Hi, my name is Reiner Gärtner, and I am a certified Professional Scrum Master (PSM) and Professional Scrum Product Owner (PSPO) with lots of communication and business experience. I am a seasoned user and consumer, media expert, journalist, coach, consultant, and project manager. With my family of 6, I live in the Greater Newcastle region in Jewells, Lake Macquarie.
I want to be around curious, informed and generous people who are good to each other, and create things for the better — in a healthy, respectful and nurturing way.
As a Scrum Master, I empower teams to think and act more agile — to create true value, and to stop wasting energy and lifetime for unnecessary work. Depending on the setup and the maturity of the team, organisation and stakeholders, I act as a guide, facilitator, coach, consultant, and advisor.
To ignite and sustain change for the better, I provide more than an agile toolkit. Deeply rooted in a team, I offer presence, focus and a secure space for us to courageously and openly tackle the unknown; to mutually trust, explore, learn, inspect, adapt, and to grow both professionally and as human beings.
I grew up in Germany with 2 TV channels, a Commodore 64, Turbo Tape, no mobile phones and lots of freedom to roam around on my bicycle and a soccer ball. However, I belong to the tribe of the First Digital Natives (online since 1988).
I have been journalistically following and covering “the Internet” since 1992. Ask me about CompuServe, Netscape and the very early days of Google. From 1997-2003, I was fortunate to witness the Dotcom startup developments as a foreign correspondent first-hand from the US (San Francisco and Portland) and Canada (Vancouver).
Yadda, yadda, yadda, after my return to Europe, a stint in Canberra, back to Germany, I am glad to report that Newcastle (actually Lake Mac) might be the final destination of this journey. Happy to be here since August 2019.
As you can see, I have come a long way to get here. And you know what: I even saw the Dog on the Tucker box!
Before becoming a Scrum Master, I acted as an invisible “superglue” between marketing, editorial, project management and technical areas. I felt especially comfortable within the topic deltas of emerging technologies, IT, engineering, renewable energies, climate change, sustainability, and finance. I speak English, German, Marketing, Agile, Empathy and Tech.
Being a motivated self-learner and jack of all media, I am good at geeking out on many more things than just technology (umm, still do not understand the fascination of cricket).
Also, I have been a productivity hacker for a long time — not in an obsessive way, but to make space for a healthy and purposeful life. It could also be that German Engineering and a structured way of thinking and straight communication are just baked into my DNA.
All my professional life, I have been breathing technology and the spirit of Can Do. On my way to here, I have picked up many skills:
Need more? Here is my CV.