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Geert Chielens

Portfolio & Upstream Mentor at Renatio

Brussels, Belgium

Accomplished digital native professional with a solid track record of successfully leading and driving (digital) teams as a senior, freelance Ad interim Manager with strong eCommerce experience and a background in Retail, Fashion, Pharma and Travel/Airport industries.
As a candidate I favor diversified and international environments meaning that opportunities should not be restrained by my present geographical location. Additionally actively exploring the opportunity to act as a bridge between Asia and Europe.
26 years experience in Digital & IT and 15 years with agile transformations. Leveraging Lean and Agile Management methodologies to drive programs and change management related to digital transformations with a proprietary and proven digital transformation method incorporating design thinking, Scrum, Kanban, Lean startup, and Agile Frameworks such as SAFe and Spotify model. Co-developer of the Renatio method, that is founded on an integrated approach to ensure cohesion between business and IT, to liberate people so that they can create products and services that respond to actual customer needs.
As a seasoned Ad Interim manager, successfully ensured a variety of roles, ranging from business transformation manager, over service delivery manager to business agility coach, product manager and senior leader who has managed large digital teams and developed and sold new products and services. Strong record of accomplishment in agile transformation, delivering large programs of over €20 million with distributed teams of up to 200 people for large corporations.
Experienced business transformation coach and agile coach with experience leading a successful agile trans-formation that turned around struggling organisations to achieve a sustainable digital and agile change. Specialised in assisting companies align their technological delivery capabilities with digital acceleration of the organization. Talent for developing high-performance teams, making effective decisions, and quickly revising tactics to achieve goals within aggressive time frames.
My background includes a strong strategic view on digital technology transformation and program execution that improve revenues while increasing brand presence. Plus,I have a strong ability to coach teams to achieve predictable cadence and an integrated collaboration between business and IT. As an adaptive leader, I am known for getting things done and bringing enthusiasm, insight and humour to every engagement.

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Portfolio Mix

Company Information

Company Type: Service Provider

Areas of Expertise

Agile 31.37
Change Management
Customer Experience
Design Thinking
Digital Disruption 30.25
Digital Transformation 30.16
Innovation
Leadership 30.04
Lean Startup
Management
Retail

Industry Experience

Automotive
Pharmaceuticals
Retail
Travel & Transportation

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9 Article/Blogs
Renatio Hourglass approach: your solution in response to a crisis never seen before!
Geert Chielens
July 03, 2020
How to kick start digitalization in the last six months of 2020? The lockdown has accelerated digital transformation to an extend that exceeds even the digital capabilities of key players in the market. Questions you need to ask yourself: How do you pick up the pace and stay ahead? Is your IT able t

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Tags: Digital Transformation, Digital Disruption, Agile

Project estimates in agile by Renatio
Vincent Pletsers
June 16, 2020
Agile methodologies are aimed at delivering value as fast as possible. When transitioning towards business agility, we faced some (common) issues. In a series of episodes we are sharing our experiences in solving these obstacles. Featuring in this episode: "Delivery dates imposed by management" I wa

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Tags: Digital Transformation, Agile

2020 is halfway through – how to make sure it is not a lost year? by Renatio
Geert Chielens
May 06, 2020
Lockdown measures are gradually getting loosened throughout Europe, each country at their own pace. The past months we've all been going through some cycles dealing with the present tsunami wave that hit us all by surprise: Initially we all denied this wave was building up and about to hit us in the

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Tags: Digital Transformation, Digital Disruption, Leadership

Difficult arguments against agile by RENATIO
Geert Chielens
April 15, 2020
Agile (with a capital “A”) has been gaining popularity, has been trending even. Many companies have done their explorative steps. Some at larger scale than others. It appeared that agile had won in global acceptance. In recent years, more and more Agile hate articles are appearing online, and it

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Tags: Digital Transformation, Digital Disruption, Agile

The need for agile craftsmanship (Pt 4 / 4)
Jan Bovend'aerde
April 14, 2020
The need for agile craftsmanship:
Episode 1: The need for agile craftsmanship
Episode 2: Agile groundwork  
Episode 3: The Melvin attitude
Episode 4: The pleasant way

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Tags: Agile

The need for agile craftsmanship – (Pt 1 / 4)
Jan Bovend'aerde
April 07, 2020
The need for agile craftsmanship:
Episode 1: The need for agile craftsmanship
Episode 2: Agile groundwork  
Episode 3: The Melvin attitude
Episode 4: The pleasant way

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Tags: Agile

The need for agile craftsmanship (Pt 2 / 4)
Jan Bovend'aerde
April 03, 2020
The need for agile craftsmanship:
Episode 1: The need for agile craftsmanship
Episode 2: Agile groundwork  
Episode 3: The Melvin attitude
Episode 4: The pleasant way

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Tags: Agile

The need for agile craftsmanship (Pt 3 / 4)
Jan Bovend'aerde
April 03, 2020
The need for agile craftsmanship:
Episode 1: The need for agile craftsmanship
Episode 2: Agile groundwork  
Episode 3: The Melvin attitude
Episode 4: The pleasant way

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Tags: Agile

A reflection on agile coaching by RENATIO
Geert Chielens
March 30, 2020
With Renatio we developed our agile coaching while doing it. We introduced teams into an approach that was focused on 5 key targets :
1. Establish a direct connection with the external user/customer
2. Create truly cross-functional teams
3. Focus on products instead of projects
4. Include product management in the team
5. Introduce design thinking
Would one call this agile coaching ?

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Tags: Agile

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