Hello, I am Michael
Ich bin unabhängiger Agile Facilitator, Trainer und Coach aus München. Und ich liebe meinen Job. Ich arbeite mit Leidenschaft daran, Teams und Organisationen erfolgreich zu machen und wertvolle Ergebnisse auszuliefern. Ich begeistere mich für Experimente, Spaß and der Arbeit und Musik.
I am an independent Agile Facilitator, Trainer and Coach. And I love my job. My homebase is Munich, Germany. I am passionate about making teams and organizations awesome, delivering great products, experiments, fun at work and music.
born 1972 | gen X
university degree media informatics
studies in Furtwangen and Tel Aviv
doing project management since 1998
independent since 2004
co-founder of the PM-Camp Munich
facilitation | coaching | training
scrum | kanban | lean | xp
hybrid project management
making teams awesome
USA | UK | Israel | Austria | Sweden | Finland | Nepal | Mozambique | Argentina
business fluent in german and english
Escape the BOOM!
The X-Flow Game
Beatles Lyrics Game
Scaled Agile Flume exercise (SAFe)
Michael has accompanied us on our Agile transformation journey for a long time. He gave us decisive impulses, has a very wide range in his toolbox and a very good feeling for organization.
He was an indispensable sparring partner and with great perseverance has put a lot on the road.
Thank you very much, Michael!
Our company had the pleasure of spending a two-day seminar with Michael, who helped us tremendously in learning feasible strategies for improving our cross-department collaboration and overall project management.
His profound insights into a variety of sectors was particularly helpful when it came to dealing with the real-life challenges we face on a daily basis. Beside his excellent knowledge his way of teaching is very passionate and inspiring. Throughout the seminar, Michael elaborated on a broad range of methodologies and we will apply many of his suggestions in the upcoming year and beyond.
He’s an overall great guy to know and work with and someone we highly recommend. Thank you, Michael!
Michael Cramer is the kind of Agile Coach you want. With his extensive experience and with a lot of instinct for situation and group he helps teams as well as individuals to take the right steps — pragmatically and effectively.
His knowledge of methods in Agile approach and facilitation is great, his inventiveness is always surprising. It was a lot of fun to work with him and it helped me and us to move forward.
During a first assessment Michael has “opened our eyes” for many improvement possibilities in our Agile framework. I was particularly impressed by his analytical strength in identifying problems within a short period of time, recognizing their organizational context and making very valuable suggestions for improvement.
But Michael does not stop at “consulting suggestions on slides”, instead he actively challenges and promotes their implementation. One example is the preparation and implementation of scaling Agile with several teams, a highly complex project. I can wholeheartedly recommend Michael Cramer to those looking for an Agile Coach in order to make their projects really successful.
Michael is an all-rounder, not only when it comes to process models and methods in agile software development. He can do Scrum Master AND Agile Coach, he not only gives Scrum trainings, but has also developed an exercise that allows the participants to practice Scrum and experience the difficulties of Scrum in a scaled environment live — including integration of the functionality — that is quite ingenious.
As a Scrum Master he rolls up his sleeves and gets involved, as an Agile Coach he challenges and gives the right impulses. And he always meets people at eye level, no matter if it is towards developers, project leads or management.
Recent Publications by Michael
Team building and remote collaboration with “Escape the BOOM”
How to grow as a team and have fun while defusing bombs together.
A field report by Marjoke Franken, María Berenguer and me. Published in Projektmagazin (English)
“Neue Wirtschaft” Podcast
The “Neue Wirtschaft” Podcast invited me to talk about gamification and Escape the BOOM. You can listen to it here. (German)
“Serious Games” Podcast
Julian Kea invited me to his “Serious Games” Podcast to chat about Escape the BOOM and Serious Gaming. Listen to it here. (German)
LIBERATING STRUCTURES FÜR MEHR IDEENREICHTUM
My editorial on Liberating Structures, published in Projektmagazin (German)
“Ecocycle Planning / What I Need From You
Going into detail on Liberating Structures with two articles on What I Need From You and Ecocycle Planning in Projektmagazin’s method library (German)
Das Pendel meines Vaters
An essay on complexity. My Contribution to the “Blog Parade” of the PM-Camp Berlin (German)
My music and maker project, together with Mr. Saschmo Bibergeil. Check it out at www.LoopinLab.com
You can also watch our recent videos Happy on the Wire and Shave on YouTube.
Escape the BOOM!
The collaborative mobile game I created together with Achim Stremplat. I use it mainly for team building and retrospectives. And for fun.
Check it out at www.Escape-the-BOOM.com
You can also book a facilitated session of Escape the BOOM! here.
Michael has been around in my professional environment for many years and I had only ever heard good things about him. This year, as part of my new position, I finally had the opportunity to experience him myself as a trainer in workshops and as a “Personal Coach” in designing my own workshops, and I can only say that everything I heard was true! His way of approaching things interactively, actively involving every participant, devoting himself enthusiastically to every question and always being on hand with advice and support are qualities that make every collaboration a real pleasure.