Jens Coldewey

  

Principal Consultant, improuv GmbH

Location: Munich, Germany


Certifications

Certified Scrum Professional
Certified ScrumMaster
Certified Scrum Product Owner

Biography

I'm principal consultant of improuv GmbH, Munich, Germany, specializied in agile development since 1998. My agile history goes back to Alistair Cockburn who has helped me to understand the basics of agile development and to run my first agile project one decade ago. Consequently, I am one of the few "Certified Crystal Practitioneers". Since 2006 I am also Senior Consultant of the Agile Product and Project Management Practice of the Cutter Consortium. My major interest and experience today is agile leadership and agile organizations, which goes far beyond the team level.

For me Scrum is one of the most interesting members of the agile family, because it has a lot of pragmatic approaches towards making agile suitable for large organizations. It provides transparency and pushes a lot of important painpoints in most organizations

I've started my career studying Computer Science at the Technical University of Munich, finishing in 1991 with a diploma (comparable to an MSc.). I spent six years as programmer, architect, project manager, and consultant at one of the major German software contractor companies (sd&m) before I started as an independent consultant 1998. Between 2010 and 2013 I was managing director of it-agile, another German agle company, before changing to improuv. I have engaged in numerous conferences as chair, PC member, and presenter, among them PLoP pattern conferences (program chair and PC), OOPSLA (PC member, workshop organizer, and tutorial presenter), XP, XPDays, ADC and Agile (PC member). I'm founding member of the Agile Alliance Non-Profit Organization and served for one year as board member, where I worked in the team that united the ADC und the XPUniverse conferences to form the Agile conference

Work experience

improuv GmbH, Principal Consultant
January 2014 - Present, Munich, DE
I'm both responsible for helping our clients transforming to a more agile culture and for participating in developing our own company. Scrum plays an important part in both of them

it-agile GmbH, Managing Director
February 2010 - December 2013, Munich, DE
As one of the two managing directors of it-agile I was both responsible for project teams who introduced Scrum and Agile at our clients as for introducing new ways of leadership in our company.

Coldewey Consulting, Independent
December 1997 - January 2010, Munich, Germany
In 12 years as an independent consultant I was one of the first agile people in Germany and learned the art to run your own company. A lot of fun, but not enough team-work if you're on your own...

Agile Alliance Non-Profit Organisation, Board Member
November 2002 - November 2003, , US
Board member of the Agile Alliance Non-Profit organization

sd&m GmbH, Programmer, Project Manager, Consultant
February 1992 - December 1997, Munich, Germany
My "basic training" in traditional software engineering and project management. Yes, I learnd to draw Gantt-Charts from the scratch...