More than fifteen years ago, I was lucky to be part of a successful large-scale Agile product development company: OTI. It was an IBM subsidiary where we developed Eclipse, by now a well-known software development environment. After that great experience with Agile, I became one of the frontrunners of Scrum in The Netherlands. I regularly co-trained with Scrum founder Jeff Sutherland and co-founded the Dutch Scrum community nlscrum.
For over ten years, as a Scrum coach and trainer I've had a positive impact on countless organizations: small start-ups, large companies, governmental organisations and even schools. Many people have told me that I not only helped to improve the speed and quality of the work at their organisations, but also their joy and sense of fulfilment at work.
In 1997 I graduated cum laude in Computer Science at the VU University in Amsterdam. I am a Certified Scrum Trainer (CST) and Certified Enterprise Coach (CEC). Besides my training and coaching experience, I have many years of hands-on experience as software developer and as Scrum Master.
Articles I've written
Effective Retrospectives & Reviews
Are your team’s retrospectives really worth the effort? Do the problems you identify actually get solved? If not, your team might need some help learning how to use retrospectives to continuously improve. This article illustrates how Scrum teams can continuously improve by using a combination of their definition of done, working agreements, and the product backlog.
5 Tips to Optimize Backlog Refinement
Many Scrum teams suffer from overly long sprint planning meetings that don't result in backlog items that are ready to be smoothly implemented. In this article, I list five powerful tips to help optimize backlog refinement.