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Christian Zander


Agile Coach

Location: Frankfurt, Germany


Certified Scrum Professional
Certified ScrumMaster
Certified Scrum Product Owner



Christian Zander is an agile freelancer, consultant, and coach. He was born near Cologne, adopting its open-minded way of welcoming friends and strangers alike. Christian moved several times in Germany, first following his passion, nature and mountain biking, and then following his heart. He now lives in Frankfurt with his family.

After receiving his diploma in Communications Engineering at the University of Applied Sciences Cologne, Christian started working as an IT system engineer at Bayer Business Services in Leverkusen. He always embraced its very inspiring, innovative, and collaborative culture.

Christian loves to be self-directed and purpose-driven and values trust, integrity, and honesty most. He finally combined all these aspects with collaborative work, product innovation, and team development by starting zandercoach (former GREENPIKE consulting) in 2009 with focus on coaching individuals, teams, projects, and organizations to become more self-aware and agile.

He helps teams finding their own best ways of self-organized collaboration as a Certified Scrum Master®. He also helps Product Owners finding their own best strategies for successful product development as a Certified Product Owner®. In addition, Christian conducts workshops and seminars for Scrum Masters and Product Owners both for internal professional development in companies and in project-specific settings.

Work experience

Public Authority, Agile Coach
September 2016 - Present, Nuremberg, Bavaria, Germany
Agile Coach for a large project with >100 project members. I focus on coaching the leadership team in fostering a more agile, sustainable project culture.

Parental Leave, Father
May 2016 - August 2016, Nuremberg, Bavaria, Germany
Parental leave to develop a great family team :-)

paydirekt GmbH, Agile Coach
November 2015 - April 2016, Frankfurt/Main, Hessen, Germany
Agile Coach for a mid-sized software development project. I helped to define and set up a product-centric organization with two cross-functional teams and coached two scrum masters and a product owner team on-the-job.

Public Authority, Scrum Master/Agile Coach
March 2014 - October 2015, Nuremberg, Bavaria, Germany
Scrum Master and Agile Coach in a mid-sized software development project. I helped to transform the project from a big, development-only team into two cross-functional, multi-disciplined, product-oriented Scrum teams and helped to create and grow a third team.

Dream of a lifetime, Bike tourist
November 2013 - February 2014, North / South Island, New Zealand
Self-organized bike tourist who crossed New Zealand's two big islands from north to south by bike, sleeping in my tent and hostels all over the country.

Public Authority, Agile Coach
October 2013 - November 2013, Nuremberg, Bavaria, Germany
Add-on to a previous coaching on the same project.

Haufe Lexware GmbH & Co. KG, Scrum Master
January 2013 - September 2013, Freiburg, Baden-W├╝rttemberg, Germany
Scrum Master in the innovation department of a media company. I helped the Product Owner and the already existing team to improve ways of communication and feedback loops regarding both product and process.

Public Authority, Scrum Master/Agile Coach
October 2011 - December 2012, Nuremberg, Bavaria, Germany
Scrum Master and Agile Coach in a large model-driven software transformation project. I led the transition from a traditional V-Model XT to a Scrum approach building three cross-functional, feature-oriented teams. Scrum Master in the beginning, my focus changed to coaching the product owners and the surrounding company to handle and support the impact of this transition.

Team!Bank - EasyCredit, Developer, Project Manager, Consultant
January 2011 - July 2011, Nuremberg, Bavaria, Germany
Assistant to the development leader. Christian worked in different positions: developer, project manager and consultant for multi-project management.

Haufe Lexware GmbH & Co. KG, Scrum Master
June 2009 - December 2010, Freiburg, Baden-W├╝rttemberg, Germany
Scrum Master for a small product innovation team. I helped to set up a new Scrum team with a dedicated product owner and a cross-functional, self-organized development team that was responsible for the product from design and development to production.


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