Roland DürreThursday June 13th, 2013
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 DürreThursday June 6th, 2013
Invitation & Agenda
With the guidance of Wolf Nkole Helzle (Social Media Art Artist), our fourth technological IF Forum will be about
EXPERIENCE, COMPETENCE, CULTURE, QUALITY and KNOWLEDGE.
To the left on the picture, you can see Wolf Nkole Helzle. He is a famous social media artist living in Baden Württemberg. Wolf will accompany us through this year of IF Forums!
To trigger your memory:
We started our technological IF Forum in 2010 with finding out how “agile development” can be useful for us. During the next two years, we discussed “new leadership” (2011) and “project coaching” (2012).
So far, our IF Forums have been very special events, both for our guests and ourselves. We want it to be the same this time over. This year, it is all about the craftsmanship of a “white collar worker”.
We will start on June, 13th, at 13:00 hours with our workshop “Craftsmanship”. The location is our office building at Unterhaching and, for a change, we will start in the afternoon. The presentations will begin at 14:00 hours.
We will gladly welcome our guests from 13.00 hours on, because that is when we will visit art with Wolf Nkole Helzle in a very craftsman-like and interactive way.
from 13:00 hours: our guests arrive … Welcome Wolf Helzle will take pictures!
14:00 hours: Roland Dürre / Wolfgang Menauer (both of InterFace AG)
Up What is craftsmanship?
14:30 hours: Judith Lell & Kristin Block (wissenswerk):
The Cornerstones of a Knowledge (Sharing)
Culture Leadership as a craft
15:15 hours: Bernhard Findeiss (InterFace AG):
No Competence without Learning and Practice!
Developing software is a craft
15:45 hours: Dr. Elmar Juergens (CQSE GmbH)
The “Feedback Method”
Delivering quality is also craftsmanship
16:30 hours: Bernd Fiedler (Datac):
Master and Apprentice
No craft without experience
17:00 hours: Reinhard Büttner (SWM)
Knowledge – Giving and Receiving – Why so Much is Lost!
Sharing knowledge is a craft
17:45 hours: all of us
Sharing, giving and receiving – and winning?
18:30 Happy Hour
“Craftsmanship” by Wolf Helzle
Art & Pleasure
I personally know all the speakers quite well. Appreciating their competence, I also know that they all have the very special ability to convey their knowledge in a charming and exciting manner. Here is a list of speakers:
Judith Lell and Kristin Block founded wissenswerk together.
Bernhard Findeiss is an employee of the InterFace AG. Among other things, he is very active in the field of Open Source and at Socrates.
Dr. Elmar Juergens is the founder and shareholder of CQSE GmbH.
Bernd Fiedler is on the board of directors at Datac. Moreover, he lectures regularly and is the pragmatic mastermind of knowledge management.
Reinhard Büttner is workforce director at the Stadtwerken München, where he built up a functioning model of “knowledge management”.
As early as now, I would like to thank our speakers very much for agreeing to speak. And I know that, thanks to them, our fourth IF Forum will again be a very special afternoon!
And we look forward to welcoming our guests! As always, you can register for the technological IF Forum via E-Mail.
(Translated by EG)
Roland DürreSaturday June 1st, 2013
Jean Paul and Hypertext
On July, 11th, 2013, she will give an entire IF Forum presentation at our Unterhaching InterFace building.
Here is a short outline:
During the 20ieth century, the data volume kept increasing – and along with it the problem of data access.
Well, considering when he lived, Jean Paul actually was quite a “professional” when it came to collecting data. Also, he was already confronted with the same problems, though on his own scale. Using his special excerpt technology, he not only collected knowledge, but also linked it in an intelligent way.
So we can actually ask today as Jean Paul asked then: how can data be stored and linked?
And how can we acquire new knowledge from those data?
A short glimpse at the aesthetics of Jean Paul can show us his concept of wit and also teach us possible linking technologies. On the whole, the method of writing as theoretically overloaded in Jean Paul’s ‘pre-school of aesthetics’ and practiced in his poetic works can show us why today’s hypertext systems are so helpful, how they function in their structuring of knowledge and what are their challenges.
About the speaker:
Frau Dr. Annina Klappert wrote her dissertational thesis at Bonn University on: “Die Perspektiven von Link und Lücke. Sichtweisen auf Jean Pauls Texte und Hypertexte” – The Perspectives of Link and Gap. Views on Jean Paul’s Texts and Hypertexts. Between 1999 and 2004, she worked at the Köln Forschungskolleg SFB/FK 427 “Medien und kulturelle Kommunikation”.
Frau Klappert is currently an employee at the chair of General and Comparative Literature at Erfurt University. Her interests and special fields of research are: virtual theories, hypertext theories, slip boxes as knowledge technology and digital practice, as well as modern literature.
