Bernd started his career 2000 with a diploma in vehicle engineering (FH) at the university of applied sciences Esslingen.
Subsequently he joined Bosch as a software developer for transmission control units. During that time he explored the automotive software development process. Also he got in touch with project management activities. He enjoyed customer communication and the project management activities so he shifted to the role of a technical project manager. Most of the projects have been launched as plan driven - never the less the real process turned out as an iterative incremental process - which was not formalized in the organization at that time. He also discovered that the collaboration – internal and external - was a major success factor for the project. As he got more interested in the collaboration topic he moved on to an assignment as team lead. In this phase he learn how to develop people and how to build a strong team.
Today he is combining his work experience to support Teams to start their agile activities as well as he is interested and involved in innovation topics and methods on new products.
Bosch Engineering GmbH, Senior Consultant
September 2012 - Present, Abstatt, Germany
Robert Bosch Gmbh, Team Lead
September 2009 - August 2012, Schwieberdingen, Germany
My assignment as Team Lead brought two new aspects to my work live. First I was not longer contracting people in a matrix organization, I had people directly assigned to me which is a major difference. Your way of thinking switches form getting a job done as fast as possible to how to develop people. Second was that the team was doing tool development and tool/infrastructure support for the organization – so I got used to the circumstances as a service organization.
Robert Bosch GmbH, Technical Project Manager
May 2002 - August 2009, Schwieberdingen, Germany
As technical Project Manager one of the main activities is to balance between the release plans of the customer and the contracting of your organization to get people who do the implementation – which is a quite interesting job. I lead quite a couple of projects in various phases e.g. prototypes, production line or any phase in between. Not knowing anything on agile at that time it was pretty agile process. Change request pointed out clearly what would drive the most value to the customer. Priority based release plans have been carried out, driving internal increments and releases to the customer every 8-12 weeks.
Robert Bosch GmbH, Software Developer
September 2000 - April 2002, Schwieberdingen, Germany
As software Developer for control units in automated transmissions (AT) I got used the software development process of the automotive industry - starting from analyses down to the vehicle testing. At the very beginning I was developing I/O and diagnosis functions. Later on I was mainly migrating complete software version between various hardware platforms.