Summer Internship at REFLEKT: Week 1

It’s been a long road to get here, but I’m finally in Munich beginning my 3 month summer internship as a UX intern for REFLEKT, a company that specializes in the development of AR and VR solutions. Their two major products are REFLEKT One (an AR platform for enterprises) and REFLEKT Remote (an AR remote-support app). In my short stint at REFLEKT, I’ll be working on the Remote team and focusing on a unique task: re-design the existing administrative portal for the app. To be honest, I’m not sure what that will entail at this point but from the sounds of it, I think I’ll be working on more than just the UI / UX design. I’m anxious about that, but I know that by the end of the summer I’ll be astounded by all that I will have learned.

A view of the office building from the street

Tuesday the 22nd was my first day, which was immediately preceded by one of five public holidays in the free state of Bavaria in the month of May. For that reason, everyone had decided to use their vacation days and I had to wait until Thursday and Friday to meet most of the team and the product owner (i.e. my manager) Alexandra. In the meantime, though, I got a great introduction from Daniela, the scrum master for both products. Which brings me to my largest area of learning for this week: REFLEKT uses the scrum methodology and the agile method of product development. I’m familiar with these terms and have experienced them to some extent in Sofian’s lab, but I’d never fully understood how they worked.

The way the Remote team uses scrum and the agile method is that they work in “sprints;” two week periods within which they try to accomplish a distinct set of tasks they’ve devised for themselves. Every morning during the sprint, they have “stand-up” meetings that require the whole team to stand and share their progress on each task they’re working on. Each sprint ends with a review meeting to show what progress was made and a few planning meetings to figure out what could be improved for future sprints. That’s the extent of my understanding for now, though I’m sure I’ll have more to say about this unique and progressive way of working as time goes on.

Now that I’ve introduced to nearly everyone and the philosophy behind this company’s work, I can’t wait to get started.

 

Here are a few photos I took during my first day in Munich:

The New Town Hall in Marienplatz

A view across the Englischer Garten from the Monopteros

Felderrnhalle in Odeonsplatz