My Agile journey started in late 1998. I was part of a Java development team pioneering eXtreme Programming practices in TDC, the former Danish national telecommunications company. The only guidance we had was the book eXtreme Programming by Kent Beck. We basically had very little idea what we were doing, but we experimented a lot and had great fun along the way. Fast forward 20 years, and I have been working in an Agile manner ever since. After leading an Agile transformation from the inside, I started as a freelance Agile consultant in 2012. In 2014 I co-founded Ugilic, a leading Danish consultancy, focusing primarily on helping companies become Agile, in 2014. Together with 10 amazing colleagues we help leaders and teams experiment, have fun and make Agile stick in their organizations.
Agile eXperience highlights in chronological order
e-nettet is owned by the Danish banks and property financing service providers and plays an import role as the financial sector’s digitization partner. e-nettet is best known for developing the NemID common secure login app on behalf of the Danish financial and the public sectors.
The task was to introduce Agile in an environment with multiple customers and outsourced development.
1) Working with a company owned by it’s customers.
2) All development was outsources to a few vendors.
ATP is a mandatory pension scheme with 5,173,000 members. Besides ATP Lifelong Pension, ATP administers key welfare benefits and schemes on behalf of the Danish state, the local authorities in Denmark and the social partners. ATP is the largest administration provider in the Nordic countries, managing two thirds of welfare benefits disbursed in Denmark.
As pat of an Agile Transformation program lead by one of my Ugilic colleagues, I coached a large program with participation from both ATP and an external supplier.
Alka Forsikring is a Danish insurance company focusing on service Danish union members by offering affordable insurance. Alka has since been acquired by Tryg, the largest insurance company in Denmark.
As part of a strategic initiative to further enable economic growth, I was brought on as Agile Transformation Coach. The transformation started in IT and Product Development, but since expanded to large parts of the organization.
BRFkredit is a Danish mortgage credit institution lending against collateral on owner-occupied homes, commercial properties and subsidised housing. BRFkredit is now part of Jyske Bank.
Oticon is a Danish based hearing aid manufacturer employing more than 3000 people and creates hearing solutions that benefit people in more than 100 countries around the world. Products are sold through sales offices in 24 countries and some 80 independent distributors worldwide.
As part of an Agile Transformation lead by one of my Ugilic colleagues, I coached a team with developers in India and business people in Denmark on how to make Agile work across multiple locations and time zones.
Bluegarden develops and offers payroll and HR administration and selected services within strategic HRM to the Scandinavian market. Bluegarden’s 550 employees are serving 65.000 customers in Denmark, Norway, and Sweden. In 2017 Bluegarden was acquired by Visma.
ProActive is an IT-consultancy company offering consultancy and solutions focusing on optimizing corporate and organizational knowledge sharing, collaboration and business processes. During my time at ProActive, the company was named Microsoft Partner of the year in 2010.
2011-2012: Senior Manager
The final two years, I served as Senior Manager for the Project organization consisting of 50+ consultants with skills in the areas of Architecture, Development, Business Consulting and Project Management.
2006-2010: Head of Project Management
Responsible for daily coaching and management of 10 professional Project Managers and for developing the Agile project management tools and practices. Participating in delivery management strategic and operational activities as part of the delivery management team. Tested my theories in practice, by working as Project Management on larger complex projects for key clients, including some of the largest and most innovative international companies in Denmark.
2005: Senior Project Manager
Took a chance the first year being the only one at ProActive at the time applying Agile practices in my Project Management role.
– Contributing to a 82.1 % rise in revenue 2006 to 2009.
– Collaborating with the Project Management Team on define and implement an Agile/Scrum based Project Management Methodology changing the corporate culture from a more tradition Waterfall mindset.
– Continuously development of talented Project Managers into new positions both inside and outside the organization.
Just after getting my AP Graduate in Computer Science, I worked as a developer for a couple of years in two smaller software development companies. One developed systems for the clothing design industry and the other developed industry kitchen planning solutions. Both were very young and small companies, and I was involved in a bit of everything. Some would call what we did Agile, but I think ad-hoc is a more appropriate term. Agile takes a lot of discipline. We did not always have that, but we did have a lot of fun.
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Master Thesis Title:
How can the introduction of Agile create new effects though collaboration between leaders, employees and consultants?
- Agile Leadership Certification I (Scrum Alliance)
- Professional Agile Leadership I (Scrum.org)
- Professional Scrum Master I (Scrum.org)
- Professional Scrum Product Owner I (Scrum.org)
- SAFe SPC - Certified Scaled Agile Framework Program Consultant
- Certified Facilitator
- Certified Leadership Circle Profile(TM) Practitioner
- Certified Marshall Goldsmith Stakeholder Centered Coach
- Global Leader of the Future - Leadership Assessment (360) - Certified Professional
- Certified AgilityHealth Facilitator
- Professional Scrum Developer (Scrum.org)
- Management 3.0 (2-day training)