Paul van der Spek. Independent project and change manager. Knows how to use the books to win the battle.
Failing on developing an ego I succesfully rely on my ability to influence the right people the right way to get the job done. My roots are in technology; electronics, engineering and IT.
I have worked 10 years as an IT project / programme manager for insurance companies. The last 5 years the role has shifted to include business change, my latest role has had only minor technology components.
The insurance firms I have implemented changes for were new to agile ways of working and since 2012 I have coached 6+ scrum teams on their development from group of people to continually improving agile scrum teams. Always starting by the book and helping make modifications based on the needs and competence of the teams.
In the 15 years I acted as a project manager I have found my passion: team development. My implementation of the project manager role has always been one of a facilitator, never being comfortable in the hierachical manager role. Agile scrum and putting the team first comes natural to my way of working.
Since 2006 I have been self employed giving me complete freedom to choose my own path. I have embraced Prince 2, Critical Chain Project Management and more recently Agile Scrum, always looking for the underlying concepts that make the methodologies work.