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Economist, University of Hohenheim

Carsten, an accomplished Management Consultant and Co-founder of Vineyard Management Consulting GmbH, specializes in driving strategic initiatives and delivering innovative solutions. With over 25 years of hands-on experience in project and program management, he partners with large and medium-sized organizations across diverse sectors, including finance, industry, and IT services. Carsten excels at orchestrating complex transformations, guiding clients through dynamic business landscapes, and ensuring the alignment of strategic objectives with tangible outcomes. His unwavering dedication to client success is evident in his commitment to optimizing processes and enhancing performance. Fluent in both German and English, Carsten effectively bridges communication barriers and fosters collaboration on a global scale.

Carsten’s core competencies are:

  • Interim Management and strategic support for change, transformation and innovation processes: Carsten is a seasoned management consultant with a proven track record in interim management and strategic guidance for organizational change, transformation, and innovation processes. As a Change Agent and Program Leader, he specializes in overseeing critical initiatives such as outsourcing service units, providing management coaching, and guiding organizations through restructuring efforts or the adoption of new management methodologies.
  • (Agile) Project Management of large-scale projects: In the realm of (Agile) project management, Carsten excels in leading large-scale projects both nationally and internationally. He has successfully managed project portfolios, agile teams (including roles such as Chief Product Owner, Release Train Engineer, or Scrum Master), and spearheaded the implementation of IT systems and solutions. His expertise extends to overseeing IT or software implementations and executing IT security and risk management projects.
  • Information Security & Compliance: Carsten also possesses comprehensive knowledge and experience in GRC management. He provides invaluable support in navigating regulatory challenges, including conducting BAIT audits, implementing programs to address regulatory findings from BaFin, and enhancing information and cyber security measures.
  • IT and Process Management: In addition, Carsten specializes in complexity and process management, offering services such as process analysis, modeling, simulation, and implementation. He is adept at establishing and executing efficiency programs, defining service catalogs, deriving KPIs, and implementing business and IT support processes. His expertise also includes the introduction of process-based cost allocation methods to optimize resource utilization.
  • Controlling and project monitoring: Furthermore, Carsten excels in controlling and project controlling, where he implements robust methods and tools to facilitate informed decision-making and resource allocation. From optimizing budgeting processes to enhancing vendor management and provider oversight, he ensures transparent financial governance and effective project management through comprehensive KPI and management reporting.
  • Published author on topics such as: Change Management, Balanced Scorecard, Software License Management, Activity-based costing, Basel II and Project Management → Link

Carsten holds a degree in Economics from the University of Hohenheim complemented by a solid portfolio of industry-recognized certifications and standards. These include:

  • Information Security & Compliance: DORA, MaRisk, BAIT/VAIT, NIST
  • (Agile) Project Management: Project Management Professional (PMP / PMI®), Professional Scrum Master I (, certified Product Owner (Scrum Institute™), Scaled Agile Framework (SAFe)
  • IT and Process Management: ITIL Foundation (TÜV SÜD Akademie GmbH), Six Sigma Green Belt (6sigmastudy), CMMI for Services and Development (Anywhere24).
  • Technology & Tools: ServiceNow, ARIS, AdoIT, SharePoint, SmartTrack Software License Management, SAP.

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