The If Forum will take place at our Unterhaching headquarter building in the seminar zone on the top floor. We start at 18.00 hours. We look forward to welcoming our guests! As always, you can register for the IF Forum by sending an E-Mail.
Here is an overview of the three “Jean Paul presentations” of the year 2013.
A Visit to the Present
Jean Paul presentations at the IF Forum
In 2013, our IF Forum will be about how modern Jean Paul’s topics and ideas actually are.
With presentations on entrepreneurship, hypertext, wit and new media, we want to project new perspectives and questions to the Here and Now. Why don’t you join us?
Jean Paul the entrepreneur
Jean Paul was one of the first German authors who actually made a living out of his writing. Mind you, he did so regardless of a start under very difficult circumstances. He visited the intellectual centres of his time: Leipzig, Weimar, Berlin – and his books were a success to make Goethe envious. When Jean Paul married, even the Prussian Queen invited him for tea and gave him a silver tea set.
Jean Paul did not owe his ascent and success to accident, but to careful planning with entrepreneurial instinct. Even when times turned bad and the Napoleonic wars devastated half of Europe, he still was able to maintain his position. The way Jean Paul combined success and sustainability looks still remarkably modern today. .
Our speaker Bernhard Echte, scientific literature expert, exhibition organizer and publicist, worked many years as director of the Zürich Robert Walser archive. Today, the entrepreneur has his own publishing company: “Nimbus, Kunst und Bücher”.
The presentation will be on: April, 11th, 2013 (Thursday) | Starting at: 18.00 Hours | At InterFace AG, Unterhaching
Jean Paul and Hypertext
Even before he called himself Jean Paul, young Johann Richter read everything he could lay hands on: hardly any of the books actually belonged to him. Whatever he read, he excerpted in notebooks. In those same notebooks, he also commented ideas currently coursing through his head. Jean Paul added catch phrases to his entries, now called tags. In this way, he created a huge private encyclopedia. It was structured like a modern database and was the foundation of his literary work. Only through his database, Jean Paul was able to realize his unique style. A style that is at the same time erratic and precise. He managed to turn the financial misery of his youth into a virtue the result of which surprises us to this day.
Our speaker Annina Klappert, is a scientist at the seminar for General and Comparative Literature at Erfurt University. Her dissertational thesis is a structural comparison of Jean Paul’s texts and hypertexts. Her scientific research is mainly concerned with media, references and virtual reality.
The presentation will be on: July, 11th, 2013 (Thursday) | Starting at: 18.00 Hours | At InterFace AG, Unterhaching
Jean Paul, wit, post-modernism and the new media
He was a “God-Denier” and an “intellectual disintegrator”, a fervent cosmopolitan, sceptic and joker. His educational theory “Levana” is highly praised, since it advertises wit and irony against the strict no-nonsense attitude of Fichte’s oratory as the basis of a healthy personality. In his policy of “the third person between Germandom and Bonapartism”, you can anticipate the post-modern indecision between the opposing poles of “the truth”. With his aesthetics of straying, he already uses the interruptive and jumpy hypertext aesthetics of the internet. Who was this man who hardly ever left home and still intellectually and mentally was way ahead of his contemporaries?
Our speaker Roberto Simanowski is professor for media sciences at Basel University. He is concerned with the changes in writing caused by the digital era and publishes the online journal dichtung-digital – journal for digital aesthetics.
The presentation will be on November, 7th, 2013 (Thursday) | Starting at 18.00 Hours | At InterFace AG, Unterhaching
(Translated by EG)
Roland DürreWednesday May 29th, 2013
“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.
The 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)
Roland DürreFriday May 17th, 2013
Today, I would like to introduce Kristin Block. In her presentation, she will, along with her business partner Judit Lell, point out the
Corner Stones of a Knowledge (Sharing) Culture
necessary to not only talk CRAFTSMANSHIP but also live it successfully.
Today, it is vital for an enterprise to make sure the internal supply of knowledge is functioning. After all, it is THE ONE fuel that keeps the daily routine of the enterprise running and thus the enterprise competitive.
However, everyday life at the enterprise is often far from what the employees would consider the ideal, open knowledge exchange all of them would (very much) like to practice.
Phenomena such as the “Knowledge-is-Power” concept, blockage of free knowledge flow and isolated knowledge islands not only use up a lot of energy, they also considerably reduce the active and innovative capacity of organizations. Not to mention social consequences, such as demoralization of the people and the growing frustration, which then will cause inner resignation of white-collar workers who are not at the necessary extent or/and in the necessary form supplied with the material they urgently need.
