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 invite only events, to large public multi-day conferences. I quickly realized that success of an event came down to the quality of the speakers. If they were great, 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 great success 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

I have worked as an independent project recovery consultant for almost a decade. My company, Data Solutions, advises companies in the financial sector on large IT and financial modeling projects. My expertise in software development and experience with agile processes and techniques allow me to rescue projects that are in critical phases on the verge of failure and lead them back to success.

Born in the Netherlands, one of the flattest countries in the world, I spend all my spare time in the Swiss mountains enjoying alpine marathons, climbing, downhill mountain biking, river rafting or leisurely hikes with my wife and baby son.

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 me" page.

My most requested topics

I speak on topics related to project recovery, project management, portfolio management, 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 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 consist 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 software development project". The purpose of this talk is to explain why automation and technical competence are key to any successful software development project. The three main goals of software development teams are Value, Quality, and Speed. Teams can achieve better quality and speed by automation and technical competences like Continuous Integration, Continuous Deployment, Test Driven Development, Unit Testing, and more.

"Building is the easy part...". Frameworks and books tell us how to build a product - that's the easy part... What we are not told are equally important things like maintaining, operating, fixing and extending the built product. When your company fails to cover these areas, it greatly reduces any benefits of your product. This is where DevOps comes into play. DevOps is the combination of practices, cultural philosophies, and tools; in order to increase the speed at which organizations deliver applications and services. This results in evolving and improving products at a faster pace than organizations using traditional software development and infrastructure management processes. This benefits the customers who will enjoy better services and the organization which will have a greater competitive edge.

"Adaptive Project Portfolio Management". A simple framework to address complex project portfolio management problems. Portfolio management is a dynamic process, whereby a business's list of active projects is constantly updated and revised. In this process, new projects are evaluated, selected and prioritized; existing projects may be accelerated, canceled or de-prioritized; people and money are allocated and reallocated to the active projects.

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
- PwC University; Building is the easy part...
- 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

Thanks again for considering me for your event. You can take the next step by contacting me. I will get back to you right away.

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