I believe people make all the difference in every project. The skills of people, how they work together and how they feel. Scrum, Kanban, eXtreme Programming, Management 3.0, these are just tools or frameworks that exist to help people.
I have been working in IT since 1997. I had different roles: from developer, tester, Scrum Master, Agile coach, lead, manager to VP. What I always liked most, however, was working with people to improve the processes and the environments they work in. I am an active member of the Agile community and share my insights and knowledge by speaking at conferences and writing blog posts. I am specialized in recruitment, building (distributed) agile software teams and management 3.0.
In 2015 I decided to start my own company, Agile Strides. Agile Strides helps people and organizations to make a next step and it helps them to become happier in their work. For example, this can be done by improving how the teams work together, by improving the software development process, by helping people to become more engaged or by teaching them how to improve their own environment.
When people make a step and they inspect where they are and adapt before they make a next step, I believe people will constantly improve themselves. This is the Agile mindset.
I help people and organizations with workshops and coaching them in their daily activities on the job. Workshops and coaching are always done in an innovative and fun way, work should be fun!
More detailed information about me can be found in my profile on LinkedIn.
If you want to ask me something, just say hello or contact me for more information, just contact me.
Agile Strides also offers support is in setting up or improving nearshore and/or offshore. From helping you selecting the location till recruiting and building your teams and in the end transferring to a local country manager.
When the people are onboard, it is essential to make sure they organize themselves in an efficient and effective way. Agile Strides believes in using practices from different approaches. Whatever fits the people and the organization, it can be a combination of Scrum, Kanban, Lean or whatever is necessary.
As manager you will need to find a new role within the organization, teams are becoming self-managing. Management 3.0 helps you as in this. Making sure team members are engaged, motivated and developing themselves, that the team is able to improve their environment and all the customers are happy.
Some of my highlights of my career so far are:
* Implementing successful Management 3.0 practices like Exploration Days, Guilds and Kudo Cards in a distribution environment
* Being the first person in the world with the Management 3.0 Certificate of Practice
* Setting up Agile Testing in a Scrum environment as one of the first ISV companies in the Netherlands
* Hiring and building development teams in the Netherlands, Romania, US and India
* Building nearshore and offshore teams in India, Romania and US, including selecting the location, from scratch