Arno van Herk
As you may have read in the personal stories of my colleagues, there are many similarities between sports and product development, especially if you compare it with team sports. Maybe you are a fan of a certain team and when you think about that, try to imagine why they are so good: Maybe you are a fan of a certain team and when you think about that, try to imagine why they are so good:
• With a top team it seems like everything goes very smoothly.
• It's really fast and everything looks so easy
• Players can find each other blindly, they are super attuned to each other
• They have a lot of fun
Who would not want that?
Yet there is also a strange paradox when you compare product development and sports, especially if you ask the question: How did they become so good and how do they stay that way?
Athletes have become great because they train 80 to 90% of the time and play matches 10 to 20% of the time, applying what they have trained. They train on technique, tactics, endurance, mental toughness, etc. all necessary in a competition.
If you compare this with product development teams in many organizations, the ratio is often the other way around: 10 to 20% of the time is spent on training and 80 to 90% of the time on playing “competitions”, namely actually developing products.
In order to get your training hours as a product development team, it is essential to make "continuous learning and improvement" an integral part of your product development process, then you will also become a top team!
Mike van Spall
Walter van de Laar
Cooking is one of my passions because I can express myself in it and I know that once we sit at the table, in whatever setting, we come together, really have time and attention for each other. Eating together connects.
So I don't just cook at home but also for our Synergio family.
Caring, unburdening, having genuine interest, paying attention. It's not complicated. I don’t want complicated, but pure, sincere and above all from within, with the best intention. It is not about what is visible, but about what can be felt.
What keeps my memories so warm and alive is my dear team that I am still in touch with. We were playing together, sharing the same struggle, celebrating big wins and wiping tears after tough losses. We managed to go through injuries, challenging preparation camps and rookie self-confidence struggles. We were best friends inside and outside the court – and it was the shared goal that kept us together so tightly.
Even now, while writing this, I am smiling.
The obvious conclusion of the paragraph above is that I am a team player. I believe in sharing goals, being honest and open when encountering difficulties, being supportive and respectful. What does it have to do with working with a customer on implementing a change? I believe that this is the pure essence.
The goal is the result of change. The path might be bumpy sometimes, but you are not alone there – there are the coaches to support you, to make the strategy clear and to adjust it when the situation changes At some point you will start to feel that you are not even slightly afraid – that adrenaline comes from determination and excitement, because you learnt and improved so much about yourself, that you are no longer scared to give it a try.
For me, painting is both a creative and an iterative process:
I receive a number of photos, make a plan and then start with a set-up.
Only when the setup 'works', I continue with a first layer of paint, and then I add as many more layers as necessary until I am satisfied with the result.
It's a process of experimenting, learning, adjusting (and sometimes starting over...). And it's great to slowly but surely see the image I had in mind appear on the canvas.
It's like product development, including continuous learning and improvement 😉
Where painting is a 'lonely' activity that helps me to recharge in peace after a busy working day, in my work I mainly get energy from collaboration and growth.
I firmly believe in the power of 1 + 1 = 3! As soon as trust and a common goal arise in a group of people, creativity and energy are pooled and strengthened, so that results can be achieved that could never be achieved by the individual parts of the group.
Growth never happens by itself; It is a process of trial and error, of taking small steps in the desired direction (and sometimes a few steps back), and requires determination and focus. It is important to keep an eye on the goal, but also to enjoy what has already been achieved on the way there.
In my combined role as an agile team coach and software implementation consultant, growing and improving has a recurring leading role. The role I prefer to take on is that of facilitator, where I use my empathy and creativity to quickly come to a picture of both the current situation and the desired end result. And where my years of agile experience offer tools in outlining the way there together with the team. But then I like to roll up my sleeves to achieve a beautiful result together, by coloring the details step by step (and adjusting the sketch where necessary).
You can see that in the books I read, adventure with a touch of thriller. And that is reflected in the many beautiful tours I have been able to make in distant countries such as Australia and New Zealand, as a backpacker at a younger age and more recently as an expat for two years with the whole family, and in Canada which was my honeymoon. . So an adventurous wife as well 😊. Sometimes also more extreme, such as wild camping in winter in Norway and the Ardennes, and in the distant past also various times ‘Interrailing’ with a backpack through Europe (who remembers that?). Sometimes at a very young age where I took off as a toddler and then was brought back by the ‘long arm of the law’.
You can also see that in my career. At a very young age I took apart my parents' audio to discover what was in it, which my parents were less enthusiastic about, but fortunately led to my education in mechanical engineering-mechatronics. During my education I came into contact with software and embarked on an adventure. What started as a hobby led to several years of professional software development, only to discover that my real passion lies in the combination of hardware and software development.
I have spent almost my entire working life in R&D departments at companies where innovation and hardware-software development are central. I feel at home there. Both in realizing and improving products, but for me certainly also in realizing and improving the organization, processes, tooling, etc. behind it. The combination of all this led to the adventure I'm in the middle of, agile for hardware.
Robbert van Riel
Throughout my career, I have learned that collaboration and engagement are essential for success. I believe that business innovation and transformation are most effective when they are driven from the shop floor. It is therefore important to translate the leadership's vision into clear and practical steps for the rest of the organization.
In recent years, I have gained valuable knowledge and experience in various environments and sectors. For example, I have participated in strategic sessions with management teams and set up innovative pilot projects, right at the heart of operations. The beauty of this form of collaboration is that it often naturally generates an iterative (Agile) process, where step by step, we discover what works and what doesn't.
With passion and dedication, I work together with my and my clients teams to achieve success. My mission is to promote a culture of continuous improvement and agility. Collaboration, engagement, and innovation are at the core of this mission. Together, we will accomplish the mission and create a successful future.