Agile Conference, June 18, 2009 in Hoofddorp
Irene Voet 2
Niels Malotaux 3
Twan van den Broek 4
Henrik Kniberg 5
Portia Tung 6
Pascal Van Cauwenberghe
Willem van den Ende
Serge Beaumont 7
Irene Voet has studied Computer Science at the Eindhoven University of Technology, and
has developed a career in the Telecom business. During her 14 years at Ericsson, she has
acquired a large experience with the technology and processes.
With the arrival of Agile, she has made the switch from Requirements Manager to Scrum
Master and Agile coach. Irene coaches people and teams to use the Agile way of working, and
she facilitates several Agile networks within the company. Irene is a Certified Scrum Master
and an active member of the company's Agile community.
Nicole Belilos has a background in Mathematics and Computer Science. She has worked in
software development for over 20 years, in a variety of roles and environments. In the past
four years she has coached new and existing teams in Scrum and XP practices. She has helped
Ericsson to adopt an Agile way of working.
Nicole is an energetic workshop and retrospective facilitator. She runs workshops for clients 1
and at conferences. Nicole is involved in the Agile community and a co-organizer of the XP
Days Benelux conferences. Nicole is a consultant at TASK24.
Lukas Gommers is project manager at IPROFS and has 12 years of experience in IT. He has
a broad experience in managing development teams. Lukas has several years of experience
with agile development from various projects and is SCRUM master certified.
Jan Rodenburg is test expert at Collis and is working as test
>manager in a financial institution. He is responsible for testing
internal developed applications using an agile approach as well as the
monitoring and control of the outsourced development and testing of
systems. He also works in the field of IT auditing and therefore contributed on assurance over
agile processes in controlling IT projects.
Laurens Bonnema lives in Dordrecht, The Netherlands, with his wife, Nienke Blauw. He
joined Atos Origin on October 1, 2007, where he is currently working as a Project Manager
responsible for the further development of DigiD, the system shared between cooperating
Dutch governmental agencies, allowing to digitally authenticate the identity of a person who
applies for a transaction service via internet.
After reading eXtreme Programming eXplained by Kent Beck in 2001, Laurens became an
agile enthusiast. Agile engineering practices just seemed to work, and being a pragmatic
programmer, thus found their way into his general way of working. It was not until 2006 that
he was able to run a 100% agile project from start to finish. And it tanked. It tanked fast and
left him with a furious customer and a general sense of malaise about the whole agile thing. It
took some time for the realization to sink in that the project tanking was, in fact, a good thing.
Since then, agile enthusiasm has returned with a vengeance.
As Chairman of the Program Group Agile Management from IPMA Netherlands, member of
the Agile Project Leadership Network, and Treasurer of Agile Holland, Laurens strives to
merge classic and agile project management in the conviction that therein lies the future of
professional project management
Niels Malotaux (email@example.com) is an independent Project Coach specializing in
project performance. He has over 33 years experience in designing hardware and software
systems, at Delft University, in the Dutch Army, at Philips Electronics and 20 years leading
own systems design company. Since 1998 he devotes his expertise to helping projects to
Quality On Time: delivering what the customer needs, when he needs it, to enable customer
success. To this effect, Niels developed an approach for effectively teaching Evolutionary
Management (Evo) Methods, Requirements Engineering, and Review and Inspection
Since 2001, he taught and coached over 100 projects in 25+ organizations in the Netherlands,
Belgium, China, Germany, Ireland, India, Israel, Japan, Romania, South Africa and the US, 1
led to a wealth of experience in which approaches work better and which work less well in
practice. He is a frequent speaker at conferences, see www.malotaux.nl/nrm/Conf .
Johan Lybaert is Sector Manager at Cegeka. He has more than 26 year experience in
delivery of IT projects. He has always be adept of using the relevant methodology and
development practices to deliver in a successful way his projects.
Today Johan is responsible for the Program Ventouris, the biggest J2EE project (30 manyear)
in the Benelux that has been developed following the agile development approach. The
Ventouris project is a development of a complex administrative application that as a product
need to be used by 8 different customers, each customer with the same mission but different
in size and different in internal business processes.
