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Erich Buhler

  

Enterprise Agile Consultant , Innova1st

Location: Valencia, Spain


Certifications

Certified Scrum Professional
Certified ScrumMaster
Registered Education Provider

Credentials

Biography

Erich Bühler is the founder director, main mentor and trainer at Innova1st. He began his professional career in 1993 and spent several years in positions of different global enterprises in Uruguay, Spain, London, Malta and New Zealand before establishing his own company.
His beginnings were in software, which gave him the bases to know in depth the problematic and transition towards a digital and agile organization. He has helped several private and governmental initiatives, he is a Certified Scrum Master, Certified Scrum Professional, outstanding youth 2002 in Uruguay, has several publications (McGraw-Hill) as well as he is the creator of Enterprise Social Systems. He usually collaborates with Scrum Alliance and runs seminars around the world.

As an international presenter, he has gained recognition of different types of audiences, from small and technical to large and varied, including events in Latin America, Europe and Asia.

Innova1st specializes in business innovation, scaling and transformation of organizations of different sizes towards Agility in fields such as finance, national defense, aeronautics, tourism and telecommunications. They have supported leaders and teams from different continents to adopt state-of-the-art techniques in record time through mentoring and consultancy.

Here are some of the companies that have been benefited:

  • Accenture UK
  • AXA Insurances Mediterranean
  • Boston Cosultancy Group
  • British Telecom UK
  • Estratecno
  • Everis
  • Indra
  • Isdef (Ministry of defense Spain)
  • LATAM Airlines
  • London Stock Exchange
  • Mastercard
  • Microsoft Spain
  • Total Jobs UK
  • Uruguayan government
  • Elements of the World New Zeland

 

You can follow him in Spanish on Twitter @erichbuhler or Linkedin in English with his daily thoughts about Scrum, disruptions, Agility and progressive organizations.

Organizations I Train Through

Approved Courses

CSD

  • Introduction to Scrum (Intro)

Work experience

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.

Articles I've written

Retain Your Competitive Edge by Refocusing Your Scrum Teams
It may be time for you to rethink your organization's use of Scrum. Let us begin by discussing the current situation within markets, understanding what it is that you can do and where to focus the efforts of your organization.

Using the Four-Layer Organizational Map to Plan Your Agile Transformation
Recently a CEO asked me, "What is the meaning of culture in our organization? Is culture what most areas of the company do? Is it what management says? Is it what I tell people to do?" The answer is rather more exciting than this.

The Theory of Organization Explained
Here I explain a few theories of organization, which I think can help people understand what happens during a transformation and empower them to make better decisions during turbulent times.

Measuring and Evaluating Scrum in Complex Environments
When I visit a company, I always try to measure a couple of variables as a good starting point for a change. It helps people secure some important alignment, make their ideas more mature, and keep goals clear.

 

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