A colleague gave a lecture at the LMU Munich Computer Science Teachers' Day 2018 on the topic "Blockchain - an Introduction to functional principles and utility". At the Java Forum Stuttgart on 4 July 2018, TNG was present with the talk "Beam me up - Holographic telepresence using the Hololens".
One of our colleagues spoke on "Apache Nifi - 21st Century Open Source Data Flows" at the Munich Data Engineering Meetup. At the Rosenheim University of Applied Sciences Informatikfest, a colleague gave a short lecture "Dependency Analysis in Dynamic Languages".
Elastic Stack Upgrade
TNG performed an upgrade of the central Elastic Stack for company-wide logging at a large insurance company. This was a two-stage process, using an intermediate version to reach the latest version. It was the first upgrade of this system altogether and had to be executed manually, without central server management, on each server. At the same time, 6TB of production data in the stack was moved to new hardware. Despite these large scale changes, the effects on users were very small.
Migration of RViz to ROS 2
TNG migrated the open source project RViz (https://github.com/ros2/rviz) from ROS 1 to ROS 2 (https://github.com/ros2/ros2/wiki) for a large automotive supplier. RViz is the main visualization tool for ROS and reached production readiness for the ROS 2 release Bouncy Bolson (3 July 2018) with the migration of most of the functionality and stable APIs.
Conference and User Group Talks
Two colleagues gave the lecture "Beam me up - Holographic telepresence using the Hololens" at the CodeMotion Amsterdam 2018. TNG was also present at the DWX Developer Week in Nuremberg with this lecture and the talk "A Practical Guide to Distributed Stream Processing".
Colleagues also gave talks at various User Groups, for instance "Architecture Documentation" at the Software Architecture Munich Meetup and "Advanced Package Management" at the Munich and Augsburg PHP User Groups.
Development of ArchUnit
TNG is driving the development of the Open Source project ArchUnit, which has already featured in the ThoughtWorks Technology Radar (https://www.thoughtworks.com/radar/tools/archunit). ArchUnit enables creation of unit tests to assess compliance with architecture rules. It also supports incremental progress towards architecture conformance when overhauling legacy projects. Two recent articles on ArchUnit by TNG colleagues are now available (in German): https://www.archunit.org/news/article/2018/06/04/article-JavaSPEKTRUM.html and https://www.archunit.org/news/article/2018/03/10/article-Java-Aktuell.html
LEGO Millenium Falcon World Record
Inspired by the Heise Livestream, a team of 27 TNG colleages set a new record of 2h 09min 54sec for the construction of the largest Lego set ever produced.
The attained frequency of just under one brick per second was achieved with careful planning. The "Product Owner" created a dependency graph over all 17 packets of the set and, based on that, created stories to be worked on independently by the building teams during the Legothon. Retrospectives and a review process reduced the error rate still further.
The current best time of 6:18:15 was reduced by almost two thirds, although with an unlimited team size.
Rule Engine Optimization
We suggested and implemented a performance optimization for the important new customer area of the central rule engine for offer creation and processing in a customer management system. Measurements in the production system for our client, a leading telecommunications provider, showed a performance improvement of between 20 and 40 percent.
Technology Migration for FinTech
TNG successfully delivered the first release for a leading FinTech client. The project involved a technology migration using the strangler pattern. In contrast to a complete redesign, the existing code is replaced step by step, without temporarily losing functionality. The software was rolled out without any hitches and the code is already being used actively by the client.
Introduction of SAFe
An international manufacturer of household appliances introduced SAFe (Scaled Agile Framework) to bring products to market quicker and in a more focused way. This transformation affected not only software development in distributed cross functional teams, but also higher levels such as product and portfolio management.
As well as taking on responsibility in development teams for the new Agile Release Train, TNG also provided experienced Scrum Masters to accompany individual development teams.
Two of our colleagues gave a talk on the topic "Distributed Stream Processing - a Guide for Use in Practice" at the parallel 2018 in Heidelberg. TNG also attended the Javaland in Brühl near Köln, the GOTO Meeting in Amsterdam and the TeqNation in Utrecht with the lecture "Beam me up - Holographic telepresence using the Hololens". A colleague gave a lecture "Privacy-Preserving Data Analysis & Security by Design" at the Safety & Security 2018 in Munich. TNG was also present at the Game Developers Conference in San Francisco with the showcase "ParrotAttacks VR" in the Intel booth.