Developing a small web service to update the status of Epics automatically when User Stories are updated. Using a small web service based on NodeJS, which listens to User Story changes via a JIRA WebHook and updates the Epics via the JIRA REST API.
Starting to write a new product description of a completely new digital product is hard. You have to find a structured way to describe the whole picture and not get lost in the details. You also might already have some images in your mind how specific screens should look like.
It is important to draw a holistic high-level description first that covers the main functions of the product. Thereby do not get lost in details in some areas and at the same time not forget about other areas. Always think in an MVP way, many details can be neglected first and are not relevant to the main actions of the user on the platform. For me, two elements proved most important for structuring a product description and covering the most important points:
- Write in user flows
- Concentrate on the WHAT and not on the HOW
In the previous blog post, I wrote how we built an IoT device to open the office door via Slack. We controlled a relay via a Raspberry Pi to create a short circuit on the intercom’s door opening button. A server on the Raspberry Pi is called via a POST request when someone types “/door open” in our Slack channel.
This solution works perfectly so that everyone can open the door on the mobile phone from the outside of the building. But from the inside, it would be easier to open the door for visitors with a button press. For this reason, I built an IoT button and connected it to our solution.
Coding skills are more asked than ever before. Nowadays, many possibilities are waiting for you if you are able to code. You can start projects for fun or create a business out of it afterwards. An overwhelming amount of tools, tutorials, instructions, and videos are are available online. The only obstacle that might hinder you is yourself and a lack of motivation. Now you might ask yourself how to start if you don’t have any experience in programming.
I wanted to build a camera slider for time-lapse photography because it enables stunning cinematography. To get a professional equipment, you have to pay many hundreds of euros. But with a few manual skills, an awesome slider can also be built on your own. There are already some solutions and tutorials for different sliders available on the internet – all have advantages and disadvantages. The focus of my design is a robust motorized version that can be disassembled for storage and is not very expensive to build. I tried to make a good combination of purchased parts and building them by myself. An easy controlling and user interface to control the slider was also important for me. For that reason, I developed a solution that can be controlled by a smartphone.
Everyone knows that it is important to exercise regularly in order to stay healthy and fit, and at the same time everyone knows how hard it is to get motivated. I’d like to share my experiences on how I set up a daily workout routine. Doing the 7-min-workout* every day helps me overcome my inner resistance and increase my fitness.
„Take care of your body. It’s the only place you have to live.“ – Jim Rohn
Is 6 credits worth it to attend a seminar for two weeks straight, from 9am to at least 6pm, and also sacrifice your weekends for it?
I think none of the 50 participants of Think. Make. Start. has ever asked this question. If one had done so, he/she would have been at the wrong place.
Think. Make. Start., the two-week hackathon of the UnternehmerTUM in connection with TU Munich and the Maker Space, is a lecture where students work in teams of 4-5 for two weeks to present a prototype at the end of the course. The teams are also given a small budget and training by coaches.
A short movie capturing some moments of the last trip to Germany – Belgium – Netherlands.
I spent six months in Singapore last year to write my master thesis, and it took me a while to realise what I had learned during that period. I did not find the time to write my thoughts until now. Looking back, here are the most important thoughts and memories from my time in the Lion City.