breaking with patterns. Breaking old patterns and developing new patterns will lead to creative destruction. Thus, living in a social community means you have to not only accept but even use the compromise between your individual needs and the collective rules for your own unfolding.

We love the formatted life, because it is secure and comfortable. We are prepared to subjugate ourselves under morals, because we want to be good.

On the other hand, we crave for freedom and novelty. Because we know that a moralising society will take away our freedom and confine us, at the same time making us look small.

This is the case both in private life and in our work life (if the distinction is still permitted at all). In the social communities of our private lives, we permanently manoeuvre between often paradox positions. And the same is true for our professional lives.

Because the enterprise where we work is also a social system, albeit with an economic purpose. Leadership is communication and communication is, again, a balancing act – between listening and speaking.

I do not know many biographies more laden with the conflict between autonomous self-determination and external control than those of the great mathematicians and Mrs. Ada Lovelace. Spontaneously, the only other person who comes to mind is Nietzsche, who was born a little less than 30 years after ADA LOVELACE.

I think we can only be “good” project leaders, managers and leading personalities if our important projects are a success. To me, it seems like the most important project for all persons are their own lives. If we want to meddle in other people’s lives, the first thing we have to do is make our own life a success.

However, our own life can only be a success if we focus on the really important things and if we change habits detrimental to life. Consequently, I have to be prepared to unfold my own life autonomously and bring order into it. In my personal life, I chose my mobility. I try to avoid unhealthy mobility as far as possible. It is very simple, isn’t it? –

How am I supposed to live a self-determined life if, for example, I cannot even manage to do it with respect to my own mobility? Consequently, I have to change and practice. Instead of letting myself be externally controlled.

Well, this is what I associate with the disrupted life of ADA LOVELACE.

During the presentation by Bruno Gantenbein, I would recommend that you look for parallels with your own life.

(Translated by EG)

Thursday, InterFace Event at TUM:
Technological Presentations for Computer Scientists
July, 18th,  2013 – earlier than usual: 4 p.m. at TUM!

The next presentation in our series IF Academy – Technological Presentations 2013 will be on July, 18th – as usual on a Thursday. This time, however, we will not remain in the Unterhaching InterFace building. Instead, we will go on tour with our circus and the event and Happy Hour afterwards will be at TU München in Garching. The TUM has reserved the lecture hall “Konrad Zuse” for us.

felis_swThe speaker if Felix Köbler. Felix spent a huge part of his computer science training and research at TUM.

He will tell us what totally new ways of thinking and opportunities have already been realized through the internet and the corresponding technologies – and also how it might go on from there. His topic will be:

Crowdsourcing & RailScout  
An introduction and selected delicacies and crowdsourcing solutions for safe and clean railway stations.

Abstract provided by Felix:

The first part of my presentation will give you an outline of the current technological and socio-technological developments. For example the adoption and use of ubiquitous and mobile technologies which not only are immersed in our daily lives but also make totally new applications possible.

One promising and totally new application is crowdsourcing. It means the outsourcing of tasks or value-creating activities to an un-defined group of voluntary users by an enterprise or institution.

I will discuss the potential and problems of these innovative concepts using various examples beyond the widely known applications and initiatives such as Wikipedia and OpenStreetMap. One of the specialties of crowdsourcing is the extension of existing job-sharing models by the factor motivation, which is often used for applying gamification – that is the use of game elements in non-game contexts –  in its socio-technological application.

The second part of my presentation will be about an actual solution and application: “RailScout”, which belongs to the area of the so-called “Mobile Crowdsourcing” as made possible by the technological development in the field of mobile end devices. “RailScout” is a smartphone application for passengers and gives them the chance to call in problems, like technological or maintenance damage and littering at railway stations and infra-structure buildings, directly to the responsible administration.

My presentation is meant to give you both the current results gained from the experiment still under way and diverse insights in to the craftsman-like process  (Participatory Design/User-centered Design) and conceptual challenges in the field of gamification during the problem solution development phase.

The Speaker

Felix Köbler is a doctorial candidate at the chair for Business Informatics of Munich Technical University. He holds a B.Sc. and an M.Sc. in Information Systems/Business Informatics of Munich Technical University and studied, among other places, at Shanghai Jiao Tong University, Shanghai, China and Technical University of Tampere, Finland and University Tampere, Finland.

