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Hi there πŸ‘‹, I'm Rene van Osnabrugge

I am Rene. I am a father of 2 boys and husband of a lovely wife. I am born in 1977, so already "experienced". I work as a Consultancy Director at Xebia. I am responsible for creating a Signature Delivery. That means creating standards and playbooks about WHAT we do and also building a culture of HOW we do this.

In my spare time I spend a lot of time in πŸ’ Ice Hockey Rinks. Both my kids are fanatic players at the Dordrecht Lions. I like to πŸš΄β€β™‚οΈ cycle and sometimes πŸƒrun and 🏊swim.

There are many ways how you can reach me. I speak πŸ—£οΈ at conferences, I have a πŸŽ™οΈ podcast , you can find me on LinkedIn or here at GitHub

User manual for working with me*

Conditions I like to work in

  • In creative mode, a place with lots of whiteboards. I tend to be drawing when I talk
  • In productive mode, when work needs to be done, quiet space,or you'll find me with my noise cancelling headphones
  • A space with enough (sun)light
  • Good coffee and tea. Spoiled... yes, but I just don't like the "cheap" machine stuff
  • A place where you can have a chat and talk about stuff that is non-work related
  • Working from home works well for me since I have all the space and equipment I need, and I can balance it with family life.

The times and hours I like to work

  • I usually work in these blocks 9:00-12:00, 13:00-18:00. When something does not fit during regular business hours I shift some work to the evening.
  • I really, really have a hard time in early morning. I feel tired the whole day. So to be honest, 8:00 is an early start 😬
  • I don't mind Slack, WhatsApp, e-mail πŸ“§, Twitter and other work related messages on "non-work" times. It all kind of blurs together anyway

The best ways to communicate with me

  • I don't especially like e-mail πŸ“§. If it is short fine, but long messages don't work for me. Feel free to send it, but probably I'll call you quickly after I receive it to get some more context.
  • Short messages on any medium is fine. I look at my phone way too often.
  • I try to use the same tools the team is using, so try that first (Teams, Slack). Although I have some personal preference
  • If you need me to respond quickly, send me a text message (or call if something is on fire πŸ”₯).
  • You can also contact me via Twitter for DevOps related topics. Don't expect to get unlimited (tech) support via social media though. I really like to help out where I can 😊, but there are limits to my time and capabilities.

The ways I like to receive feedback

  • I really welcome and appreciate direct and constructive feedback. You'll get it from me as well.
  • Don't tell me I MUST do things. I get an allergic reaction.
  • A one on one meeting is best for difficult conversations. Don't put me on the spot in a group.

Things I need

  • People who want to move forward, who are open to learn from one another and are willing to take an alternate route.
  • Transparency & fairness in processes & decision making.
  • No politics or hidden agendas. Just be clear about your intentions and goals.
  • Tell me the WHY. I need to understand the problem/situation to help you realize your goal. Everything has a context. I need to be aware of that context in order to help you the best way I can with the What and the How.
  • Open discussions and reviews to reflect on my work & performance.
  • Fun, a good beer 🍺, some laughs, informal talk and off-work activities.

Things I struggle with

  • Meetings without a clear goal and lack of decisiveness & actions.
  • Bureaucracy, strict and formal processes, status quo and a lack of willingness to change that.
  • People who have hidden agendas, play nice with you, but not so nice behind my back.
  • People that complain but do no take any action themselves to solve their issues.
  • Although people perceive me as self-assured and direct, I tend to take things personally (even if I know I should not) and my face will show it. Don't take that personally and retreat. Just let me chew on it for a day or so. I need that.
  • I decide quickly, but after that I need some time to actually process the decision I already made....

Things I love

  • My wife and 2 kids πŸ’—
  • Inspiring people with the things I love. I really get a kick when someone is inspired by a story I told them
  • I love to brainstorm about new ideas, innovations, events, workshops, formats to "change the world" 🌍 (or at least a small part of it)
  • Helping out colleagues, and in general, people in the community. I'd like to share knowledge, speak at conferences facilitate workshops, co-host and/or organize events.
  • Innovation, Ted Talks, Singularity University. Science Fiction becoming Science Fact.

Other things to know about me

  • I like IPA's. And I like to try as many different ones as I can. 🍺
  • I ran 2 marathons. Currently I cycle 🚴 (Gravelbike), run πŸƒ (not so far anymore) and started swimming 🏊
  • I'm Dutch and I live the Netherlands, in a medium size city near Rotterdam and Dordrecht. If you're from another country or culture and think I'm doing or saying weird things, let me know ASAP.
  • My 2 boys play Ice hockey πŸ’πŸ₯…. If you are a little familiar with this sport, it is a family activity 😊
  • Dystopian Science Fiction books πŸ“š are my favorites (Red Rising, Passage, Feed Trilogy)
  • Indie Music, a lot of small Dutch bands (are there big ones?) 🎸

* This manual is a reflection of my beliefs and situation in life at this moment. Things are constantly changing and so will this manual πŸ˜„.

RenΓ© van Osnabrugge

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