I firmly believe that agility is the key to the organization of the future. That is why I started Organize Agile with Gidion and I now focus entirely on supporting organizations and training and coaching professionals in Agile organizations.
Throughout my career, I have been inspired by ‘social technologies:’ ways of thinking, working and organizing that can be universally applied. That is why I love translating organizational concepts from one disciplinary field to another. And why I travel all over the world to help organizations improve their social technologies.
I made it my mission to have people perform with more energy. Only then, I am convinced, organizations can grow. Hierarchy and little autonomy have a paralyzing effect. Coming from Lean, I have continued on learning Scrum as well as organizing agile, and every day again I am surprised by the positive impact it makes.
Working in the Internet sector made me see big differences in the effectiveness of organizations. Getting to know Scrum, I was surprised to see how working with integrated teams was so much more effective than I had ever experienced before! In my ideal world, organizations are open to change and employees are offered space for their own initiatives and responsibility. In my opinion, the best way to make the most of your colleagues is to offer them space for exploration and confidence.
In my view, there’s no such thing as agility without trust and no trust without agility. Trust and agility are what lacks in bureaucratic environments. Using my analytical power, love for people and determination to get things done, I advise, train and support organizations to become more agile and people to take a stand and be effective. Next to being an agile coach I love to make training materials for Scrum Company as a graphic designer. And recently, I published a graphic novel called ‘The Organization Man’, a visual research into bureaucracy.
The last 12 years I have worked for a number of different companies. All those companies have their own idea when it comes to what a well-organized organization looks like. However, there are major differences in performance. Organize Agile is a passionate and enthusiastic team that believes in the impact agility can have in organizations. As the office manager of this fantastic team I take great pride in supporting their drive to create a more agile world.
Working at Organize Agile the past few years, taught me a lot about how organizations work (or not work). In this rapidly changing world, it is very important to be flexible. Through optimal marketing and communication I support this cool team, so that the agile ideas are spread further into the world.
You are never too old to learn. That’s something I’ve taken with me in my career as a developer and later also as a Scrum Master. Psychological safety is crucial for a healthy learning environment. Being able to create this safe environment, where you can learn from your mistakes and where it’s ok to let people know that you don’t have all the answers, is an important part of true leadership.
How can you embrace that everything is constantly changing, how do you organize the work in a wat that you put your time and energy into the things that matter and have fun in your work? With clear vision, ambitions and priorities and setting concrete goals, you get results that really deliver value. It gives me energy to achieve successes together and to celebrate (the mistakes).
Between the clever heads of Scrum Company I distinguish myself through my background in gamification and serious gaming. In my view, wonderful means to experience the added value of social technologies such as Agile, to learn accelerate and promote cooperation
Within (higher) education I have seen up close how having guts really allows you to change. No quick solutions, but actually dare to approach work in a different way and to put down a large part of the responsibility within the teams.
I believe that the Agile mindset (and the associated frameworks, such as Scrum) enables organizations to embrace this rapidly changing, uncertain, complex and ambiguous world. With a good dose of fun and creativity I would like to help you find what works for your organization.