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We believe that agile is more than just working in iterations, doing a daily standup or writing a unit test after the fact.
We believe that people are the most important part of a successful project and that we should focus on ways to enable them.
We believe that the world of knowledge workers is changing faster than ever. Only by harnessing the skills of each individual and giving them trust, technology companies will be able to survive.
We believe that we have to address our current believe system and that we need to challenge everything.

Upcoming trainings

  • Dec 14-15, 2017

    Professional Scrum Product Owner

    Taught by Ralph Jocham
    Dec 14-15, 2017 in Location Zürich, Switzerland , Language

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  • Dec 21-22, 2017

    Professional Scrum Master

    Taught by Ralph Jocham
    Dec 21-22, 2017 in Location Bern, Switzerland , Language German

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  • Jan 29-30, 2018

    Professional Scrum Product Owner

    Taught by Ralph Jocham
    Jan 29-30, 2018 in Location Delft, Netherlands , Language English

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Upcoming events

  • Jan 16, 2018

    Jan 19, 2018

    Software Quality Days 2018
    Agile Transformation by the Numbers – Using Metrics to guide your Agile Journey

    Speaker Ralph Jocham
    Jan 16, 2018 - Jan 19, 2018 in Vienna

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309 Trainings
4239 Students
12 Countries
4 Continents
Agile became popular in 1998 with eXtreme programming (XP). The agile XP engineering practices are crucial for longterm technical success and each team member needs to practice them. Scrum is a very effective management framework to create the best possible product in a complex environment in a given time frame.
To be really effective agile, both worlds XP and Scrum need to be combined. Once your teams are cross-functional, self-organizing and able to write clean, tested and releasable code, then your executive teams are free to focus on the more important aspect: the value stream. What generates your value and how can you maximize it? How can you really have an impact on your ROI and TCO?
effective agile. has over 11 years of agile experience ranging from portfolio management to running effective Scrum teams down to state of the art agile engineering practices. effective agile. provides you with a holistic approach.
Best practices
effective agile. works closely together with and Ken Schwaber, one of the two fathers of Scrum. Ralph Jocham is Europe’s first Professional Scrum Master (PSM) trainer and co-developed the Professional Scrum Developer (PSD) for Java training. Ralph is personally trained by Ken and works closely with him.

effective agile. training offerings include:


Professional Scrum Foundations; Fundamental Scrum training


Professional Scrum Master; Advanced training for Scrum Masters


Professional Scrum Product Owner; Advanced training for Scrum Product Owners

PSD (Java)

Professional Scrum Developer; agile Team based training for Scrum Developers with Java
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Ralph Jocham

Ralph Jocham is founder of effective agile. an agile consulting company. He works there globally as an agile change agent helping customers of various business domains to improve their productivity, quality and throughput by using agile practices.  Currently, Ralph's main focus is targeted towards enabling management to understand agile and see how Scrum will benefit them in their given context. 

Ralph co-designed the Professional Scrum Developer (Java) course and is a Professional Scrum Trainer and Europe’s first Professional Scrum Master Trainer for


Ralph has over 20 years of global (DE, UK, USA, CH) development experience in various technologies and blue chip business domains. Since 2000, when he came in contact with XP, Ralph considers himself as ‘test infected’ and believes that state of the art development practices and a clear business value focus are crucial for the ROI.
In 2003 Ralph combined XP with Scrum. Since then he has been a Scrum evangelist. He is a CSM (2005), CSP (2008), PSM I & II (2009), PSPO I & II (2011) and Professional Scrum Trainer for
Before founding effective agile. he worked for Zühlke in Switzerland, ThoughtWorks in San Francisco, USA and Oracle in the UK.

You can read more about Ralph Jocham at

Upcoming courses by Ralph Jocham

  • German
  • English


We 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


We will tailor a specific training agenda to your individual needs
  • – 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


We 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

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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 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.

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Ralph Jocham

Ralph Jocham

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 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 Hofer

Marc Hofer

Agile teacher

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.

