Martien van Steenbergen

Martien is master agile and lean trainer and coach, transforming medium to large organizations to a lean, agile, and maneuverable way of being, slashing product lead times, boosting throughput, and propelling a lean startup mentality and entrepreneurship in organizations.

Key approach: pursue incremental evolutionary change in people and product.

Martien is passionate about scale-free chaordic organizational design, user-centered (software) products, and integral architecture with evolvability as its highest systemic quality.

Others see Martien as fresh, lively, charming, passionate, amusing, practical and always interesting; someone who’s constantly in the center of attention, but sufficiently well-balanced not to let it go to his head.

Martien is a compassionate servant leader. They also see him as open, disarming, integer, loyal, committed, dedicated, kind, considerate, and understanding; as someone who’ll always cheer them up and help them out. Last but not least, they see him as someone with vision, with a clear picture of the techno-social future and a wide focus.

Disruptive innovation, second order change, leadership, happiness, and living systems are key concepts in his world. Agile, Lean, XP, Kanban, and Scrum are central themes. Preferably self-organizing and self-healing. Inspired by nature, agile development, distributed systems, peer-to-peer and semantic web technology, and healed by a good dose of humane design, professionalism and compatibility. Sharing is multiplying.

Martien knows what he is talking about and prepares himself accordingly. He enjoys turning hard questions and resistance around into a constructive, progressive can-do attitude.

Don’t believe Martien, but take a test drive and find out for yourself.

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Don’t belief anything I say…

…but read what others say about Martien.

Arlen Bankston—Vice President at LitheSpeed, LLC

Martien is a passionate and thoughtful agile coach. A common failing among coaches is a descent into zealotry and associated stagnation, but Martien deftly avoids this pattern by constantly exploring new practices, techniques and philosophical frameworks for the methods that he employs. He is not afraid to try new ways of doing things, which makes it easy for him to fit his approach to clients’ specific needs. He is a strong, engaging trainer and an eminently approachable coach.


Jens Broetzmann—SAP Agile Coach & Trainer | Senior SAP BTS Consultant

I worked with Martien during a Kanban implementation for a SAP internal project. Martien is a very dedicated, authentic and senior agile coach and trainer. He has the right feeling how to deal with resistance inside a team and how to steer it into the right direction. I really enjoyed working with him.


Bart Bouwers Agile Coach & Trainer at Xebia

Martien is a consultant who loves the concept of flow. Flow both in work items and in flow related happiness. During my time as a Scrum Master at TomTom I saw him organize a successful “POSM Day” for Product Owners and Scrum Masters. Het did not forget to include—this is typically Martien—a jazz combo for our enjoyments during the breaks. I love Martien’s strong action.


Jaap van Diermen—IT Manager at ING

Martien is sociable, has a lot of coaching knowledge and draws great signs and flip charts. Martien tells very inspiring stories and is a sharp analyzer, with attention to self-knowledge and self-development. I love vegetables, and Martien made me a fan of what he calls, “Life is a broccoli”, despite the poor yield per m² (personal experience).


Theo Gerrits—Agile Coach at Stater via Xebia

Martien is one of the best trainers I have worked with. He is able to whip up his audience to a high energy level, with seemingly almost no effort on his part. He stimulates original thinking and challenges the current state of affairs. I learned from him what interactivity in a training is all about and how to put it to use effectively!


Willem Wouter Gerritse—Lean consultant at ING

As a complete Agile rookie I joined the Xebia Agile coach training, facilitated by Martien. Guided by theory, day to day examples everybody could relate to, and great visuals by his hand, Martien gave me a lot to think about. Even better, he provided me with tools I could put into practice immediately. Although I really feel I have grown a lot since the first session, I now have the nice challenge to put the things I have learned into practice to keep on developing myself as well as my team!


Jeroen van der Klugt—Head of Credit Risk Management Plan at ING CCRMB/IMS

Life is a broccoli! It all started with an alignment session on Agile/Scrum methodology, with us all being on the same level of understanding. I like Martien’s positive energy together with a lot of real life examples. Martien is eager to support and intervene when necessary. Martien takes our advice to sometimes hold his horses immediate into account. I liked the energizers he used, which we also took on-board for our own sessions with direct reports. We have built our own big toolkit, which is very useful in our Agile journey. Martien, you made us becoming a team! The mirroring exercises are great and give me the inspiration that ‘being me’ needs to be worked on every day. I’m looking forward working together with you in the near future exploring the unknown that brings us further in life.


Jeff Sutherland—CEO at Scrum, Inc.

Martien and I worked together for several years as co-trainers for Certified Scrum Training in Amsterdam. He is an excellent and knowledgeable Agile Coach and Trainer and both the team level and the organizational level. He has also been a great asset to the Scrum community organizating, promoting, and speaking at events.


Meirion Towell—Lean IT Expert at ING Nederland

As a result of Martien’s Agile Coach training I now feel more able to coach as I can use not only the “toolkit” but also learned so much from the way that Martien presented and ran the training sessions. Now I can see the whole Agile Coach elephant in the room. The training days were full of energy and often triggered new insights as well as positive discussions in our group; this helped us a lot to become a team and not just a collection of coaches.


Marnix van Wendel—Agile Coach at Philips via Xebia

Martien is a person that stands out in a group. I have experienced him as an interesting, inspiring colleague who is different from others and uses that as an valuable asset. His way of coaching and teaching, although somewhat overwhelming at times ;-), will almost always cause people to open up to new insights and ideas. At the same time, Martien expects to learn from the people around him and is open to different and/or new ideas.


Jan de Winne—Scrum Master | Product Owner | Agile Coach, TomTom

I was on a 10 day coaching journey with Martien. It took me some time to get acquainted with his personal and unorthodox coaching style. Martien constantly questions everything, including himself. He meanders a lot but never looses sight of the end goal, which is making his students better individuals and stronger professionals. I learned a lot from Martien both on the theoretical and practical side of things. I would definitely recommend him as agile coach or trainer.