We, the IT trainees have been in the trainee office since mid-September and since the beginning of October we have six more IT students and Simon, our trainer. Our first day together consisted of a get-together with Simon, during which we got to know each other better. In addition, we have clarified a number of organisational matters, e. g. we have laid down communication rules for our time together in the Learning Office. Afterwards we formed two teams of five people each and planned the next sprint over the basics of programming.
In the first days we learned how to plan a sprint and how to estimate the complexity of a product backlog item. Here, Nikolaus supported us. It turned out that the estimates within the team can vary greatly. These differences arose because we were not yet familiar with the topic and had no previous experience. After a short discussion we agreed on a common result, which was acceptable for all team members.
During our sprint it became clear that we were too generous with our time estimate in advance and therefore we were able to finish our sprint early. During the sprint we have learned to pay attention to our team members and to support them in case of questions or problems.
In this sprint we created a roulette game to learn the basics.
We then started our second sprint, in which we covered the basics of object-oriented programming. Here we were able to estimate the required time much better. During the sprint we have learned the basics in a playful way by creating a role-playing game.
We have recorded our work results in our internal Vocational Training 2017 Wiki.
All in all, we are very satisfied with our current working methods and look forward to the future in the trainee office.