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:

  1. My training Lean Product Management & Exploration, which is about teaching all I know in a two days format and creating a deep learning experience.
  2. 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, 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 Tim Klein, one of  Germany’s leading product  coaches, co-host and co-initiator of the Product Retreat


Tim is an  incredibly experienced product coach in the Cologne area. He loves product, he loves digital and he also loves the mountains and his snowboard in winter (the kite in summer). Tim and The Product Retreat are hand in glove.

He is incredibly well known around Cologne from his coaching in  the B2B and B2C are of all kinds of online platforms, shops and also around digital marketing. He organises all kinds of meet-ups and events  around agile product in  Cologne, amongst  those the “Lean Coffee for Product Owners”.

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