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Franz Hofer


Expert for Software Engineering and Methodology, Raiffeisenbank International AG

Location: Vienna, Austria


Certified Scrum Professional
Certified ScrumMaster
Certified Scrum Product Owner



Franz Hofer is expert for software engineering and methodology at Raiffeisenbank International AG (RBI), an international bank with head office in Vienna (Austria) and with subsidiaries in 15 countries. Franz is graduate of University of Vienna, where he received a Master of Science in Business Informatics. Franz launched his career in Alcatel Research Center as a research engineer for software engineering. He was a major contributor of the Alcatel group wide object oriented analysis and design method. He trained and coached different telecommunication projects in Austria and Germany. After four years he changed to Siemens Nixdorf AG to apply his knowledge in the development of software for financial industries. Here he has got the first experiences with agile. The team was using XP to develop very successfully a CRM software for a german bank. After five years Franz became head of IT of Raiffeisen Trade.Com, a company offering internet brokerage services. He successfully managed to insource the development of the trading software from an external vendor. The new internal development team was organized according to agile principles. Due to dotCom crisis the company was closed an Franz joined RBI as a senior for software engineering and methodolgy. Starting 2010 he introduced Scrum in the development process of RBI. In the first projects he worked as a Scrum Master. Afterwards he collected experiences as a Product Owner. After two years he focused on the role of an agile coach who helps new Scrum projects in the setup phase and during the project as a coach for the Scrum Masters. He organizes the internal and external training activities and is frequently a speaker on agile events in Austria. Currently the main focus of Franz is to rollout the agile approach in the whole RBI group in different countries. The main challenge here is to convince senior management about the benefits of agile.

Work experience

Raiffeisenbank International AG, Agile Coach and Expert for Software Engineering and Methodology
December 2002 - Present, Vienna, Austria
Responsible for selection of new technology and methodology Leading role in the introduction of Scrum and Kanban Responsible for the RBI software design method Responsible for Software Configuration Management Work as agile coach, Head of IT
October 2000 - November 2002, Vienna, Austria
Development of online stock exchange trading software Operations of the online trading software

Siemens Business Services Österreich (SBS), Software Engineer
April 1999 - October 2000, Vienna, Austria
Development of banking software We used extreme programming, coached by Paul VanderLei

Siemens Nixdorf Informationssysteme AG, Software Engineer
December 1995 - March 1999, Vienna, Austria
Lead Developer for different components of banking software

Alcatel Austria AG, Software Engineer
April 1994 - November 1995, Vienna, Austria
Development of broadband network management software Focus on testautomation

Alcatel Austria Forschungszentrum Ges.m.b.H, Research Engineer
January 1992 - March 1994, Vienna, Austria
Definition of the object oriented analysis and design method for the Alcatel group Consulting for telecommunication projects


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