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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, 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

"Management 3.0" Book Launch & Book Winners

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 The Management 3.0 book launch last Friday was a big success. There were more than 100 people attending the event at the Selexyz Donner book store in Rotterdam. A big thanks to all who were there, and in particular to Femke Cuijpers, Erik Gille, Laurens Bonnema, and Jeroen van Eck, who all helped me organize this event and made it a success.

  Plenty of pictures were taken, and everyone seemed to appreciate the three little talks about social media, agile management, and the book. In particular the ending, when I actually launched the book into the audience, seemed to be the highlight of the evening. I’m glad this unique copy of the book was caught by Radu Davidesco, who had traveled all the way from Romania to attend the launch. You can see Radu’s (artistic) pictures here.

Book-launch-3 I will also use this space to announce the winners of the small contest I announced three weeks ago. Five signed copies of the Management 3.0 book were won by Samantha Laing (South Africa), John Bauer (USA), Roberto Bera (Italy), Marcin Novotni (Hungary), and Mahadevan L P (India). They all published their own interesting views of Martie the Management Model. (The jury of this contest consisted of Olaf Lewitz and Marcin Floryan. If you don’t agree with this outcome, shoot them, not me!)

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