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.