van Zuijlen

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Do you work in an agile environment? Do you want to get more out of your cooperation with your team?

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  • Facilitating Intentional Agility from Home
    An impassioned plea to take the lead in making meaningful use of changed circumstances, by combining core principles of agility with seven modern facilitative practices.
    Appears at Agile Tour Vilnius 2020.


  1. πŸ₯ͺ The Scrum PB&J is a highly interactive clinic in which Product Owners and Scrum Masters refresh their Scrum knowledge and increase their collaborative gains.
  2. πŸ‘– Pants-to-Profit Agile Planning is a workshop format for teams to turn long-term objectives into experiment-driven backlogs.
  3. πŸ™‹β€β™‚οΈ Distributed Workinar is an engaging online workshop about having engaging online workshops and meetings - it'll help you and your company get more out of working apart together.

Agile Camp

Together with Karlijn Moll, I organise ⛺️ Agile Camp NL, a two-day BarCamp event for the agile community at a spectacular location in Utrecht. The first edition took place on Friday 1 + Saturday 2 Nov 2019, we skipped 2020 🦠, and we intend to be back this year on 22+23 October 2021!

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Facilitating change

I am an experienced facilitator for workshops, meetings and sessions - both online and in person. I combine goal-based learning design and an understanding of group dynamics to create a flexible space for participants to safely engage with one another. I have an active, confident stance.

I've facilitated roundtables, fishbowls, offsites, trainings, retrospectives, strategy sessions and webinars. Group sizes range from 3 to 75 people.

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About me

I have a decade-long background in agile co-creation and a knack for working with diverse, distributed feature teams. With a positive outlook on everything and a strong interest in agile coaching, I engage teams to work together effectively.

I'm a political scientist turned front-end developer turned Scrum Master, with extensive experience in conference and meetup organisation.

I operate in the Netherlands and in Lithuania, and I've been working with distributed teams non-stop since 2017.

  • NOS
  • Leaseweb
  • Royal Schiphol Group
  • Ericsson
  • VPRO
  • WeTransfer
  • ThiemeMeulenhoff
  • HIPER Consultancy
  • DIJ Digital
  • Hyarchis
  • DΓ© VakantieDiscounter
  • FindHotel
  • rb2