Became QFD Facilitator!

Since last week I may call myself a QFD moderator (Certified Facilitator) which is a certificate of the German QFD institute (QFD ID).

The first time I heard about QFD was in a lecture during my studies at mechanical engineering. It seems to me like a very maths heavy approach to make quality measureable and I must say I did not find it very exciting. Years later, now a student of business administration, I got in contact with the approach again – again in a lecture, this time in Information Systems.

Right from the start i liked the idea of seperation and recombining customer requirements and product functions. For me it becomes clear how much potential this approach offers. Of course, a workshop is not just fun in a sense of eating pizza with friends, it could be hard work. But you get so many interesting and important insights that it’s definitely worth it.

In both my bachelor and master’s thesis I dealt with Quality Function Deployment and I plan to do the same for my doctoral thesis. Accordingly I am now happy about this certification. Many thanks to my colleague Sixten for the proposal.

At the moment I’m in Poland but next week I’m off to the WI 2020 in Potsdam, the biggest german-spoken Conference in Information Systems.


Hello world!

Seems like a very standard blog post. Just the first entry on this new blog and I think, the headline fits very well.

Why this blog?

I think the business card is a little bit out of fashion. I want to inform and start to discuss about my research in the field of technology analysis with methods and tools from Quality Management and Requirements Engineering (RE). But at the moment it is not more then a little test for me.

What means this S & I?

Before you ask, here is the answer: Almost 20 years ago (hopefully I remember to update this page in 2 years) in the year 2k, my friend Sebastian Abele and me founded a team for developing computer games. During an art lesson in school we thought about a name for our team. It was the time of Windows98 and we had so much fun re-installing this operating system all the time. So we wanted to immortalize this nearly perfect piece of software in our name: We flipped the name and it became: “Swodniw”: But we learned that it was to hard to pronounce, so it became “Swodow” and finally we got the name: SwodowInteractive. Though, we got sick of this unfunny joke and in 2001 we shortened the SwodowInteractive to SI.

We could not agree for a new acronym, so today the SI has now no meaning. Some older ideas: Software Interested, Stuttgart Informatik, Software Innovations, Silicium.. If you have good suggestions..