Ken Schwaber, Inventor of Scrum,

PSM - Zürich


Ich fand es super, wie der Trainer das Wissen in visualisierter Form vermittelte.

Oscar Genovese

PSPO - Bucharest


Ralph has proven to me, in a period in which I’m more disappointed than ever about what professionalism means, that there are people that know what they are talking about.

Radu, Curtenanu,

PSM - Zürich


Der Kurs war spannend für mich und hat mir neue Möglichkeiten im Betrieb aufgezeigt. Vielen Dank.

Marcel Fiedler

PSPO Zürich


Die Mischung aus Übung und Theorie hat gepasst.

Gabriela Zimmermann

PSM - Utrecht


I personally enjoyed the training you gave. You are able to tell about the framework with such enthusiasm that it is very interesting to follow the course, and that the information sticks with you. I could see you yourself are very skilled in SCRUM and really believe in its working, and because of this you made me enthusiastic as well.

Mark Walstra,

PSM - Zürich


Ralph Jocham hat in den zwei Kurstagen anhand vieler realitätsnaher Übungen und plakativen Beispielen aus seiner Praxis gezeigt, dass Scrum bei der Entwicklung resp. Weiterentwicklung eines Produkts entscheidende Vorteile gegenüber einem Phasenmodell bietet. Und dies sowohl für die Kunden, den Product Manager, das Entwicklungsteam als auch für den Betrieb. Ralph Jocham ist bei der Vermittlung des Stoffs gut auf die Fragen der Kursteilnehmer eingegangen, so dass am Ende des Kurses für mich nicht nur die Theorie, sondern auch die mögliche Umsetzung und Anwendung entscheidend an Klarheit gewonnen hat.

Pascal Zohren

PSF - Novi Sad


I just wanted to say thank you for your lectures on Scrum and to tell you that i have taken the PSM I exam and scored 91%! 🙂 Thank you very much and thank you for preparing me for it. Your lectures were straightforward, illuminating and well devised. Thank you again

Darko Bodiš

PSM - Albstadt-Ebingen


Das Professional Scrum Master Intensivtraining ist sehr interessant und lehrreich. Durch eine kurze Einführung in die Fachbegriffe sowie in die Grundideen und Grundgedanken von Scrum, werden Erfahrungen aus der Arbeitswelt herangezogen um einen guten Praxisbezug in das Arbeiten mit Scrum zu bekommen. Es werden mehrere kurze Übungen im Team von wenigen Minuten in das Training eingebaut, um das Gelernte direkt umsetzten und verstehen zu können. Dadurch wird der Kurs interaktiv und lebendig. Es ist ein Kurs in dem alle zum Mitmachen angeregt werden und beinahe spielerisch die Arbeitsweise mit Scrum lernen. Alles in allem war das Professional Scrum Master Intensivtraining ein hervorragend gelungenes Praxisseminar. Vielen Dank Ralph Jocham, für das tolle, interessante und lehrreiche Intensivtraining! Gerne wieder.

Markus Kaupp,

Scrum Coaching - Bern, January 2011-July 2012


I have worked closely with Ralph from early 2011 until mid 2012. He was our Agile Coach in a greenfield software development project. During a first phase Ralph took a Scrum Master role to ramp up the newly founded team. Later he supported the team scaling process, successfully doubling team size. Additionally he guided the client organization in the transition from phase-oriented, milestone-based thinking towards the delivery of value-optimized, working product increments. Ralph continuously demonstrated great empathy towards the team. His widely varied agile retrospectives were a highlight of our two-week sprints! He also facilitated hugely successful product visioning and team building workshops. Ralph's extensive knowledge of agile methodologies and experience in continuous deployment strategies were immensely helpful in driving organizational change. He knows how to combine modesty and perseverance, ultimately convincing management as well as broadening team impact. It was a pleasure working with Ralph and I look forward to our next professional encounter.

Henrik Mitsch,
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