Nicole Belilos

  

Agile Coach and Trainer, Xebia

Location: Netherlands

Biography

Nicole Belilos is an Agile coach and trainer at Xebia in The Netherlands.  She  helps organizations, teams and individuals on their journey  to Agility. She is an experienced change agent, has strong communication and interpersonal skills, and is appreciated for her hands-on, no-nonsense approach. 

Nicole has a background in Mathematics and Computer Science. She started her career as a C-programmer in the waterfall world. In 2005, she was introduced to Scrum and the Agile community. From then on, she has been an enthusiastic adept of Agile. Among the companies she has helped to transition to Agile are Philips, NAVTEQ, Ericsson, Essent and Rabobank.

Nicole believes in education and learning. She frequently teaches Agile courses and workshops. In Amsterdam, she is a co-trainer of the CSM with Jeff Sutherland and the CSPO with Arlen Banksten. She has co-created the Advanced Scrum Master training and the Agile Coach training at Xebia.

She contributes actively to the Agile community. She is a frequent speaker at Agile conferences. Her interactive workshops, often spiced with theater elements, are highly appreciated by the audience.

Nicole is part of the Who Is Agile initiative by Yves Hanoulle and she has contibuted to Diana Larsen's book Liftoff: Launching Agile Teams & Projects.

In her spare time, Nicole enjoys her family, her acting classes, music and theater.  Chocolate, tea and Chardonnay wine are her favorites.

Work experience

Xebia, Agile Trainer
April 2011 - Present, Hilversum, Netherlands
As Agile Coach and trainer at Xebia, I give different types of trainings. Amongst my trainings are: * CSM - co-trainer with Jeff Sutherland * CSPO - co-trainer with Arlen Banksten * Advanced Scrum Master * Agile SAP - with SAP * Agile Foundation - in-house one-day training * Agile Coach

Xebia, Agile Consultant
April 2011 - Present, Hilversum, Netherlands
As Agile Consultant, I help companies transition to Agile, or to improve their current Agile way of working. Companies that have been my customer since 2011 are: * Rabobank International * Rabobank Nederland * Obvion * Essent * Spir-IT * Redhotminute Activities include: * Starting up new teams * Scrum Master role * Advising management on implementing an Agile organization * Coaching Scrum Masters and Product Owners to improve * Coaching teams on teamwork and technical excellence * Providing training * Observation, feedback and activities to improve teams * Backlog creation workshops (Ideation phase)

Navteq, Agile Coach
October 2009 - April 2011, Veldhoven / Chicago, Netherlands
Navteq has made the transition from a gated, waterfall way of working to a worldwide Agile company, in 2010-2011. The international, distributed character of the company, with dispersed teams all over the world, made this an extra challenge. Based in The Netherland, I was first part of the Agile Workgroup in Chicago. Later on, we formed the Agile Workgroup Europe. My activities consisted of: * Helping the transition from a gated way of working to Agile * Training and coaching of new Scrum teams * Advising management on Scrum and Agile * Helping to set up an inspiration program * Removing resistance * Moving towards an Agile spirit

Ericsson, Agile Coach
March 2007 - October 2008, Rijen, Netherlands
Agile Coach & Scrum Master for the Ericsson R&D Department. Helped the entire R&D Department (300 people) to become Agile. We started with two pilot teams and ended with end-to-end Agility in a learning organisation. My activities consisted of: * Being Scrum Master for new teams, for the first Sprints * Training teams, Product Owners and Scrum Masters in Scrum * Advising management on Scrum * Installing Inspiration program with internal and external speakers * Creating a learning organisation with a network of retrospective facilitators