Simon Sablowski

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Simon Sablowski

My career

since 2015

Agile coach at agile42

With seasoned thought leaders and catalysts across the globe, agile42 enables sustainable change that equips organisations to achieve higher resilience and keep up with our rapidly changing world. As an agile coach, I guide teams, coaches and leaders in their journey towards an empowered workforce, delighted customers and extraordinary business results. My clients operate in various industries such as healthcare, manufacturing, automotive, finance, security and education.

I provide impactful coaching, mentoring, consulting, facilitation and training in the contexts of change management, organisational culture, leadership, innovation, product development, project coordination, decision-making, conflict resolution and personal growth. For instance, I have coached Volkswagen's Future Center Europe to increase their cultural coherence, grow their leadership capabilities and enable an effective collaboration on innovative projects. Also, I have supported Bundesdruckerei IT with establishing a portfolio system to qualify, execute and monitor their projects and coordinate project team activities. My mission at SumUp has been to strengthen the collaboration and alignment of the software and hardware development teams globally and help them deliver more value to their customers. I have also enabled a 250 person strong factory automation unit at Siemens to establish cross-location organisational change, strategy execution and product management. The coaches and leaders of Bayer's Customer Powerhouse have grown their coaching, facilitation and leadership capabilities to guide their organisation on its radical transformation towards stronger customer engagement. Lastly, I have led the development of JTI's Agile Champion programme which is being rolled out to 10,000 employees and helps them embrace agility in their daily work.

2013 - 2015

Interim CTO and advisor at various startups

During my paternity break, 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.

2011 - 2013

Project CTO at Rocket Internet and CTO at Foodpanda

Rocket Internet is a global online venture builder for e-commerce and online marketplaces with projects and employees on all continents. At Rocket Internet, I was in charge of all newly launched projects and headed a team of up to 100 software engineers, project managers and testers. My responsibilities included technical supervision, process improvement as well as coaching and leading engineering teams. I worked closely with Rocket Internet's technology centres in China and Portugal and recruited more than 50 software engineers in Germany and Portugal. Under my supervision, the launch teams at Rocket Internet successfully delivered international projects such as Jabong, Lazada, Linio, Zalora, Jumia and HelloFresh.

Foodpanda is a global online food delivery service. Together with its affiliated brands, Foodpanda operates in Asia, Europe, Latin America, Africa and Middle-East. After moving from Rocket Internet itself to its priority project Foodpanda, I was responsible for assembling and leading a team of 30+ software engineers, product managers, system engineers and software quality experts. While collaborating with up to 100 stakeholders who represented different Foodpanda markets, I was managing and aligning Foodpanda's product development.

2009 - 2011

Co-founder and CTO at Motivado

Motivado assists people in finding solutions for personal issues and reaching goals by closing the gap between cost-intensive personal coaching and the general guidebook market with its interactive video coaching. 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 frequently, continuously optimised our processes and used agile engineering practices to create a great product that has won an award from Germany's Federal Ministry for Economy and Technology.

2007 - 2009

Software developer at mytourclips

An online travel platform, mytourclips was a one-stop solution for travellers to exchange travelling experiences with each other, using videos, pictures or written reports. The platform also offered aggregated travel news and direct trip booking. 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 of this initiative was to improve the application's scalability and extensibility in order to allow the international establishment of the product.

2006 - 2007

Animation artist at Inkarnatoons

Inkarnatoons creates high quality animated movies, illustrated and animated advertising material and visual concepts using a wide range of styles and techniques. I contributed hand-drawn and digitally post-processed character animations and scenery design to the provocative short movie Judas and Jesus which was released in 2009, was screened at film festivals across the globe and won numerous international film awards.

2001 - 2006

Freelance software development

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, performance optimisation and user experience design. The primary technologies I used during the first years of my career were PHP, JavaScript, Apache, MySQL and common frameworks and libraries.

My qualifications

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

Certified Scrum Professional ScrumMaster

As a Certified Scrum Professional ScrumMaster, I have demonstrated my experience and proven knowledge in the effective adoption of Scrum.

Certified Scrum Professional Product Owner

Having proven relevant knowledge and experience in the area of product management and product ownership, I am also a Certified Scrum Product Owner.

Certified Agile Leadership

I have achieved the Certified Agile Leadership Credential 1 upon successful completion of the education-based programme on leadership in an agile context.

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