His research is mainly on distributed software engineering, social networking, gamification, persuasive technologies and ubiquitous and mobile computing with a strong focus on human-computer interaction. The results of his research has been published in international technological journals, such as AIS Transactions on Human-Computer Interaction and International Journal of Human-Computer Interaction (IJHCI), as well as presented on international conferences, such as the International Conference on Information Systems, European Conference on Information Systems and ACM SIGCHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems.

Besides having established RailScout, he is also active in the fields of User Experience Design and strategic advice, as well as in Business Development at “FELD M” , which is a counselling company for digital marketing. Also, he works as a freelance counsellor.

Here is some information on the event series

At two-month intervals, we invite people to listen to a presentation with some technological, leader-specific or entrepreneurial topic. Our invitations go out to all interested computer scientists living in the area and, of course, especially to all our colleagues at InterFace AG.

The presentations are meant to hand on innovative knowledge and special experience from practice for practice, following the idea of craftsmanship. Our focal point and content is in the fields of programming as a German engineering feat, modern basic know-how, future-oriented technologies, insider knowledge, changes in established technologies, experience from project such as management and leadership and much more.

Usually our speakers take 30 minutes for their presentation, then you have 60 minutes for discussion. And afterwards, there will always be a “Happy Hour”.
The events take place on every third Thursday of the uneven months of the year.

(Translated by EG)

Roland Dürre
Thursday July 4th, 2013

My Agile Manifesto …

🙂 … it might look like this or similar:

The more I think about “acting and behaving in an agile way”, the more I believe it to be a basic principle that makes the difference between the “old world” and the “new world”.

Consequently, “AGILE” might well be the next logical step after “enlightenment” and “using your brains”. Being AGILE also means you have to move consciously all the time between the two opposing ends individuality (what do I want, what can I do, what am I permitted to do,…) and the collective (what do we want, what can we achieve, what are we allowed to do,…).

“AGILE” describes our wish to live our lives in freedom – which, at this place, means “being prepared and capable of living your life in responsibility”. At the same time, you have to follow the principle “promote your own and the life of others, rather than reducing them”.

Being “AGILE” means knowing how to deal with responsibility. Being in favour of what change we need and opposed to what change is detrimental for us.

Being “AGILE” also includes the wish to increase your knowledge and then being able to apply them.  Naturally, models and approaches, methods and concepts are an important result of additional knowledge. …

Consequently, in order to become “AGILE”, we will constantly have to learn new things, do things we are not used to, try strange things and collect experience. We have to understand and comprehend how processes in our social systems function. Thus, the “integrative and systemic understanding” of our enterprises will become the requirement for successful “leadership”.

This is it for now in a nutshell …

I was motivated to write this outpouring on agility by an article in openPM by Stefan Hagen.

(Translated by EG)

Roland Dürre
Friday June 28th, 2013

Now Online: All IF Forum Craftsmanship Videos!

A few days ago, I put the first two IF Forum presentations (Vorträge) – held by Wolfgang Menauer and Kristin Block – online. The same is true for the “Software Development Unit” (Softwareentwicklungsblock) by and with Bernhard Findeiss and Dr. Elmar Jürgens.

Consequently, only the last two presentations are still missing. Here they are:

Bernd Fiedler made us understand in an amusing way what exactly it means to be a “master craftsman”:

And then there was Reinhard Büttner! He gave a review of all the day’s findings and added his own experience in the most suitable way.

I already sent the work of art by Wolf Nkole Helzle created during the day as my way of saying “Thank You ” to all speakers and guests.

Let me, once more, thank all the artists and speakers. And I would like to specifically thank all our guests. They gave me so much feedback saying what a wonderful event it was. This gives me courage to continue. We already decided upon a topic for 2014:

Self-Organization in the sense of    
“Self-organization and self-control as a formative model for enterprises and projects”!
As always, I look forward to reading your feedback.

(Translated by EG)

The work of art by Wolf Nkole Helzle which was created during our IF Forum CRAFTSMANSHIP has already been submitted to all of you as a form of saying “Thank You” (Danke Schön).

