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Stephan Schwab

Agile Coach / Scrum Coach

Scrum Master

Software Development Coach & Consultant

Interim Manager

I help CEOs and Department Leaders to improve value creation and cohesion within their organization. The outcome will be higher quality, customer delight and more revenue.

Agility and self-organization require technical competence. Scrum, Kanban and other frameworks and concepts do not work without technical abilities. I help everybody involved to acquire or grow these abilities.

My contributions help the organization to become more adaptable and more resilient so that it can prevail in global dynamic markets that are constantly changing.

My work, on an international level, gets me in touch with many different national and corporate cultures. That allows me to see the bigger picture, provides me a large arsenal of tools and therefore makes me able to solve difficult situations in a way that is new to the particular client I’m working with.

Phone +49 151 6162 3277


Engagement Overview


2020, undisclosed client, Japan, USA, Europe

Working on a NodeJS based API to orchestrate a number of external services. Functional programming style and use of Promise and lodash/fp. Unit testing with JEST, acceptance and smoke testing with Cucumber.js and Chai.

Geographically distributed team with team members working from individual locations in Europe, Japan, and USA.


2019, Raiffeisen Bank, Pristina, Kosovo

Performed an IT process and system assessment for the executive board.


2019, Raiffeisen Bank, Sarajevo, Bosnia-Herzegovina

Performed an IT process and system assessment for the executive board.


2019, Raiffeisen Bank, Belgrade, Serbia

Performed an IT process and system assessment for the executive board.

Agile Coach

2018, Alfa Insurance, Moscow, Russia

Continued the work from 2017. Worked with several teams and senior management on improving engineering practices. Advised on network security and information security practices. Introduced a former coachee to the teams to support XP style testing practices at the team level. Consulted on Self-Contained Systems (SCS) based on Docker containers to improve application architecture.

Agile Coach

2017, Alfa Insurance, Moscow, Russia

Performed an audit of the software development and operations groups in preparation of a larger engagement to uplift skills and create a DevOps structure. Did some initial coaching on two teams to lay the foundation for future coaching work with these two teams and additional groups to follow.

Agile Coach in cooperation with other Agile Coaches

2017, Alfa Bank, Moscow, Russia

Continuation of the 2016 engagement. Objective is to create a DevOps culture inside the bank and restructure the whole organization accordingly.

Agile Coach

2016, Thales, Stuttgart, Germany

Within the axle counter group of Thales Transportation Systems I coached project manager and solution architect on their new roles of Scrum Master and Product Owner. Introduced technical team members to Test-Driven Development in C using the tool Cantata.

Agile Coach

2016, Versandhaus Walz, Bad Waldsee, Germany

The engagement started as a group of three coaches for their main office and an external development partner. Initially I trained and coached on technical matters in a Java J2EE environment with IBM Websphere Commerce. Over time I became the main coach for the main office and worked with a larger group developing the new eCommerce shop for Walz. Coaching topics included product development vs service delivery, information visualization, integration of non-developers, restructuring a traditional retailer to become an eCommerce company, new roles and skills. For 2017 Walz wants to bring all shop development inhouse and I started in 2016 to train newly hired developers on microservices architecture and the DevOps model.

Agile Coach in cooperation with other Agile Coaches

2016, Alfa Bank, Moscow, Russia

Did anamesis with a number of several development groups over the course of a whole week and created a proposal about creating a DevOps culture within a division for management. Received approval to proceed in 2017.

Agile Coach

2016, Deutsche Bank, Frankfurt, Germany

Tought Product Owners and team members from different vendors the basics of Scrum. Introduced User Story Mapping. Performed a three day learning week to introduce kanban elements and the concept of 3 Amigos via paper prototypes amongst others. Consulted on team size and shape and what Scrum can do for the organization.

Agile Coach in cooperation with other Agile Coaches

2015, Bank Otkritie, Moscow, Russia

Performed initial workshops about team formation, team coaching with management. Did organizational anamnesis and proposed potential solutions to populate first version of Coaching Map as a guiding tool going forward.

Agile Coach in cooperation with resident Scrum Master

2015, AXA Groupsolutions, Cologne, Germany

Performed introductory workshops about Acceptance Test-Driven Development for project leaders and team members.

