My first computer and self-developed software in primary school, my own web portal at high school. Out of my insatiable curiosity for software and the Internet, I founded my first company at the very beginning of my computer science studies. Through the intertwined work in client projects and studies I learned how to lead complex, innovative projects to success. Based on my PhD I founded Testfabrik AG. The internationally award-winning company transfers top level research into the market and offers highly innovative software products in the area of test automation.
On this journey I have pinpointed the key factors for business success in a highly dynamic world: high adaptability to ever-changing requirements, successful collaboration in team structures, and an effective leadership culture that supports people. This is how, for example, I led Germany's largest direct insurance company to more effectiveness and even shorter time to market in this highly competitive market.
Ich durfte mit Martin Burger bei einer Versicherung zusammenarbeiten. Er hat eine extrem schnelle Auffassungsgabe und findet auch in unübersichtlichen Situationen Wege seine Ziele zu verfolgen. Er hat die Transition eines projekt-und effizienz-optimierten, hin zu einem lean und agile Unternehmen begleitet und dadurch die Reaktionszeiten dieser Versicherung am Markt weiter verbessert. Insbesondere erste crossfunktionale, agile Teams als Scrum Master begleitet und diese in einem skalierten Umfeld in die Selbstverantwortung und Autonomie geführt.
Kurt Jäger, Senior Management Consultant, Partner & Member of the Board at KEGON AG
I had the pleasure to work with Martin on a significant proof of concept and implementation project. Martin was the overall project manager from the client side. I am happy to confirm (and still impressed) that the workshops hosted by Martin probably were the best in my career so far. He managed to orchestrate a variety of differently focused stakeholders whilst getting the maximum output of this kind of melting pot workshop. He is very goal focused and stands strong in front of others. I hope to work with Martin in future again. He is my first choice whenever I need external project management.
Jan Ropers, Director - Head of Technology Consulting Services German and CEE at Willis Towers Watson
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
Agility and Leadership since 2015
I help organizations transition to being agile – thus, delivering the right business value earlier with less bureaucracy – and achieve great results in our increasingly fast-paced and ever-changing world. A world where individual knowledge and close cooperation of people are key to success.
Dr. Martin Burger – mit Leidenschaft zusammen großartig freelance consultant and trainer
since 10/2016 Germany Higher Education
You get my passionate support in the areas of business agility, successful collaboration and effective leadership in knowledge work as well as in product and project management.
More at (in German): zusammen-grossartig.de
Vice President of Software Products at Wirelane
08/2019 – 04/2020 Saarbrücken, Germany Information Technology
Director of the company's software development site. Implementation of Scrum to increase collaboration and to improve product-market fit. Teaching software craftsmanship to improve the product's quality and to make software development more effective and efficient. Organizational development to improve cross-team collaboration and vision workshops to align the company's departments.
Senior Project Manager and Agile Coach in Strategic Projects at CosmosDirekt
02/2019 – 07/2019 Saarbrücken, Germany Insurance
Management of projects with strategic and cross-company character in the business line Digital / Direct (driving digitalization forward, complex product launches). Development of methodological approaches for (agile) project and project portfolio management.
Senior Project Manager and Agile Coach in the IT department at CosmosDirekt
02/2015 – 01/2019 Saarbrücken, Germany Insurance
Transition to an agile organization; for instance, agile methods and 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.
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 and Bachata dancing. Both dancing and giving classes is terrific fun!
¡Vive Salsa – (Er)lebe Salsa! freelance dance instructor
since 11/2011 Saarland, Germany Sports
Organization of courses and events, online marketing, and learning contents; conducting of classes and workshops.
More at (in German): erlebe-salsa.de
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 and Bachata. Overall organization of the dance school (several local instructors and visiting instructors), conducting of own classes.