September 2010

CHIP FOTO AWARDS 2010 @photokina

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CHIP FOTO AWARDS 2010 @photokina

CHIP FOTO AWARDS 2010 auf der photokina

Im Rahmen der photokina 2010 wurden am Freitag Abend die CHIP Foto Awards 2010 verliehen, wo ich inmitten von Industrie- und Medienpartnern aus der Imaging- und Verlagsbranche einen glanzvollen Gala-Abend genießen durfte. Die Jury bestand aus Fachredakteuren der CHIP Foto-Video, die sich vorab bis in die Nacht hinein über die Nominierung der Awards in den verschiedenen Kategorien beraten hatten. Gemeinsam mit CHIP Foto-Video Chefredakreur Florian Schuster gab taff-Moderatorin Annemarie Warnkross die Preisträger bekannt und verlieh die Trophäen an folgende Sieger:

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Canon Powershot SX200 IS

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Canon Powershot SX200 IS

Nichts geht über die gute alte Fuji F30, trotzdem musste jetzt endlich mal eine ordentliche neue Snapshot-Cam her (mit der Sony Cybershot T-700 war ich nicht wirklich zufrieden gewesen). In Hinblick auf Preis-Leistung entschied ich mich Mitte August für eine Canon PowerShot SX200 IS die es damals im Angebot für 199 Euro gab. Fazit: Bin überglücklich damit und sehr zufrieden. Selbst der Automatik-Modus lässt sich mit ausgeschaltetem Blitz gut verwenden; alternativ lassen sich Blende, Belichtungszeit, ISO, etc einzeln einstellen. Anbei ein paar Eindrücke aus den letzten Wochen mit verschiedenen Motiven und Kamera-Einstellungen.

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Besuchertipps photokina 2010

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Besuchertipps photokina 2010

Auch wenn ich kein Profi in Objektivzahlen und -herstellern bin, so ist ein Besuch der photokina mit Sicherheit eine nette Abwechslung zu den ziemlich Software-lastigen Themen der letzten Wochen (vor allem mit dem Vorteil, dass ich im Moment noch direkt um die Ecke des Kölner Messegeländes wohne).

Anbei daher ein paar Tipps rund um die photokina, die ich auch für meine eigene Vorbereitung des Besuchs gefunden habe.

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Free Webinars on Agile Development

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Free Webinars on Agile Development

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Event: Der 1. Norddeutsche Software-Testtag am 24.09.2010

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Event: Der 1. Norddeutsche Software-Testtag am 24.09.2010

"Wir testen unsere Software!
Nachdem wir mit der Entwicklung fertig sind……
und sofern noch Budget übrig ist."

[...] Qualitätssicherung hat sich von einer Tätigkeit in einer der Projektphasen zu einer projektbegleitenden Aktivität gemausert. [...] Zur Eröffnung der Veranstaltung konnten wir als Keynote-Speaker den deutschen ,Test-Papst’ Prof. Dr.-Ing. Andreas Spillner gewinnen. Er wird über die anfangs beschriebene Denkweise des ‚Testens als Last‘ sprechen und anhand griffiger Beispiele zeigen, warum diese Einstellung zu Recht als überholt gelten darf.

Wann: 24.09.2010
Wo: Hamburg
Costa quanta: De nada! (Veranstaltung ist kostenlos)
Mehr Infos: Der 1. Norddeutsche Testtag am 24.09.2010

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Agile + UX: The missing pieces to successfull software development?

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Agile + UX: The missing pieces to successfull software development?

Just thinking about whether traditional process-driven business application development just lacks in UX Engineering and a good portion of Agile to achieve more successfull projects (most notably in time and money).

But comparing the philosophy of Agile and the development of system-centric business software it's just like two worlds collide. The solution could be set up a model-driven Agile development process using methods like Scrum and Crystal with integration of UX and (just to be sure it will work) adapt it to custom requirements, merge it with exisiting best practises and integrate lessons-learned from past projects: "Matured hybrid Agile".

Perhaps this could be the key to successfull user-centric as well as system-centric business application development? But how should the process look like regarding so many problems to be solved:

Project scope

  • System, system, system vs. User
  • Processes vs. models
  • Application Developer vs. UX Engineer
  • system requirements vs. user requirements
  • satisfying the customer and fullfilling contracts vs. satisfying the user

The developer

  • "Respect the user" vs. DAU
  • Understanding the user
  • Soft skills vs. technical facts
  • sense of abstract model-driven engineering
  • responsibility vs. detailled contracts

Project and Development processes

  • strict separation of customer and developer vs. customer integrated development
  • dynamic and flexible development vs. static development processes
  • inhouse development vs. outsourcing development
  • user-centered requirements engineering and change management

Corporate philosophy

  • contracts vs. collaboration
  • user vs. customer vs. contract partners vs. service provider vs. developer vs. ...
  • Keeping knowledge as a secret vs. sharing knowledge & open source
  • time & money vs. open minded software development

To be continued

  • ...


Mhmmm *thinking* ....


UPDATE & FYI:

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Coding Dojo Review: Hands on Test-Driven development (TDD)

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Coding Dojo Review: Hands on Test-Driven development (TDD)

Friday evening I had the chance to attend a coding dojo on test driven development at JDuchess Netherlands @Amsterdam. A coding dojo is an event where a group of developers solves together a given coding challenge (that means the "dojo kata"). The challenge is met step by step splitting up the problem into into smaller pieces. Each step is solved by a pair of programmers who have to write down their code directly in front of the audience. The tricky part is that you only have several minutes to write down your code so you really have to hurry up but it's really a great method to teach self-confidence in front of other programmers, team programming, communication and to learn from each other - and of course it really makes fun, believe me :-)

Going on with Test-driven development:

Test-driven development (TDD) is a software development process that relies on the repetition of a very short development cycle: first the developer writes a failing automated test case that defines a desired improvement or new function, then produces code to pass that test and finally refactors the new code to acceptable standards.

[from http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Test-driven_development]

The goal is not to write clean and final application code but to get working test-cases (in this case we used JUnit).

I have to admit that in the beginning, it was not easy for me to change my point of view regarding this whole test-driven challenge thing and instead concentrating just on a very short (5 minutes!) development cycle. The challenge was also not about writing the final super-perfect application-code but more about prototyping, diving into the problem(s), developping the algorithms and of course - having your JUnit test-cases in the end.

Well, we ended up with our test-cases (including some comments for our male participants... ;-) ) and committed that now we should do a refactoring (next time...) to set up the application. Alltogether it was a great experience and I'm very content to having learned so much on Coding Dojo, Test-Driven development, Scrums and of course bowling ;-)

Btw: The event was sponsored by JTeam and being in their office it was very interesting to see how how Scrum (a methode of agile development) is practised in real-life projects. The JTeam and other participants were really kind in explaining all the scrum posters, post-its and ideas to me as well as providing me with information on Scrum and Software Development. I think that I'm becoming a - just like a friend of mine said some days ago - "self-confessed agilist", too. :-)

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Aufkleber/-reste vom Notebook abkriegen

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Aufkleber/-reste vom Notebook abkriegen

Reinigungstücher o.ä. gegen WASSERFESTE SCHMINKE! Wirkt wunder :-)

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