Like the Sherpas who help Himalayan climbers during their quest by providing deep knowledge and an understanding of the terrain, routes and weather conditions, all of which maximize the chances of reaching the summit, our coaches advise, enable and assist our clients who are on missions of their own.
The teams and organizations we work with, just like the expeditions, must put in the effort, take on challenges and face the risks involved in reaching their goal. Our purpose is to assist them on their journey towards maximum results.
In order to achieve higher levels of productivity, our clients aim to sustainably and quickly deliver value and innovation by creating learning organizations. With our deep knowledge of lean and agile thinking and organizational tools, we provide guidance and support to reach higher heights.
We have a comprehensive and proven approach to guiding organizations and individuals to achieving three results: stronger performance, more productive working relationships, and greater individual well-being.
Our coaching approach rests on two pillars: Systems Thinking and Servant Leadership. Systems Thinking is a conceptual framework, a body of knowledge and a set of thinking tools to help recognize system dynamics, mental models and uncover local optimizations over system optimizations.
Instead of seeing problems as caused by someone or something “out there” and solely reacting to these, it helps to see the bigger picture and how our own actions create the problems we experience. This creates a mindset shift that makes up the core of a learning organization.
We believe that Servant Leadership in combination with Skilled Facilitation is key to introducing a new way of thinking and operating in an enterprise. With our coaching services, we empower both formal and informal leaders, so that, through their own behavior, they help their team evolve into a performing unit that meets the expectations of its clients, becomes better over time, and contributes positively to the personal learning and well-being of its members.
Our coaches do this by creating and maintaining the conditions that allow individuals to move into the desired direction with clarity, a good structure, an enabling context, and competent coaching. On top of that, our coaches apply a compassionate method for more effective team facilitation based on the Mutual Learning approach.
Mark is an organizational consultant with more than 25 years of experience in product development and has worked in large-scale Scrum organizations since 2007 in various roles (Developer 4years, Scrum Master 6 years, Agile Coach 10+ years). In some large transformations he has been able to acquire in-depth experience in a wide range of industries. Case studies have been published on two of his transformations, which he accompanied as a lead coach: BMW Unified Sales Platform (LeSS introduction, approx. 100 people) and BMW Autonomous Driving (LeSS large introduction, >1200 people, incl. real LeSS organization). He has been a LeSS Trainer since 2015 and has trained more than 1400 participants to become Certified LeSS Practitioners. Mark not only teaches the theory, but is also able to show the practical application with concrete examples from many transformations in different industries (telecommunications, automotive, insurance and banking, retail and commerce).
Wolfgang is a passionate, energetic, inspiring and authentic Agile coach with 10+ years of experience in large-scale Lean and Agile Product Development. He is a Certified LeSS Trainer, Systems Thinker, Organizational Design Coach, Certified LeSS Coach, and experienced in facilitating large workshops. His first encounter with Scrum and Agile was in 2005, and the learning started. He coached his first LeSS adoption in 2007 and in 2010 he expanded his knowledge and coached a 1000+ people organization on their SAFe adoption. Prior to this, he gained experience in Program and Project Management for 10+ years, consisting of the successful commercial launch of products and many years developing program management further at the Business Unit and division level within Nokia, as well as at the company level at Nokia Siemens Networks. His 3+ years Round-The-World journey on a motorcycle with his dogs has sharpened his problem solving skills. Besides this, he became a happy person and learned to practice the art of mindfulness. Besides having a deep understanding in telecommunication, his latest assignments brought him to companies in insurance, retail, digital automation , pump solutions, mechatronic, and many more.
As the CEO of Lean Sherpas and a Certified Large-Scale Scrum (LeSS) Trainer and Coach, I introduce others to large-scale development. With knowledge gained in recent years, we create superior learning experiences and arm agile practitioners with tools that really matter. Tools that can be applied straight away and that make all the difference.I work with start-ups and organizations (Yello, Ringier, GIZ) to bring innovative products to the market in the shortest possible time. Large organizations (SAP, BMW, Adidas) also hire me to optimize their teams’ adaptability to growing challenges – through an agile way of working and through an organizational redesign.
Konstantin Ribel is a Scrum Master – the first fomenter, or the lone nut, of the LeSS Huge adoption at BMW Group’s Autonomous Driving division. Konstantin worked in various engineering fields such as complex hardware design, embedded SW development and project management in United Kingdom and Germany. He is convinced that today’s organizations need a radical structural change to shift mindsets and unleash collective intelligence. His vision is to foster organizations where human intelligence and efforts are highly respected. Strong desire to learn and question the status quo helped him in bringing LeSS Huge to BMW Group’s Autonomous Driving division.