Here comes the next episode of our Scandio Team Report. This time the interview was conducted remotely due to the current situation. The following blog post explains who the F-Team is, what the teams tasks are and tells a few funny anecdotes.
Please introduce your team briefly (What do you do, who are you?)
Matze: Hi, we are the F-Team and would probably see ourselves as a Cloud Engineering Team with DevOps focus. We automate deployments of complex applications for larger customers. The F-Team currently consists of 11 full-time employees and two working students, spread over three locations. In Augsburg there are Daniel, Fabian and Benjamin. In Munich we have Aljaz, Sebastian, Nikola, Mike, Thomas, Tobias, Julius, Matze and Kiwi. Helmut, who works mainly from the home office in Benediktbeuern, is also part of the team.
Is there a clown in the team? If so, what makes this person special?
Daniel: Do we need a vote? I have an answer for that: there is no clown, because we are the F-Team, which means: “No Fun Allowed”. (All laugh and nod in agreement.)
Fabian: However, the one who makes the most sarcastic remarks and ironic announcements would have to be Kiwi - of course he only does this to motivate us.
What is your favorite team dish? (Are there common eating rituals?)
Tobi: Definitely doughnuts (Krapfen)! (In reference to the Krapfenchallenge, where Kiwi and Tobi are regular participants.)
Mike: Everything with garlic! Our “Garlic Tuesday” has already become a tradition, where me and a colleague always cook something with a lot of garlic in it. Since there are limited spots, our team is often at an advantage since I can inform them beforehand.
How well does the idea of self-organized teams work for you? Do you have certain procedures?
Kiwi: For me the team roles are the backbone of self-organisation. Thats why the approach of self-organized teams also means that you can just let some processes run by themselves. Otherwise, of course, we have our team retrospectives where we can talk about potential problems.
Tell us something about one of your team evenings.
Mike: At one team event, a little later in the evening, we semi-seriously opened a ticket at our internal help desk asking for a hammock. The request was denied, but remained an inside joke for over a year until just recently: Scandio finally has a hammock for everyone to enjoy!
Aljaz: We did a trip to Slovenia last year, where we worked together remotely. That felt like one big team evening. (Note from Daniel and Mike: These were rather several evenings…)
Matze: Of course, we have also been trained in the culinary and cultural aspects of the country. (Everyone laughs.)
Thomas: The highlight was definitely the wine tasting at the adjacent winery.
Mike: But one must also mention the hike the next morning - all but one took part. ;)
What are your flagship projects?
Kiwi: Our AWS project for BMW certainly needs to be mentioned here.
Thomas: Alongside an eternal team at BMW, we moved a large Atlassian Agile Toolchain with up to 100,000 users to the AWS cloud.
Kiwi: The project “Lando” would also be worth mentioning… Lando acts as backend operating environment for all IoT Microservices of our customer BSH Hausgeräte. If I may give an example for non-techies: “If the refrigerator says to the washing machine that the detergent for the dishwasher is empty and the coffee machine should please order new detergent, then this runs in the background via Lando.”
Which programs do you use most?
This questions starts a wild discussion…
Matze: As you can see, we even disagree on the choice for a uniform terminal.
Thomas: All of us have the goal to deploy their applications in containers. This gives us the possibility to orchestrate and automate them with Kubernetes.
In the end, the team agreed to come to a common ground even without uniform programs.
What is the funniest support question or utopian requirement of a customer for a project/product?
Thomas: A customer asked us why a build takes so long. After searching for the solution for half a day, it turned out that the customer used a Raspberry Pi with an attached hard drive as a build agent. We were able to solve this problem during our stay in Slovenia, by the way.
How often do you have meetings? What is the general procedure?
Tobi: There is already a well established framework. We have our “Daily” with a maximum duration of five minutes. Each team member tells us shortly what he is working on at the moment. The idea behind the meeting is that we can help each other. Since we often work on the same things or with the same tools, but use them in different contexts, we often find the same bugs. If someone on the team has already dealt with them,we can avoid unnecessary double work. In reality, there are often delays because some team members take too long. ;)
Are you now looking forward to working in the office again, or do you prefer the home office?
Mike: (sitting outside on a garden chair): You see where I’m sitting, right?
Tobi: I miss the people in the office already… especially Aljaz, who usually sits next to me and sometimes gets a bit funny about mistakes.
Mike: I definitely miss cooking together.
Thank you for your time!
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