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 the 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.

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

A little bit about me

I have worked as an independent project recovery consultant for over a decade. My expertise and experience with software development and technology projects, combined with a set of proven processes and techniques allow me to recover projects that are in critical phases on the verge of failure and lead them back to success.

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.

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.

You can read more about me and my background on my "about me" page.

My most requested topics

I speak on topics related to project recovery, project 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 an interactive workshop. Also, for most topics, I have full-day workshop versions.

“Why do technology projects fail so often and so spectacularly?”

Big technology projects fail at an astonishing rate. Whether major technology implementations, post-merger integrations, or new growth strategies, these efforts consume tremendous resources over months or even years.

Yet, as study after study has shown, they frequently deliver disappointing returns—by some estimates, in fact, well over half the time. These reports show that 25 percent of technology projects fail outright; that 20 to 25 percent don’t show any return on investment; and that as much as 50 percent need massive reworking by the time they’re finished.

The question is why. Why do so many technology projects fail—and fail so spectacularly? This talk will be about the 10 most common reasons for project failure that I’ve encountered in my work as a project recovery consultant.

"Time to face your project’s reality."

Projects fail for many reasons: optimistic estimates; technology that doesn’t work as advertised; misunderstanding the needs of key stakeholders; plans driven by deadlines rather than feasibility; the belief of the team that given enough pizza they can solve any problem by tomorrow morning.

In my experience, many of these reasons come back to one root cause: we lose touch with reality.

This doesn’t happen because we are lazy, or because they are trying to sabotage their projects. Skills and experience may provide some insulation, but they don’t eliminate the problems completely. We lose touch with reality for reasons rooted in basic psychology. They are called cognitive biases. There are many of them, and most could impact your project.

In this talk, I will discuss the, in my opinion, most "dangerous" ones.

"When is my project a success?"

We talk a lot about projects that were a failure. Hey, most of us have experienced a number of them. But when exactly is a project a failure, and more important, when is a project a success?

A project can only be successful if the success criteria are defined. And this ideally upfront. Unfortunately, I have seen many projects that skipped this part completely. When starting on a project, it's essential to work actively with the organization that owns the project to define success across three levels: 1) Project delivery, 2) Product or service, and 3) Business.

This talk will discuss how you could achieve this and why it is so important.

“Risk management Is project management for adults.”

The title of this talk is a quote from Tim Lister, and is a universal principle for the success of any project in the presence of uncertainty.

All technology projects are subject to risk and uncertainty because they are unique, constrained, based on assumptions, performed by people and subject to external influences. Risks can affect the outcome of projects either positively or negatively.

Greater risk brings greater reward, especially in technology. A company that runs away from risk will soon find itself lagging behind its more adventurous competitors. But by ignoring the threat of negative outcomes project managers and executives can drive their organizations into the ground.

"Building is the easy part..."

Frameworks and books tell us how to build a solution - that's the easy part... What we are not told are equally important things like maintaining, operating, fixing and extending the built solution.

When your company fails to cover these areas, it greatly reduces any benefits of your solution. 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 solutions 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.

I have spoken at events organized by

PwC Swisscom Business Angels Switzerland Scrum Alliance Microsoft OpenText

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 more of what others are saying about me.

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 or in-person meeting 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. You can choose between delivery in German or English.

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.)

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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