Martin Burger (portrait photo)

Dr. Martin Burger

Entrepreneur, Agile Enthusiast, Manager 3.0, and Software Engineer

Leaders don't force people to follow — they invite them on a journey.

Charles S. Lauer

About me

More than 15 years of practical experience in strategic business development, in leadership, in traditional as well as in agile project management, and in software engineering. True to the motto “practical relevance is of the highest importance”, I founded my first company at the very beginning of my studies. The second one, an internationally award-winning spin-off, after I had completed my PhD. Now, I help organizations transition to being Agile – delivering the right business value earlier with less bureaucracy.

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Recommendations

Martin has adopted Scrum in the fastest and most natural way I have ever seen the last ten years being in the business. He asks the right questions, he has the right mindset, and indeed, he lives Scrum. Not only because of his profound knowledge in agile and information technology, it's a pleasure to discuss and practice Scrum with him. Jochen Dinter, Agile Coach


Professional Experience

Senior Project Manager at CosmosDirekt

since 02/2015 Saarbrücken, Germany Insurance

  • Transition to an Agile organization
  • Agile coaching: Scrum, Kanban, Management 3.0
  • Agile software development and project management

Freelance Trainer and Lecturer

since 10/2016 Germany Higher Education

  • Agile product and project management
  • Agile frameworks and methods like Scrum and Kanban
  • University of Cologne, University of Hamburg, and others

Founder and member of the management board at Testfabrik AG

07/2013 – 08/2014 Saarbrücken, Germany Information technology and services

  • Strategic company development and management
  • Lead of software development
  • Got 700,000 € in government grants for innovative research
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University Education

Computer science (Informatik), Doktor-Ingenieur Dr.-Ing.

01/2006 – 06/2011 Saarland University, Germany Software Engineering

  • Dissertation with magna cum laude / with great honor
  • Nominated for Best Paper Award at ISSTA

Computer science (Informatik), Diplom-Informatiker Dipl.-Inform.

10/1999 – 12/2005 Saarland University, Germany Software Engineering

  • Eclipse Innovation Grant
  • Internship at 1&1 Internet AG
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Most Proud Of

  • Giving Zest for Life to other people: as dance instructor, I once taught a blind man how to dance Salsa; as Agile coach, I teach companies that happiness at work is a win-win situation – to change the world for the better.
  • Enthusiasm as basic building block: to achieve great things, you have to show complete commitment. But that would not be sufficient. To make a difference, you need other people – it is said I enthuse those people.
  • Working Independently is perfectly normal for me: from my first large online project as high-school graduate via my first company as freshmen at the university through to an internationally award-winning spin-off – otherwise unthinkable.
  • Physical and Mental Health are my priority: CrossFit, Salsa dancing, Samba drumming, meditation, and mindfulness help keep a sound body for a sound mind – and vice versa.

Honors and Awards

  • EIT ICT Labs Idea Challenge
  • EXIST Transfer of Research
  • Website Award of the Saarland
  • High-school certificate with honors
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Certifications and Courses

  • Certified Scrum Product Owner / Roman Pichler
  • PMI Agile Certified Practitioner
  • Certified ScrumMaster / Jeff Sutherland
  • Lean Product Development Flow / Don Reinertsen
  • Agile Requirements Engineering / Dr. Peter Hruschka
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Languages

German
English
Spanish
French
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Other Passions

CrossFit Salsa dancing Samba drumming Meditation Mindfulness