By now, many leaders actually discovered this danger, along with the need to act – but they do not know how and where to start in order to trigger sustainable change. The presentation “Corner Stones of a Knowledge (Sharing) Culture” supplies you with answers and new ideas in an entertaining and colourful way. Naturally, you also get ample room for discussing the theses. We will introduce five activity fields. Being dynamically linked they cover a diverse scenario of possible approaches. This knowledge, along with a huge portion of will to change, goal-oriented behaviour and patience, are the tools for leaders if they wish to create an active knowledge culture in their organizational units.
About the speaker Kristin Block
Kristin Block is a major shareholder of the consulting company wissenswerk. This company supports enterprises with all the challenges around the topics knowledge distribution, knowledge sharing, knowledge control and knowledge increase. Together with her partner, the communications expert gave meaning to the term «Neuro Knowledge Management»: it is an extremely promising linking of the newest insights in brain research and human centred knowledge management methods. In the role of a coach and speaker, she now hands down her considerable technological knowledge and experience outside here usual consulting projects.
(Translated by EG)
I recommend you read the wissenswerk blog. In it, you will find many interesting ideas and proposals on our topic by Judith Lell and Kristin Block!
Roland DürreWednesday May 15th, 2013
Besides Wolfgang Menauer, who is going to do the warming-up at our Unterhaching workshop on June, 13th, 2013 with some associative ideas on craftsmanship, a second InterFace colleague will be actively involved.
Bernhard Findeiss has prepared a presentation for our Craftsmanship workshop on June, 13th. He will talk about:
“A Day in the Life of a Software Craftsman”
Bernhard sent me a short abstract of his presentation:
During the last few years, many attempts at industrialising software development have been made. However, it turns out that this method will not be a success in all areas.
One example for this is the development of individualized software. Dividing complex processes into many smaller steps that are easy to execute will soon show itself to be impossible.
Perhaps we can find some parallels with traditional craftsmanship here? Consequently, this is another area where we also need well-trained software craftsmen.
So what exactly is a “soft worker”? I would like to use my presentation in order to introduce this and some other questions, thus hoping to make you thoughtful:
- What technologies should you be competent in?
- What are the characteristics of well-made software in the craftsmanship sense?
- What is the work structure of a “soft worker”?
- “Soft worker”?What can an enterprise do in order to make the work surroundings as good as possible for the “soft worker”?
- Saying “No”!
- Life-long learning!
- Writing source code!
- Test strategies!
- Working under pressure
- Cooperating in a team
- What can an enterprise do in order to make the work surroundings as good as possible for the “soft worker”?
Bernhard Findeiss is a young InterFace colleague. He has already been working for us for quite some time now. His craft is computer science, which, incidentally, he learned at Munich TUM – and other places. He “lives” quality and innovation. The topics sustainability and value appreciation of craftsmanship are particularly dear to him. For instance, in his private life, he buys his rolls at a real bakery, instead of a bake-shop. In his job, he constantly strives to improve his competence.
Bernhard’s technological interests are quite diverse:
- He founded the “Agile Monday Nürnberg”.
- He is one of the organizers of the SoCraTes conference and at the German Softwork Chamber and was among the first members of this community. –
- You might have quite a few chances to see him on various conferences (i.e. XP Days, interPM).
- And you will often meet him on various “agile” community events (like Agile Tuesday München, Agile World)
Here is where we come full circle on craftsmanship. But Bernhard also has quite a “social” life:
- He is on the board of the Fischbachau Shooting Club, where he is recording clerk.
- He is an active member of the Mountain Shooting Club
- And – being truly Bavarian – he believes in the tradition of “Laptop and Lederhosen” and supports the historical local costume group.
- And, of course, his small daughter is particularly important to him!
(Translated by EG)
And here in our IF blog, he is also a well-liked author with man readers!
Roland DürreMonday May 13th, 2013
Dear IF blog readers,
Today, you are getting an invitation for two presentations and one workshop:
On May, 16th, (next Thursday), Alexander Jachmann of the IF-TECH AG will be the speaker in our series of lectures: “Craftsmanship – Technology from Computer Scientists for Computer Scientists!” (also known as Beer&Informatics).
His presentation is about:
UBUNTU&ANDROID – Test in Practice
What exactly can the windows alternatives do? Features, problems and solutions. An overview.
For more information and registration, click here:
As always, the event will start at 18.00 hours in the seminar zone/top floor of the Unterhaching InterFace AG building. The presentation is scheduled for 6.15 p.m. – you are welcome to arrive from 5.30 p.m.
There are still some vacancies!
And for all those who cannot come, we broadcast the presentation live on the internet. From around 18:15 hours, you can see the video stream of the presentation on http://www.ustream.tv/channel/IF-Forum.
In addition, we will do a video recording and publish it on youtube (Kanal InterFace AG) if necessary.
