Contact me at:
astrid.claessen at gmail.com
+31 634 158 219

Short Bio

Agile Holland | CSM | Coaching | Reading | Reviewing | Connecting | Traveling | Africa | Cooking | Photographing | Acting | ex-Rabo

And for those interested in more detail:

Agile Holland and CSM | Chairman of the Agile Holland foundation and Certified Scrum Master, trained by Jeff Sutherland. Previously involved in implementing OpenUP (which is a method that follows the Agile principles) at Rabobank International as process coach, helping project teams to benefit from this methodology.

Coaching | Mainly with regards to implementing agile. I love coaching during a transition towards an agile way of working, being able to help management create awareness, and help product owners and teams apply agile.

Reading | I just love to read; business books, novels & some fantasy. It allows me to gain knowledge, learn about different perspectives and it triggers me to change myself & my environment. I keep an overview of my books on GoodReads.

Reviewing | Whether a project plan or a book, I love reviewing stuff. I’m a fast reader with a lot of different interests and love reading other people’s work and have a discussion with them. The most recent published work I reviewed is Dit is agile… which I also translated to English for foreign publication.

Connecting | I like to connect people and initiatives to help them achieve their goals. Active in several MeetUp groups and on social networks like Twitter, LinkedIn, and Facebook. At Rabobank an alumni member of the Rabobank Young Management program.

Traveling | One of the best hobbies in the world, it allows me to broaden my mind by experiencing other cultures. I visited quite a few countries in Europe, Afrika and Asia… South America and Antarctica are still on the wish list.

Africa | Ever since my first “round-trip” through Southern Africa (South Africa, Zimbabwe, Botswana, Namibia) I’ve returned to Africa every year since and visited Marocco, Tunesia, Kenya, Tanzania, Rwanda and Mozambique… During one year (2008) I have even worked as a consultant in the last 3 countries… and since I go back so often, chances are South America and Antarctica will stay on the wish list for some more years…. in 2013 back to South Africa for the 7th time or so.

Cooking | I just love good food. My favorite kitchens are: French, Italian and Japanese. There is no better evening than having discussions at the dinner table. If I don’t feel like preparing something myself, I love to visit these restaurants in Utrecht: De Goedheyd and Delphi’s.

Photographing | A great way to capture what you see and experience. Combining traveling and photography is the best, and I know no better team to do this with than Marsel & Daniella from Squiver. You can see some of my work on Flickr.

Acting | Helping out some friends of mine whenever they need an actress for one of their movies.

ex-Rabobank | 15 great years of working at Rabobank, truly great people and company. More information can be found on my LinkedIn profile.

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