Speaking

Hi, my name is Henrico Dolfing, and I help C-level executives in the financial service industry with recovering troubled technology projects.

I speak on topics related to technology, project sponsorship, project recovery, portfolio management, and project management. I will customize my presentation to meet your organization’s specific needs. My goal is to facilitate the outcome you want to create.

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

My most requested topics

My most requested topics include the following. Keep in mind that I can present these as a keynote or an interactive workshop.

Technology trends shaping our future

This talk walks your audience through current technology megatrends like Artificial Intelligence, Virtual Reality, Augmented Reality, Robotics, Internet of Things, Edge Computing, Cyber Security, Blockchain and Cryptocurrencies. According to my clients (see testimonials) I am able to explain complicated technologies in such a way that it is easily understandable for a non-technical audience.

I will adopt the talk in such a way that the trends most relevant for your industry or company will be explained more in depth. Alternatively, you can just pick one or two trends of your interest that I will explain your audience in detail.

Why technology projects fail so often and so spectacularly (and how you can prevent this)

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., and how you can prevent these from happening.

Why your projects should be short and fat (and how to get them that way)

If we cut to the core, project portfolio management is only about two things: Overview and decisions.

It is not difficult to obtain an overview of your project portfolio. At least not the simple overview, which is often sufficient. The hard part is making the tough decisions.

The vast majority of projects are, in isolation, good business ideas, but it is just not possible to pursue them all at the same time. The capacity of your organization to do projects is limited. Thus, good decision-making requires turning down good projects.

Many organizations have realized that a good approach to this is aiming for a project portfolio of short and fat projects. Short and fat projects imply that the company runs a small number of short projects in parallel, armed with sufficient resources.

This talk will explain why this is a good idea and how you can implement this in your organization.

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 swisspartners

What others are saying ...

Our first session on crypto currency with two ‘guru’s’ of the scene had been a complete flop. So, the challenge that Henrico was facing was big: how to help experienced people from the old economy understand the mechanism and the economical meaning of the blockchain and cryptocurrencies. The result was a complete success, so much that we repeated the session with another group and it was a success again! The pedagogical ability of Henrico is amazing! He finds very simple ways to describe complex concepts. We are very enthusiastic and look forward to a session with him on AI! - General Manager of Business Angels Switzerland 
We as the company swisspartners, had the pleasure to experience Henrico as a presenter of the six technology mega trends. His knowledge and ability to make these trends understandable to laypeople are extraordinary. The whole company has extremely benefited from Henrico's presentation. Even after his visit he provided additional information regarding the mentioned topics. If you are looking for someone who is able to explain very technical topics understandable, especially to "amateurs", Henrico is the man. - Portfolio Manager @ swisspartners
Henrico can simplify any AI/blockchain/IT topic, summarize it and extract the essence for investors to make proper technical due diligence. Well done! - Managing Director @ Reinhart Capital
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.

The next step

Thank you 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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