Every company needs good advice and help to steer its journey  in challenging environments. We found outstanding individuals representing the spectrum of our industry, highly experienced and willing to support us on our successful journey.

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 advice us!

We present today the members of our Advisory Board (in alphabetical order):

Please find a short description on each advisory board member below:

Dr. Wolfgang Brandhuber is 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 regularly 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.

Rainer Grau

Head Business Development at:

Digitec Galaxus AG

As head Business Development at Digitec Galaxus AG in Switzerland, Rainer Grau is responsible for the innovation and portfolio management processes and the execution of all strategic projects. Before he joined Digitec Galaxus AG, 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: http://rainergrau.com.

Rainer is founding member of the “IREB e.V.”, member of the board at “ISPMA.e.V” and founding member of the “Swiss Agile Leaders Circle” (http://www.swissagileleaders.org). Additional 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. Thorsten Janning

CEO and Owner at:

Kegon AG

Dr. Thorsten Janning graduated in Mathematics and works in the IT industry since 1990. His professional career took him as an architect and project manager over consulting,- and user organizations to a university professorship into the training and consulting business. As co-founder (in 2002) he is a partner and director of KEGON AG.
The focus of his professional activities are the development of lean and agile organizations for IT service providers and software companies as well as the implementation of complex architectures to application products. Dr. Janning has brought his many years of experience in developing innovative technologies to a variety of publications and seminar developments and is editor of the OBJEKTspektrum.

Dr. Janning has given several interviews on agile and here is one which we liked very much: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9-BVZvKdWDE (in German)

Dr. Jochen Jäger

Quality functional lead at:

Roche Instruments

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: https://www.pedco.eu/2.0/tir45-agile-in-medical

Michael Stump

SAFe Fellow, Managing Director EMEA at:

Scaled Agile Inc.

Michael Stump is the Managing Director of EMEA and a SAFe Program Consultant Trainer for Scaled Agile, Inc., the exclusive certifying entity for SAFe®, the Scaled Agile Framework®. He is a Lean-Agile Leader and mentor to executives on state-of-the-art SAFe practices in and beyond the software industry. His consulting and management experience enables him to lead, manage, and advise companies through great organizational change. As an advisory board member to technology companies, his specialty is Lean and Agile transitions within highly distributed, multi-cultural enterprises.

Mr. Stump has been involved for many years in the development of Applied SAFe® in his role as product owner for the SAFe-Part of our implementation of the Scaled Agile Framework® (SAFe®)

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