In my latest business venture Testfabrik AG, I had been concentrating on developing webmate: currently, the only solution that allows you to automatically and exhaustively test Web 2.0 applications for cross-browser compatibility. By bringing webmate to the market, Testfabrik AG performs a research transfer: award-winning research results are transferred to the market and, at the end of the day, brought to business success. Since 2015, I have been working as senior project manager at Germany’s biggest direct insurer. There, I help transition to an Agile organization which includes, but is not limited to, Agile methods and process frameworks, project portfolio management, transition teams, and last but not least Agile coaching. Furthermore, projects I am involved in introduce new custom software and insurance products. In my spare time, I teach Salsa dancing at Studio behrous, Saarbrücken. You can find further information about my Salsa classes at (Er-)Lebe Salsa.
Practical Relevance Of the highest importance.
Already in my school days, more precisely in April 1999, I launched my first large online project: “Saarparty” was one of the first events guides available online in Germany. Motivated by quick success both of this and other projects, I started my own business in the very beginning of my studies in computer science. There, I was able to test acquired academic knowledge in praxis and to gain more experience at a practical level.
Tell me – and I forget. Show me – and I remember. Let me do – and I understand.attributed to Confucius
Accordingly, for my diploma thesis, I chose a topic that conjoined the latest research in software engineering and concrete needs of the industry. In my doctoral studies, which followed directly, I also had been working on methods that automate finding failure causes and simultaneously make debugging more efficient. The knowledge gained from those studies has consequently been transferred into the economy.
The interlocked learning at the university and in two companies owned by myself has constantly been complemented by specific further training on topics like style of leadership, communication, business management, consulting, and project management. In this way, I have had the opportunity to acquire diverse and versatile knowledge, and also to gain many years of practical experience in software engineering, project management, and last but not least, business management.
Agile Product and Project Management since 2015
I help organizations transition to being Agile – thus, delivering the right business value earlier with less bureaucracy – or, to being able to exploit high-opportunity windows.
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
Senior project manager at the department of business services at CosmosDirekt
since 02/2015 Saarbrücken, Germany Insurance
Transition to an Agile organization; for instance, Agile methods and process frameworks like Scrum and Kanban, project portfolio management, transition teams, and Agile coaching. Project management in the area of Agile software development. Introduction of new custom software and insurance products.
Freelance Consultant and Trainer
since 10/2016 Germany Higher Education
Motivation and principles of Agile product and project management. Agile frameworks and methods like Scrum and Kanban for students and young professionals. Engagements: University of Cologne (Faculty of Management, Economics and Social Sciences) and University of Hamburg (Human Resource Development).
Research Transfer 2011 – 2014
With Testfabrik AG, I transferred award-winning research results to the market and, at the end of the day, brought those results to business success.
Founder and member of the management board (Vorstand) at Testfabrik AG
07/2013 – 08/2014 Saarbrücken, Germany Information technology and services
About the company: Testfabrik AG is an internationally award-winning spin-off from Saarland University. The company’s main product is webmate: a groundbreaking software tool for the automatic testing of Web 2.0 applications, with a focus on cross-browser compatibility.
Main activities: Entrepreneurship, strategic company development and management. Product management and customer acquisition. Lead of software development, head of nine developers, Scrum master. Introduction of Kanban and continuous delivery. Implementation of webmate’s Web 2.0 front-end. Capital acquisition (200,000 €).
Project leader “EXIST Transfer of Research” and post-doctoral researcher at Saarland University, Software Engineering Chair (Prof. Dr. Zeller)
07/2011 – 08/2014 Saarbrücken, Germany Research and higher education
R&D: Automated debugging of Web 2.0 applications. Initiator and project manager of the webmate project (cf., Testfabrik AG). Responsibility towards the project sponsors (BMWi / EXIST Transfer of Research). International presentations and acquisition of pilot customers. Implementation of the prototype and the IT infrastructure. Raising of external funding (500,000 €).
Information Technology 2000 – 2013
For more than a decade, the work at netbeyond had been offering the perfect opportunity to transfer academic knowledge right away into reality and to align it with praxis.
Partner in a civil-law company at netbeyond – Daniel Barth & Martin Burger Informationstechnologie und Design GbR
05/2000 – 10/2013 Saarbrücken, Germany Information technology and services
Management, business development and software engineering. Implementation of numerous customer projects in the fields of websites, content management systems, web-based training and custom software. Coordination between different service contractors.
Automated Debugging 2001 – 2011
By doing research on different methods in the field of automated debugging, I had been helping eliminate the need for tedious and expensive manual bug fixing.
Scientific assistant and PhD student at Saarland University, Software Engineering Chair (Prof. Dr. Zeller)
01/2006 – 06/2011 Saarbrücken, Germany Research and higher education
Research: software engineering, automated debugging, dynamic program analysis, capture and replay of program runs. Subject of doctoral dissertation: Replaying and Isolating Failure-Inducing Program Interactions. Teaching: automated debugging, software programming, and software engineering. Leadership of up to eight student assistants.
Intern / graduand (Diplomand) at 1&1 Internet AG
04/2005 – 12/2005 Karlsruhe, Germany Information technology and services
Design and implementation of DDchange: a framwork that allows to determine failure-inducing program changes fully automatically. Integration in the development process (continuous integration).
Student assistant (Studentische Hilfskraft / HiWi) at Saarland University, Software Engineering Chair (Prof. Dr. Zeller)
2001 – 2004 Saarbrücken, Germany Research and higher education
Worked on different projects (primarily automated debugging), mentoring of exercise groups (courses related to software engineering).
¡Sa-Sa-Sa Salsa! since 2007
In my spare time, I have been teaching Salsa dancing. Both dancing and giving classes is terrific fun!
Dance instructor at Studio behrous
since 11/2011 Saarbrücken, Germany Sports
Freelancer: autonomous organization of courses, advertising efforts, and learning contents; conducting of the classes.
Managing director / dance instructor at Salsa dance school Chili ‘n’ Salsa
04/2007 – 09/2007 Saarbrücken, Germany Recreational facilities & services
Qualified dance instructor for the latin dances Salsa (Puerto Rican Style) and Bachata. Overall organization of the dance school (several local instructors and visiting instructors), conducting of own classes.