My name is Maritza van den Heuvel. I’m the co-author of Beyond Agile – Tales of Continuous Improvement, a 2-year labor of love I wrote with Jim Benson and Joanne Ho. I’m also an experienced Scrum Master and Product Owner.
I first came into contact with Scrum and Agile as QA Lead working for a learning technologies company. We evolved from doing software development using the waterfall approach to agile (scrum) over a period of four years and learnt many lessons about what it means to be agile along the way. We also dabbled with Lean techniques for a while. I have since moved on to the education industry, where I am using my background in Agile (Scrum) and Lean (Kanban) to help transform traditional workflows to iterative, customer-focused cycles.
Through it all, I have come to embrace the power of visualization and systems thinking to drive continuous improvement through learning, irrespective of domain or context. That includes my family.
As a busy mom with the ongoing challenge of keeping family life organized with my husband – from arranging kids’ activities and school stuff, to planning out our financial goals and priorities – I have found these approaches to managing work equally applicable to managing life through Personal Kanban.
On this blog you will read about my ongoing Personal Kanban experiments at work and at home. I’m brutally honest about both success and failure, and I love to learn from you as much as I hope you will take something away from this blog. So do take a few minutes to share your thoughts before you go!
May the Flow be with you.