Speaking

I understand the challenge of finding just the right speaker. I participated, organized and have spoken at many events. From small corporate training sessions to large multi-day conferences. I quickly realized that success of an event came down to the quality of the speakers. If they hit it out of the park, we had a great event. If they didn’t, well … we had a not-so-great event.

My hope is that this page will make it easy for you to get the information you need to make the best decision possible. Thanks for stopping by. Thanks also for considering me. I am honored.

An overview of this page

This page provides an overview of what I have to offer, along with a taste of what you can expect.

- What you can expect
- A little bit about me
- My most requested topics
- My previous engagements
- What others are saying

What you can expect

I want to make this as easy as possible for you so I can do my part in making your event the success you envision. Here’s what you can expect from me:

1. Prompt and professional replies to phone calls and email messages.
2. A phone consultation prior to your event to understand the needs of your audience and your “it would be a home run if…” criteria.
3. An announcement about your event on my website and social media channels. (Assuming that your event is open to the public and you’d like additional visibility for it.)
4. A professionally prepared and dynamically delivered presentation focused on the unique needs of your audience and the outcomes you want.
5. Full engagement with the event planners and attendees before, during and after the event.
6. If requested, a custom resource page, exclusively created for your attendees, which will include the slides, along with links to books, articles, and other resources mentioned.
7. Follow-up communication after the event to make sure that I met your expectations. (I also want to know how you think I can improve.)

A little bit about me

Agile Project Management and Project Recovery are my specialties, but occasionally I take a role as Agile Coach as well. I am an experienced ScrumMaster and Product Owner. I have implemented Scrum successfully in multiple companies on large projects/programs (>10M budget, >50 team members). Not just on Software Development projects, but also on Data Migration and Actuarial Modeling projects. Projects included outsourcing, near shoring and remote teams.

I have a strong technical background as a software developer and solution architect, including a M.Sc. degree in Data Mining. Having done real life coding and having hands-on experience with Test Automation and Continuous Integration enables me to understand and work very closely with technical teams.

I have written one book. Agile Project Management: Budgets and Contracts. My second is in the making and will dig into Technical Competence.

My goal is to provide your audience with relevant, helpful content that they can use to further their organizational growth, and in some cases, their professional growth.

You can read more about my career and background on my About page.

My most requested topics

I speak on topics related to Agile, Agile Project Management, Scaling Agile, Project Rescue, and Technical Competence. I will customize my presentation to meet your organization’s specific needs. My goal is to facilitate the outcome you want to create.

My most requested topics include the following. Keep in mind that I can present these as a keynote or a workshop. Also, for most topics, I have full-day workshop versions.

"Getting a little better every day." Delivery is more important than all processes, frameworks, methods and tools. But it's not more important than the people involved in the project. Only the team knows what really works. So the team determines the success, not a book, a consultant or a manager. For every sprint, the team decides which activities from the backlog bring the greatest added value if they are pursued further. Too much guidance restricts any eagerness to experiment and stops you making mistakes, reducing your ability to learn. Quality is important from the first iteration. But it's not possible without technical excellence. Agility means small steps: getting a little better every day.

"Agile Budgets and Contracts." Your team is only as agile as its budget allows it to be. If you’re bound by a linear budget, your team’s flexibility will be hampered. This workshop will help you to focus on learning to create contracts and budgets that support your agile processes. Discover how to create a solid economic base that will support your agile processes and avoid the most common pitfalls and budgeting mistakes

"Scaling Agile in an Enterprise Environment." Are you (or planning to) using Scrum/Agile to manage large projects and product development? Do you have larger projects/programs that consists of multiple teams? Are you still able to deliver value to your customers quickly and predictably? Is your business getting the results it expects? If not, this talk is for you. This talk takes a deeper dive into the topic of scaling Agile at the Sprint level, Release level, Program (multi-team) level and the Organisation level. This workshop is for organizations that are using Scrum already and want to explore using it on a larger scale, and for those organizations that apply Scrum on larger projects already but are not getting the results they expect.

"Technical Competence as a key factor for your Agile transformation". The purpose of this talk is to explain why automation and Technical Competence are key for any successful agile Transformation. The three main goals of agile teams are Value, Quality and Speed. Agile teams can achieve better quality and speed by automation and technical competences like Continuous Integration, Continuous Deployment, Test Driven Development, Unit Testing, and more.

"Dealing with Uncertainty: From Agile to Antifragile". The purpose of this talk is to gain a better understanding of what uncertainty is, and how you can use this to make better decisions for your organisation or project. Black Swan theory and antifragile will be explained in dept.

My previous engagements

I have spoken at many events. Mostly closed company events, but also at a growing number of public events. You can find a list of the most recent ones here.

- Swisscom CX Day; A little bit better every day
- Global Scrum Gathering Munich; Dealing with uncertainty: From Agile to Antifragile
- Microsoft Developer Conference; TIFF iFilter in SharePoint
- Guest lectures at my alma maters University of Konstanz and Hanzehogeschool

What Others Are Saying ...

Henrico was an invited speaker on our Swisscom Customer Experience Day event in October 2016. The theme of the event was agile insights, and how they relate to organization, leadership and culture, environment and collaboration, and measuring success. His talk "Getting a little bit better every day" was well prepared and well received by both organizers and attendees. I can highly recommend him as a speaker for any of your events on topics related to agile and software development in General. - Human Centered Design Consultant @ Swisscom 
Have a look at my LinkedIn profile to see what others are saying about me.

The Next Step

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