Upcoming trainings and events
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Upcoming courses by Ralph Jocham
AssessmentsWe will assess your current situation and understand your immediate needs
- Where is your agile transformation currently
- Technical Excellence
- Technology and Tooling
- Scrum and Management
- Portfolio Management
TrainingsWe will tailor a specific training agenda to your individual needs
- Scrum.org – PSF, PSM, PSPO, PSD (Java)
- Management 3.0
- Unit Testing / Test Driven Development (TDD) with JUnit, etc.
- Acceptance Test Driven Development (ATDD) with FITnesse, JBehave, etc.
- Scrum Quickstart, 2-4 hour introduction
- Agile Testing, 2 hour introduction
- Effective Retrospectives
- Pay it Forward Scrum Training, essential ‘free’ PSM trainings for students
CoachingWe will provide coaching along your agile journey from on-site to touch up
- Agile Quickstart
- Agile Transition
- Agile Product Portfolio
- Agile Project Liftoff (Agile Chartering)
- Agile Offshoring support for Distributed and Dispersed Teams
- Raising the development skill set bar
- How to screen and interview for the best talent
Continuous improvement. Competitive advantage.Scan the annual reports of well-known public companies today and “lack of agility” will be listed high among the risk factors many are facing. Such indeterminate exposure is unsettling for investors. When a company lacks the ability to quickly adapt to changes in the marketplace, its future earnings are uncertain. But how to shift from a “business as usual” mindset to one of agility? A productive starting point is to identify where within an organization agility is already being practiced– and showing tangible results. For a growing number of organizations, such success can be clearly quantified within software development teams practicing Scrum. Their iterative and transparent work style is consistently delivering higher quality software on more disciplined release schedules to greater customer satisfaction. But agility cannot continue to thrive in a vacuum. Its widespread adoption needs to be fostered by the organization as a whole. Effectively scaling agility requires that the effort and productivity come from the bottom up and its strategy and championing come from the top down. Agility PathTM does both. Agility PathTM is a framework developed by Scrum.org to help managers align a company’s key domains (product development, sales, marketing, finance, customer support, et al) into teams that work nimbly with one another. Collectively, these teams create an agile organization. Their common goal is incremental, quantifiable, and continually improved upon benchmarks of success. These incremental successes yield increased competitiveness and greater ROI over time. “Lack of Agility” is dropped as a risk factor on the annual report, and investors regain confidence.
Founder and CEO
Ralph started his career with ISO GmbH 1997 in Germany where he worked as a programming consultant for START in Frankurt and Siemens Medizintechnik in Erlangen. In 1998 he joined Oracle Corp. in Reading, United Kingdom working on JDeveloper. Two years later he moved to the USA and consulted in downtown Manhattan for Spherion Technologies.
Ralph later relocated to Silicon Valley to help Applied Biosystems (now Life), a leading biotech life science company to transition to Agile. Early in 2007 he joined ThoughtWorks, a worldwide leading agile consulting company as an agile coach. During his time at ThoughtWorks his clients included, The Gap, Inveneo, LinkedIn, Google and Roche Pharmaceuticals.
In late 2009, Ralph moved to Bern and joined Zühlke Engineering to help kickstart their agile offerings. In 2011 he founded effective agile. Ralph is a lecturer at the University of Applied Sciences in Bern, where he teaches an agile living case in the medical technology department.
He is a SwissICT core member for the LAS (Lean, Agile, Scrum) group for which he co-organizes the Agile Breakfast in Bern, an open platform for agile exchange and networking.
He is an XP follower and ‘test infected’ since 2000, a CSM (2005), a CSP (2008) and a senior Scrum trainer with Scrum.org since 2010 and Management 3.0 facilitator since 2014.
He blogs at Agile Tips with Paulo Caroli, a friend and former colleague.
Ralph is lucky enough to call his passion his job. During his international years as a software developer at various blue chip companies, he could excel his technical excellence, which he is continuously keeping up to date. At least as important as his technical aspects, Ralph really enjoys to work with people and to enable them to reach their best. Working as a programmer, coach and trainer is a combination of his passions.
After reading eXtreme Programming explained in 2000, he found his calling, and since then is relentlessly pursuing his goal to improve the world of software development.
He relaxes with his wife and two daughters and with sports and occasionally with a glass of red wine. He blogs at Agile Tips with Paulo Caroli, a friend and former colleague.
Marc is a solid Software Engineer with more than 15 Years of experience on big and small projects. As a tech lead and coach he usually tries to take on roles which involve hands-on coding with a team as well as helping the management team understand how modern software development is done in an effective way. His ability to clearly communicate and act on multiple levels allows him to bring engineering and management closer together and therefore unlock a lot of potential - and value for the customer.
An apprenticeship as software developer marked the start of Marcs career, followed by degree from university of applied science in Biel. His work experience mostly stems from large organisations, but quickly changed when he joined Zühlke in Switzerland where he was exposed to a wider range of different projects. Moving to London and joining Thoughtworks marked another big step in his career as he not only got to work in different countries (UK, Ireland, Germany, India...) but also learned first hand from some big names of our industry as well as some book authors like Barry O'Reilly, Kief Morris etc.
Back in Switzerland, Marc likes to see himself as a simple software developer who still likes to write code every day. In reality, due to his vast experience especially in agile software development, DevOps and Continuous Delivery, he usually is involved in all sorts of very senior software delivery roles which go beyond just writing code.
Ralph and I have worked together on Scrum over the last several years. I can highly recommend him to anyone who wants to apply Scrum to gain agility. He is knowledgeable both in management practices, as well in the best ways for developers to work within a Scrum environment.
PSM - Zürich
Der Kurs war spannend für mich und hat mir neue Möglichkeiten im Betrieb aufgezeigt. Vielen Dank.
PSPO - Utrecht
Thanks for the two day training period, it was very useful for me, I had been reading a lot about it, but the practical knowledge and insights during the training really helped me. It’s the bridge between theory and practice, which made the training very useful for me personally.
PSM - Zürich
Besten Dank für Deinen Scrum Kurs. War eine Super-Sache, sehr interessante Materie, gut vermittelt und ich konnte gut folgen. War kaum je bei einer Schulung so bei der Sache.