Here are the other dates of the IF Forum:
Technological IF Forum 2013: Workshop Craftsmanship accompanied by Wolf Nkole Helzle (Social Media Art artist) on June, 13th, 2013 starting at 13:00 hours!
and then the second IF Forum 2013 this summer:
Jean Paul and Hypertext
July, 11th, 2013 | 18.00 Hours
I would be happy to welcome you on one or more of these events and wish you a very nice month of May!
(Translated by EG)
Roland DürreSaturday May 11th, 2013
Dr. Elmar Jürgens is one of the speakers at our Craftsmanship workshop on June, 13th, 2013. His presentation will be about:
Here is the abstract of the presentation he will give for us:
Experience, competence, culture, quality and knowledge are the focal issues of the IF Forum on craftsmanship. How can we generate a software development culture that promotes mutual exchange of experience, competence and knowledge in such a way that the software quality will benefit?
For me, the answer is a culture of lightweight peer reviews. There is hardly any quality control mechanism the usefulness of which has been more thoroughly investigated than peer reviews. Moreover, they give us an effective tool for knowledge transfer. We have been using it for many years now. Regardless of this, many teams still do not conduct any peer reviews during their development phases.
In my presentation, I will introduce a lightweight approach for continuous code reviews where the programming and review phases are separate. This gives the programmer and reviewer respectively the chance to decide by themselves when, where and how fast they wish to work. In the development of the Open-Source programming tool ConQAT, we have been using these reviews for seven years in quality control of all code modifications. On a voluntary basis. We are convinced that this is the main reason why ConQAT is so easy on maintenance and so flexible. I will tell you about our experiences and will also report social challenges and best practices.
About the Speaker:
Dr. Elmar Jürgens is founder and associate of the CQSE GmbH. Elmar wrote his dissertational thesis at Munich Technical University about the discovery, consequences and handling of clones, for which he was awarded the software engineering prize of the Ernst Dehnert Foundation in 2011. As one of the founders of CQSE GmbH, he supports enterprises when they analyse and improve the quality of their software systems. He was among the five best speakers of the Software Quality Days 2013.
Moreover, Elmar is the co-chair of the Nineteenth International Workshop on Software Clones held in San Francisco this year. It is part of the “International Conference on Software Engineering”.
Elmar also initiated a very special community: together with other doctoral candidates of TUM and colleagues of CQSE GmbH, he organizes a regular “Tasting Group”. Whenever they meet, the “Tasting Group” tries out a new idea (in the form of an established scientific paper in the field of software quality) and a new taste (for instance in the form of testing wine or a special cuisine). To me, this sounds like a truly innovative concept!
(Translated by EG)
Roland DürreFriday May 10th, 2013
HEADHUNTING is a NOGO
for the IF AGORA!
If you promote an enterprise or work a small firm, you have a certain concept of the business model. Sometimes it works better, sometimes worse. And then, all of a sudden, you discover a new added value in your enterprise, which is both a surprise and a delight.
That is what I experienced with IF AGORA. Here is how it happened: a friend of mine was looking for a second managing director for a medium-sized technology enterprise on the incline. And immediately, I was able to recommend three persons who are very suited for the task he described.
The reason for this is that all these great “white collar workers” are linked to IF AGORA. Because they are all just nice and have many friends and friends of friends, all of whom are also nice persons. And there you are: finding the right persons for the important job in no time through IF AGORA.
Consequently, I am now offering a totally new IF AGORA service: we help you when you are looking for the ideal candidate to occupy a vacant position.
No, the IF AGORA definitely will not do any head hunting. Instead, we look for the person who would fit and be interested in doing something and offering opportunities in our big network of trust.
(Translated by EG)
Roland DürreTuesday May 7th, 2013
Now the video recordings of this year’s first IF Forum Jean Paul, the entrepreneur (Jean Paul, der Unternehmer) have been made available to the general public:
Herr Bernhard Echte of the Zürich Nimbus Publishing Company was our speaker. On Thursday, April, 11th, he started the IF Forum year 2013. To celebrate the 250-ieth birthday of Jean Paul, he told us about entrepreneurship in Jean Paul.
We made three video recordings.
Presentation PART 1 – Why Jean Paul was a successful entrepreneur:
Presentation PART 2 – How Jean Paul was able to stabilize his success as a writing entrepreneur over a long period of time:
Here is a short PART of the discussion after the presentation: what was Jean Paul’s “success drug?”:
InterfaceAG would like you to enjoy!
Here is a list of future presentations/workshops:
Ubuntu & Android as Used in Business (Ubuntu & Android im Business Einsatz)
May, 16th, 2013 | 18.00 hours
Technological IF Forum
June, 13th, 2013 | 14.00 hours, prologue starting at 13:00 hours
Jean Paul and Hypertext (Jean Paul und der Hypertext)
July, 11th, 2013 | 18.00 hours.
You are cordially invited to all and any of these. For registration, just send me E-Mail!
(Translated by EG)