AOE is a committed and continuously expanding team of agile web development specialists. The management team consists of four personalities who possess an immense amount of experience, knowledge and know-how in developing and implementing state-of-the-art Open Source Enterprise web solutions.


Kian T. Gould – Founder and CEO

Kian T. Gould is the CEO and Founder of AOE and is responsible for strategy, vision and growth of the company since 1999. He is a regular speaker at many global conferences, and a well-known expert in global e-commerce, airport digitalization and agile management. For the past 20 years, he has guided his global teams in assisting dozens of global Fortune 1000 companies with their Digital Transformation and Omnichannel E-Commerce strategies.

Kian T. Gould on LinkedIn


Daniel Pötzinger – Chief Technology Officer

Daniel Pötzinger has many years of experience in the development and architecture of Enterprise Web Applications. He has worked with many great self-organized agile teams and knows how collaboration and mutual inspiration – together with the right technologies and patterns – makes software projects successful and solving challenges fun. He is also an active member of various Open Source communities and has gained extensive experience in building and designing performance-critical applications in an Enterprise environment. In addition, Daniel has comprehensive knowledge about how to establish DevOps and Continuous Delivery practices in IT organizations. At AOE, Daniel has provided consulting services and helped implement more than 100 Enterprise projects for such renowned clients as Deutsche Telekom, congstar, Rovio, Cisco WebEx, QVC and VMware. In addition, he continues to oversee the development of AOE products such as Searchperience, a sophisticated Enterprise search and recommendation engine and Flamingo, a scalable frontend framework for headless microservice architectures and modern commerce applications.


Steven Bailey – Chief Sales Officer

British-born Steven Bailey is a long-time expert in the digitalization of international companies as well as their business- and IT visions. As CSO, he is responsible for business development and advising our clients and potential new clients on digital transformation and Omnichannel E-Commerce strategies.

In addition, he has more than 20 years of corporate identity and branding experience in "International Brand Communications", for example for Munich Airport, Daimler and AEG, and has won numerous corporate design awards.

Steven Bailey on Xing and LinkedIn


Joern Bock – Chief Operating Officer

Since the early 1990s, Joern Bock has been involved in the creation, design and organization of interactive media projects. As the former head of his own advertising agency, as well as senior positions in several international digital agencies, Joern brings plenty of (digital) experience to the table.

At AOE, he has been largely responsible for the global project management operations. To this end, he is instrumental in continuously driving the use of agile development methods, such as Kanban, Scrum or Lean as part of an agile organization and a living agile corporate culture. He also organizes regular meetings of the Agile User Group Rhein-Main.

Joern Bock on Xing and LinkedIn

How we build Agile Teams

The management team approaches its work from a servant leadershop point of view; for the most part, project management is the responsibility of the project teams. For this approach to succeed, an appropriate corporate culture and an optimal team structure are essential. Our agile project teams usually work using the Scrum model. Teams consists of five to nine team members with different roles.

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