Erich Buhler

  

Location: Montevideo, Uruguay


Certifications

Certified Scrum Professional
Certified ScrumMaster

Biography

Erich Bühler was born in Uruguay and started working professionally with computers in 1994. In 2002 he published the first book on Migrating to .NET in Spanish for McGraw-Hill and, as a result of that, he was honoured with the “Best Entrepreneur 2002″ award.

Between 2002 and 2004 he lectured for Microsoft Iberica (Spain) on .NET technologies and, in mid-2004, Erich began using Scrum/XP methodologies in England. From that moment, he realised the big potential of Agile and decided to specialise and move forwards in that direction.

Since then, he has been working as a consultant and trainer in Agile/Scrum/Lean/Kanban methodologies and specialised in the Latin American and Spanish markets. He is one of the first Certified Scrum Master in the region (2006) and contributes periodically with articles that can be freely accessed on AgileIberoAmerica.Wordpress.com.

 

 

Organizations I Train Through

Approved Courses

CSD

  • Introduction to Scrum (Intro)
  • Certified Scrum Developer Track: Practices and Technology for Agile Develpment Teams with Scrum (Technical)

Work experience

Agile Ibero America, Agile Coach
December 2012 - Present, Monteideo, Uruguay

Erich currently works as a freelance Agilist and offers his experience and services to several companies. His courses in Uruguay are offered through OrbiPM (OrbiPM.com) and are focused on Agile, Scrum, Kanban, Estimation and Planning, etc. He sporadically travells to Spain where he lectures or gives courses in his areas of expertise (www.estratecno.es).

He also wrote specific Agile courses for South American and Spanish companies (estimation, planning, command & control issues, etc.) based on their needs and his knowledge about the Ibero American markets.

His blog in Spanish offers articles to help the companies implement Agile from a local perspective.

AgileIberoAmerica.Wordpress.com

 

Agilists Malta, Scrum Coach
January 2011 - November 2012, St Julian, Malta

Set up a company in Malta to help betting companies in the Island implement Agile, Scrum and Kanban, correctly work on estimation and planning, etc. He organised many in-house courses/seminars as also as acted as a consultant to many projects. He started consolidating at that point the idea of Agile 2.0 across the whole organisation.

TotalJobs UK, Agile Coach and Senior Scrum Master
June 2010 - October 2010, London, United Kingdom

Totaljobs is the UK biggest employment website, owned and operated by Axel Springer AG. As an Agile Coach and Senior Scrum Master, Erich had to make sure that the Agile principals were fully followed across the company. His duties included working with local teams, teaching them the basics and issues with Scrum, implementing Kanban, different theories about constraints, motivating people, organising brown bags, etc.
As a result of his work, everyone was more qualified do do the job, happy, and followed the highest standards. Erich was working with other Senior Agilists in the company to also achieve his potential.

 

Active Conditioning, Agile Coach and Scrum Master
November 2008 - May 2010, London, United Kingdom

Active Conditioning is a company specialised in offering solutions for the health industry. They were using traditional methodologies for years and the I.T. area was isolated from the rest of the company.
Erich was in charge of migrating the whole enterprise towards Agile and Scrum principals and values from scratch. He introduced the principals first, planned the iterations, created the teams and slowly moved those concepts to the rest of the company (Marketing and other departments).
Teaching Kanban, Scrum, Agile and their values took time but got some excellent results and increased the productivity and peoples' retention, making the company a very successful case.

Axco Information Technologies, Agile coach & Team member
April 2008 - November 2008, London, United Kingdom

Introducing Agile and Scrum in a traditional company has always been a challenge, it takes time, dedication and requires the whole company to understand/be aligned to the Agile principals, benefits and obviously understand the initial obstacles. You have to change the way that things are done as also as to make sure that it is sustainable.
Erich focused on introducing Agile and Scrum methodologies into the company and in several projects, all of them related to international insurance taxation, Insurance information, etc.

British Telecom, Agile Coach & Team member
September 2006 - March 2008, London, United Kingdom

Erich was involved in one of the biggest Agile project of that moment in England, the Web21C SDK. The whole project was 100% based on Agile principals and Scrum techniques (Continuous Integration, Retrospectives, Kanban and more). They were many dozens of teams locally or overseas working together to achieve a common goal:  develop a toolset to allow external developers or companies without the knowledge of WS-* SOAP protocols to make international calls, create virtual and multiple conferences and manage them by using a public API.

This big project demostrated that it was possible to use Agile on a large scale, with a huge number of technical people working towards a common goal.

Best Agile Team 2007, Agile coach
August 2007 - December 2007, London, United Kingdom

Erich's team was awarded with the 3rd prize in the British Telecom's Agile award 2007.

