Ralph Jocham

CHANGE AGENT AND CEO

Ralph, a German computer scientist, is an agile veteran. His first contact with agile was through eXtreme Programming (XP) in late 1999. Ralph setup test automation, continuous integration systems (CI) and build pipelines while working at Oracle in the UK years ahead the curve.
 
During the dotcom-high-days in 2000 he moved to New York doing some consulting and technical work at various banks. Around that time he immersed himself into Scrum. In 2001 he moved to the Bay Area to help Applied Biosystems (now Thermo Fischer) to kickstart their agile transition in various areas: technical, team level and management.
 
After six years he joined ThoughtWorks, the first agile consultancy, out of their San Francisco office. While at ThoughtWorks his clients included: The Gap, Inveneo, LinkedIn, Google and Roche Pharmaceuticals.
 
In 2009 Ralph moved to Bern to help Zühlke to establish their agile offerings.
 
Since 2011 Ralph is a lecturer at the University of Applied Sciences in Bern where he teaches an agile living case in the medical science department.
 
He is a senior Scrum trainer with Scrum.org since 2010 (personally trained by Ken Schwaber and the first trainer in continental Europe), a Management 3.0 facilitator since 2014. Ralph is the author of the best-selling book ‘The Professional Product Owner’.
 
In 2011 Ralph founded effective agile, a premier agile consultancy.
 
 

Partners


effective agile Partners

  • effective agile provides the official Professional Scrum from Scrum.org
  • effective agile is a Professional Training Network member at Scrum.org
  • effective agile is a certified Management 3.0 facilitator at Happy Melly
  • effective agile is a Certified Change Consultant with Enterprise Agility University
  • effective agile is a Evidence Based Management Engagement Management provider at Scrum.org/EBM

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.

Testimonials

PSPO Vevey

I’m happy to share the outstanding experience I had during the Professional Scrum Product Owner course facilitated by Ralph. He’s passionate, extremely knowledgeable and also able to convey the subject matter in interesting and engaging ways.
I would highly recommend Ralph if you are seeking to gain a deeper understanding of Scrum and Product Ownership.

Raymond Newby

PSPO Zürich

What made Ralph´s PSPO training unique is the fact of his vast practical knowledge. It’ rare that you can get such quality and dedicated time from a true subject matter expert as Ralph.
After the training, it is just about thoroughly reading his book to get well-prepared for the exam. Hitting above 90% shouldn´t be an issue.

Daniel Dolz
Sabatical

PSM Zürich

Ich fand den Kurs persönlich sehr wertvoll. Es tut sehr gut, mal bewusst aus dem Arbeitsalltag herauszutreten und auf der Meta-Ebene mit etwas Distanz zu beachten, was man eigentlich macht bzw. wie man es macht. Ich konnte auf jeden Fall einige Inputs für mein Daily Business mitnehmen.

Kompliment an dich für die didaktisch absolut top herübergebrachten Inhalte. Dass du inhaltlich zu 110% verstehst von was du sprichst, muss ich nicht erwähnen. ????

Werde den Kurs wärmstens weiterempfehlen!

Jonas Höltschi

PSM Utrecht

Had a wonderful Professional Scrum Master training this week by trainer Ralph Jocham who really knows how to explain things.
Showing material from the projects he himself worked on made things very clear.
Engaging, Insightful, Inspiring, Passionate, Highly Recommended!

Really enjoyed.
Thanks Ralph.

Peter Ansbach