Change and innovation As an experienced coach I know how to give direction and direction to employees and ensure that they continue to develop, also during change and innovation processes. Innovation of products, services and processes are also part of my specialization and expertise. By looking at working methods and processes in different ways, I am able to uncover areas that offer room for improvement and innovation. Change by and continuous innovation requires knowledge of existing processes, as well as a good understanding of people inside and outside an organization, the underlying dynamics and the culture. To convert a business strategy into successful solutions, I make an analysis in which the core of the issue is clear so that change can take place through interventions. In organizations I am responsible for mapping and guiding business processes by coaching cross-functional teams. I opted for the Design Sprints method, because the teams and the intended end result were best suited for this. Processes are important, but good team dynamics, room for growth, improvement and innovation are central. Because of my open way of communicating, I know how to motivate people to get the best out of themselves and embrace change. Relevant training courses and certificates are Certificates: Design Sprints COIN innovation framework HBO training Innovation and change management.
Minou is an impact-driven sustainability accelerator, in the beginning of 2020 she Co-Founded The Green Sprint with Pamela. The Green Sprint is a sustainable innovation collective. They are on a mission to help businesses accelerate the sustainable transition. Minou focus has been on creative thinking methods and innovation processes for the last 8 years, resulting in a Bsc. in Food Innovation and a Master in Creativity & Innovation. She has hands-on experience in a wide range of innovation methods, like design thinking, lateral thinking and the Design Sprint. She applied them in sectors varying from tech startups to consumer transportation, FMCG and several B2B businesses. Minou facilitates business strategy and innovation processes resulting in sustainable strategy’s concepts and solutions. She dares to question and challenge the status quo, inspires change and makes you and your organisation rethink and redesign what you have taken for granted.
Kristof is a very talented designer, illustrator and artist, based in Belgium. In design sprints he experience the ultimate combination to put his design and illustration skills. to work. Having done over 40 sprints so far, he came to love the pressure cooking effect combined with quick design thinking approach to get things forward.
Arthur (aka Agile Arthur) helps teams to create digital products their customers love. He facilitates Design Sprints to help teams validate their assumptions, and build strong businesses. He coaches agile ways of working to create super effective, self-steering teams.
I consider myself a storyteller first and foremost. My college background is in Business Administration and Marketing Management where I quickly became fascinated with the intersections of business strategy and marketing and the importance of thorough research and validation of the problem and opportunity space, what problems customers were in need of a better solution for and why. My tech background started in the early 2000's as an account manager for a hosting and internet service provider, where I saw first hand what good websites help companies achieve as a marketing and sales tool. I later went on to work for tech startups taking on marketing functions, SEO/SEM and content strategy work when these terms and schools of thoughts were just becoming a thing. From there I was a Product Facilitator for FIAT helping train over 200 dealerships and the mid-Atlantic business center on product value propositions and new sales processes and tools that could help them provide the best possible shopping experience for customers. I eventually wanted to have a larger role in defining the product and offerings and spent the next 3 years with FordDirect working as a Product Solutions Manager for the Innovation Lab where were researched and validated prototypes for web based lead, marketing, inventory management, website and shopping tools. It was during this role that I gravitated heavily towards the importance of UX strategy, User Centered design, the Design Sprint, Lean UX and Startup principles of the top thought leaders in the space making the best online experiences and products. I've worked in Product Design freelance for the last 4 years and worked with Jake Knapp of Google and AJ&Smart as mentors to get certified in Design Sprint and Opportunity Sprint certification and look forward to putting may background and skill sets to use for all future projects.
Maarten helps companies improve their User Experience (UX), Customer Experience (CX), Employee Experience (EX), simply put, he helps to build and improve their Digital Experience (DX) by applying Service Design principles, Design Thinking and facilitating Design Sprints. He co-founded two start-ups and has an extensive background in UX design. With a love for technology and innovation, he is always on the lookout for emerging technologies and tools. As a freelance designer he has worked for corporates and agencies alike and is a judge for both the Webby Awards and the Lovie Awards.
