Roland DürreWednesday February 6th, 2013
… and yet so hard!
Today, all you get is a short article: here are just a few citations of remarkable tweets by Nils Pflaeging:
If you want to kill connectedness: create functional division, departmentalize and allow hierarchy to invade the work #stoos
All that planning doesnt earn you any money. Improving the work and fighting waste does. #stoos
Functional division, divisionalization and matrix structures ALWAYS result in a loss of accountability. Period. #stoos
That is exactly how I feel and could have come straight from my heart. Consequently, there is nothing left for me to say.
(Translated by EG)
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Roland DürreThursday July 21st, 2011
A selection of German high-school students want to realize an ambitious project sponsored by the “Elite Promotion Program“. The person in charge of the program at the Bavarian Ministry of Education is a good friend of mine. Consequently, he asked me to speak about “Project Management” in front of those young people coming from all over Bavaria.
Trying to keep everything very simple, I came up with the following presentation. Above all, I wanted to make my young audience understand all the things that go with a project.
Here is the concise manuscript. Enjoy!
Roland DürreMonday July 12th, 2010
In our technical IF forum (fachliches IF-Forum) of June, 24th, at Unterhaching, Thomas Vallon made quite a huge impression on our guests when he asked “Is Computer Science a Craft”?
During his presentation, he described parallels between modern software development and building a cathedral that are quite obvious when you take a closer look. In medieval times, building cathedrals was an exceptional craft. Each cathedral was a true mammoth project with its respective challenges.
Indeed, we discover that there are quite a few things they have in common. Besides, we also discover surprising “philosophical” parallels between our self-perception as software developers and those courageous medieval builders and craftsmen.
For instance, it took a very long time to build a cathedral. Sometimes, this led to different architectural epochs being prevalent while a single building was constructed (for example Gothic and Romanesque). In practice, this meant that a cathedral that was still under construction suddenly looked old-fashioned and badly needed renovation.
Since people believed in agility, they changed plans while they were in the process of building. They also modified, demolished and/or re-built entire sections of a building. There is hardly any cathedral where this was not done.
And through the entire process of “development” (while the cathedral was built), the “operation” (that is the basic function of a Lord’s house) had to continue undisturbed.
Apart from that, many cathedrals also prove in an impressive way what the craftsmen concerned with the edifice considered their “professional honour”. For example, many figures on the facade of Notre Dame have been worked with the same degree of accuracy at the back of the building and high up, although the artist certainly must have known that there was hardly going to be another human who would see it in the near future.
Well, this was only for wetting your appetite. If you want to read something really exciting, here is the manuscript.
Do read it!
The background images used during the presentation (designed by Johannes Naumann) are also highly recommendable:
I was particularly moved when Thomas dedicated the presentation to me as a present for my sixtieth birthday.
Thank you, Thomas!
(Translated by EG)
What a pity that we do not have a video or audio tape of the presentation. But maybe we will manage next time!
Bernhard FindeissThursday July 8th, 2010
Roland DürreMonday June 21st, 2010
On the afternoon of June, 24th, (starting at 2 p.m.), we will have the first technological IF forum at InterFace. It is about agile methods. In many projects and over many years, our developers accumulated experience in agile software development. They have also contributed to various workshops with their experience.
“Agile software development” is a technological, methodical and cultural topic. We would like to share this experience with our customers and partners.
The chairman of our supervisory board, Professor Dr. Manfred Broy, will speak the introductory words. Here is the rest of the agenda IF-Forum Agile SW-Entwicklung (24. Juni 2010) (369).
Of course, I would be happy if many of you came, especially since you are also invited to drink my health because of the birthday I will have celebrated a few days earlier after the forum at 5 p.m.
All friends who cannot come to the forum but would still like to join in are very welcome at 5 p.m. – I will be happy about any guest who takes the time to come.
(Translated by EG)