About the Author

Jurgen is a writer, speaker, trainer, entrepreneur, illustrator, developer, manager, blogger, reader, dreamer, leader, freethinker, and… Dutch guy.

Since 2008 Jurgen writes a very popular blog at www.noop.nl, which deals with development management, software engineering, business improvement, personal development, and complexity theory. He is the author of the book Management 3.0: Leading Agile Developers, Developing Agile Leaders, which describes the role of the manager in agile organizations. He is also a speaker, being regularly invited to talk at business seminars and conferences around the world.

After studying Software Engineering at the Delft University of Technology, and earning his Master’s degree in 1994, Jurgen Appelo has busied himself starting up and leading a variety of Dutch businesses, always in the position of team leader, manager, or executive. Jurgen has experience in leading a horde of 100 software developers, development managers, project managers, business consultants, quality managers, service managers, and kangaroos, some of which he hired accidentally.

Being a full-time writer, speaker, and trainer is a great job. But sometimes Jurgen puts it all aside to do some programming himself, or to spend time on his ever-growing collection of science fiction and fantasy literature, which he stacks in a self-designed book case. It is 4 meters high.

Jurgen lives in Rotterdam (The Netherlands) — and sometimes in Brussels (Belgium) — with his partner Raoul. He has two kids, and an imaginary hamster called George.

So, now that you know all about me, I hope you will read about my blog!











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  • Larry Hurt

    Have you created a list of books on creativity?

  • http://profile.typepad.com/jurgenappelo Jurgen Appelo

    No, I haven’t. But it would be interesting.

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  • http://digitalcooings.wordpress.com Nick Yeates

    Heh, are you serious Sue Adams? Oh, I think she is. This CEO with quotes aroudn his name (does that make him “not real”?) has to hire someone to post for him on forums? I guess when you are a busy person… sounds though to me like this site was not important enough for him to ask personally.
    Hey Jurgen, nice website, great career you have going. I am jealous. I found you through a Steve Yegge article. Never am I reading him again. Too long winded.
    Have a good one, and check out my new blog focused on cloud computing if that interests you! Last link.
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    Client Services Engineer in the Open Source arena

  • http://profile.typepad.com/jurgenappelo Jurgen Appelo

    Not interested.

  • http://profile.typepad.com/jurgenappelo Jurgen Appelo

    You have omitted to explain where I have omitted this site.

  • http://profile.typepad.com/wdywft WDYWFT

    I didn’t know there were kangaroos in the Netherlands.

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    This reminds me of something Dr Brian Butler said last week during your interview. Events are a way to pace the community (my paraphrase.)
    A narrative should give some indication of when things happen, how quickly the community is moving in some areas or not in others. That will help folk’s expectations and match the speed of the community.

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    Hey Jurgen, nice website, great career you have going. I am jealous. I found you through a Steve Yegge article. Never am I reading him again. Too long winded.

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