Classroom Seminar in Project Management and Scientific Work

Yesterday, I’ve been in Pfungstadt/Darmstadt for a classroom seminar in project management and scientific work. The seminar is a mandatory day of the three-days introductory course at the WBH. The lecturer was Mr. Dipl.-Päd. Bernd-Uwe Kiefer. The seminar started with a small round of introductions. Then, we talked for one hour about project management in a classical and modern/agile approach, projects itself, the project order, and so on.

After that, he switched the topic to scientific work. The students got divided in three groups. The objective of each group was to create a presentation of 30 minutes about scientific work. At first we needed to clarify the topics that we want to present, after 30 minutes every group discussed with the lecturer their approach.

Then we had five hours to prepare the presentation. In my group it worked very well and we managed to finish the presentation around one hour earlier. After all groups completed their presentation, we had to present it in front of the class. The most interesting part is that all three presentations have been completely different. Of course, the most topics are repeated multiple times, but I liked to see the different approaches. After each presentation, the lecturer provided a small feedback for the group and he discussed with the whole class some aspects of scientific work that have been mentioned in the presentation.

Actually, I thought that I don’t need this seminar. However, it was a nice day and I think I have learned a little bit more about the scientific work at the WBH. To finish this module I will have to write a term paper about communication in projects with 15 pages by using scientific writing. Hopefully I will finish the term paper in the next weeks so I can focus on the other modules like software architecture.

Open Slack Communities

To gather some information and stay up-to-date, I’ve recently decided to join some Slack communities. Slack is a chat platform to connect and talk to people and there seems to be a rising number of communities out there. Especially technology and software development related communities are interesting for me. On I’ve found an article which provides an incomplete list of some communities on Slack. At first joined the Slack community, because I like the Developer Tea podcast so much.

At second, I joined the #developers community, which is mentioned in the article above. Actually they have multiple communities on Slack, so you can join the team that feel connected to. There is for example a PHP, a Python or a NodeJS community available in addition to the general Developers community.

I’m in these communities for around a week. Mostly lurking and watching how the community communicates. Some people are sharing links, articles, tweets, but actually nothing very interesting. I also haven’t seen any “intense” chat between some people so far. Only in the community are some design related people regularly chatting. In the next days and weeks I will keep watching the Slack communities and I will report here, if my first impression changes.

What I’m still looking for is an infosec related Slack community. No matter if it is a cryptography, a penetration testing or a general infosec group. So, if you know any infosec communities on Slack, which are open for new people, please drop me a note in the comments or contact me directly. Thank you very much! 🙂

Back to University – Getting started

As I wrote some weeks ago, I just started with the Master’s course at the Wilhelm Büchner University of Applied Science. The start was a little bit frustrating.

At first, I have only received the study letters for the first three months. This means that I haven’t got any module completely. The university recommends learning all modules in parallel, but during my Bachelor’s study I found it more helpful to study one module at a time. Or only two modules at the same time if it is necessary. I can understand the viewpoint of the university. The first month is free for testing, so you can cancel at any time and they won’t send you too much material because of that. However, I’ve discussed with the study support that I would like to keep the study and get the next package (months four to six). After getting always different answers to the same question, the conclusion is that you have to wait some more weeks to get the missing study letters for the first semester. In the meantime I have now received all study letters to complete the first modules. Wohoo!

So I’m now ready to start and in fact I’m already working on my first graded submitted exercise. My plan is to do the first exams in the beginning of 2017. Hopefully this is realistic. 🙂