About me

Main areas of experience


The stations of Dirk Nessenius in brief:


After studying vehicle construction, I worked for 5 years as a developer at Audi in Ingolstadt.
After that, I worked for 5 years at Karmann Osnabrück as head of whole vehicle testing and function manager for Renault convertible water-tightness.
When development of the first Volkswagen Phaeton began, I moved to Volkswagen in Wolfsburg as a representative of the technical project manager. We were in charge of introducing the matrix project work there.
This was followed by 3 years as Head of whole vehicle testing at Shanghai Volkswagen (now SAIC Volkswagen) and 3.5 years as Head of Engineering for the Bentleys Continental GTC and Brooklands.
From 2008, I was head of technical project management for the VW Passat, CC and Arteon vehicles, including the Chinese derivatives.
Since November 2018, I have been active as a consultant and BA, including for a medium-sized production company, as well as with an innovative mobility app.

Dirk Nessenius
Founder and CEO Contrarian GmbH

Member of Supervisory Board

LTA Technologie AG



Lighter than Air Monitoring.

Agile Sprints


A new invention ?

During my first employment, I had a job in 1991 as the only engineer in a team of four. All decisions were made within that team. several technical changes, tooling changes at suppliers, process changes in the factory. When new components arrived, we fased them in for trials in the series production and made the assessments together with the relevant people.

In project reviews, we presentet our results and plans, without hundreds of people asking questions. After finishing this task force, all the monetary and administrative points were brought to an end.


Is it possible, to work that way today ?

More and more administration, organisational requirements and mistrust hinder agiles working, even though there is a lot of noise about agile teams. We do not only have to question our processes, we need fundamental change and trust, make empowerment real.




Think out of the Box

Avoid Dunning Kruger effect at all hierarchical levels.

„A contrarian isn’t one who always objects — that’s a conformist of a different sort. A contrarian reasons independently, from the ground up, and resists pressure to conform.” Naval Ravikant