Agile Coach at Agfa Healthcare, Enterprise Business Unit
I have worked together with Ralph on a large scale Lean & Agile transition and he is one that brings all of the skills required to help a company to be successful in Agile without neglecting the bigger picture. Ralph his patience, persistence, insight, leadership and ‘getting things done’ attitude have been key factors to the results achieved to date. I can highly recommend Ralph for companies needing expert help in applying Agile principles and creating an Agile culture.
Jurgen DeSmet, Agfa Healthcare, Januar 2010 – September 2011
Workshops on Agile Software Development at T-Systems
Dr. Ralph Miarka provided workshops and training on agile software development and Scrum for our team to increase our understanding of the topic. We discussed particular aspects of its applicability in our context. The workshops were well customized and targeted towards our team, project and company environment. We look forward to work with Dr. Miarka in the future again.
Frank Hoffmann, Head of Team Service Platforms & Intelligent Network at T-Systems International, July 2010 – July 2011
Scrum Consulting für cool IT
In meiner Firma haben wir verschiedene Projekte, in denen sich unterschiedliche Kommunikationsmuster mit den Kunden herauskristallisiert haben. Das funktioniert so weit ganz gut. Allerdings haben wir ein Projekt, bei dem die Kommunikation mit dem Kunden sich immer mehr zu einer problematischen Komponente im Projektablauf entwickelt hat. So schien es, als würde unsere Qualität immer schlechter und das, was der Kunde eigentlich wollte, setzten wir scheinbar nicht um.
In den Wochen, bevor ich mit Ralph darüber gesprochen habe, zeichnete sich in meinen Gedanken der Lösungsweg ab, die Software-Entwicklungsmethode zu ändern. Ich kannte einige der Prinzipien von Scrum und dachte, dass dies eine gute Methode sein könnte, um dieses Projekt wieder ins Laufen zu bringen. Aber ich kannte Scrum nicht im Detail und noch wichtiger: Ich wusste nicht, wo ich anfangen sollte. Nach zweieinhalb Stunden intensiver Beratung hielt ich einige Checklisten und viele Details in der Hand. Am nächsten Tag fing ich an – und ja, es war viel Arbeit, um die Dinge zu ändern! – Aber es hat nicht lange gedauert, dass die Dinge wieder besser liefen.
Es bedurfte nur einiger kleiner Schritte – im Nachhinein schien es einfach – aber sie waren sehr effektiv. Ralph hat uns wirklich geholfen, das Vertrauen wieder herzustellen. Seine Art zu kommunizieren, seine klare Sprache und seine strukturierte Vorgehensweise zeichneten ihn in der Zusammenarbeit mit uns aus. Jedenfalls freue ich mich darauf, wieder mit ihm zu arbeiten.
Sabine Stiller, cool-IT GmbH, Februar 2011
Wir haben von Deinem Workshop so profitiert, dass uns die Scrum-Umstellung erfolgreich geglückt ist. Wir sind mehr als glücklich über die Entscheidung und machen mittlerweile die komplette Entwicklung damit.
Dr. Martin Toeltsch, Symena Software & Consulting GmbH, October 2010.
I can say that it is most fruitful and enjoyable to work with Ralph. He took over complete modules (Scrum introduction and Sprints) and presented them in a very professional manner which was also honoured by the participant’s feedback. His conduct proved his experience as trainer as well as a person having worked in many different roles (Scrum Master, Project Manager, Coach). This also allowed him to
provide many practical examples and answer questions profoundly. After each training day, we had very open and fruitful debriefings where I got many inspirations to improve my training.
Sabine Canditt, Certified Scrum Trainer, Juni – August 2009
Scrum Coach, Identity and Access Managment, Siemens IT Solutions and Service, Siemens Programm- und Systementwicklung GmbH & Co. KG
I have known Dr. Ralph Miarka since November 2008 when he was contracted for a four month engagement as a Siemens-internal consultant and trainer to introduce and establish Scrum in my department.
Ralph started his engagement by preparing a careful situation assessment, reviewing the software engineering practices in the organization and interviewing key personal in development, product management and quality management. After this he provided Scrum training for two teams totaling 20 people. The participants were developers, testers, and the future Product Owners and Scrum Master. The training was very well received by all the participants and played an important role in the acceptance and further practice of the Scrum methodology in our organization.
Ralph helped to setup the Product Backlog and moderated the first estimation sessions, bringing developers, testers and Product Owners together. Ralph also moderated the first Sprint Planning meetings, the first Daily Standups and the first Review and Retrospectives. Later these meetings where moderated by our own Scrum Masters and Ralph observed and provided feedback to them afterwards. This ensured a rather fast transition to Scrum and ensured self-responsibility by the team.
I am very happy to see that after almost one year since Scrum was introduced to these two development teams the commitment to Scrum is as strong as it was at the beginning, the teams have embraced it without objections. The benefits for the organization regarding the agility and transparency of the development process and quality gain of the products are clearly visible.
We were very impressed by Ralph’s commitment to Scrum and to our project, by his enthusiasm, communication skills, broad knowledge and personal qualities. We will be happy to contract Ralph for future engagements.
Agile Coach, Nokia, Helsinki
I had the pleasure to hire Ralph as an Agile Coach in 2008 to support a software development team through a difficult transition. Ralph did an excellent job and we’ve subsequently met many times and had many fun and enjoyable discussions.
Ralph has an exceptionally deep understanding of Agile and Lean and an excellent capability to clearly communicate his knowledge. He also has a strong drive to get issues properly resolved. When he takes on a problem he will pursue it until fixed and closed.
I can strongly recommend Ralph for any task related to coaching and supporting software development teams.
Martin von Weissenberg, Agile Coach at Nokia, Oktober 2008
Product Owner, ScrumMaster and Agile Coach at Siemens IT Solutions and Services, Vienna
Ralph Miarka was employed in my department from 01/2005 to 02/2008. In April 2006 we decided, based on an initiative by Ralph, to introduce Scrum in our department. We work in the area of embedded software development for automotive and communication devices.
Ralph was responsible for several agile projects as Product Owner, ScrumMaster and Coach. The project L6 was the first Scrum project in our organization, delivering a car infotainment system for the automotive industry. Ralph reported about our experiences with distributed teams in this project in the Cutter Journal “Exploring the Agile Frontiers” (Vol. 20, No. 5, May 2007). With the project T0x, a development for a telecommunication device, we gained very high customer satisfaction due to Scrum. Ralph managed to engage the customer closely in the product management process and to show him the advantages of the agile approach by allowing the customer to frequently add, remove, and change priorities of requirements. Further projects resulted from this good cooperation. Of course, they were also executed with Scrum.
Later, Ralph engaged more in coaching and training activities for our other teams that started to apply Scrum. He also helped our customers to become more agile by giving presentations and by coaching their team members. We are proud to say that many projects used Scrum and delivered valuable systems to our customers since.
With his excellent know-how, his personal engagement and his exceptional communication skills, Ralph played a key role in our transition to Scrum to the advantage of the members in our organization and our customers. I look forward to working with Ralph again in the future.
Kurt Mayr, Siemens IT Solutions and Services, SIS SDE IEH CD, Vice President, Communication Devices, Vienna, Austria, Februar 2008