Advisory Board

The Advisory board provides strategic advice to steer the development of PEDCO and our product Applied SAFe. We are proud to have such outstanding individuals to advise us!

Members in alphabetical order:

Dr. Wolfgang Brandhuber is a long year and experienced consultant and coach in agile and complex environments at Accenture. Known thru-out Europe he consults top leading companies in their journeys towards scaled agility. Dr. Brandhuber is also a trainer for SAFe and holds regular classes in the field of agile methods and its application.

Dr. Brandhuber has been working as a management consultant for nearly 12 years, almost ten of which have been in agile projects. He was an agile project manager, developer, product owner, scrum master, and chief scrum master in many different companies and corporate cultures. His great passion is team play, whether in sports, in music, or in day-to-day projects.

Wolfgang is an Applied SAFe Fellow from the beginning and is also a certified Applied SAFe Quality Manager.

Ken France

VP Scaled Agility, SAFe Fellow


Management and Executive Coach & Trainer with over 25+ years’ experience in agile development. Ken helps large-scale organizations adopt iterative and incremental development practices such as Agile & SAFe. He fosters constructive culture change and leadership enablement and is focused on evolving Portfolio and Program Management & Governance processes. Much of his career has been spent directly coaching Agile teams and their management chain on how to drive the change necessary to become successful at the enterprise level. As Vice President of Scaled Agility and SAFe Fellow, Ken helps develop and implement corporate strategy, provides executive-level coaching for clients, and works with his team to ensure overall Client Success.

Rainer Grau

Managing Director at:

pragmatic solutions gmbh

For more than 20 years, Rainer Grau has accompanied companies on their agile path in their quest to continuously develop organizations and create sustainable value for customers and employees. His work is based on Lean Startup principles, Business Agility approaches and Lean Leadership. Before he joined pragmatic solutions gmbh, he was director and partner of Zühlke responsible for the consultancy services related to Agility, Lean Management, Requirements Engineering, and Product Management. Rainer was the driving force to transform Digitec Galaxus completely and very successfully toward scaled agility and is now one of the landmarks in applied scaled agility in Europe. The business grows steadily each year. Rainer publishes regularly about their experience in his well-known blog:

Rainer is a founding member of the „IREB e.V.“, member of the board at „ISPMA.e.V“ and founding member of the „Swiss Agile Leaders Circle“ ( In addition, Rainer Grau teaches at various universities of applied science in Switzerland.

Prof. Dr. Bernd Hindel studied computer science in Erlangen and Green Bay (USA). After his doctorate at the University of Erlangen in 1991, he worked for the Central Research Department of Siemens in Erlangen. From 1995 to 2000 he was Managing Director of 3SOFT. In 2001 Prof. Hindel founded Method Park. Under his leadership Method Park received several prices i.e.: TOP JOB (2004, 2008, and 2011), IHK Founders Award 2005, Bavaria’s Best 50 (2006, 2007, and 2009), Great Place to Work (2009).

In addition, Prof. Hindel is a Lecturer for Software Engineering at the University of Erlangen and the University of Augsburg. Bernd Hindel is the founder of the ASQF e.V. (Association for Software Quality and Training). He was President of the ASQF from 1996 to 2007. Prof. Hindel is the founder of iNTACS e.V. (international Assessor Certification Scheme for SPICE Assessors). He was President of iNTACS from 2003 to 2005. As a member of DIN Institute, Prof. Hindel was the chairman for Software and System-Engineering Standards and the head of the German Delegation to ISO/IEC JTC1 SC7. From 2006 to 2009 he was the German representative at the Working Group responsible for the definition of SPICE (ISO/IEC 15504). Prof. Hindel has been Keynote Speaker and/or Organizing Chair of many international Conferences on Software Quality, including the “World Congress on Software Quality”, Munich, 2005 and Shanghai, 2011. Prof. Hindel published numerous papers and books on software engineering.

Dr. Jochen Jäger

Digitalization Lead Quality

Roche Diagnostics

Dr. Jochen Jäger graduated from the University of Washington, Seattle in computer science in 2002 and obtained a PhD in computational molecular biology from the FU Berlin and the Max Planck Institute for Molecular Genetics, Berlin in 2006. He has more than fifteen years experience in the medical device industry and currently supports IT and pre/post-analytical devices as a quality functional lead.

