I work as Scrum trainer, Agile Transition coach, leadership coach, trained business coach and trainer for solution-focus in agile environments. I’m a frequent speaker at agile conferences, like Agile, XP and Scrum Gatherings and also an attendee of conferences on Positive Psychology, Solution-Focused Therapy, etc.
During the Scrum trainings I gain valuable insights into organizations and their way of work. I support the members of the organizations to understand Scrum from the heart, gut and mind. Recently I restructured my trainings again to incorporate more team-building, more Scrum activities and a more positive approach to learning (instead of learning from failure I encourage learning from successes).
I also support organizations to adopt Scrum. Change needs to start where people are right now - so we conduct a retrospective at the beginning of a change - focussing on past achievements and ressources available right now. Then we set out a focus for the better future. How would a better way of work feel like to the people? What does „better“ mean anyway? Then we figure out how Scrum will help them to achieve this better state. Recently, for a non-software organization, the team even developed a new Agile Manifesto for their context - a truely energizing activity. I want to try this more often so see how it will affect other transition activities.
In August 2015 my partner and I published our first book on
Agile Teams lösungsfokussiert coachen. (Amazon) (dpunkt.verlag). We wish the readers a lot of fun and plenty of helpful insights. Writing the book also helped to reflect on current practices in Scrum - and to given some of them a solution-focused twist.
Also in August 2015 we founded our own company called sinnvollFÜHREN to bundle our knowledge and experience for our customers and to promote the leadership topic, we are so passionate about.
To increase the outcome of a transition project and to reduce my time at organizations, my partner and I started to provide a leading-and-coaching agile teams training for Scrum Masters, Product Owners and company managers.
To improve on my „natural“ coaching abilities I started a 2 1/2 years Master’s degree course on systemic-contructive coaching which I completed in December 2012. The knowledge and skills I gained in the course are most valuable when talking to people, leading a change project or even just thinking about the next action for myself.
Since January 2010 I am an independent Scrum coach, consultant and trainer. Before I worked for 5 years for Siemens AG Austria where I promoted Scrum at Siemens IT Solutions and Services SDE. In December 2007 I became a CSPO and in 2006 CSM. I have lead several projects according to Scrum there. I learned that it is possible in large organizations to form pockets of freedom and to be successful with Scrum. I provided a large number of Scrum trainings within this organisation. At the time I also wrote a short column for an article by Jutta Eckstein published in the Cutter IT Journal on how we used Scrum in an distributed environment.
I’m a trained Computer Scientist with a PhD in Computer Science from the University of Kent (UK), which I received in 2002.