Our visit to the Java Forum Nord 2021 – an event visit in times of Covid-19
Until the very end, the implementation of this year’s Java Forum Nord was uncertain. The organizers waited for the current handling regulations of Lower Saxony to fight the pandemic. Then at the end of August the decision: It will take place!
In compliance with the 2G rules, the event could be held again in the Congress Centrum in Hanover after a year’s break. For us it was clear – we are there. Both as sponsor and as visitor and speaker on site.
Under the given circumstances, the JFN was sparsely attended with about 230 participants, but the joy was great to finally be able to exchange ideas in person again. We even met some familiar faces from the community.
From mental health to innovations in software development
This year’s opening brought a very personal keynote by Jens Schauder, who made it clear to us how important it is to talk openly about health and mental health issues. For us as human resources managers, it opened our eyes once again to pay even more attention to changes in our employees and fellow human beings in order to be able to provide support at an early stage.
Immediately afterwards, we moved on to technology. Jan Stamer presented an introduction to the world of Google Go. Thereby he went into the comparison of Go and Java. During Nils Hyoma’s presentation on Backlog Refinement as a Success Factor for SCRUM, the approach of a job rotation was particularly memorable. At the start of the software to be developed at an airport, the employees involved at the airport were brought together with the software development team to ensure a successful project implementation. Nice approach!
Especially worth mentioning was the presentation of our colleague Johannes Schnatterer. He presented the topic “GitOps – Introduction to Continuous Operations using Kubernetes as an example”. Johannes presented us the advantages as well as the disadvantages of GitOps. After a theoretical introduction, Johannes vividly showed the possibilities of GitOps, which left an impression on some of the listeners.
The other exciting talks addressed a broad technology stack: in addition to the main topic Java, talks were given on tests with Docker, DevSecOps, Kubernetes and KI meeting Ethics, among others.
Very positive to mention is the great organization of the Java Forum Nord. This year the organizers faced special challenges. We felt comfortable with the security measures on site at any time. Thank you and see you next year!