Dr. Jäger is also a co-author of the ‘Technical Information Report’ TIR45 with the title ‘Guidance on the use of AGILE practices in the development of medical device software’. The paper is published by AAMI (Association for the Advancement of Medical Instrumentation) see more:

Nikolaos Kaintantzis

SAFe Contributer | SPCT | Profit Stream Trainer | Speaker

Managing Partner @ KEGON Switzerland

Improving the way people work has always driven me. As a developer, I wrote UIs that made work easier. As an organizational developer, systemic coach and SPCT at KEGON Switzerland, I support companies in their transformation to agile organizations that can work faster, more flexibly and more customer-centric, or simply: work on the right things and waste less. This has increased my leverage.

My approach is based on systemic organizational consulting, which I studied at the Institute for Systemic Impetus. Together we create better results, more innovation and greater satisfaction in teams and organizations. As a trainer and speaker, I share my knowledge and experience on Scaled Agile Framework (SAFe), Lean Portfolio Management and Profit Streams.

As a partner at KEGON Switzerland, I am also responsible for our company’s strategic direction and development.

Nikolas is an Applied SAFe Fellow for many years and is also a certified Applied SAFe Quality Manager.

Malte Kumlehn

SAFe® Fellow & Contributor

BDD, Sweden

Malte Kumlehn is a SAFe® Fellow, ICAgile certified enterprise agile coach and instructor in the SAP environment. He has a track record of more then 10 years complex, distributed SAP program delivery experience and is an early adopter of SAP DevOps and Agile at scale. Malte is an experienced advisor for program and managing directors on their way to a sustainable and digital future.

Malte focuses on building lean and agile organizations as well as agile strategy and portfolio development in the SAP® environment. He is holding a B.B.A. in International Business and Management and Master of Science. He is a Team, Program and C-Level Coach, a regular SAFe® Summit speaker, contributes to the fast growing SAP Delivery & Business Agility body of knowledge such as Gartner thought leadership, is a big room teaching and planning facilitator, Teacher, the creator of the one year SAP Lean-Agile Executive Growth Program, Chief Architect of the IC Agile accredited (Remote) SAP Delivery Agility Fundamentals Actionable Growth course and Head of SAP Delivery Excellence Agile Coaching.

While working for the German Development Service (DED) in South Africa, he helped in Local Economic Development (LED). This helps individuals and organizations to obtain, strengthen and maintain capabilities to set and achieve their own objectives over time. He worked in areas of poverty alleviation, self-determined sustainable development and preservation of natural resources.

Felix Rüssel

Partner & SAFe SPCT


Felix is a Management Consultant with more than 20 years of experience in complex product development. He started his career as a Software Engineer & Architect, involved in the early days of Model-Driven Architecture (MDA).

Since early 2004 he has been applying Lean & Agile methods, and in 2012 Felix was one of the first in Germany to implement the Scaled Agile Framework (SAFe®). As an early adopter, he was the first SPC and RTE and one of the first SAFe Program Consultant Trainers (SPCT) in Germany.
Since 2013 he has been continuously supporting large enterprises in implementing Business Agility.
His current focus is to optimize strategic product development processes and strategic portfolio planning based on Lean-Agile principles.

Felix holds an academic degree in Computer Science (major in artificial intelligence) and a degree in Economic Engineering.

Felix is an Applied SAFe Fellow for many years and is also a certified Applied SAFe Quality Manager.

Michael Stump

SPCT Business Agility Accelerator | SAFe Fellow | Mentor | Board Member

JLS – Just Leading Solutions

Michael is an entrepreneurial executive with extensive international experience and expertise. Demonstrated passion for leadership, (re)building high performing organizations, growth, strategic decision-making and organizations health. He is a Lean-Agile Leader and mentor to executives and board members on state-of-the-art mindset, principles and practices to support Business Agility. His leadership, consulting and management experience enables him to lead, manage, and advise companies through great organizational change journey. As an advisory board member to technology companies, his specialty is global growth strategies and transitions within highly distributed, multi-cultural enterprises.

Michael has been involved since 2013 in the first days of the development of Applied SAFe® in his role as product owner for the SAFe-Part of our implementation of the Scaled Agile Framework® (SAFe®).  He is an Applied SAFe Fellow from the first day on and has influenced many parts of Applied SAFe’s implementation.

Michael is also a passionate helicopter pilot. A Zurich, Switzerland native, he regularly travels the globe and currently lives in Texas, USA.