Consultant / Trainer with resident Scrum Master

2015, Virtual Solution, Munich, Germany

Performed workshops, in the form of code retreats, with two teams on test automation, clean code and architecture, intra-team collaboration and Specification by Example for IOS and Android platforms.

Consultant working with Department Leader

2015, Huawei Technologies, Munich, Germany

Management report on organizational and human factors for dealing with complexity in software product development.

Agile Coach / Scrum Coach working with Project Managers and Department Leaders

2014, Huawei Technologies, several cities, China

Introduced ATDD and situational kanban after client’s failed attempt to do so to several teams and coached middle management on agile principles.

Agile Coach / Scrum Coach pairing with resident Scrum Masters

2013 - 2014, Webtrekk, Berlin, Germany

Coached the CTO on agile principles and testing. Introduced Acceptance Test-Driven Development and coached Scrum Masters.

Interim Scrum Master for development group</br> Agile Coach / Scrum Coach working with Department Heads

2013 - 2014, OBI Smart Technologies, Wermelskirchen, Germany

Led a Scrum team. Added testers to the team. Improved requirements gathering and intra-departmental collaboration. Coached department heads on agile values & principles.

Agile Coach / Scrum Coach working with team leaders

2012, Independent Health, Buffalo, New York, USA

Coached SOA teams on Acceptance Test-Driven Development and created a technical tool for doing it.

Agile Coach / Scrum Coach working with Iteration Managers and Application Development Leaders

2009 - 2011, Nationwide Insurance, Columbus, Ohio, USA

Participated in an agile transformation spanning 23 teams and personally provided technical and organizational coaching to 6+ teams and about 80 individuals.

Software Developer on a self-organizing geographically distributed international team

2008 - 2009, Serials Solutions, Seattle, Washington, USA

As part of a 6 person team I co-created the Summon product.

Agile Coach / Scrum Coach working with Software Architects

2008, Nationwide Insurance, Columbus, Ohio, USA

Coached software architects and team members on agile development practices including test-driven development and continuous integration.

Project Manager, Scrum Master

2007 - 2009, Caimito Development, Panama City, Panama

Developed the agile lifecycle management tool Caimito One Team, which was aimed at distributed Scrum teams.

Software Developer</br> Agile Coach / Scrum Coach working with Project Manager and CEO

2007, Cloud9 Analytics, San Mateo, California, USA

Built Cloud9's Messenger product (webapp) (from inception to deployment to production) using Scrum as methodology.

Agile Coach / Scrum Coach working with team members and CEO

2006 - 2007, RealWorld Systems, Panama City, Panama

Coached team on Scrum and XP practices.

Founder and CEO of various ventures

Founder Caimito Development S.A.

2006 - 2009, Panama

Outsourcing projects for customers in USA.

Development of the agile lifecycle management tool Caimito One Team from idea to market introduction.

Founder Caimito Technologies LLC

2003 - 2006, Florida, USA

Professional services in the areas systems operation, networking, software development.

Founder, CEO at DINX GmbH

1999 - 2003, Germany

Hosting of Application Servers

Operations of IP Backbone and access concentrators

Web development

Co-Founder, CEO at Farside Communications

1997 - 2001, Germany

Regional Internet Access Provider for the region Rhein-Neckar in the southern part of Germany.

IP backbone network with of 4 intra-city distribution hubs for DSLAMs and several BGP connections to other carriers.

Security systems including firewalls, intrusion detection systems, virtual private networks on a national and international scale.

Co-Founder, CEO at VentureNET

1995 - 1996, Germany

Co-Founded VentureNET GmbH in Heidelberg, Germany, together with Heidelberg based consulting company OSS Consulting GmbH and two partners. Served as member of the board and was responsible for the company's Internet division.

Co-Owner, Software Architect at SoftStream Development

1989 - 1996, Germany

Convince, an illustration and presentation graphics program was developed from 1989-1990 and marketed in Germany. It was written in Modula-2 for the GEM/3 environment on DR-DOS and MS-DOS.

DEO - Documents of Embedded Objects - was a software technology in C/C++ on Windows 3.0 that is a little bit comparable to OLE 2 from Microsoft. The product knew a container application with software components running inside. Available software components were a spreadsheet, illustration graphics, presentation graphics and a word-processing component from a third party.