He has been speaker at Javapolis 2005, 2006 with as presentation topic : lessons learned of
applying agile development practices on a large project ' Ventouris', and in 2007 on 'customer
collaboration' - the BMW case.
The agile development approach has been introduced within Cegeka on Ventouris in 2005.
Today Cegeka is using scrum & XP practices on all are projects with as result delighted
customers, getting the system they really want within the agreed budget and timing.
Mike Jones has spent the majority of his career in the applications development space
beginning as an application developer with EDS where he was first introduced to
development methodologies and tools. Mike then worked for Texas Instruments as an
application consultant working on various projects in the telecommunications, insurance and
government sectors. During this time he helped Texas Instruments define new methods and
techniques for component based development and later managed Sterling Software's line of
object oriented and component development tools. During this time Mike defined and
practiced early agile techniques. Today Mike serves OutSystems as their Vice President of
Worldwide Marketing and plays a key Agile evangelist role for the company. Mike brings
more than 20 years of information technology experience and leads the company's global
Twan van den Broek is Managing Consultant and solution architect at TopForce. Twan
combines a broad experience in SAP development with knowledge on current SAP
NetWeaver and E-SOA possibilities to deliver innovative SAP solutions.
With SAP NetWeaver as Business Process Platform the world of SAP projects is changing
rapidly. A new, agile, approach is key to successful delivery. Twan is project lead at the first
Agile SAP project in the Netherlands at the Dutch Railways. 1
Rob joined computing in 1968 and has been consulting and educating in the area of project management, tea
quality since 1974.
In 1981, Rob was contracted by YOURDON Inc. in New York to present seminars in
the U.S. and U.K. based on his book People and Project Management published by
YOURDON Press. With YOURDON, he consulted and taught in London, most major
U.S. cities, Europe and Canada.
Rob presents workshops and consulting in the areas of senior management I.T. issues,
project management and team leadership to most major Australian organisations. His
workshops are also presented in Asia and Europe. His client-driven approach to project
management, self-managing teams and Software Quality Function Deployment has
been adopted by a wide spectrum of Australian organisations.
During his career, Rob has worked with Gerry Weinberg, Larry Constantine, Meiler Page-Jones and Ed Y
These people have influenced much of Rob's work. Rob is also a member of the Editorial Board of the pre
American Programmer with Ed Yourdon, Tom DeMarco, Bill Curtis, Capers Jones and other leadin
information system experts.
His second book "Third Wave Project Management : A Handbook for managing the Complex Information S
for the 1990s" was published by Prentice Hall, New York in 1993. In 1994, he developed the Accre
Programme for Project Management for the Australian Computer Society.
Rob's latest book "Radical Project Management", was published by Prentice-Hall, Upper Saddle Creek, New
Rob has presented at many IT and business conferences and has been voted Speaker of the Conference in m
them both within Australia and internationally. Rob was honoured as the Australian Computer Society Lec
the Year in 1989/90. In 2001, he was recognized for his outstanding effort in education of business professio
his peers and was elected a Fellow of the Australian Computer Society.
I help companies improve.
I am fascinated by the art of software development. How do you write great code? How do
you create & lead great teams? How do you create great workplaces? How do you evolve
great architectures? How do you design great products? How do you build scalable & robust 1
systems? How do you build interfaces that users love?
I've found that this mostly boils down to leadership and organisational structure. The most
effective approaches I've found so far to improve companies is Systems Thinking, Theory of
Constraints, Lean thinking, and concrete implementations of this such as Scrum, XP, and
This is what I am continuously striving to learn & apply & teach.
