I Personally Care About The Retreat
Hi, my name is Markus Andrezak. The Retreat is at the heart and soul of what I am doing. I take personal pride in two things around my company:
- My training Lean Product Management & Exploration, which is about teaching all I know in a two days format and creating a deep learning experience.
- The Retreat as an application of everything I know about Innovation, Product, Collaboration, Facilitation and much more.
I found out that what many companies miss at the core is the time, depth and distance to provide clarity and to solve deep problems. Whenever I get close enough to a company and am trusted enough to ask for the necessary time, depth and distance, I get results.
I am working in this great, fantastic industry since the mid 90s and have huge experience in the most diverse settings. I forced my way from being a developer to creating products to studying innovation, collaboration techniques, facilitation, User Research and much more.
Also, my experience in high performance sports and excursions will guarantee a balance of calmness, emotions and candor throughout The Retreat and in its preparation.
Where I come from
In 1998, when XP explained was published, I went straight after it. We tried, we failed. Agile was not yet a recipe. and I went on. Scrum came along. And then Kanban. I had the privilege learn from great people. Stefan Roock and me came up with a method to manage company portfolios based on Kanban. This had quite some influenced on the community. Ultimately. SAFe is now using it on the enterprise level.
I learned Innovation Games and facilitation from Luke Hohmann. Now, I am happy to be considered one of his collaborators. More things like customer centricity, collaboration on Design Thinking with the d.school, User Research with Tomer Sharon are on the list.
I took great efforts to get a deep and broad education on all the things I needed to try to succeed in creating great products. Now, I’d like to make use of the format of The Retreat to create the right environment to share and make use of my knowledge and experience.
A while ago, I started my podcast Stories Connecting Dots, to huge acclaim. I interviewed people like Klaus Leopold, Jeff Patton, Dave Gray, bestselling author Michael Foley, Jan Chipchase and many more. Parts of the learnings of my podcast with these great people also contributed to The Retreat.
I’d be happy if you want to be part of one of my Retreats!
My trusted partner Sascha Kubiak, co-host and co-initiator of the Retreat “On Purpose”
Sascha approached me on partnering on this. Having collaborated with him in diverse contexts, doing this together was a no brainer for me.
Sascha has for ages helped a Berlin music tech start up to become a world leader in its category. Later he changed to work in the context of Dark Horse, one my my beloved Berlin brands. A company that walks the talk and not only talks about New Work, Design Thinking and new ways of doing things but also does so itself in self application. There, Sascha was among those, coining the successful New Work Workshops. He also built up and coordinates Dark Horse Academy, the educational arm of Dark Horse. On top of that, he – half secretly – works on drastically improving our education system and is generally a conscious and engaged citizen. (My words ;))