van Zuijlen

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Hi. I’m Thomas van Zuijlen. I've been active in the Dutch tech world since 2005 and I'm an independent operator since 2009.

I have a background in front-end development, event organising and Scrum. I've dedicated myself to helping teams incrementally deliver value. That's also what I speak about at confs, and what I build workshops around as a facilitator.

This page lists my upcoming and previous public appearances.

Topics I speak about are Hybrid Work and Office-as-a-Tool, Collaboration and workplace inclusivity, teamwork in the digital space, workshop facilitation, and the Product Owner/Scrum Master dynamic in day-to-day Scrum practice.


  • Running Uphill πŸƒπŸΌβ€β™€οΈπŸƒπŸ»
    3 practical lessons in collaboration from a unique team in a complex SAFe implementation. I was a Scrum Master for a team that had the deck stacked strongly against agility. What we went through can help other teams. Co-presented with Linda de Roo, the Product Owner of that team!
    Appears at Agile Tour Brussels 2022 · Agile Tour Vilnius 2022
  • Having a Hybrid Office Means You've Failed
    If your company is β€œgoing hybrid” it means you’ve so far failed to truly adapt: Adapt to changing regulations, to the nature of knowledge work, to the power of self-organisation.
    Appears at Agile Tour Vilnius 2021.
  • 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 · watch recording on YouTube


  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.

I'm available! Ask me to...

  • create a bespoke workshop
  • speak at your conf or meetup
  • host your event

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Previous public appearances

  • Vilnius, 27-28 October 2021
    πŸ‡±πŸ‡Ή Agile Tour Vilnius 2021
    speaker · "Having a Hybrid Workplace Means You’ve Failed"
  • London, 17-19 March 2021
    πŸ‡¬πŸ‡§ 2021
    workshop facilitator · "The Virtual Scrum PB&J"
    workshop page
  • Vilnius, 28-29 October 2020
    πŸ‡±πŸ‡Ή Agile Tour Vilnius 2020
    speaker · "Facilitating Intentional Agility (from home)"
    watch video on YouTube · medium article
  • Utrecht, 8 February 2020
    πŸ₯› Glass Half Full
    open space conference
    workshop facilitator · "Pants-to-Profit Agile Planning"
    workshop page
  • Riga, 19 December 2019
    πŸ‡±πŸ‡» Agile Latvia
    in-person meetup
    workshop facilitator · "The Scrum PB&J"
    workshop page
  • Utrecht, 1+2 November 2019
    πŸ‡³πŸ‡± Agile Camp NL 2019
    in-person barcamp
    facilitator · "Using Space Team and Magic Maze with Agile Teams"
    with Wouter Kolenbrander
  • Vilnius, 23 October 2019
    πŸ‡±πŸ‡Ή Agile Lietuva
    in-person meetup
    workshop facilitator · "The Scrum PB&J"
    workshop page
  • Kaunas, 12 September 2019
    πŸ‡±πŸ‡Ή Agile Lietuva
    in-person meetup
    workshop facilitator · "The Scrum PB&J"
    workshop page · mini write-up
  • Utrecht, 30 July 2019
    πŸ‡³πŸ‡± Owned
    in-person meetup
    workshop facilitator · "The Scrum PB&J"
    workshop page
  • London, 24 May 2019
    πŸ‡¬πŸ‡§ The Scrum Exchange
    workshop facilitator · "Crafting better invitations"
  • Amsterdam, 9 May 2019
    πŸ‡³πŸ‡± The Next Web 2019
    in-person conference
    roundtable facilitator Β· "The Assembly"
    with Mischief Makers
    mini write-up
  • Berlin, 26-27 April 2019
    πŸ‡©πŸ‡ͺ Agile Camp Berlin 2019
    in-person barcamp
    workshop facilitator · "Troika Consulting Consulting"
    mini write-up

Hosting events

I am also available as an MC, host or presenter.

Combining a personable stance with a quick wit, leveraging improv and facilitation experience, I host events and broadcasts to make people shine -- and smile.