Laurens is Chairman of the Program Group Agile Management from IPMA Netherlands, Treasurer of Agile Holland, member of the Agile Consortium's Agile Certification workgroup, and Chairman of the Agile Project Leadership Network Netherlands Chapter. Laurens strives to merge classic and Agile management in the conviction that it is the future of professional management. Also, he frequently presents on a number of subjects. Last year’s presentations were on "Interdependency Injection" at the Integrating Agile conference and this year on "Make Way For Increasing Awareness" at the Project Management Parade.
Laurens has received training in several project management, software development, and process improvement methodologies such as Scrum, EVO, XP, RUP, DSDM/Atern, PRINCE2, ITIL, CMMI, BPM, TOC, Lean, and Six Sigma.
Laurens is a Certified Scrum Master, Certified Scrum Product Owner, PRINCE2 Practitioner and currently working on becoming a Certified Scrum Coach & Trainer.
Before joining Xebia, Laurens worked for two other IT Service Providers and studied International Relations at the University of Groningen. He's fluent in Dutch, English, and Spanish, and speaks passable French and German. He lives in Dordrecht, The Netherlands, with his wife, Nienke Blauw.