Work
Build great, digital products efficiently

The beauty of digital product development is: “Anything is possible, it’s just a matter of time and money.” That’s also it’s curse. Because it enables both the decision for a completely insufficiently small solution for a product idea and a overwhelmingly complex solution.
A too simple solution will not even support minimal scaling for the underlying business idea. In the same way, one can - with sufficient resources - spend an enormous amount of time (and money) on the selection, architecture and development of a solution. The resulting product is often over-engineered and over-complex and therefore hardly effieciently maintainable.
Therefore, with every product development, I always try to understand the underlying business first and find a solution that fits the business case efficiently, e.g. by selecting suitable third-party tools and rather buying than building things.
Always keeping in mind that knowledge has to stay within the team to be able to support the business going forward.

Publications

A few publications in which I have tried to pass on my knowledge.
Methoden – Instrumente – Praxisbeispiele
In this German book about digital product management I wrote a chapter about how to efficiently build and delivery products. The article describes how to combine classical project management tools and agile structures to get to a result at maximum efficiency.
Productish Podcast
A podcast about the conflicts and challenges in digital product management
Together with my colleague and friend Tim Herbig a hosted about 15 episodes of a podcast where we discussed a series of ever recurring problems and conflicts in digital product management. We've taken it offline in the meantime.

Open Source

Unfortunately, it is still far too seldom that I myself have contributed my share to the open source community. Here are a few projects that I have developed or contributed to.
Rubygem to access the Giantbomb API
As product manager I was resposible for the development of the desktop and mobile app of the first ipad version of a big german news magazine.
Battlefield 1942/Vietnam Log-Dateien Parser
This is now long retired but was my first open-source project. At the time the only available logfile-parser for the suite of Battlefield games from 1942 to Vietnam.

Startups

In the following projects I helped to start something new. From relaunch to new development, everything was included.
2019
iPhone / Android App for intermittent fasting
I managed a team of up to eight developers, designers and product owners in a project organized with SCRUM. We had to fulfil a tight deadline and launch apps and backend in around three months time.
React Native Ruby On Rails Amazon Web Services
2018
iPhone / Android App for guided audio meditations
I took over a Swift based iOS-only prototype and stabilized it for about one year of production business. Then I guided the process to design and launch a multi-platform version of the app.
React Native Ruby On Rails Amazon Web Services
2015
One of Germany's bigget wedding-websites
I've been heading the maintanence and development of this site since we relaunched it in 2015. The chosen technologies still hold quite nicely, with a headless-CMS backing a Rails-app.
Ruby On Rails Amazon Web Services Contentful
2014
Real estate agents brokerage platform
Within just a few weeks I built the MVP for a search engine optimized platform to generate leads for a real estate brokerage website.
Ruby On Rails Amazon Web Services
2014
Social Payment Platform
I guided the development and product management to relaunch a platform to pay for goods with your social reach.
Ruby On Rails Amazon Web Services
2013
Marketplace to sell and buy vintage designer fashion
I guided the development and product management to build the first version of a custom marketplace. We also built logistics solution and a B2B iOS-based reseller app.
Ruby On Rails Objective-C Amazon Web Services
2010
First iPad version of a big german news magazine
As product manager I was resposible for the development of the desktop and mobile app of the first ipad version of a big german news magazine.
Adobe Flex AppStore