Who is Mary Beijleveld?

Another Tuesday, another Who Is.

I met Mary on twitter (Check out her lovely twitter handle), we had some discussions. And continued some of them by e-mail, which was a “better” platform for some of the discussions. After which we also met at XPday Benelux 2010

On her blog she has a new leaderships philosophy, unfortunately that part is only in Dutch.(hint-hint). You can find English articles on InfoQ

What is something people usually don’t know about you but has influenced you in who you are?

That I consider giving (many kinds of) love as the best way to go in life.

If you would not have been in IT, what would have become of you?

I’m not actually in IT. I come from the business side and am a business architect who knows about IT and the high level technology bits.

What is your biggest challenge and why is it a good thing for you?

My biggest challenge is to make companies more agile. Although it would make me happier as well I feel my co workers would like that too.

What drives you ?


What is your biggest achievement?

What I’m really good at is being able to write stuff in plain Dutch (and English) and explain people of all walks of life most any abstract concept

What is the last book you have read?

A simpler way” by Margaret Wheatley and Myron Kellner-Rogers

What question do you think I should also ask and what is the answer?

Q: What do you think about these questions: A: they are unconventional and would love to know what other persons think of it

Who do you think I should ask next?

Wow, I know a lot of people who  are very noteworthy in the world of Agile. Let me pick someone who is not that ‘well known’ but makes it his daily business to help people and teams become more Agile: Gerard Janssen