In 2016, shortly after returning home from years away I founded a Design Thinking community in Salt Lake City, UT where people could meet and learn how to apply Design Thinking methodologies in their own teams. It has been an incredible way to take on a leadership position in my community, explore best practices, work with interesting people doing amazing things, while growing a business I'm proud of. The reason I'm telling you all this is because, now, I'm a facilitator and community builder with a passion for sharing what I've learned. I develop the environments for business leaders and teams to work at the top of their collective intelligence so they may address complex issues in a fun and engaging way. I believe organizations have all that they need to solve their own business model, marketing, innovation, and organizational development problems and my role is to help them solve them through engaging and impactful workshops and events.
If it’s impact, sustainability and purpose-driven innovation you’re after, Pamela will light up your fire and make you do a little happy dance. In 2020, she co-founded The Green Sprint together with Minou and is on a mission to accelerate the transition towards a sustainable and circular economy, where businesses are a force for good. Previously, Pamela worked in various roles in marketing, CX, communication and project management for 10 years. After travelling the world, she changed course to help organisations take action on sustainability through strategy and innovation; developing products, services, processes and business models that are sustainable by design. Pamela uses Design Thinking, Lean and the Design Sprint format and combines it with insights from systems thinking, circular economy principles, sustainability frameworks and lots of other methodologies and cool stuff. She loves watching sunsets on the beach and does quite a few happy dances herself too.
Giovanni is an experienced UX/UI designer, turned digital strategist, turned Design Sprint facilitator. After seven years of experience in London and one in Barcelona, where he worked on digital projects for clients such as Nokia, HP, eBay, 3 mobile, he moved back home to Italy where he now lives and works as a consultant. In 2018 he certified as Design Sprint facilitator and since then he's on a mission to spread the love for this methodology in Italy. He has facilitated various Design Sprints for both digital and physical products and trained corporations and professionals to become facilitators. He's a professor at the CUOA Business School where he teaches at the "Innovation Management and R&D" course. After working abroad for so many years, he still keeps an eye on the international design scene and he's always on the lookout for excuses to connect with likeminded professionals from around the world.
Karla is an expert Design Thinking and Design Sprint facilitator who was born in sunny California and later put down roots in Cologne, Germany. As a Design Sprint facilitator, she helps teams transform user experiences into focused, testable deliverables. Her Design Thinking stance helps her to keep the human-centered aspects of the innovation process in the forefront while still keeping an eye on the goals of the Sprint process. “Never stop learning” is her motto. Recently she added both the agile scrum master and product owner credentials to her belt. Her background is in continuing education, systemic coaching, and change management.
Robert is an industrial designer who is passionate about concept visualization and visual thinking. He uses his visual toolbox to help companies translate their complex mission/vision/strategies into comprehensible visuals as well as do product design and live sketching. From innovation sessions to design sprints he gives shape and form to any kind of input and makes ideas and processes become tangible. Speaking 5 languages (English, German, Dutch, Romanian, Hungarian), he's been able to help a multitude of clients across Europe and the world.
Nils is an innovation facilitator and business design consultant. He helps companies and organizations to develop and improve their products, services and business models faster while saving time, money and resources. He promotes human-centered innovation in a way that is actionable, down-to-earth, at a personal-level and engaging and empowers teams to focus and tackle their biggest challenges to survive, transform and grow. Nils is a design sprint and design thinking enthusiast with an expert background in branding, strategy and design with 20 years of experience in innovating with clients across b2b, b2c, associations, education, science, culture, politics. Above all he is a passionate (remote) workshopper.
Adrian is an experienced brand strategist and researcher. He is a specialist in designing ‘connected brands’ that leverage innovation and technology to drive sustainable growth. He is increasingly focused on fast-moving categories, disrupted by changing needs and new entrants. Adrian has run strategy and design sprints with major corporations from Unilever and Coca-Cola to Nike, and a growing portfolio of start-ups. When you work with him, his energy and focus helps you to prioritize where and how to create value – from a more active purpose to truly innovative products, services and communications. With over 25 years of working at some of the world’s leading creative and design agencies, he brings a structured and analytical approach to creativity that ensures that ideas effectively translate into real commercial opportunities.
Lonneke founded The Sprint Agency 4 years ago, after seeing an innovation shift in the corporate industry. Before that, she has been working as a Lean Startup coach, strategist and venture builder in startups as well as corporates. From the moment she first got in touch with the Design Sprint format, she has been an advocate of the methodology, combining creativity with an hands-on approach, but also bringing in the business model validation principles. She has facilitated over 90 Design Sprints so far.