About Me

KatrinMy name is Katrin Bretscher, I like rock music, and I coach. Originally, I’ve studied Computer Science at ETH Zurich. As you do, I went on to work as a software engineer after that. Already in my first job, I was very confused about that “backlog” and those “dailies”. Unfortunately, no-one had explained to me how that was supposed to work. So I went on to my next job, where I started an agile bookreading group. “The Art of Agile Development” was an eye-opener for me: I finally understood what it all was about! And it made a ton of sense, too!
 
In my free time, I love to play sports. With time, I started to teach and help my friends getting better. I got myself an education as a mental coach (something I still do). My boss learned about that, and suddenly, I was a Scrum Master.
 
Obviously, I’m very passionate about Agile. Whatever I’ve undertaken, I always tried to find similarities and new applications. I’ve written my theses in Technical Writing and in Sports about how to apply agile principles in those fields. Conversely, I use mental training techniques in agile coaching.
 
I don’t want others having to stumble through their beginnings in Agile as I had to. That’s why I love teaching “Agile Basics” seminars. And I won’t leave you just with the theory, either: I coach people affected by agility. That can be supervision for experienced Scrum Masters and Agile Coaches, mentoring for new Scrum Masters, and coaching / being a sparring partner for managers and everyone affected by agility in some way. I help my clients to reflect, and to find solutions that fit their style and situation.
 
I’m happy wherever things come down to business. I don’t like pussy-footing and half-heartedness. I like people who have a passion for something, who share their opinion, and give and want to become their best. It’s my superpower to help others realizing their potential.
 
I’m fluent in German and English.
 
 

Qualifications

2019 Certified LeSS Practitioner, The LeSS Company B.V.
2019 Kanban System Design, Kanban University
2019 Trained facilitator of LEGO® SERIOUS PLAY® method and materials, Association of Master Trainers in the LEGO® SERIOUS PLAY® Method
2017Certified Scrum Professional®, Scrum Alliance
2016Certified Scrum Master®, Scrum Alliance
2016Certified Agile Requirements Specialist, Agile Requirements Institute
2017CAS Leading and Supervising Teams Successfully IAP / ZHAW
2015CAS Psychological & Mental Training in Sports IAP / ZHAW
2013CAS Technical Writing ZHAW
2012Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE), Cambridge English Assessments
2006M.Sc. Computer Science ETH Zürich
 
You can download my CV here.