In­ter­view with vo­ca­tio­nal school tea­cher Mar­tin about his in­ternship at TecAlliance

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From 22 May to 1 June, Mar­tin com­ple­ted his first in­ternship at TecAlliance. Mar­tin is a tea­cher at the Kla­ra-Op­pen­hei­mer-Schu­le in Würz­burg, whe­re he main­ly tea­ches pro­spec­ti­ve IT spe­cia­lists for sys­tem in­te­gra­ti­on and IT mer­chants. Vo­ca­tio­nal school tea­chers can com­ple­te a two-week in­ternship with a com­pa­ny the­re in or­der to gain new im­pul­ses from the world of work in IT.

At the be­gin­ning of the in­ternship our full-time trai­ner Si­mon Mar­tin gave a litt­le on­boar­ding and a com­pa­ny tour. Mar­tin went through the de­part­ments In­for­ma­ti­on Ma­nage­ment, De­ve­lo­p­ment, IT Ope­ra­ti­ons, Qua­li­ty As­suran­ce, So­lu­ti­on Ma­nage­ment at TecAlliance and got an in­sight into our trai­nee team, the de­part­ment Vo­ca­tio­nal Training.

At the end of the tea­cher in­ternship, I in­ter­view­ed Mar­tin about his tea­cher in­ternship at TecAlliance.

Mar­tin quick­ly found an an­s­wer to the ques­ti­on why he cho­se TecAlliance as an in­ternship com­pa­ny. He was loo­king for a com­pa­ny that was clo­se to the pul­se of time. He de­ci­ded in fa­vour of us di­rect­ly through trai­nees at the Kla­ra-Op­pen­hei­mer School and through an in­st­ruc­tor mee­ting with Si­mon Röhm.
His first im­pres­si­on of our com­pa­ny du­ring the tea­cher in­ternship was not­hing new for him – he had al­rea­dy had a very good im­pres­si­on of TecAlliance as a training com­pa­ny. He knows the stu­dents of TecAlliance as very de­ter­mi­ned, in­for­med and abo­ve all friend­ly and open in the classroom.
Mar­tin collec­ted fur­ther im­pres­si­ons di­rect­ly on ar­ri­val in Wei­kers­heim. He lik­ed the lo­ca­ti­on on the Tau­ber­hö­he and the gree­n­e­ry around it.
And of cour­se, the friend­ly re­cep­ti­on by our re­cep­tio­nists also play­ed a de­cisi­ve role in ma­king him feel immedia­te­ly at ease.

When as­ked whe­ther TecAlliance see­med mo­dern and dy­na­mic to him, Mar­tin prompt­ly re­plied that the com­pa­ny was very in­no­va­ti­ve, ba­lan­ced and also very dy­na­mic with its agi­le at­ti­tu­de. The con­ver­sa­ti­on de­ve­lo­ped towards agi­li­ty and dy­na­mism, so of cour­se we also tal­ked about Scrum.

Some of our trai­nees, who spend about 6 to 8 mon­ths in the lear­ning of­fice, learn to ap­p­ly the me­thods of Scrum and can the­re­fo­re work through pro­jects and lear­ning ma­te­ri­al op­ti­mal­ly in small teams through fast com­mu­ni­ca­ti­on. The ap­proach of Scrum is very in­ter­ac­ti­ve and the­re­fo­re the me­thod dif­fers in some aspects from the clas­si­cal fron­tal tea­ching that most tea­chers prac­ti­ce in class.
For this re­a­son I was very in­te­res­ted in whe­ther Mar­tin as a tea­cher in­ten­ded to use or ad­apt the tech­ni­ques he had lear­ned in his lessons.

Mar­tin frow­ned, be­cau­se the ques­ti­on is ge­ne­ral­ly very dif­fi­cult to an­s­wer. He al­rea­dy knows Scrum in theo­ry and also tea­ches the pos­si­ble ap­p­li­ca­ti­on to his stu­dents. Of cour­se, they should know what the fu­ture holds for them in soft­ware de­ve­lo­p­ment. Howe­ver, he has not yet been able to use Scrum in prac­ti­ce and was of cour­se plea­sed that he could see several in­sights into the mee­tings and the usu­al tools for im­ple­men­ta­ti­on du­ring the in­ternship. When com­pa­ring the ty­pi­cal di­dac­tics at school with the Scrum me­thod, Mar­tin no­ted that the agi­le me­thods re­pre­sent an in­te­res­ting and in­no­va­ti­ve ap­proach and that it is ne­cessa­ry to see what can be “pi­cked out”.

In the fu­ture he would like to use pro­gramming pro­jects more fre­quent­ly in an agi­le sys­tem and with the in­cre­a­sed agree­ment in the team ro­les among the students.

I would have great­ly appre­cia­ted more prac­ti­cal pro­jects and the re­sul­ting fin­dings from my own re­se­arch in small teams when I was at school. For this re­a­son it was of cour­se very in­te­res­ting to hear whe­ther other, more ge­ne­ral sub­jects, out­side of in­for­ma­ti­on tech­no­lo­gy and na­tu­ral sci­en­ces such as Ger­man, Eng­lish and perhaps even ma­the­ma­tics could be­ne­fit from it. Mar­tin does­n’t find it easy to find an an­s­wer to this ques­ti­on. Ne­vertheless, he was able to make the de­cisi­on that it could work if the who­le sys­tem was swit­ched to an agi­le method.

Not only du­ring the in­ter­view, but also du­ring the time at TecAlliance, Mar­tin found out that Scrum is not only about a cer­tain se­quence of mee­tings, the use of spe­cial tools and the agree­ment among the em­ployees to ad­van­ce the work ef­fec­tively. But also that Scrum is an at­ti­tu­de and that com­pa­nies are al­rea­dy li­ving this at­ti­tu­de and that the­re are still very big steps being ta­ken out­side of soft­ware de­ve­lo­p­ment to im­ple­ment this idea.

Over­all, Mar­tin gave a very po­si­ti­ve as­sess­ment of the in­ternships and prai­sed their progress.

He de­scri­bed the good or­ga­niz­a­ti­on in the de­part­ments, the in­for­ma­ti­ve in­tro­duc­tion to the com­pa­ny, the “Duz” cul­tu­re and the won­der­ful­ly open and friend­ly at­mo­s­phe­re as ex­em­pla­ry, plea­sant and contemporary.

Mar­tin says he has such a good im­pres­si­on of the TecAlliance that he would like to vi­sit us again and in the me­an­ti­me re­com­mend TecAlliance to his col­leagues or friends.

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