I'm an consultant for Xebia with the unit Xebia Agile Consulting. I've started out my career
as a software developer. Later moved on to become a team leader and then became the
manager of a Software Development department. During this period I've implemented Scrum
the first time. Having tasted the Agile fruits I then moved on to become a Consultant and
Project Manager. In this position I coach departments and complete organizations to
implement Scrum and Agile practices or manages Agile projects
John Kesseler is R&D department head SW Engineering at Océ Technologies, Venlo,
Netherlands. After being active as software developer at Philips Electronics and Assembléon,
he became R&D project manager and R&D program manager. 5 years ago he started at Océ.
Océ enables its customers to manage their documents efficiently and effectively by offering
innovative print and document management products and services for professional
environments Océ has R&D sites in Venlo, Singapore, Munich, Paris, Vancouver, Namur,
Phoenix and Timisoara.
Portia Tung is an Agile Consultant-Coach based in London, specialising in software process
improvement using principles and practices from Lean Software Development, XP and
Scrum. Portia enjoys working in Europe, in particular, in francophone countries. She has had
a number of roles over the years, ranging from Java developer and technical team lead to
development manager and consultant. She typically works in a multi-disciplined and technical
capacity, helping organisations become more agile through collaboration and coaching.
Pascal Van Cauwenberghe is a consultant based in Brussels who tries to solve more
problems than he creates. To do this, he uses Agile, Lean, Theory of Constraints and Systems
He’s one of the founders of the Belgian XP group and one of the organizers of XP Days 1
Benelux. One day he and Vera Peeters invented the "XP Game", because they couldn’t
explain XP to their team and customers.
They’ve learned that games are an ideal way to learn. Since then he tries to transform work
Willem van den Ende is a Dutch eXtreme Programming pioneer. Since 1999 he guides
organisations in being more effective, often through the introduction of Agile software
development as an all-hands person: coach, developer and facilitator. Always active in the
local and international community, he serves as host of systemsthinking.net and the European
Agile Open conferences and previously on the Agile Alliance board. He is also co-founder of
XP Days Benelux. Willem is an appreciated workshop facilitator at practitioner's conferences
like XP200*, XP Days, Software Practice Advancement, and Agile200*.
Marc Evers works as an independent coach, trainer and consultant in the field of (agile)
software development and software processes. Marc develops true learning organizations that
focus on continuous reflection and improvement: apply, inspect, adapt. Marc also organizes
workshops and conferences on agile and lean software development, extreme programming,
systems thinking, theory of constraints, and effective communication. Marc is co-founder of
the Agile Open and XP Days Benelux conferences, and founder and board member of Agile
Marc and Willem are partners in QWAN (Quality Without A Name – www.qwan.it), an
initiative of pragmatic practitioners, who have joined forces to deliver courses and mentoring
on effective software development.
Serge Beaumont has been in IT since 1995, and working with Agile since 2000. He wrote
one of the oldest unit testing frameworks, DelphiUnit, and was one of the founders of the XP-
NL group. His career was always a mix of agile and software development (JEE/XP/Scrum)
until 2007, when he started his first full agile consultancy assignment. Serge is a CSP and
trains CSM courses with Jeff Sutherland and CSPO courses with Arlen Bankston. Through
his assignments Serge's expertise is in large corporate agile adoptions and Product Ownership.
He has coached organizations like Albumprinter, Ericsson, bol.com and Triodos Bank. Serge
combines enthusiasm and deep knowledge of software engineering, agile processes and
human nature with a pragmatic approach that allows him to tailor agile to a wide array of
situations and organizations. Serge absolutely, totally loves his job!
As coach, trainer and adviser, Patrick Verheij focuses on creating conscious behavior with 1
people. In various roles, he has personally contributed to the establishment of IT processes
and systems. With this knowledge and experience, he is able to help organizations to apply IT
more effectively and more efficiently. Important in this respect is his enthusiasm for agile and
lean thinking and acting. Patrick regards these as indispensable factors when providing
optimal value for IT purchasers, and to make IT more fun, more interesting and
moreprofessional as a profession.
In his work as a coach, Patrick mainly focuses on the capabilities and the motivation of people
in organizations. He advises by introducing processes and methods and their effective usage,
facilitates workshops and trains people on requirements engineering, agile development and
several other aspects of system development.