Dennis joins Simacan as Product Manager
Hi Dennis, welcome to Simacan! What will you be doing at Simacan and what are you looking forward to?
I joined Simacan in the role of Product Manager. I have a passion for innovation and making 'things' better. Making things better by working together as a team, as a company or co-creating together with other organizations. I enjoy working on projects with tangible results and thinking about future product development at the same time. I believe in the role of Product Manager the two come together and I am looking forward to getting up to speed and making a contribution.
What did you do before the Simacan adventure started?
I guess I can divide my working life in roughly four chapters. The first chapter (and an anchor in life) is my study Industrial Design Engineering at Delft University of Technology. Industrial Design Engineering is all about innovation and how to organize innovation. On a daily basis I can rely on the things and the mindset I learned in Delft. In chapter two I worked as an ERP engineer at Stork. Which was a great adventure with quite some projects abroad. What I especially liked at Stork was the hands-on mentality and the focus on planning and improvement of execution at the same time.
The third chapter was a period where I worked as a software engineer at KPN in a CRM and e-commerce environment (App, Web and BI). In various roles I learned the ins-and-outs of working in a software development team. Improving how things can be done better fascinated me and in the fourth and so far last chapter I spend my time as Scrum Master / Agile Coach / Software Development Manager working on organizational improvement. How to really get the continuous improvement cycle going, be predictable, scale scrum and work in aligned autonomy.
You started with us at a crazy time, but nevertheless, I hope you had a good start. How was your first impression of Simacan?
Nice! I really like the getting things done mentality in combination with the openness I have experienced so far. I believe people at Simacan are down-to-earth, enthusiastic, customer focussed and willing to help out. Things like having lunch together make me feel at home quite easily.
Is there anything else you would like to tell us about yourself?
Sure! Together with my girlfriend and two children we live in Leusden. Quite close to the Amersfoort office and National Park 'De Utrechtse Heuvelrug'. We like to spend time outside together and have active holidays (sailing, hiking, cross-country skiing). Humor, by the way, is important to me :-) Having a laugh breaks the ice, connects and ignites creativity!