Agile + DevOps West 2023 Concurrent Session : The Power of Personal Engagement

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Thursday, June 8, 2023 - 11:30am to 12:30pm

The Power of Personal Engagement

Two steps forward in professional scrum. Come and explore the advantages of personal engagement. What makes a team thrive? How do you increase the maturity of a scrum team? What tools can you use to wake up from zombie scrum? Do you want to understand how to increase your team's engagement and help your team grow? In this session, we will help you advance forward by using scientific principles and practical tools by starting with personal engagement. We will share how to increase personal engagement, we will provide you with tools to get everyone involved, and we will help you gain insight into non-verbal behavior to increase your communication skills. We will also be combining brain science principles from ‘Training From the Back of the Room' and the science behind non-verbal behavior to help you improve your personal impact and the engagement of your team. We practice what we preach; expect an interactive talk full of exercises to keep you involved!

Xebia Academy

Evelien Acun-Roos is currently a Professional Knowledge Sharer with Xebia Academy. Her agile journey started at Essent in 2010 and since then she has helped many teams at different organizations to become more agile (ING, Rabobank, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, APG, Philips, VodafoneZiggo, Unilever). Evelien is certified to teach classes as a Professional Scrum Trainer (PST) and a certified trainer for Training From the Back of the Room. She likes to focus on the people within the organization, supporting and teaching teams to become high performing. You can also find her on Instagram and TikTok as the Scrum Boosters. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her family.


With a background in theater, Rozemarijn Geelen specializes in behavior. With the right communication skills it is more fun and impactful to work together. Rozemarijn helps you to put the right focus on reading non-verbal behavior, applying non-verbal behavior in the right context and use improvisation and communication structures to make the most impact. An agile mindset becomes visible through behavior and if you understand how you can make an impact and help others to do the same, you can take many steps forward in your professional and private life!