Simon Sablowski

Enabling extraordinary team performance


My principles

I enable teams to radically increase their performance and help people to become deeply satisfied with their work by strengthening collaboration and communication and fostering continuous learning and improvement.

Self-organising teams who work for a compelling purpose are most likely to generate innovation and products must be developed with an approach designed around frequent feedback to truly please the customers.

Highly motivated people who take pride in their work create inspiring products when they are trusted with their capability to find solutions to real problems, and when they regularly reflect on how to become more effective.

My career

With agile coaches across the globe, agile42 provides world-class coaching, mentoring and training at all levels ranging from individuals and teams to leaders and whole organisations.

As an agile coach at agile42, I enjoy working with organisations that desire to attain higher productivity, continuous innovation and extraordinary performance through the adoption of agile and lean methods like Scrum, XP and Kanban.

I have successfully supported small, medium-sized and large organisations operating in various industries such as software, automotive, healthcare, online retail, electrical engineering, biotechnology, marketing, banking, education and pharmaceuticals.

Selected clients:

I helped various startups with creating their product development strategy, planning their software architecture and technological infrastructure, recruiting product and development teams, introducing engineering practices and establishing agile software development methods.

Rocket Internet is the world's largest online venture builder for e-commerce and online marketplaces with projects and employees on all continents.

At Rocket Internet, I acted as Project CTO for Rocket Internet's headquarters in Berlin. I was in charge of all newly launched projects and headed a team of up to 100 software engineers, project managers and testers.

Selected projects:

My responsibilities included technical supervision, establishing processes and workflows as well as recruiting, coaching and leading engineering teams. I also worked closely with Rocket Internet's technology centres in China and Portugal.

Foodpanda is globally the fastest growing online food delivery service. Together with its affiliated brands, Foodpanda operates in Asia, Europe, Latin America, Africa and Middle-East reaching three billion people worldwide.

After moving from Rocket Internet itself to its priority project Foodpanda, I was responsible for assembling and leading a team of 30+ software engineers, system engineers, product managers and testers.

We offered our order management software, mobile client applications and individual partner integrations to 30+ countries, ensuring an excellent user experience and frequent product improvements while continuously optimising our systems with regard to scalability, performance and security.

Motivado is the first platform for interactive video coaching and assists people in finding solutions for personal issues and reaching goals. Motivado closes the gap between cost-intensive personal coaching and the general guidebook market with an approach of mass customisation for coaching content.

I co-founded Motivado and was part of a cross-functional Scrum team of diversely skilled people ranging from software developers to psychologists. In a highly agile fashion, we shipped new product increments sprint after sprint, continuously optimised our processes and paired in order to solve technical problems and improve our products.

Motivado's software components include a Magento-based coaching store, a JavaScript-based application for configuring coachings, a PHP-based database importer for coaching content, a JSON API for delivering coaching content as well as a Flex-based frontend for displaying the video-based coaching content. Our innovative technologies have been awarded by Germany's Federal Ministry for Economy and Technology.

Apart from being an online travel community, mytourclips offered direct trip booking, travel news and multimedia sharing.

As a member of the software development team, I managed an extensive refactoring of the existing web application on the basis of my web application framework nacho. The goal was to prepare the platform for high traffic and the international establishment of the product.

Inkarnatoons creates high quality animated movies, illustrated advertising material and visual concepts using a wide range of styles and techniques. I contributed hand-drawn and digitally edited character animations and scenery design to the 15-minute movie Judas and Jesus.

I started developing software in 1999 and went on to working as a freelance web and software developer, gaining experience mainly in the travel and e-commerce industries.

My experience includes frontend and backend development, software architecture, automated testing, rapid prototyping, continuous refactoring and performance optimisation. The primary technologies I used during that time were PHP, JavaScript, Apache, MySQL and common frameworks and libraries.

My qualifications

I am an active member of the Scrum Alliance and hold these certifications:

Certified ScrumMasterCertified Scrum Professional ScrumMasterCertified Scrum Product OwnerCertified Scrum Professional Product OwnerCertified Agile Leadership

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