Category Archives: Web2.0

Results & Conclusions of our Tallinn meeting – Part One: The preparation day

In one of my previous posts (June 13th, 2015) I wrote about our preparation for the forthcoming Tallinn meeting of our EU-funded Learning Layers (LL) project. Now, with this series of blog posts, it is time to wrap up results and conclusions of our busy days in Tallinn. In this first post I will focus on our work during the preparation day (Tuesday 16th of June). In the next post I will focus on the sessions that focused on the construction sector pilot.

Due to favourable flight schedules the LL partners from North Germany (ITB and Bau-ABC) had decided to take flights to Tallinn already on Monday (15th of June) and to dedicate the whole Tuesday for a preparatory meeting. In the first partof the meeting we were working mainly with our ‘local issues’ with the ongoing construction sector pilot and on the exploitation issues (using German as Continue reading

Results & Conclusions of our Tallinn meeting – Part One: The preparation day

In one of my previous posts (June 13th, 2015) I wrote about our preparation for the forthcoming Tallinn meeting of our EU-funded Learning Layers (LL) project. Now, with this series of blog posts, it is time to wrap up results and conclusions of our busy days in Tallinn. In this first post I will focus on our work during the preparation day (Tuesday 16th of June). In the next post I will focus on the sessions that focused on the construction sector pilot.

Due to favourable flight schedules the LL partners from North Germany (ITB and Bau-ABC) had decided to take flights to Tallinn already on Monday (15th of June) and to dedicate the whole Tuesday for a preparatory meeting. In the first partof the meeting we were working mainly with our ‘local issues’ with the ongoing construction sector pilot and on the exploitation issues (using German as Continue reading

Requirements Bazaar – enable users and developers to innovate together (RE’13 best tool demo award)

Turning user requirements into solutions is a major challenge of software development. It is tough bazaarfor developers to fulfill the user’s needs. Strikingly, often this is not due to a lack of technology but due to insufficient communication between users and developers. This issue is approached by the Requirements Bazaar.

Experiences from earlier projects showed that traditional requirements engineering techniques (interviews, focus groups, etc.) become virtually unfeasible in highly distributed settings involving multiple diverse domains. Usually, traditional techniques are challenged by a lack of scalability, increased efforts and travel expenses, numbers of end-users >> number of developers, lack of traceability, lack of unified process. The Requirements Bazaar and its underlying Social Requirements Engineering approach were developed to address exactly these challenges.

The Learning Layers Project is the perfect match for the application of a social requirements engineering process – multiple spatially distributed partners, test-beds in multiple domains, high demands for open source support. Thus, we employ the Requirements Bazaar as a platform for end-users and developers to elicit, negotiate, and prioritize requirements together. First, requirements for one overarching infrastructure for SME collaboration in domain clusters were collected and prioritized by end-user contributed votings. In the context of task T6.1, the requirements and prioritizations collected with the Requirements Bazaar served as input for the construction of a House of Quality document. Furthermore, the informal comments posted by end-users on the Requirements Bazaaron individual requirements helped to clarify misunderstandings and elaborate requirements. In the further development process in Learning Layers we envision to employ the Requirements Bazaar again for requirements engineering wrt. to mobile applications to be developed for the two domain clusters from construction and healthcare.

The Requirements Bazaar has been included as  a demo by the prestigious IEEE International Conference on Requirements Engineering. The 21st IEEE International Conference on Requirements Engineering will take place in Rio de Janeiro, Brasil, July 15th-19th, 2013. We will present the software there and report about our experiences in the Learning Layers Project.

Update: The Requirements Bazaar was awarded the best tool demo of RE’13. In contrast to previous years, best poster and tool demo awards were judged by the conference audience. Each conference participant could vote by attaching sticky notes in different colors standing for different amounts of points. Our demo received by far the most sticky notes with “good colors” in comparison to the 7 other demos. In the end, we won the prestigious RE’13 Best Tool Demo award.

Dominik Renzel, Malte Behrendt, Ralf Klamma, Matthias Jarke: An Open Requirements Bazaar for Social Requirements Engineering in the Long Tail, accepted for IEEE RE 2013.

Abstract—Current globalized service orientation poses great challenges to traditional Requirements Engineering (RE). The innovation potential of specialized niche communities often re- mains inaccessible to service providers due to a lack of effective negotiation between these two groups. Social Requirements Engineering (SRE) aims at bringing together communities and service providers into such a negotiation process. Communities should be supported to express and trace their requirements and eventually receive a realization. Service providers should be supported in discovering relevant innovative requirements to maximize impact with a realization. Addressing these challenges, this paper presents the Requirements Bazaar, a browser-based social software for SRE. In particular, we focus on four aspects: requirements specification, a workflow for co-creation, workspace integration and personalizable requirements prioritization.

… read more about it here (also you can test it)

Learning Layers – the role of competence centres as multipliers of innovative practice

Yesterday I wrote two blog articles based on the videos that the ITB team and the partners in Leeds produced at an early stage of the Learning Layers project. Now the project has officially started and we are going through several meetings, flashmeetings and skype meetings. In this phase we are learning more of each other and – as a consequence – we have to broaden our picture of the users, their expectations and their possibilities to contribute to the project.

So far my first blog article has discussed individual users (medical doctors in Leeds and craftsmen in electric installations in Bremen) as the starting point. My second article shifted the emphasis from individual users (and their workplaces) to their professional communities or networks and to enrichment of shared knowledge.

With this article I want to shift the role to “competence centres” (in German Kompetenzzentrum) and to their role as Continue reading

Learning Layers – Remarks on the role of professional networks (communities) of users

In my previous post I presented in a nutshell two ‘user stories’ that were produced as videos to support the proposal for the project “Learning Layers”. The partners from Leeds recorded a video in which John Sandars reflects his work as medical doctor (General Practitioner) and how he could benefit of the web support provided by the project. The ITB team from Bremen produced several videos in which the head of the trade guild for electric installation (Elektroinnung) Mr Siever presented similar views, how his technicians could benefit of the project in making their ‘work process knowledge’ transparent and shared across the company.

At this point it is worthwhile to raise the question, are we only talking of individual users (GPs) or individual companies as target groups and potential beneficiaries. Here it is worthwhile to note that neither John from Leeds nor Mr Siever from Bremen were speaking only for Continue reading

Learning Layers – Insights into the views of (individual) users

Graham Attwell has already reported of the kick-off meeting of the EU FP7 project “Learning layers” in his blog article “The Learning Layers project scales up informal learning at the workplace” on the Wales-Wide web.  Graham gave an overview on the key issues and presented several views of partners with different roles in the project.

My intention is to continue the discussion on the Learning Layers project with further insights into users’ interests and expectations. ITB (Institut Technik & Bildung) is involved in this project as a research partner with focus on promoting learning in organisational contexts. In particular ITB has the task to facilitate cooperation with partner enterprises in construction industry and related trades. At the same time ITB has a keen interest to study work process -oriented learning within the networks and communities of medical doctors (General Practitioners – GP).

During the preparation of the proposal the Continue reading

Pontydysgu – Bridge to Learning » Learning Layers 2012-11-16 18:04:14

The Working & Learning blog is now actively contributing to the start of the Learning Layers project (EU FP7). In the forthcoming posts there will be insights into the Learning Layers projects and into the tasks we (ITB and other partners) are carrying out to support workplace learning, work processes and professional development with the help of web applications, services and learning technologies.

However, in order to get new insights there is also a need to look back what has been achieved with prior (European and country-specific) knowledge development. So, there is a need to keep lessons from the past in picture while looking for new findings. Let us see what we find while we are working and learning in the new project …