Besides, the first two IF Forum presentations (Vorträge) by Wolfgang Menauer and Kristin Block were made available live by me a few days ago. Today, you get the next two!

Firstly, we see Bernhard Findeiss, “Technology Evangelist” at InterFace AG. He tells you about “a day in the life of a software craftsman”:

Dr. Elmar Jürgens of CQSE reports about his own experience and the good team results with Peer2Peer reviews in the interest of quality:

Thanks to Bernd, Elmar and Friedrich!

(Translated by EG)

IF20x_5172Today is the day!

At 13:00 hours, our Workhop “Craftsmanship” will start!

For more information, click here!

There are still a few vacancies!

And for those who cannot come, we broadcast the presentation live on the internet.

On http://www.ustream.tv/channel/IF-Forum , you can see the video stream of the presentation, starting around 13:45 hours.

In addition, we will – as usual – make a video recording and publish it on youtube (Kanal InterFace AG).

(Translated by EG)

Roland Dürre
Wednesday May 29th, 2013

Speaker on Craftsmanship: Bernd Fiedler at the IF Forum

I already introduced Kristin BlockBernhard Findeiss and Dr. Elmar Jürgens as speakers of our CRAFTSMANSHIP workshop on June, 13th, 2013, starting at 1 p.m. in our Unterhaching office building.

berndzeigt-300x200Today, I would like to introduce Bernd Fiedler. He will tell us about a central “Craftsmanship” topic:

“Master and Apprentice”  
experience, technology, culture, tradition, “school”…

The relationship between master and apprentice is probably as old as the human race. Reports from Antiquity tell us how masters handed on more than just technologies and experience to their apprentices. In fact, they were the keepers of culture and teachers of meaning. In particular, they also hand on values such as “pride in a job well done”.

Finding new ways to solve problems and handing this knowledge on to third parties is one of the elemental factors that makes humans humans. It is how traditions are born that can then develop and become “schools”. This is how guilds were created in the middle ages and artists’ schools like the ones run by Michelangelo, Tizian or Rafael in the Renaissance. People were extremely proud to have belonged there.

Today, we have schools with special glamour such as Oxford, Harvard and the Sorbonne, in Germany the TUM. In view of these brilliant names, the great value of our “dual system of professional education” is, unfortunately, easily forgotten. Mind you, this is regardless of the fact that said dual system is held in high esteem and considered an ideal (one that is hard to reach) in other countries.

These are all issues thriving through the relationship between master and apprentice. Here, the knowledge transfer consisting of the four classic phases: internalization, externalization, combination and socialization takes place.

berndzeichnet-300x200The first great challenge is to become aware of the knowledge. And I do not only mean the knowledge communicated through words but also all the sub-consciously gained knowledge and competence you got through listening, your own experience and most private and intimate exercise. Both of them develop through an endlessly long, continuous and never-ending process of improvement also based on trial and error.

A true master will have spent his entire life seeking perfection. Consequently, his implicit knowledge is a true treasure of experience. Today, we mostly see this phenomenon in artists. In many industrial professions, and by now also among “knowledge providers”, however, it gets more and more limited by standardized procedures.

Among other things, this presentation will be about the following topics:

Different types of knowledge transfer • what we learned from history • support through visualization • powerpoint • graphics • mindmaps • maps

And we will ask and try to answer questions like:

  • What conclusions can we draw for ourselves?
  •  Can we improve the way we teach complex topics?
  • How can we better support the teaching of important experience?
  •  …

About the speaker:

Since 1999, Bernd Fiedler has been investigating various functions with knowledge management. He is the author of several publications. His last one was „Von der Mindmap zum Prezi – Neue Wege der Visualisierung im Wissensmanagement“. He is a certified Business Warehouse counsellor and a member of the Gesellschaft für Wissensmanagement (GfWM), where he is in charge of the regional group of  Munich.

As  associate lecturer (Lehrbeauftragter) for knowledge management, he teaches at Hochschule Augsburg. He is also all the time busy as a speaker on various converences (for instance KitKon, DNUG, Wissenstagung, BitKom). Professionally, he is project leader for intranets and employee portals.

Early in 2012, he became member of the board of directors at  datac – Kommunikationssysteme GmbH – where is is responsible for knowledge, quality and personal management.

(Translated by EG)