Zynap UK, Senior Scrum Developer
July 2005 - August 2006, London, United Kingdom

Erich worked on many top-notch Human Resources applications as also as a couple of others for the Worldwide Chemical company AstraZeneca. As the company was 100% based on Scrum and XP principals, it was a great learning and hands-on experience on User Stories, Small teams management, re-factoring, Retrospectives, and all the XP techniques.

Solo programadores, Writer
May 2003 - February 2006, Madrid, Spain

Erich actively published dozens of articles about development and technologies for several Spanish Magazines (Solo programadores, dotnet, MSDN Spanish Website, etc). 

Accenture & London Stock Exchange, Business Analyst and Coach
April 2005 - July 2005, London, United Kingdom

Worked for Accenture at the LONDON STOCK EXCHANGE to develop the next generation of the Security and Encryption Framework for the Global Trading System. It involved the use of C#, some advanced encryption algorithms and the use of a TALES machine to run the algorithms/encryption.

As a Business Analyst/Architect and Coach, he worked actively to design and implement different prototypes to finally choose the right technologies and standards to be used by the London Stock Exchange. Erich was also in charge of coaching teams about the best ways to work in a very stressful atmosphere without losing the focus and keeping the highest possible standards.

Microsoft MVP, MVP
March 2003 - June 2005, Madrid, Spain

Microsoft recognised the Erich's technical work and contributions with the Microsoft Most Valuable Professional (MVP) Award in 2003, 2004 and 2005. 

Microsoft Iberica, Evangelist and lecturer
January 2003 - September 2004, Madrid, Spain

As a result of his book's success about .NET technologies, Microsoft Iberica invited Erich to give more than 100 lectures/presentations for the Microsoft University Tour and other events in Spain. During the conferences, Erich carefully catered for the different audiences, making the adoption of new technologies exciting and easy to understand for everyone.

Uruguayan Government, Entrepreneur of the Year
July 2002 - December 2002, Montevideo, Uruguay

As Erich's book was a success in the IberoAmerican market, the Uruguayan Government honour him with the Uruguayan Entrepreneur of the year 2002 award.

The award is given to people who  cultivate the spirit of innovation and bring something extraordinary to the community.

Erich became very emotional as the book took almost an year and was written during one of the hardest and biggest recessions in the history of the country.

 

Inetwork Uruguay, Software manager and hands on Developer
December 1994 - September 2002, Montevideo, Uruguay

While working for Sonda Uruguay, Erich Set up in parallel the first software company in the country to offer top-notch connected/internet related technologies for that market niche. He designed and implemented solutions for Mastercard Uruguay, Channel 4 Uruguay, Uruguayan Government, Third World Guide, Commercial Bank Uruguay, Ancel Mobiles Uruguay , Sony Professional Uruguay, etc.
As Erich was also working for Sonda Uruguay, he relied on a small group of developers who were in charge of implementing the products while he was away. For that, he had to create a framework to make sure that the team were able to achieve their potential.
His role rotated from Business Analyst, Project Manager to hands-on developer.

Published first book about .NET for the Spanish Market, Writter
February 2002 - February 2002, Montevideo, Uruguay

He published the ‘Guía de migración y actualización a Visual Basic .NET’, first book in Spanish about the best techniques to migrate from VB to VB.NET (and also first book in Spanish about .NET). ISBN 8448132718, 950 pages,  McGraw-Hill 2002.

Many thousand copies were sold in the Spain and Latino America and the book rapidly became a leading reference to many Universities in the region.

*He also helped translating many Microsoft Press Books into Spanish.

Universitario Autonomo del Sur University, University professor
February 1995 - September 2001, Montevideo, Uruguay

Professor at the Universitario Autonomo del Sur University in Uruguay. He taught and lectured for students and companies about Microsoft and top-notch technologies, including development tools, databases and code/project standards (VB.NET, SQL Server, Code/Project standards, XML,etc).

He was one of the first people who became certified in Microsoft products in the country and regularly taught many official Microsoft courses/gave lectures about those technologies (Dev Days events, etc).

Algar/Bull Uruguay, Business Analyst and System Architect
February 2000 - December 2000, Montevideo, Uruguay

Worked for the biggest Uruguayan project where the whole Uruguayan Social Security System was unified and migrated to ASP/COM+. He was in charge of creating use cases and re-engineering/modelling hundred of classes by the use of the Rational Rose toolset (Object Oriented Design). They were developed afterwards by a small team and plugged into the different pieces of software.
The whole migration involved more than 2000 classes, and to achieve it, more than 20 Business Analysts and a huge number of developers were involved during the life of the project.

The applications are still in use nowadays and have been expanded to other arms or ministries of the government. 

 

Sonda/Coasin Uruguay, Developer
January 1995 - January 2000, Montevideo, Uruguay

He worked for the biggest Chilean software company in Uruguay developing 3-tier applications (VB, Cobol) for many Uruguayan banks. He was mainly focused on developing application for the Foreign trade and SWIFT departments.