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Luis Gonçalves


Founder, Evolution4All

Location: Germany



Certified ScrumMaster
Certified Scrum Product Owner



My name is Luis Gonçalves and I am an Agile Coach, Co-Author, International Speaker and a Blogger. I have been working in the software industry since 2003, being an Agile practitioner since 2007. I have had successfully released many products in massively popular platforms like Nokia’s Symbian and MeeGo.
I am a co-author of a book called: “Getting Value Out of Agile Retrospectives” with a foreword of Esther Derby. Currently translated in 5 different languages, more coming in the near future.

I am a co-founder of a MeetUp group in Munich, Germany called High Performing Teams.
I like to write and share ideas with the world and this made me a passionate blogger and international speaker. I get inspiration from my professional life and from all books that I read every week. I am a certified Scrum Master and Product Owner and I have pioneered agile adoption at different companies and different contexts.

Work experience

HolidayCheck, Agile Coach
June 2014 - Present, Bottighofen, CH
I am responsible for carrying out Agile coaching across the whole Product and Development Organization (around 100 people) reporting directly to the C Level. Advise senior management about different strategic options that could be made in order to increase de productivity of all R&D. Responsible for designing and monitoring the overall company training strategy and content. Provide different organizational options to senior management in order to transform the company into a high performing organization. Ramp up a framework that allows knowledge exchange within the whole organization and continuous improvement efforts. Investigation of impediments preventing the company to move towards a complete continuous delivery system. Perform analysis of scrum usage with the goal of bringing the company to a next level of scrum maturity of maturity level

Oikosofy, Co-Founder
April 2014 - Present, Munich, DE
Luis is a Principal Consultant and Managing Partner at Oikosofy. A company dedicated to supporting your team and company's business goals. We are a small team with a long experience in Product Development, from idea to market, small as well as large organizations. Throughout our long experience we have collected many patterns of ideas and practices that work, in common we found that learning is the key to the development of teams and companies. We can work with you at all levels of the organization to develop and establish excellence in product development. Whether you are starting a transformation in an existing product development group/company or starting a new product development group from scratch, Oikosofy is your partner in designing, implementing and continuously developing your organization. From Executive coaching and support to product development excellence at the technical level, Oikosofy is ready to help you.

hybris Software an SAP Company, Agile Coach
April 2013 - May 2014, Munich, Bavaria, DE
My role at Hybris, an Agile Coach, is to coach/support teams spread all over the world, organising and providing agile training for R&D organisation. Ramp up Communities of Practice throughout the whole R&D organization in order to help a knowledge sharing between teams/roles. Design and support Agile visibility strategy to make the company a reference within agile communities all over the world.

Avira GmbH, Agile Coach
April 2012 - March 2013, Tettnang, Baden Württemberg, DE
My role at Avira is acting as Agile Coach for 3 agile teams (20 people) with a focus on helping teams to deliver and adopting agile software development. The teams that I helped became the most reliable and productive teams within the whole organization. I achieved this by transforming a group of people into true teams. These teams became self-organizing entities that took ownership and learned how to solve the problems they were facing. One of the tools that helped the team to achieve this state was the use of value stream mapping. There were some other problems that I did help them to solve like bad communication between product owner and the team, very low visibility of progress on the work to be delivered and inability to make technical decisions on their own.

Nokia, Scrum Master
May 2011 - March 2012, Berlin, Berlin

Scrum Master for Drive Navigation for N9 (MeeGo). Facilitated product backlog execution into working product. Responsible for enacting Agile values and practices. Removal of impediments and multi-site coordination of teams.Driving automation and process improvement efforts targeting cost reduction and shorter TtM. Improvement of engineering practices and tools. Team motivator, coach and mentor Delivery of the Drive Product within budget and time constraints and under challenging conditions. Organized a bug-hunting event which led to exceptional product quality improvement.

Nokia, Localization Manager, acting as Scrum Master
June 2009 - May 2011, Berlin, Berlin

Oversee localization effort for Nokia Maps in more than 50 languages, 100 countries and 18 million users Key liaison between internal development teams, external localization and quality assurance partners. Key-speaker and newsletter highlight for a Nokia crowdsourcing conference. Changed the waterfall localization process into Agile, reducing the iteration cycle time by 50% and the cost by 25%.

Ixonos, Scrum Master
October 2008 - May 2009, Helsinki, Helsinki
Acting as Scrum Master for a performance improvement tool.

Ixonos, Team Leader
July 2007 - October 2008, Helsinki, Helsinki
Development of the Nokia Mobile TV (DVB-H) Building reports and presentations and communication with stakeholders Coordination of a remote testing team in Slovakia Dealing with all contracts of hardware and software Facilitating meetings and organizing events. Coordinated test cases creation

Ixonos, Software Engineer
September 2006 - June 2007, Oulu, Oulu
Development of the Nokia Video Center Application, an Internet video-on-demand application that drove sales of more than 20 million devices worldwide. Worked on all levels of the project, from database to frontend. Tech: C#, ASP:NET, VB.NET, ASP, HTML, CSS, JavaScript and SQL

GT Informatica, Software Consultant
August 2005 - July 2006, Lisbon, Lisbon, Portugal
Development of the internet/intranet page of the biggest hospital in Portugal Development of the internet/intranet of the biggest insurance company in Portugal Tech: C#, ASP:NET, VB.NET, ASP, HTML, CSS, JavaScript and SQL

ISEL, Software Developer
October 2003 - December 2004, Lisbon, Lisbon, Portugal
Used Action Script to develop E-Learning applications.

Articles I've written

Constellation: A Retrospective Exercise
While a successful Agile retrospective implies an open discussion in a team, many would agree that it's not always easy to have everyone in a team actively involved in an exchange of opinions. There can be a number of reasons why people feel retic...


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