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Jurgen Appelo calls himself a creative networker. But sometimes he's a writer, speaker, trainer, entrepreneur, illustrator, manager, blogger, reader, dreamer, leader, freethinker, or… Dutch guy. Since 2008 Jurgen writes a popular blog at www.noop.nl, covering the creative economy, agile management, and personal development. He is the author of the book Management 3.0, which describes the role of the manager in agile organizations. And he wrote the little book How to Change the World, which describes a supermodel for change management. Jurgen is CEO of the business network Happy Melly, and co-founder of the Agile Lean Europe network and the Stoos Network. He is also a speaker who is 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, service managers, and kangaroos, some of which he hired accidentally. Nowadays he works full-time managing the Happy Melly ecosystem, developing innovative courseware, books, and other types of original content. But sometimes Jurgen puts it all aside 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 in Brussels (Belgium) -- with his partner Raoul. He has two kids, and an imaginary hamster called George. Jurgen has posted 145 posts at DZone. You can read more from them at their website. View Full User Profile

Happy Holidays! (and Free Book Chapter)

12.23.2010
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I will be enjoying a time-out with my friends during the holidays, while patiently waiting for the release of my book. (The official date is still December 30…)

I wish you all a merry Xmas! Be nice to each other. Make someone happy. And don’t eat too much.

Maybe you can use your holiday time to enjoy this Xmas present from my publisher: a free chapter from my book in PDF, including forewords by Uncle Bob and Ed Yourdon. (The publisher asked me which chapter would be best to make available for free, and of course I picked the biggest one…)

Certificate-of-ownership I suggest you use this opportunity to give someone else a present! Pre-order Management 3.0 now (for your manager? your colleague? your friend?)

You get from me a cool Certificate of Ownership that you can give them for Xmas. (And they will get 25% discount on my new Agile Management course next year.)

 

Let me finish this year by virtually sending you this Xmas card that I created for my family and friends. Enjoy your holidays!

Xmas 2010

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