Scrum Master

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I provide Scrum Master support for scaled environments and single teams. As a Scrum Master I work fully complying to the newest Scrum Guide and follow the bottom-up approach.

To be a Scrum Master signifies to be a team player which works with the developers and the Product Owner as equals to accomplish the goal of continuous team and product improvement.

Part of my role is the establishing of Scrum events like Sprint Planing, Dailies, Reviews and Retros to set the framework for the continuous improvement. I also support the Product Owner to take care of the Scrum Artifacts.

I adapt process and structural changes with a high focus on the needs of the stakeholders, the customers and the team.

Next to the known Scrum Events and Artifacts I have a wide tool set to make the Scrum process more efficient.

I help teams to define, to improve and to hold to the Definition of Ready and the Definition of Done.

My goal is to make my self as needless for the team and the stakeholders as possible.

Agile Coach

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I support stakeholders and Scrum team members in the agile transformation and the continual improvement process. Therefore I offer coaching, workshops, seminars and consultation to help you to self organize and to develop methods to become better.

Coaching means for me to work together with the client on one level. I don’t know beforehand what’s the best solution for the coached person or group. By the use of methods like active listening, re-framing, defining SMART goals or the introduction of “Objectives and Key Results” I facilitate the solution finding process.

Business Mediation

As a certified and experienced mediator I use my knowledge to mediate the conflicts of groups and individuals.

This includes conflicts between team members, between teams, between Product Owners and Stakeholders, but also conflicts with external Stakeholders or business partners.

I fully comply to the Harvard Concept of Negotiation and try to create a win-win-situation for all involved parties.

In my opinion every conflict is a chance.

Hybrid Project Management

Due to my certification as Project Manager and Scrum Master I know how to implement agile methods in the classical project management frame.

Out of this reasons it’s pretty easy for me to help companies with the agile transformation process, which are oriented on the classical project frame.

I can explain the benefits and disadvantages of classical and agile project management and for this reason I can help you to understand what’s the best method for your project.

Scaled Scrum

My knowledge of the Nexus framework helps me to support multiple teams in a Scaled Scrum environment and to help the whole organisation to become better. This is accomplished by the use of Scaled Scrum Events like Nexus Refinements, Nexus Dailies, Nexus Sprint Reviews and Nexus Retros.

Besides my experience with the Nexus Framework I have experience with other methods to make Scaled Scrum successful. This includes Communities of Practice, Communities of Interest, Initiatives, but also concepts like Lean-Coffee or Scrum of Scrum.

I’m also open to work with the Spotify Model, the Scaled Agile Framework (SAFe), or the Large Scale Scrum Framework (LeSS) to implement agility to orchestra multiple teams.

Continuous Improvement

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Consultation concerning the Integration of an Continuous Integration or Continuous Delivery Pipeline and the needed build server is an integral part of my work as well.

I offer training concerning the implementation of automatized testing approaches like Scenario, Functional or Unit Testing.

Implementing Extreme Programming approaches like pair-programming and code-reviews, or Test Driven Development is a must have for quality assurance and to raise the bus factor of the project.

Psychological Coach

A fundamental idea of agility is to have iterative success and to don’t burn colleagues on the short term. High peeks and pressure moments can exist in projects but they shouldn’t be the standard.

During my career as Software Engineer I experienced a burnout which lead to heavy depressions by myself. This experience motivates me to help others in preventing such situations.

My education as hypnotherapist and mediator gives me a tool set to help Stakeholders, Managers, Developers, Scrum Masters and others. I mediate between them to protect the individual and the project success. Next to this I offer coaching to prevent stressful situations or to find strategies how to deal with them.

Development and Operations

Development and Operations, short DevOps, combines software development and IT operations. The aim of DevOps is to shorten the systems development life cycle by providing continuous delivery with a high software quality.

Guiding teams concerning the coding, building, testing, packaging, releasing, configuring and monitoring of software can be a part of my coaching services.

To optimize the DevOps chain I implement tools like the DORA Metrics, containers, build servers, versioning systems, servers, automatized tests and Extreme Programming approaches like Pair-Programming.

Seminars and Team Events

The setup and developing of high performance agile teams I support by holding workshops and seminars about agile methods like Kanban and Scrum. I choose the best methods from my method toolbox to make seminars interesting, interactive and sustainable.

I also support the agile journey and the social grows of teams by organizing team building workshops. My wide range of professions allows me to create team building experiences which team members will not forget.