enabling structures

for Alignment, Self-organization & High Performance
in Agile Teams and Organizations

Does your organization suffer from

 

unproductive meetings,
unclear responsibilities, and
ineffective communication?

Get help for your team

→ better alignment of teams
→ better decision making
→ collaborative teamwork
→ serious improvements
→ more customer focus

 

 

Consulting

I contributed to numerous organizations and helped teams achieve their goals. My previous clients value my work for the combination of deep knowledge transformed into pragmatic answers (see some testimonials below).

I will be excited to talk with you about your challenges. Please find my contact information below and get in touch!

I am happy to engage in consulting mandates, as well as individual coaching, and strive to enable my clients to achieve sustainable understanding and solutions that work for their specific context.

Speaking

I have published and presented my research and insight resulting from my practical experience at a number of conferences and within companies, such as Swisscom and Google. If you are interested in a talk, please do not hesitate to contact me.

Topics include:

• The applicable Science behind Agile Frameworks for Teams and Organizations

• Agile Explained – Organizational and Psychological Foundations of Stabiilty and Agility

Training

I regularly give workshops and trainings at high ranking universities and companies. My approach is undogmatic; with a pinch of humor. I focus on enhancing the understanding for the Why and How of agile methods, instead of merely conveying processes.

Unlike standardized certification trainings, my academic training in team collaboration and organization theory, combined with my industry experience equip me to help my clients see beyond agile processes and understand the mechanisms in which they work on individual-, team- and organizational levels.

 

About me

I am an Agile Coach with a broad educational background and international experience. I help companies achieve greater agility while simultaneously focussing on their core competencies for stability and growth. To this end, I employ the knowledge I have gained from my doctoral research on successful agile teams across diverse industries, combined with my industry experience in some of the most mature agile teams and innovative companies.

My background lies at the interface of organizational behavior, economics, and technology. I hold a Dr. sc. in Organizational Psychology from ETH Zurich, as well as a degree in Technology Management from the CDTM in Munich. I also hold a Dipl.-Ing. in Electrical Engineering and IT, and a BSc in Economics and Management from the London School of Economics.

My broad education enables me to understand organizational problems from a deep and wholistic perspective.

Having lead a multitude of teams in very diverse fields toward the creation of enabling structures, I have come to value the power of interdisciplinarity and honest, fast feedback.

My experience is rooted in various industry positions in diverse agile settings. Besides speaking at international conferences and sharing research insight from agile teams, I have worked with many companies in multiple roles on business agility, agile transformation and DevOps topics, as well as in agile and leadership training for executives and agile teams. I have gained valuable experience from several full-time engagements as a Scrum Master, Product Owner, and Agile Coach.

 

Let’s collaborate!

Lean-Agile-Scrum

I co-organize the annual Lean-Agile-Scrum Conference for swissICT. We host the largest agile community in Switzerland.

 

Agile meets Leadership

This top-rated workshop on agility and leadership conveys agile thinking and principles beyond the known frameworks.

 

Agile HR

I co-host a regular Zurich based meetup to bridge Agility and HR. Together, we learn and share insight about Agile HR.

 

Scrum Master Toolbox

Listen to a week of interviews I did for the Scrum Master Toolbox Podcast with Vasco Duarte.

 

The thinklog

Together with Liz Fischer, I created the thinklog. Use it to become better at what matters most to you!

 

YOU!

…let’s do something cool together!

 


 

Get in touch!

 

 

What they say

Denniz brings a wealth of experience and broad range of theoretical insights to his workshops. He succeeds in creating a true understanding of agility – undogmatic and independent of frameworks and buzzwords.

Anja Grommes, People Director Financial Advisory at Deloitte

Valuable content, well structured!

Annette Hemmer, Société Générale Securities Services

The best training I had so far!

Stefan Gaul, Team Lead at Vodafone

Denniz is not only a really nice guy, but also really smart and deep into agile leadership.

Wolfgang Rathert, CEO at Pik AG

 

Inspiring! Important concepts conveyed in an applicable way!

Dr. Marcus Volkert, Manager R&D at GNT Europa

 

Denniz has tremendous knowledge and a deep understanding of what he’s talking about. And, what’s more, he can show you how to put it into practice!

Katrina Welge, Lecturer in Leadership and Change Management at FHNW

Great workshop! Entertaining, much reflection in small groups, fantastic training concept!

Christian Braun, Head of Management Development at Ergo Insurance Group

Denniz was outstanding as a consultant when our team got stuck or had questions. The tips were applicable and fantastic!

Anja Sandberg, Director of HR at Waldorf Astoria

 

Denniz brings together his off-the-charts creativity with passion and the pragmatism for answers that work.

Dr. Jann Spiess, Assistant Professor at the Stanford Graduate School of Business