Hagen Wintermeyer & Christian Hilmer [Océ Printing Systems]

Yes, we Kan Ban

14:45 – 15:25 (subject to change)

At Océ Printing Systems (OPS) in Munich, a team of about sixty software engineers is working continuously on a printer software platform that drives a complete range of professional printers. This Scalable Raster Architecture (SRA) platform has been one of the main reasons for a profitable business by OPS. Nevertheless, it comes with a bill. Managing a complex software project that delivers to multiple clients isn’t easy. And over the years we’re learning how to improve. Reuse is the key, but creating value using the same code on a variety of printer types is a challenge, especially if release dates of the printer projects are a given. We take you along the steps that we’ve taken, like introducing Kanban, and the steps that we’re planning to take in order to master this challenge. To name a few: align and bundle printer specific project requirements with platform wide generic requirements such as data security and service support, unveil cross-project synergies, communication with stakeholders and communication between the platform function teams, also how to limit the impact of resource bottlenecks, and last but not least, how to achieve release quality and deliver on the promised date.

Hagen Wintermeyer is a graduate engineer from the university of applied sciences in Paderborn, Germany. Since 1998, he’s been working at Océ Printing Systems in Munich for the Commercial Printing business unit, now leading the SRA controller project. Before that, he worked for more than 14 years as a software engineer for automated testing and later as the team lead SRA controller for a liquid toner printer project and as the team lead SRA controller Prostream.

Christian Hilmer is a graduate engineer from the university of applied sciences in Munich, Germany. Since 1997, he’s been working at Océ Printing Systems in Munich. Since early 2019, he’s the team lead SRA controller Prostream. Before that, he was the R&D project leader for OEM inkjet printers. Until 2016, he was the quality assurance lead for a liquid toner printer project and cut sheet projects. From 1999 to 2002, he was the national service support in USA for commercial printing.