I'm Clemens Lode
I’m an author and agile and publishing coach based in Düsseldorf. I like fitness, singing, and animals, and can talk about science and philosophy for hours. I like things clean, simple, and optimized, and want to help others in their journey to get published or to optimize their organization.
I am the founder of Clemens Lode Verlag e.K. (LODE Publishing). Besides working as an author of books on philosophy, science, and project management, I also work as a consultant for businesses to help them to look at their organization with different eyes. I like ideas from lean management, agility, open space, and extreme programming. While revolutions provide opportunity for improvement, real change comes in small steps by solving many small problems.
This is represented in my work. Let us first brainstorm everything we know, then clarify the problem, make it transparent, and visualize it. Once we share a common understanding, we can move on to solving it. This idea is reflected in my academic background of organic computing and evolutionary algorithms, my love for definitions and diagrams, my approach to editing, and my daily life. While, from time to time, I do like to rush to the end to see how the result might look and feel, I prefer a more patient step-by-step approach.
I am carried on by curiosity and a sense of control which is why I like programming computers and finding out what makes them "smart". During my computer science studies at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology in Germany, I moved from software architecture to building systems of businesses and research in artificial intelligence and nature-inspired optimization. While discovering the solution of a problem destroys another one of the world's mysteries, it's a price I gladly pay when I can help other people in the process.
Before creating the publishing company, I founded a company dedicated to bringing the power of nature to computers. Its most successful product was a program that used evolutionary algorithms to optimize game strategies—a task Google recently took up for its development of artificial intelligence. Right now, I am working as an Agile Coach and project manager, analyzing organization structure, team psychology, and helping with IT processes. I have worked 10+ years in industries dealing with IT, eHealth, medical technology, publishing, insurance, academia, finance, electronic trade, and games. I have studied computer science with focus Operations Research, Organic Computing, and Mathematics and hold the certificates Agile Leadership, OpenSpace Agility, PMI Agile Certified Practitioner, PMI Project Management Professional, and Certified ScrumMaster.
If you want to connect, feel free to drop me a line, or join me on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram. Besides an occasional commentary on politics, and updates of my book projects, my feed is usually filled with cute animal pictures. For me, they represent innocence, opportunities, a fresh start, a positive attitude about life, and curiosity. Besides meetups, creating science videos, and visiting the gym, my current interests include singing and minimalism—keeping in mind the effort and time one must invest on top of the actual price of buying a thing.
“I believe in no God, no invisible man in the sky. But there is something more powerful in each of us, a combination of our efforts, a great chain of industry that unites us. But it is only when we struggle in our own interests that the chain pulls society in the right direction. The chain is too powerful and too mysterious for any government to guide. Any man who tells you differently either has his hand in your pocket or a pistol to your neck.” Andrew Ryan, “Bioshock”
“If you give me the right man in any field I can talk to him. I know what the condition is: That he did whatever he did as far as he can go. That he studied every aspect of it as far as he has stretched himself to the end. He is not a dilettante in any way. […] And, therefore, he is up against mysteries all the way around the end. And awe. Mystery and awe, that’s what we have in common.” Richard Feynman
“- How many people read my last picture? Do you remember those figures?
– Seventy-five million, six hundred thousand, three hundred and twelve.
– Well, Mick, seventy-five million, six hundred thousand people hate me. They hate me in their hearts for the things they see in me, the things they have betrayed. I mean nothing to them, except a reproach. But there are three hundred and twelve others perhaps only the twelve. There are a few who want the highest possible and will take nothing less and will not live on any other terms. It is with them that I am signing a contract tomorrow. We can’t give up the earth to all those others.” Ayn Rand, “Ideal”
“Computers aren’t the thing. They’re the thing that gets us to the thing.” Halt and Catch Fire
“Two things destroy businesses—mediocrity and making it about yourself.” Halt and Catch Fire
Agile Coach · Project Manager · Author · Moderator · Scrum Master · Trainer · Stakeholder Analysis · Leadership · Process Optimization · JIRA Experte · Software Architecture / Development Expert · German · English · 13+ Years Industry Experience · 5+ Years Agile Project Management Experience
Education and Training
- Agile Certified Practitioner (2018, PMI-ACP)
- Project Management Professional (2016, PMI-PMP)
- Certified ScrumMaster (2015, Scrum Alliance CSM)
- Computer Science (Diploma, Focus Operations Research) (KIT, 2009)
- IT, Medical Engineering, Publishing, Apparel, Insurance, Scientific Test Equipment
- JIRA, Confluence, Sharepoint
- Java (Spring), C, C++ (Boost, STL), LaTeX, Python
- LAMP, Azure, Jenkins, MSSQL
- Office, Outlook, Visio, WordPress, MailChimp
BRUKER AG Rheinstetten (June 2017 – March 2018)
- Agile Coach, Project Manager (multiple teams, focus hardware development)
- Business Analyst for PMO
ITERGO Informationstechnologie GmbH Cologne (May 2017 – March 2018, 20% part-time)
- Java Architect, Java Coach, Scrum Coach
ADIDAS AG Herzogenaurach (November 2016 – December 2016)
- Scrum Coach, Business Analyst
CLEMENS LODE VERLAG EK, Düsseldorf (since August 2013)
- Founder, Author (philosophy, psychology, ethics, leadership theory, project management, agile development)
- Project Manager (distributed team with a number of part-time freelancers)
MEDISANA AG Neuss, Düsseldorf (October 2011 – October 2016, <10% since November 2016)
- Agile Coach, Project Manager, Software Architect
EC4U AG / LEGODO AG, Karlsruhe (March 2010 – September 2011)
- Java Developer, Project Manager
KARLSRUHE INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY, Karlsruhe (February 2007 – July 2010, part-time)
- Research Assistant
CLAW SOFTWARE, Karlsruhe (August 2001 – September 2011, part-time)
- Software Developer, Founder